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  1. Shopper & Customer
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is making a bold move to attract the Gen Z demographic. The company is leveraging its affordable fashion line, No Boundaries, to entice this younger generation to not only buy clothes but also fresh food from their stores. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “Walmart […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“Virtual reality is a medium for the extension of body and mind… constructed by the senses and only exists in the minds of users.” You may be thinking this sounds revolutionary, right? But it was actually published all the way back in 1993 by Frank Biocca and Mark Levy. The point we’re making is, like […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced plans to roll out Store Companion, a new generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tool. The chatbot, designed by Target, will be available for team members at all of its nearly 2,000 stores by August, becoming the first major retailer to share that it is bringing this technology to its store team […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
BENTONVILLE, Ark — In collaboration with Walmart Global Tech’s Sparkubate, Walmart will work with Agritask to pilot a technology solution program that is geared to enable sourcing managers to make more well-informed decisions on seasonal fruit crop yields such as cherries and blackberries. This first-of-its-kind Agritask initiative aims to secure surety of supply, reduce food […]
  1. Department: Food
​[[“value”:” Dive Brief The plant-based pioneer is furthering its mission to make cleaner-label products by offering a new collection of heart-healthy recipes. Published June 21, 2024 A package of Beyond Meat’s Hot Italian-Style sausage. The company expects to launch a Mild Italian-Style variation later in the summer. Courtesy of Beyond Meat “]] 
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that, it’s clear that White Castle’s strategic focus on consumer interactive participatory marketing is what sets them apart in the fast-food marketplace. Their latest campaign for the summer season exemplifies this approach, showcasing how they engage with customers in a dynamic and personalized […]
  1. Department: Food
All the packaging for Clover and Country Life Spreadable is now fully recyclable As part of its commitment to ensure all packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, the Saputo Dairy UK is removing the non-recyclable cover papers from its Clover, Utterly Butterly and… This story continues at Saputo UK introduces recyclable cover papers […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. awarded $50,000 to minority- and women-owned businesses during the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. During the pitch competition component of the event, 15 companies from across the Midwest presented to a panel of judges and more than 150 event attendees. The […]
  1. Data & Insights
There’s a lot of debate about what it takes to create scroll-stopping ads and award-winning campaigns, but here’s one truth we’ll always stand by: Market research is the backbone of every successful strategy.  When you know how to do market research, you have the power to understand consumers and make data-led decisions with confidence. Without […]
  1. Retail Operations
Waitrose is extending its collaboration with Blue Yonder with the addition of the supply chain solution provider’s forecasting capability. The move marks the first significant introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into Waitrose’s forecasting – and is designed to improve the  levels of availability across the retailer’s stores. Rather than relying on historical sales data and […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. posted first-quarter earnings that topped expectations. The retailer reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed its guidance for the rest of the fiscal year and told investors that its “Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital” strategy continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth. “Kroger is off to a solid […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The success of the grocerant niche is based in large part on convenience, time, and the ‘halo’ of better for you according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who believe that the Smoothie Keg just might be the right product at the right time to drive incremental top line […]
  1. Data & Insights
You know health-conscious customers are reshaping the market, right? This year, it’s all about meeting their evolving needs. From innovative product selections to smart advertising campaigns, you need fresh strategies. Understand your customer base like never before. Offer them exactly what they crave. Boost your sales by keeping up with the latest trends in wellness. […]
  1. Data & Insights
NEW YORK, NY — Augie, formerly known as Aug X Labs, announced today the commercial launch of its flagship platform, Augie Studio, an all-in-one video studio that empowers businesses of any size to create compelling social video content at scale—regardless of their experience or skill set. Augie also announced Studio tiers and pricing, including an […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Although inflation’s pace has slowed since the middle of 2022, the cost of everyday essentials continues to rise. At Dollar General, more shoppers are experimenting with store brands as they seek ways to lessen the strain on their family budgets, says Jackie Li, senior vice president, private brands and global sourcing at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“What we’re seeing is marketers placing what I like to refer to as ‘no regret bets.’ They’re identifying areas where productivity can be raised and making the investments to use AI to drive productivity gains.” — Mike Monroe, Managing Director, Deloitte Digital It’s safe to say we’re living in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
And, just like that, Drizly is out. As of March 2024, the departure of what was once the largest online marketplace for alcohol in North America has created a significant void in the adult-beverage industry. However, this void also presents a significant opportunity for grocers. With customers increasingly returning to in-store shopping, grocery stores are […]
  1. Department & Category
  The food sector is witnessing a significant shift as Millennials continue their exploration for fresh food options in the grocerant niche. This journey of discovery, trial, and migration is challenging the traditional paradigms of legacy chain restaurants. Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, has been at the forefront of […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  At the intersection of yesterday and tomorrow hot dog sales are making noise, garnering new consumers, and driving change in fresh food landscape. That said, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® asks. Is there a beef between Wienerschnitzel and Portillo’s or should there be:   1.       Menu Variety and Pricing: […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  In 2019, Chipotle Mexican Grill took a unique and proactive approach to brand elevation by participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee with its own version: the Chipotle Bee, For Real. This initiative was a testament to the power of innovative branding in driving future growth and creating a new energy within a brand.  […]
  1. Department: Food
Over the past five years, the prices of various food items have risen significantly, affecting staples like milk and fruit as well as treats like chocolate bars and ice cream. Savings experts at BravoVoucher analysed data from the Office for National Statistics on the average… This story continues at Biggest grocery price increases over last […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Trends WhitePaper 2024 Inmar Intelligence Mon, 06/10/2024 – 3:22pm While many shoppers have maintained the habit of making lists before heading to the stores to combat inflation and price increases, on-the-spot or impulse purchase decisions are still happening. And a trend we’ve seen continue to rise over the last couple of years is consumers switching […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
NEW YORK, NY — Shop TODAY has awarded plant-powered skincare brand TruSkin® a beauty award for its best-selling Vitamin C Facial Serum. The brand, currently a top trending brand per NielsenIQ, is thrilled that its hero product won best budget vitamin C serum. Made with sodium ascorbyl phosphate (SAP), a gentle and effective form of […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“What’s the one thing my business needs to do to be successful?” It’s a question asked around the world, at TED talks, conferences, bars, and boardrooms. No matter the size of your business, it’s something everyone wants to know. And the answer boils down to one thing, knowing your customers.  And when we say knowing […]
  1. Department & Category
  Roll, roll, roll away roller grill, was the refrain from Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Clearly Johnson’s call was on target and years ahead of other industry experts.  Once again however, fresh prepared foods are a potential goldmine for convenience stores (c-stores), but convincing customers to ditch the roller […]
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MINNEAPOLIS — Target has announced plans to roll out Store Companion, a new generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) tool. The chatbot, designed by Target, will be available for team members at all of its nearly 2,000 stores by August, becoming the first major retailer to share that it is bringing this technology to its store team […]
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Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
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Major carriers all around the world increase the rates of their services at an average of 4 – 6% YoY.  While carriers transfer this burden of inflation to shippers via increased merchants, most merchants do not do the same to their customers but instead absorb shipping costs as a marketing technique to attract customers. Returning […]
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The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its first quarter 2024 results, reaffirmed guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.

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