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  1. Department: Beverage
This year’s 44 honorees create a tale of two c-stores: healthy products on one side and comforting, fun products on the other.
  1. Channel: Mass
Yesterday we took note of a CNBC report that Walmart plans to give its Walmart+ members advance access to its Black Friday deals, which, if outside estimates are to believed, has the potential of making some 32 million US households feeling a little more joyful about the end-of-year holiday shopping season. I commented, in part: […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  The food industry is not as difficult as some make it out to be.  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food sold when hot food is hot, cold food is cold, and full of flavor continues to drive growth in every sector of food retail today according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Change is the price of survival within the foodservice sector today. Regular readers of this blog know that customization and personalization are both hallmarks of the fast-growing grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food. According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® hand-held-food for immediate consumption drive […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
WitsNotes Volume 4 takes us to a new frontier of Marketing. Title: Re-invented Marketing: A Candid, Myth-busting Interview Author: Rishad Tobaccowala (The talk and his website)  Topic(s): Marketing Length: 1 hour RetailWit Summary: 5 minutes Summary Marketing is in a perilous spot—the cookie is crumbling, privacy will be a competitive advantage, CMO tenure is the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Hy-Vee Inc.’s newest store opened here September 28 with many of the amenities that the regional supermarket chain is known for plus new features that modernize the shopping experience. At 92,163 square feet, it’s one of the West Des Moines, Iowa-based chain’s largest stores and one of just four it operates […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Success does leave clues and McDonald’s understands that education and good schools are the undercurrent for future success for all of us and for McDonald’s.  So, if you work either inside and outside the classroom at a school. This week, McDonald’s is making school day mornings a little brighter for educators and staff’s by […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every sector of retail that it is offered according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Regular readers of this of this blog understand the success many chain restaurants have found in the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
US-based autonomous checkout solution provider, Standard Cognition, has announced the addition of Jennifer Haroon as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Angie Westbrock as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to its executive team.  “Jennifer and Angie have unique and important experience in building and scaling autonomous technology companies,” says Jordan Fisher, Co-founder and CEO, Standard, which earlier […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  If you picture great food looking good you might be thinking about NORR Kitchen, that opened today in Portland, Oregon. Developed by a group of collective passionate creatives. Consider that NORR Kitchen was a production studio turned eatery, originally designed for creating, testing, and video-graphing beautiful cuisine. The NORR Team wanted to share their […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Does your restaurants business model look more like 2005, 2015, or 2022? Once again shifting demographics, work form home, technology, and yes, the COVID, have combined to create and undercurrent of change that no one would have predicted five years ago.  Maybe this was one, yes, our very own Grocerant Guru® who pontificated on […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  Restaurant chains are closing stores, grocers are blaming the cost of labor for store closures, convenience stores are reshuffling their fresh food line-up to focus on daypart customers customer visit shifts; all the while Gopuff is adding more fulfillment centers garnering a larger share of stomach from all of the above. According to Steven […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – More than 700 shoppers were lined up outside this town’s newest supermarket when the doors opened at 6 a.m. today. The grand opening afforded customers a first glimpse at the amenities, innovations and partnerships that operator Hy-Vee Inc. has incorporated into an “entirely reimagined” grocery store. The 92,000-square-foot store is the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Who want to cook and do breakfast dishes before they head to work? Not many in the United States according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Hand held food for immediate consumption that is ‘deemed’ better-for-you’ has reached the breakfast mid-set of consumers according to Johnson. Are you competing […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the week is nearly done, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on some of the most important stories from the past five days, including Uber Eats/Shell, Next/Gap and Mirakl. 1. Next strikes deal to operate Gap brand in Britain Next has […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
As the North American leader in online grocery, Instacart’s many benefits for families and shoppers have been well documented. However, our company’s impact on grocers, grocery workers, and the overall U.S. grocery industry has been more difficult to quantify—until now. A new study released today by Dr. Robert Kulick of NERA Economic Consulting reveals the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Grocery giant Albertsons Companies, which owns Safeway and Jewel-Osco, is steadily adding to its digital transformation, this time with shoppable, livestream video experiences developed by Redwood City-based Firework. Firework noted that Albertsons is the first U.S. grocer to utilize its platform to create, host and curate their own short-form and livestream video for the Albertsons […]
  1. Department: Food
  Engaging customer trial with grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food has been a success clue with relevance in every sector of retail foodservice for the past 18 years according to Nielsen and Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Now Kum & Go is rolling out a new fresh […]
  1. Department & Category
  Regular readers of this blog know that in every sector of retail foodservice today, grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food is driving incremental growth.  Hand held food for immediate consumption is the unsung platform driving consumer adoption according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Panda Express excels […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Regular readers of this blog know that Casey’s General Stores shook-up the pizza industry when the introduced their now famous full-flavored pizza.  They shook-it up the pizza industry again, when they introduced pizza delivery chain wide, a first for a convenience store.  So, successful was the pizza introduction they began selling pizza all day, which […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food fast is driving customer adoption in all channels of retail foodservice today.  Frictionless shopping within the C-store sector both edifies relevance for Gen Z and Millennials it elevates the incremental food and beverage offerings a convenience store had to offer according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
GRIMES, Iowa — A new Hy-Vee supermarket that opened here on Tuesday is billed as the “the company’s first entirely reimagined grocery store,” with expanded dining options, digital shelf tags and kiosks, and in-store specialty departments offering everything from shoes to fitness equipment. “The Grimes Hy-Vee is our most innovative store to-date with state-of-the-art technology […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Stuck in a rut of their own making, Walmart, while owning and operating Asda stifled its growth with a supply chain mentality from a bygone era according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Johnson continued, “within the foodservice world, the supply chain is important, however never more important than customers, […]

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  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Kroger launches private targeted marketing platform. Big news coming from 84.51 / KPM. The platform allows clients to use their demand-side platform (DSP) of choice. Data is money, and Kroger has blown open the doors for extending first-party data beyond their walled garden—while maintaining (shopper) privacy and control.  Amazon gives third-party sellers access to more […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Solution enables brands to target relevant shoppers, optimize performance against actual retail sales The Kroger Co.’s retail media business, Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM) powered by 84.51°, has rolled out a new private programmatic advertising marketplace. The Kroger Private Marketplace enables agencies and brands to target consumers by applying Kroger audience data to programmatic campaigns on […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Albertsons posts Q2 earnings beat. ID sales +1.5% (2 year stacked: 15.3%); digital sales +5% (2 year stacked: +248%). They announced a strong quarterly dividend of 20% and raised FY2021 outlook.  Gross profit margin decreased 28.6% (fuel, inflation, supply chain costs). Albertsons spoke to their transformation strategy and, specifically, called out modernizing their technical infrastructure […]

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