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  1. Technology & Innovation
Also: Seattle Mariners award community grants, CDC reinstates indoor mask guidelines and Shutterstock acquires AI companies to help customers. Hello, communicators: The Seattle Mariners baseball team has announced that its nonprofit, Mariners Care, will present community impact grants to organizations that are working to improve physical and mental health for kids from Black, Indigenous and […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Timely, topical, transparent Bitcoin equals customer relevance to a new generation of consumers and Circle K wants to welcome those consumers too Circle K according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Customer relevance edifies your brand with consumers driving new electricity. Recently, Circle K announced an international partnership with Bitcoin […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
MIAMI — Sky Organics, a plant-based beauty and personal care brand, has introduced Blemish Control, a blemish-fighting skin care regimen. The skin care collection uses certified organic and plant-based ingredients to combat blemishes while balancing and soothing the skin. The brand is launching the collection at select Whole Foods stores and SkyOrganics.com. Sky Organics said […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Iowa State Fair next month, the retailer said Monday. Flu vaccines will also be offered pending availability. The vaccination clinics will be held daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 22. There is no appointment necessary to […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
We had a story the other day noting that Whole Foods has been putting in self-checkout systems in some stores, which I suggested works against its traditional value proposition. One MNB reader responded: Don’t remember how often you go to Whole Foods ….They have self-checkout!!!! At least here in Massachusetts. Now, Market Basket seems to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — Retail sales grew in June after dipping month to month in May, in a sign that the industry is benefiting from an improving economy. Retail sales rose 0.6% in June, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, which also revised data for May to show sales falling 1.7% instead of declining 1.3% as previously […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
The CPG Guys, Sri & PVSB, are joined in this episode by Wes Schroll, co-founder & CEO of Fetch Rewards, a mobile shopping platform that rewards shoppers for buying the brands they love.  Follow Wes on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wes-schroll-98164418/Follow Fetch Rewards online at: http://fetchrewards.comDownload the Fetch Rewards app for iOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fetch-rewards-for-receipts/id1182474649Download the Fetch rewards app […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Price optimization solution provider Engage3 has launched its Price Image Management (PIM) suite for independent grocers and convenience stores. The Engage3 PIM platform is designed to help independent retailers track their competitive price position in the center store, perishables, private label and fuel, as well as optimize those prices to maximize traffic and margin. The […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We had a story yesterday about how Amazon is likely to double its e-grocery sales in the next five years, leading one MNB reader to write: Just a short example of Amazon power. I needed a figurine light replacement. Could find it at the local Lowes for $4.19 My wife found it on Amazon for […]
  1. Data & Insights
Mastering data is critical for retailers, particularly those serving specialty areas. The ability to reach consumers at the moments in time when they’re likely to make — or at least consider — key purchase decisions is the ultimate marketing challenge. This was especially true when COVID-19 accelerated triggers resulting from life events that motivated more people to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON — Retail sales grew in June after dipping month-to-month in May, in a sign that the industry is benefiting from an improving economy. Retail sales rose 0.6% in June, according to the U.S. Commerce Department, which also revised data for May to show sales falling 1.7% instead of declining 1.3% as previously reported. Many […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  How much would you pay to get a new customer for life?  That is the question foodservice retailers should be asking themselves according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Johnsonbelieves that the cost of a lifetime customer and cost of customer acquisition need to be top of mind for every […]
  1. Channel: Club
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s Wholesale Club is a leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates more than 215 clubs, 145 BJ’s Gas locations, and 3 distribution centers in 17 states. BJ’s is a Fortune 500 company and was the first retailer to introduce the warehouse club […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
UK-based online marketplace OnBuy.com has closed £35 million in Series A+ funding through VC and strategic technology investors. The venture launched in 2016 and has attracted more than 7,000 retailers, hosting over 36 million products on its platform. OnBuy has grown to £155 million annualised GMV with £8 million in total investment until now. The […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
