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  1. Channel: Delivery
Delivery service Instacart announced yesterday what it called the “first phase of the company’s next-generation fulfillment initiative designed to bring automated technology solutions to retailers across the U.S. and Canada,” saying that it will work with automation partner Fabric to build warehouses for its retail partners, using them to make the fulfillment process more efficient […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Today, Instacart unveiled the first phase of a next-generation fulfillment initiative designed to bring automated technology solutions to retailers across the U.S. and Canada
  1. Channel: Grocery
ROCKVILLE, Md. — The online grocery market nearly tripled in size in 2020, according to a new report from Packaged Facts, which notes that the pandemic inspired more people to avoid crowded stores and order food and beverages online. That shift will affect the market for a long time to come, Packaged Facts suggests, even […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Say What?  Poppable chicken nuggets at Popeyes?  That’s right, Popeyes have been about sharing chicken ever since they began in 1972.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated “hand held food for immediate consumption that can be shared is the perfect addition to the Popeyes menu to edify […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. will host its third quarterly “Best of Local Brands” summit in September, the retailer said on Monday. The virtual event is intended to allow the regional grocery chain to discover new local brands that can expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 280 retail stores […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“In this new digital, visually centered environment, the rules have changed, and what I mean by that is [an] image has now become both the gateway to consideration, as well as the most powerful virtual sales force at driving conversion.” — Jehan Hamedi, Founder and CEO, Vizit Consumers often make their purchasing decisions based on […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
NEW YORK — Online shopping and more meals eaten at home are two food retailing trends that emerged during the pandemic and are likely to stick around in the future. “Online grocery shopping took off and we saw six years worth of growth take place in about six weeks,” FMI president and chief executive officer […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  At the intersection of food sales and retail brands selling food is a time starved consumer looking for solutions on how to put dinner on the table faster with less work and still have a fresh prepared meal.  At fist glance the DoorDash and Albertsons Cos., new partnership that offers on-demand grocery delivery from […]
  1. Channel: Mass
AdWeek reports that Walmart is releasing 11 “shoppable episodes” of an interactive cooking series produced by Kraft Heinz on its Walmart Cookshop platform. “Two installments of the food giant’s sponsored series, ‘Tasty Toast,’ by Philadelphia Cream Cheese and ‘Summer Refreshers’ by Country Time and Kool-Aid, are available as of June 29. Kraft cheese and Heinz […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Price sensitive and time starve more today than ever before consumers according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated “find that Fast Food restaurants meals are increasingly too expensive for many consumers and the ‘better for you’ alternative is grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared mix and match […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The Spoon reports that Robomart is launching a fleet of mobile mini-marts in West Hollywood, California, with one version stocked up with snacks and another dedicated to over-the-counter items that normally would be carried by a drug store. The company says that versions are under development that would be dedicated to packaged grocery and “Pantry, […]
  1. Department & Category
  When Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® read about Yong Zhao, co-founder and CEO of Junzi Kitchen and Nice Day, was out to change the way Americans eat Chinese food he was inspired see others join the grocerant niche platform driving Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food sales.  Back in the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  Virtual restaurants, virtual kitchens, and chain restaurants are all expanding their brands footprint for less without having a ‘store front’ or paying millions to lease land or build a new building.  Technology has strengthened the hand of good food marketers according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Understanding how […]
  1. Department: Food
  Since 1991 Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® has been tracking consumers meal shopping.  Johnson coined the term Grocerant (see yesterday’s blog) to help explain how consumers were finding ways to save time preparing meals. Consumers continue to be time starved, and shopping habits continue to reflect that they do […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
When it comes to news about the fast food industry, there are so many mixed messages out there.  Some sources celebrate online ordering skyrocketing, alongside demand for plant-based alternatives. In January, for example, Deliveroo said its vegan orders increased by 163% compared to last year. To confuse matters, McDonald’s entry into the ‘chicken sandwich wars’ […]
  1. Department: Food
ChaseDesign, which describes itself as a “human-centered design agency,” is out with a study suggesting that while “about 50% of grocery shoppers began buying online and picking up in store during the pandemic … only half of those customers will continue this behavior in the future.” The survey reflects that at least in part, people’s […]
  1. Department & Category
  Once again we want to remined readers that imitation is the highest form of flattery and Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® told his team he was quit humbled when he learned that a large group of retail foodservice research groups and associations combined to use his studies as […]
  1. Department: Food
  Empowering consumer choice will drive incremental sales. Success does leave clues and how and where consumers obtain dinner is a key driver of grocerant niche growth and foodservice channel migration according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. The Debate Cook dinner from scratch, eat at a restaurant, pick-up a […]
  1. Department: Food
The New York Times weighs in on the great tuna mystery – which has been created by the filing of a lawsuit in California last year charging that the tuna fish sandwiches sold by Subway “are completely bereft of tuna as an ingredient.” Subway says that “there simply is no truth to the allegations in […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  At the intersection of yesterday’s grocery shopping, a time consuming chore, and grocerant niche fresh prepared food, Amazon Fresh pays employees well and is a step by step guide to the future of grocery shopping according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. There is however a problem.  The Amazon […]
  1. Department & Category
  At the intersection of food discovery and successful food sales is the ability of a company to invite, introduce, and engage consumers looking for a personal connection that both satisfies their appetite and edifies them to a brand according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. QuickChek focusing on their […]
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A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. In episode 267 we deep dive into the rapidly changing digital grocery and digital resturant industries with Matt Newberg founder of HNGRY. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Matt Newberg (@thenewb) […]
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  4. Retail Ecosystem
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  14. Operations & Supply Chain
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  35. Department: Consumer Durables
A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. In episode 267 we deep dive into the rapidly changing digital grocery and digital resturant industries with Matt Newberg founder of HNGRY. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Matt Newberg (@thenewb) […]
  1. Department: Food
Once again, success does leave clues and how and where consumers obtain dinner is a key driver of grocerant niche growth and foodservice channel migration according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. The Debate Cook dinner, eat at a restaurant, pick-up a prepared meal and take it home, or order […]

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