Dept. Fuel

  1. Channel: Convenience
Wawa has launched Goose Media Network, the c-store chain’s retail media network (RMN), to give brands the opportunity to reach Wawa customers online as well as via the mobile app and videos played at the gas pump. Wawa worked with Publicis Groupe’s Publicis Sapient, Epsilon and CitrusAd to create the new offering. “Goose Media Network […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has named Lanesha Minnix the company’s executive vice president (EVP) and global chief legal officer. Minnix, most recently EVP, general counsel and corporate secretary for Ecolab, Inc., will assume her new role with WBA on April 15. Lanesha Minnix Minnix, who will report to WBA CEO Tim Wentworth […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Grocery stores have been in a state of flux in recent years, influenced broadly by the economy and supply chain issues and, at the store level, by how consumers want to shop. This year, grocery bills are expected to exceed $300 a week, which in turn will impact the choices consumers are making at the […]
  1. Channel: Mass
NEW YORK — Building off the success of the 2023 L’Oréal Paris Elvive Hyaluron + Plump collection, which launched exclusively at Walmart in the fall of 2022, the brand has once again collaborated with the retailer on exclusive haircare line. The new Hyaluron + Pure collection features a shampoo, conditioner, and oil-erasing scalp serum. L’Oréal […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  At the intersection of getting the consumers interested in your brand and elevating meal bundling options Casey’s General Stores is focused on consumer messaging that they are about more than just gasoline and pizza according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. ·         Did you know that: 1.       Casey’s has […]
  1. Department: Food
The Chicago Sun Times reports that the City Council there has approved a new ordinance that “will prevent dollar store operators from opening within a mile of an existing dollar store owned or managed by the same controlling person.” The move comes “amid complaints of filthy, unsafe stores in the city pushing shoppers to cleaner […]
  1. Data & Insights
While inflation has been kept in check for much of the broader economy over the last few months and diesel prices have declined, the cost of diesel fuel may have negative ripple effects across the economy, particularly for retail fleets. Demand for domestic transportation of goods is expected to increase in the coming months as […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Audiences stream a record 40.8 billion viewing minutes on Jan. 13, 2024 Chilly weather, coupled with the excitement of the NFL playoffs, helped boost total TV viewership 3.7% in January. While historically characteristic for the month, the uptick was perhaps more noteworthy because it was 1.4% above its level last year—a reporting period that was […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Sustainability in Festival Fashion As sustainability becomes more of a priority for festival goers, with initiatives like using turf to generate electricity at the Isle of Wight Festival, or Green Man Festival’s solar-powered stages, and hydrogen and hydrotreated vegetable oil power; fashion will experience similar trends. Many consumers are turning to renting a summer wardrobe […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
One of the benefits of being a RangeMe Starter or Premium subscriber brand is the opportunity to submit products to buyers who have immediate, limited-time opportunities that take place throughout the year. During these campaigns, retailers, distributors and foodservice operators invite brands that meet specific criteria to submit their products to be considered for placement […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
  1. Data & Insights
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]
  1. Department & Category
  Casey’s General Stores has long been a staple in the hearts of communities across its 16-state footprint. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Caseys operates at the intersection of a convenience store retailer and pizza chain.  Casey’s plays a vital role in providing essential goods and services to its […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In the ever-evolving landscape of culinary innovation, Air Fryer Products and Technologies have emerged as transformative elements, revolutionizing the way we approach modern cooking. This culinary marvel, employing hot air to create delectably crispy and flavorful dishes with minimal or no oil, has not only redefined convenience in kitchens worldwide but has also become a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The retail industry, particularly e-commerce, is expansive, constantly evolving, and dynamic. The primary challenge for retailers lies in retaining existing customers amidst competition and the rising cost of acquiring new customers. The 2023 State of Customer Messaging Report highlights the significance of customer retention, with 95 percent of professionals emphasizing its importance. Effective customer retention […]
  1. Stores & Formats
WASHINGTON – Retail sales started strong in 2024, according to figures released Monday by the National Retail Federation. Sales in January nearly matched December’s holiday spending and rose significantly year over year, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions. “January sales continued the strong performance of retail sales in December, which is […]
  1. International
Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, is on an international mission to raise considerable funds for an ambitious new project. He aims to radically escalate the production of the essential high-performance semiconductors that fuel advanced AI programs such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT.
  1. Data & Insights
A weekly podcast with the latest e-commerce news and events. Episode 317 is deep dive into Amazons Q4 2023 results. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Spotify Podcast RSS SoundCloud TuneIn iHeartRadio Google Play Music Overcast Pocket Casts Facebook ????? Episode Summary: In this episode, Jason Goldberg and Scot Wingo dive deep into Amazon’s fourth-quarter results […]
  1. Department & Category
In the face of global warming, nine American states are joining hands to champion the use of electric heat pumps. With an ambitious goal of converting 90% of residential heating, air conditioning, and water heating sales to heat pump technology by 2040, these states aim to drastically reduce carbon emissions.
  1. Channel: Mass
Bloomberg reports this morning that Target Corp., which has been enduring months of sales declines, “is weighing a new paid membership program akin to Amazon Prime or Walmart+ as it looks for ways to fuel growth and compete against bigger rivals, according to people familiar with the matter.” Some context from the story: “Although the […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
CNBC reports that Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol is saying that he believes “we can double the restaurant count to 7,000.  We view it as a conservative number, and we view it as something that’s very feasible in the long term.” The story says that Niccol conceded “that it has been a tricky business environment over […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Dear marketing readers: hang in with me here. I have a point. Promise. I started programming as a kid, writing multiplayer games for dial-up bulletin board systems (BBSs) — a precursor to the web and social media as we know it today. It was the late 80’s, early 90’s, and I mostly wrote in a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The explosive growth in e-commerce that flowed from the COVID-19 pandemic has made last-mile delivery more important than ever in the retail industry. Companies that meet consumer expectations when it comes to last-mile delivery will be well-positioned to thrive. Meeting those expectations, however, is easier said than done, as consumers want delivery to be fast, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  The restaurant industry is facing many challenges in the post-pandemic world, such as labor shortages, rising costs, and changing customer preferences. To survive and thrive in this competitive market, restaurants need to adopt innovative solutions that can enhance their efficiency, quality, and customer satisfaction. One of these solutions is robotic food delivery, which is […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family to watch the game. However, hosting a Super Bowl party can be a lot of work, especially if you’re planning to cook all the food yourself. That’s why restaurant […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon said yesterday that it is testing Rufus, described as “a generative AI-powered expert shopping assistant trained on Amazon’s extensive product catalog, customer reviews, community Q&As, and information from across the web to answer customer questions on a variety of shopping needs and products, provide comparisons, and make recommendations based on conversational context.” Rufus is […]
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84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]