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  1. Trends & External Forces
MNB reader Rich Heiland had a thought about out continuing conversation about CVS’s shortcomings: I consider drug stores a commodity. None of them do anything to distinguish themselves from one another in any significant way. I live in a downtown area. There is a Rite-Aid a block or so away. I go there. If there […]
  1. Department: Food
Are you hungry to carve out a niche in the bustling food industry but not quite sure where to dig in? Get ready for some food for thought! We’re about to explore ten tantalizing types of food retail businesses that might just align with your entrepreneurial appetite and spice up your life.  From the sweet […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Got the following email regarding my conversation with ReposiTrak’s Randy Fields and Dr. Benjamin Miller, executive vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs of The Acheson Group (TAG): Thank you for presenting the discussion about the FDA’s new traceability requirements.  People in our industry are simply not aware of the impending, major disruption in logistics […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Kitchen United, which has been operating 18 ghost kitchens – including eight inside Kroger stores – is closing or selling all those physical locations, with plans to  focus on the licensing of its proprietary software, which has been used to operate those physical businesses. All of the Kroger locations already have been closed. KC’s View: […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Wichita State Dining has announced the roll-out of robotic food delivery on campus, thanks to a partnership with Starship Technologies. The latter’s fleet of autonomous, on-demand robots are now available to deliver food from the following campus restaurants: RSC Starbucks Panda Express Freddy’s Frozen Custard Tu Taco Market at Groundhouse Cargill Cafe Black & Gold […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
YouTube star MrBeast, whose real name is Jimmy Donaldson, is suing his business partner Virtual Dining Concepts over the poor quality of the burgers bearing his name. The collaboration involved building an online food service to deliver MrBeast-branded foods, but customers have complained about issues such as raw meat, missing parts of their orders, and […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  Last week Joanna Fantozzi a Senior Editor for Nation’s Restaurant News and Restaurant Hospitality posed a great question; Do you know where your food is being cooked? According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® most Americans simply don’t care who cooks dinner as long as it is not them.  Here […]
  1. Data & Insights
The accessibility of AI tools like ChatGPT has empowered individuals worldwide, revealing the remarkable capabilities of these tools. From answering questions and crafting poetry to generating texts in the styles of renowned authors and facilitating translation, the possibilities seem endless.  This week we look at how new technologies have the potential to have unique use-cases […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
3D Cloud by Marxent, a specialist in 3D kitchen design and furniture planning, has announced an early access programme for its 3D Cloud Room Scanner offering. Retailers can now sign up to be among the first to deploy the capabilities of the company’s LiDAR room scan to design solution for capturing room measurements that can […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
UK supplement brands Free Soul, HUX Health and Misfits Health have partnered with one-hour and same-day delivery startup bodo. They are using the London-based firm’s solution in three main ways: Acquiring new customers with faster and more convenient delivery options, and turning them into loyal subscribers. Using bodo’s live map order tracking and branded WhatsApp/email […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Today’s consumers are as time starved as ever and when you couple that with a growing lack of cooking from scratch skill-set grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food continues to garner customers attention and drive food channel migration according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Consumers continue seeking […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Uber Eats is removing thousands of ghost kitchens with duplicate menus from its app in an effort to make the experience more pleasurable for its users. The company has also unveiled new standards for ghost kitchen operators to follow. “Communicating — and beginning to enforce — these new quality standards for Virtual Restaurants on Uber […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Willamette Week reports that “the Miami ghost kitchen company that scattered its trucks across Portland shortly before the pandemic and received over $1 billion from SoftBank and other overseas investors appears to have called it quits in Portland. “Miami-based Reef Technology last week closed most, if not all, of its remaining ghost kitchens across the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  What is the best food marketing job in the foodservice sector?  It has to be a food marketing director at a virtual kitchen.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “virtual restaurants, virtual brands start with a blank sheet and are not restricted to a set of self-imposed […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Food & Wine reports that Chipotle is launching a new bowl-centric foodservice concept:  “Opening in March in Santa Monica, Farmesa will feature the same customizable options Chipotle is loved for. Guests will have the option of building a bowl, which includes a protein, green or grain, two sides, a choice of five sauces, and toppings. […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We’re big fans of LinkedIn and are busy building an amazing community of retail tech enthusiasts on the social media platform. These are the articles that are currently on their radars, including Walmart, DroneUp, MAPCO, Grabango, Currys, Co-op, and Just Eat. Walmart drone delivery service hits Arizona, Texas and Florida markets with DroneUp Walmart’s drone […]
  1. Media & Marketing
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT (except today because of the breaking Musk news!), subscribe here. Jet-lagged and post-COVID-fatigued, Haje is back, joining Christine to bring you fine morsels of tech news in this very newsletter. Also, hearsay (and the […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Online retailing is now close to 30 years old.  It has seen an almost relentless growth over much of this period, accelerated by events such as Black Friday and Christmas, and more recently super-charged by the pandemic and lockdown.  The graph of the increasing penetration of online sales in the UK has become well known. […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Kantar: Grocery sales down 1.9% in previous 12 weeks. From August – October, grocery sales were down according to Kantar. However, sales are still 7.3% higher than in 2019. Kantar is still optimistic for Christmas, as they’ve seen holiday products move early and well. New consumer baselines are becoming established, with the online sales stabilizing […]

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Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
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US consumer perceptions of CX quality are now at their lowest point since the inception of the CX Index. Read a few of the key takeaways from our just-launched report. Forrester has just released the results from its annual Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) rankings. Unfortunately, US consumer perceptions of CX quality have dropped for an unprecedented […]


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