Dept. Fuel

  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Before you launch your brand in the United Kingdom, it’s important to know what’s going on in today’s U.K. retail market as it may differ from the markets your brand currently has a presence in. Whether the British market is familiar territory or completely new, here’s a deep dive into understanding the U.K.’s marketplace, retailers, […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Sam’s Club is embarking on an ambitious expansion of its physical footprint, beginning with five new fulfillment and distribution centers opening this year — the first, in Georgia, in Q3 2023. The club retailer also plans to open more than 30 larger-format stores, most of which will include enhanced perimeter departments, bigger healthcare spaces and […]
  1. Stores & Formats
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Buoyed by record membership growth, Sam’s Club on Thursday announced plans to open more than 30 new clubs across the country, starting with a unit in Florida that is slated to open next year. The Walmart division also revealed a multiple-year plan to invest in and modernize its supply chain through new […]
  1. International
The energy crisis has affected every part of our lives as individuals, with the cost of living increase crippling households up and down the UK. According to the latest statistics from National Energy Action (NEA), around 4.5 million households in the UK were deemed to be in fuel poverty. In the coming months, this figure […]
  1. Retailer Media
Most retailers are now highly focused on building their own retail media networks (RMNs), offering onsite and offsite inventory. And why not? Retail media networks, when done well, offer a stream of high-profit cash that can be up to 1.5 percent of a retailer’s gross revenues, at margins north of 50 percent. The cookie-less future […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The rate of inflation has continued to slow for six straight months, dropping to 6.5 percent from nine percent last June. Lower prices at the pump and other savings have some feeling hopeful about their own personal finances. Risks of further inflation remain, however, which has economists looking to the Federal Reserve Bank and whether […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
The combination would create a group with 581 supermarkets, 700 petrol forecourts and more than 100 convenience stores in a bid to better refinance EG Group’s current £7bn debt. The news comes after it was revealed that the Issa brothers are also considering a £1bn sale of part of their US petrol station empire. Asda […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Fascinating piece in Axios about Mill, a new green tech startup that “wants us to rethink what we do with our banana peels, pepper tops and other kitchen scraps.” Mill is “part hardware startup, part subscription service.  Customers are sent a bin for their kitchen scraps. The bin — which needs to be plugged in […]
  1. Department & Category
  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. Retailer Media
If you think those “sponsored” products on Amazon are an innocuous little niche of advertising, think again. Those sponsored positions are what are now known as retail media, which has become the third-largest U.S. digital advertising channel after paid search and paid social campaigns. Even more impressive, eMarketer expects it to nearly double, from $31 […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Your customers first option when looking up “what’s for dinner” is on a hand-held device, either a phone or tablet.  Digital food marketing is simply the cost of admission in the world of fresh food marketing according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Outside eyes and open our eyes […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
In a world where consumers have their phones with them seemingly at all times, which of course show the time of day, one would think that there would be little need to wear a watch. However, that line of thinking discounts the emotional connection that consumers have to certain products, notably jewelry and watches. That […]
  1. Holiday & Events
WASHINGTON – Retail sales during 2022’s November-December holiday season grew 5.3% over 2021 to $936.3 billion, falling short of the National Retail Federation’s forecast amid continuing inflation and high interest rates, NRF said today. While holiday growth was less than expected, sales for the year grew 7% over 2021 to $4.9 trillion, meeting NRF’s forecast […]
  1. Holiday & Events
[[ Getty Images Holiday sales came in below industry expectations, as shoppers felt pinched by inflation and rising interest rates, according to data from the National Retail Federation. Sales during November and December grew 5.3% year over year to $936.3 billion, below the major trade group’s prediction for growth of between 6% and 8% over […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
[[ Getty Images The market did not like what it saw from the final retail holiday sales numbers for 2022 which sets up a tough year for retailers, but e-commerce is continuing to boom, including in areas outside the core retail consumer. Trucking data shared by DHL with CNBC shows that while the core consumer […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
We’ve been told a consumer’s path to purchase proceeds in a straight line: awareness, familiarity, consideration, purchase … and if done right, it leads to brand loyalty. It’s a logical step-by-step progression model and gives brands the confidence to manage customers’ engagement and activate them along each step in their journey. Illusion Unveiled The problem […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Significant transformations are taking place within the fuel and convenience retail industry, resulting in convenience stores rethinking how to handle operations during this period of transformation. Consumer needs and expectations look different than they did even just a few years ago — with an increased focus on convenience, speed and value. As a result, retailers […]
  1. Department & Category
A story late last year in The New York Times about the proliferation of classes at elite business schools teaching “corporate social obligations and how to rethink capitalism” is emblematic of what has taken place with corporate social purpose over the past decade. Purpose has gone from an insurgent idea challenging capitalism to a mainstream part of 21st century capitalistic […]
  1. Department & Category
[[“value”:” The food in your kitchen cabinets may not be what it seems. “I guarantee you any time a product can be passed off as something more expensive, it will be. It’s that simple,” Larry Olmsted, author of “Real Food/Fake Food,” told CNBC. Fraudsters motivated by economic gain secretly infiltrate the global food market through […]
  1. Department & Category
The global market for biogas upgrading is geared toward rapid expansion. Driven primarily by the growing demand for renewable and low-carbon fuels, upgraded biogas represents an increasingly promising alternative to natural gas. Due to climbing demand, BCC Research has predicted that the market for biogas upgrading will grow by a CAGR of 21.1% over the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
John Kucera, senior vice president for product management at Salesforce, co-authored this article with Christopher Dean. To watch a video version of this content, click here. Automation is a huge buzzword in the media and entertainment industry these days, for good reason: media and entertainment companies use it to fuel growth while keeping customers happy. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
In December, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers decreased 0.1 percent, seasonally adjusted, and rose 6.5 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent in December (SA); up 5.7 percent over the year (NSA).
  1. Media & Marketing
Let’s discuss brand loyalty. It used to be a principle of marketing that a brand needed trial and repeat before you had brand loyalty. In fact, at the haven of marketing, P&G, the concept was three tries before you could feel comfortable that a customer had become a loyal customer. And, this makes sense. Brand […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
From Axios this morning: “U.S. consumers got a reprieve from soaring costs in December: the Consumer Price Index declined on a monthly basis, the first drop since last summer as falling prices for items including gasoline and used cars dragged the overall index down.” According to the story, “The hot inflation that persisted through much […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. reported net earnings of $375.5 million, or 20 cents a share, for fiscal third quarter ended December 3. That’s down from $424.5 million, or 74 cents a share, in prior year period. Adjusted net income was $505 million, or $0.87 per share, which beat the 66 cent FactSet consensus forecast. […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Success does leave clues and Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes, “one company has picked up more clues than any ‘right’ clues than any other and the numbers prove it out.  That company Johnson says is convenience store / restaurant Wawa.” Currenlty operating in only seven states, Wawa is […]
  1. Channel: Club
[[“value”:”Club holding Costco Wholesale (COST) delivered strong sales growth in December, demonstrating the retailer’s ability to consistently attract customers despite gathering economic headwinds. For the 5 weeks ended Jan. 1, Costco’s net sales increased 7% year-over year, to $23.8 billion, the company reported Thursday. Total comparable sales, which excludes the impact of fluctuations in gasoline […]

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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. […]

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