On the high seas, 64% of ship sinkings are due to a single phenomenon. They’re not caused by mechanical defects, nor crew error, but by “rogue waves.” These monsters, which can tower over 100 feet tall, form under certain nautical conditions and when large waves combine to magnify their strength. They can swamp even large […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Sam’s Club said Tuesday that it is piloting a new addition to its Scan & Go app that lets members seamlessly get merchandise delivered from the club to their front door. Called Scan & Ship, the new feature offers an in-club solution for items that require large vehicles to transport such as […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Riding on the hype surrounding cryptocurrencies, NFTs have become hot commodities in the digital creation space. While some tech fanatics are bidding on NFT versions of tweets, brand loyalists are snatching up NFT products.   But what does the future hold for NFTs? How do they present new opportunities for brands and retailers to fuel digital […]
  1. Stores & Formats
According to a survey carried out in 2020, 32 percent of respondents agreed that by improving cleanliness of stores, convenience stores and gas stations in the United States could increase their number of visits. Meanwhile, 17 percent of respondents believe c-stores can increase their number of visits by offering outdoor food and merchandise kiosks for […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. In episode 269 is a recap of Amazon and Instacart news as well as other industry news. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Breaking News: Instacart has appointed Facebook executive Fidji […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Glossier has raised $80 million in Series E funding in a round led by Lone Pine Capital, along with participation from existing investors Forerunner Ventures, Index Ventures, IVP, Sequoia Capital and Thrive Capital. The retailer will use the investment to scale its global online and offline channels. The funding comes in time to help Glossier […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Leading retailers H&M Group, Ingka Group (IKEA), Kingfisher plc and Walmart today launched a new climate change initiative – the Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign – in partnership with the COP26 High Level Climate Action Champions and supported by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Retailers have pledged their support to accelerate a movement in the retail […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Geneva, Switzerland, July 7, 2021 — Leading retailers H&M Group, Ingka Group (IKEA), Kingfisher plc and Walmart today launched a new climate change initiative – the Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign – in partnership with the COP26 High Level Climate Action Champions and supported by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Retailers […]
  1. Channel: Mass
GENEVA, Switzerland — Leading retailers H&M Group, Ingka Group (IKEA), Kingfisher and Walmart have launched a new climate change initiative – the Race to Zero Breakthroughs: Retail Campaign – in partnership with the COP26 High Level Climate Action Champions and supported by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Retailers have pledged their support to accelerate a movement […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
To succeed as an individual or as a firm one must have roots and wings. Roots provide stability, a place to stand, a passed along tradition and a sense of history. But roots alone which are important to ensure one does not get blown away by the winds of change might anchor one too much […]
  1. Channel: Apparel
Timberland will launch ReCircled, a recycling and upcycling program that will fuel the retailer’s circular design and development cycle. The initiative is a major step in Timberland’s goal of having a net positive impact on nature by 2030, through reuse and promotion of regenerative farming practices. Starting in August 2021, ReCircled will let U.S. customers […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Walmart is responding to the unique challenges out-of-stocks create in grocery ecommerce through the application of AI. While shoppers can’t choose their own substitutes when an item in an online order is unavailable, the solution aims to predict what they would have selected to help pickers make the right choice. “For example, imagine you’re a […]
  1. Department & Category
Gas should be in ample supply to keep motorists and their vehicles moving this summer. Whether there will be enough delivery drivers to get fuel to gas stations is another question. Scattered shortages have been reported around the country, including markets in the states of Colorado, Florida and Iowa.
  1. Media & Marketing
For years, I’ve been talking about how important personal branding is, but let’s not get confused by the semantics. Your personal brand is your reputation, and your reputation in perpetuity is the foundation of your career. Your personal brand is your reputation. And your reputation in perpetuity is the foundation of your career.Click To Tweet […]
  1. Channel: Drug
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid has published its third annual corporate sustainability report, detailing the company’s enhanced Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy. The report introduces four key pillars underpinning Rite Aid’s sustainability efforts: building a thriving planet, thriving business, thriving workplace and thriving community. “As a health care organization that aspires to support […]

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