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Market segmentation is fundamental to brand-business building. When creatively and intelligently managed, market segmentation can provide insight into: Superior understanding of the customer so the brand-business can provide outstanding competitive advantage; Strategic focus that is essential for effective marketing; Identifying market priorities that can drive brand-business strategies. Dollar General applied market segmentation to generate its […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
If you’re a child of the ’90s then you already know (and probably love) Dippin’ Dots. If you’re not and you don’t have kids or have never been to an amusement park, then here’s the long and short of it — Dippin’ Dots is cryogenically frozen ice cream that form little beads to create a […]
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  Just in case you were ever wondering why Convenience Stores started selling, then branding both pizza and chicken because they drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® C-stores exploited restaurants weakness of daypart limitations. Most C-stores are open more hours and give consumers […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Todd Vasos began an exciting new leadership chapter at Dollar General Corp. on November 1 as he transitioned from chief executive officer to senior advisor. The new role underscores the leadership, mentorship and perpetual evolution that has defined Vasos’ retail career for nearly four decades. MMR is proud to honor Vasos with […]
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One of the most persistent trends of the last 30 years of CPG marketing has been SKU (Stock-Keeping Unit) proliferation – the addition of more products and a variety of products based on changes to the market, such as adding several new flavors of a top-selling beverage. However, this trend is coming to an end.  […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to be in high demand from consumers driving topline sales and bottom-line profits according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Let’s look at some interesting facts about meals: IRI’s Jonna Parker at the ‘Fresh Center’ found, “What we’re seeing happen […]
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It’s January. The holidays are over and people across the country can breathe a sigh of relief now that the decorations have been packed away and the house is neat and tidy again. After a long period of celebrations, whether for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas, the start of every new year is often the perfect […]
  1. Department: Food
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  Foodservice Solutions® recent Grocerant ScoreCards continue to indicate that at the intersection of the consumer, technology, and retail food sales we find the grocerant niche creating and expanding points of quality food distribution according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   It’s at that intersection that Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru® […]
  1. Channel: Grocery reports that “Wegmans is investing $3 million into Perry’s Ice Cream’s planned $18 million project that will add 20,000 square feet to its 120,000-square-foot facility in Akron, N.Y. The expansion will focus on producing ice cream bars on a stick, a ‘fast-growing segment’ of the industry.” According to the story, “Wegmans said it contributed […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
From Bloomberg, a story suggesting that Jeff Bezos’ prediction may be coming true – that eventually Amazon would be disrupted in the same way that is caused so much disruption. “The idea seemed absurd in the middle of the pandemic. Amazon’s online sales had exploded as people avoided stores. Restless consumers, buoyed by stimulus payments, […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  Do you want you children to have memories that last a lifetime?  One of the best ways to do that is to elevate a holiday meal according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “If you want your Gen Z or Millennial children to have memories to last […]
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Auzerais went from baking for friends to building a DTC bakery empire in a week. Yes, you read that right. This exponential growth has been documented by multiple publications. Currently, Blondery ships over 75,000 shipments per week nationwide.  So how did this huge success happen, and how does Auzerais handle it all? We sat with […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Fast, scalable grocery fulfillment has become the norm, exponentially accelerated over the past few years by the COVID-19 pandemic and consumers’ increasing need for convenience. Whether in-store shopping or grocery ordering, seamless experiences are the name of the game, as evidenced by an increase in online grocery technology.  A recent McKinsey report found that grocery […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Grocery retailers around the world are having to re-work their strategies to cope with rapidly rising inflation and the pressure on consumers – including ramping up their own-label offers, greater emphasis on loyalty schemes and a “laser-like focus” on price. That was the message from Nick Miles, head of global insight at the IGD grocery […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Trends to watch in VMS, beverages, and yogurt Probiotics and prebiotics are longtime staples of the health and wellness market, and they have gradually gained new audiences as gut health became a popular topic for mainstream shoppers. The result has been an interesting shift in what is driving growth for probiotics and prebiotics. Amazon Leads […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers are walking the aisle of the grocery store looking for a meal that is less expensive than eating out.  Delivery charges, price increases, slow service, inconsistent quality are but some of the comments gather in Foodservice Solutions®latest round of grocerant scorecards, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Struggling […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Everyone’s a winner at Astro’s Halloween carnival! Get your costume on The fun doesn’t stop when the carnival ends Come one, come all! Step right up, step right up! Have you heard what’s happening in the Trailblazer Forest? Astro is setting up a Halloween carnival. Help them set the spooky scene by earning your limited-edition […]
  1. Department: Food
Last Friday marked 20 years of Marketoonist.  On October 21, 2002, I published my very first marketing cartoon, then called Brand Camp.  It was a cartoon on the 8 Types of Brand Managers. I had just started as an Associate Marketing Manager at General Mills, working on Yoplait.  I emailed this first cartoon to 35 […]
  1. Department: Food
  Doller General has been garnering customers from grocery stores for years.  The fast service, lower prices and targeting the 55% of U.S. households comprised of one or two people.  Much to their surprise they have also been garnering a larger and larger selection of U.S. customers in a hurry eve those from large households. […]
  1. Department & Category
The coming winter months will be among the toughest in memory for many families as the cost-of-living crisis hits. As consumers face the daunting prospect of feeding their families in a world of rising prices, retailers must search for categories that can help their customers’ money stretch further. And frozen food, by its very nature, […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Uber Eats has teamed up with frozen food retailer Iceland to launch a new quick commerce offering to deliver groceries across London in as little as 20 minutes. The new… The post Uber Eats launches quick commerce partnership with Iceland appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Channel: Mass
Throughout Walmart’s 60-year history, our associates have worked to continuously reinvent retail and how we deliver on our promise to save people money so they can live better. And reinvention has also been a big part of how we tell the story of Walmart. From its origins as a more traditional visitor center in 1990 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The latest dunnhumby Consumer Trends Tracker (CTT) is out, and underlines the fact that “Americans believe that food-at-home inflation has hit 22.8%, 9.7 points higher than the 13.1% annual rate reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.” Other key findings: •  “Sixty-four percent of U.S. consumers report they would have difficulty covering an unexpected […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
 While the pandemic showcased the importance of maintaining a healthy diet, it also validated an indulgent relationship with food. In the UK, almost half of consumers say it’s been easier to justify eating indulgent food/drink since COVID-19. This agreement is even higher among younger adults. While ice cream is inherently indulgent, brands have been […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO – Americans believe that food-at-home inflation has hit 22.8%, 9.7 points higher than the 13.1% annual rate reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to the latest dunnhumby Consumer Trends Tracker (CTT) released Monday. The perceived rate of food at home inflation is 5.1% higher than the dunnhumby Consumer Pulse report from February […]

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In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
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While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]