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  1. Corporate Finance
On a two-year stacked basis, AlbertsonsCos saw identical sales growth of 15.3% and digital sales growth of 248%.
  1. Shopper & Customer
Rising energy and fuel prices could affect customer spending in the run up to Christmas, suggests the latest data from analyst Nielsen. NielsenIQ reveals that in the four weeks ending 9 October grocery sales slowed to £11.8bn, which is 0.7% down on the same period last year. Despite this year-on-year fall, grocery spending is still 6.6% […]
  1. Channel: Mass
CNBC reports 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. The story says that the offering will come in the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Yesterday’s MNB featured an extended conversation about the subject of loyalty, precipitated by a story I did a few months ago  about an element of a new loyalty program developed by Price Chopper/Market 32 and powered by tcc Global, that allows shoppers to compile points that can be converted into dollars that then can be […]
  1. RetailWit
For those of you just discovering this series, Road to Twelve and a Half is a countdown to the November 16th release of my sixth business book, Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success. I hope these blogs can serve as extra resources to build off of the material in […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. reported Monday that its identical store sales for the second quarter were up 1.5% year-over-year, and 15.3% on a two-year stacked basis. Digital sales increased 5%, or 248% on a two-year stacked basis. Sales and other revenue totaled $16.5 billion for the 12 weeks ended September 11, up from $15.8 […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The Washington Post writes that “all told, there have been strikes against 178 employers this year, according to a tracker by Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, which records only large work stoppages, has documented 12 strikes involving 1,000 or more workers. That’s a significant jump from 2020, when […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The elimination of cookies is going to make it essentially impossible for retailers to get the third-party data they need to fuel their personalization initiatives. But with the right methods, your loyalty program can save the day!   During this episode of Retail Remix, Alicia Esposito sits down with Rob Garf and Natasha Janic of Salesforce […]
  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. Operations & Supply Chain
The New York Times has a story about how, while it seems logical that “plant-based food companies like the publicly traded Beyond Meat and its privately held competitor, Impossible Foods, would be better for the environment than meat processors like JBS,” some environmental advocates are saying that, in the words of George and Ira Gershwin, […]
  1. Department & Category
The actor-writer-director-producer-TV host Stanley Tucci is out with a memoir, “Taste: My Life Through Food,” that is a breezy, conversational tour through his life as a series of meals.  Actually, it is more than that – Tucci has had a diverse career and interesting life, living at various times in places ranging from Florence to […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Cumberland Farms like so many other convenience stores continue to expand its grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food options.  That evolution is occurring at the intersection of fresh food and technology and will prove to be a driver of incremental success according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. […]
  1. Channel: Mass
A new product offering complements the retailer’s forthcoming DSP By Lisa Lacy Walmart is about to take the wraps off a new set of data products geared toward merchants and suppliers, Adweek has learned. The first contracts for Walmart Luminate, as the new feature is known, were signed in the last month, a spokesperson tells Adweek. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The arrival of the first real fall TV season in two years and the return of football (with fans) combined to drive big viewership in September, with broadcast programming gaining 2 share points to represent 26% of total TV usage. The rise represents the second consecutive increase in broadcast viewing and a high since the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Hey everyone. For those of you who didn’t know, Trash Talk is BACK  Since the vlog series is here again, I thought why not share a little recap of the latest episode on the blog? In episode seven, DRock and I were in for an eventful day — everything from petting a dog to a […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NCA Unveils New Industry Economic Impact Data Ahead Of Halloween 2021 WASHINGTON –The National Confectioners Association released a new report today outlining the important and essential role confectionery manufacturing plays in the U.S. economy. Makers of chocolate, candy, gum and mints support nearly 700,000 good-paying American jobs, with about 58,000 jobs created in confectionery manufacturing […]
  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. Department & Category
The army have started helping to deliver fuel to petrol forecourt, as parts of the UK continue to struggle with supplies. Around 200 soldiers, half of them drivers, are being used in an effort to ease the shortage. The problem has been blamed on a shortage of delivery drivers rather than petrol. Soldiers have spent […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
With just a 2.5% gain year to date — against a 29% gain for the S&P 500 — Amazon (AMZN) stock hasn’t been quite the outperformer this year that it was in 2020 (when Amazon stock racked up 74% gains). If you already own Amazon stock, that’s probably been a bit of a disappointment to […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Roman Zrazhevskiy’s company, Mira Safety, sells protective gas masks. It launched in 2018. The masks protect against tear gas, chemicals, and, yes, viruses. Still, reaching prospects was a challenge. The post PPE Provider Thrives on Influencers (and Hollywood) appeared first on Practical Ecommerce.
  1. Department & Category
CINCINNATI — Procter & Gamble Co.’s Olay Body brand is introducing the Olay Body Lotion Collection, a line of body lotions containing prestige skin care ingredients to hydrate and rejuvenate skin’s surface cells. Crafted by Olay Skin Experts and backed by more than 65 years of skin science, the hydrating formulas  combine niacinamide in its […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 29, 2021 — Get your shopping lists ready! Walmart, America’s Best Toy Shop, revealed its annual Top-Rated by Kids Toy List, featuring the must-have toys of the holiday season. Selected by real kids, this year’s top picks include 16 Walmart exclusives — more than any year before.“Our customers know Walmart is the […]
  1. Department: Food
Functional chewing gum brand Blockhead has launched strawberry prebiotic sweets, in a move designed to “energise” sales of gum and sugar confectionery. The sweets are available from Booker now and retail at £1.75, containing prebiotics and Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCCA), protein “building blocks” designed to “fuel the body, gut and mind”. They join the […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
RTIH gets the lowdown on UK-based online marketplace and tech startup, Boulevard, which recently closed a £2.2 million seed investment from Fuel Ventures. RTIH: Tell us about yourself and Boulevard DP: My journey started out when I sold dress-up outfits to friends while studying at Nottingham Trent University. It was a good university side hustle.  As […]
  1. Merchandising
“We need to get to a place where it’s not just, ‘Are you managing search? Is your content okay? Are you watching ratings and reviews?’ The shopping experience has to be more profound.” — Rich Simpson, SVP of Customer Development, North America & International, Maesa When it comes to standing out on the digital shelf […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
A retail organisation has criticised the government’s plan to tackle the fuel supply crisis as panic buying means more forecourts are running out of stock. With pressure at the pumps growing by the day, there were reports today that the government is considering calling in the army to supply forecourts. It has already suspended competition […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
BP said that it had to temporarily close “a handful” of gas stations in the UK due to a lack of truck drivers to deliver fuel supplies. The company, which supplies 1,200 BP-branded gas stations in the UK, said it will “continue to work with our hauler supplier to minimize disruption and to ensure efficient […]

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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 […]