Dept. Grocery

  1. Channel: Grocery
The Seattle Times has a piece about the proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons by Kroger, and the companies’ saying that they will sell 413 stores, including 104 in Washington State, to C&S Wholesale Grocers in order to get Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approvals. While Kroger has pledged that it will not close any stores […]
  1. Department: Food
  Food that can be found at the intersection of cook from scratch at home and retailer prepared fresh food sold as a meal component is Grocerant niche food.  The Grocerant niche targets the time-starved consumers, not with ingredients rather with Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared meals and meal components that can be bundled into a […]
  1. Department: Food
Fair Trade month is observed in October to raise awareness about fair trade practices and products. It’s a time to celebrate ethical and sustainable shopping and support products that prioritize fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility. When products are sold as Fair Trade Certified, a fraction of the sale returns to the producer […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Foot Locker and Fred Jordan Missions, which serves people in need in the Los Angeles area, have continued their three-decade-plus partnership with donations of new shoes, backpacks and school supplies to more than 3,000 underserved children. The 35th annual “Care for Kids” Back-to-School Giveaway took place on Sept. 22 on the streets of the city’s […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Interactive and participatory a new foodservice concept, FreshTake, will feature several foodservice concepts, extensive seating, and multiple entertainment options to entice consumers to stay longer, come back more frequently, and spend more according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Here is a little background, Jackson Mitchell, is a fourth-generation […]
  1. Department & Category
USA Today reports that “consuming high amounts of ultra-processed food and drinks could increase the risk of developing depression in women, new research suggests. “The findings indicate this is especially true with the consumption of artificial sweeteners and artificially sweetened beverages, according to the study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Network Open … The […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
    [[“value”:” Uber Eats said it would begin accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits for groceries beginning next year, following the nationwide rollout of SNAP acceptance at Instacart. “We know that online food delivery can have a meaningful impact in reducing barriers to fresh groceries, especially for the most vulnerable – including people […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The financial analysis service Seeking Alpha is out with an assessment of the prospects that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will approve Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. In short, Seeking Alpha is dubious, at least in part because of ongoing comparisons of the proposed divestiture of more than 400 stores to C&S Wholesale […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Earlier this week I did a FaceTime in which I expressed a certain amazement with stories about how many men spent a lot of time on a regular basis thinking about the ancient Roman empire.  I mentioned that I’m not one of those men – I maybe think about it when watching “Gladiator” and “A […]
  1. Media & Marketing
I’ve been fascinated this week to see how Stanley Tucci has launched a new collection of cookware in partnership with Williams-Sonoma. To be clear, I’m a fan of all things Tucci.  Not just because we grew up in the same part of the world – in Westchester County, New York.  (Though I’m about six years […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Casey’s General Stores continues looking a customer ahead entering into new technology partnerships that will reduce ‘pain-points’ for both customers and employees according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Casey’s is upgrading its foodservice program with two new technology solutions that will streamline operations and while adding convenience to the ordering […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including autonomous stores, virtual commerce, Just Walk Out tech meets RFID, and phone shops reinvented. 1. Pixevia works with […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is continuing its encroachment onto Amazon’s turf with the addition of a new subscription service for repeat purchases, similar to Amazon’s Subscribe and Save offering. But Walmart took the moment to also remind customers of other capabilities enabled in the Walmart app that they won’t find on Amazon (without using those words of course), […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
The Verge reports that Uber Eats “will start accepting food stamps and healthcare benefits as payment for grocery delivery orders.” Starting in 2024, the story says, “Anyone with a valid Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, which disburses funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or food stamps), will be eligible to use their funds […]
  1. Department & Category
The Washington Post has an extensive story about a new study suggesting that tobacco companies that “hooked people on cigarettes by making their products more addictive” used those same strategies to get people hooked on processed foods. An excerpt: “In the 1980s, tobacco giants Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds acquired the major food companies Kraft, […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Last month, online retailer Zulily and Michelin-starred celebrity chef — and dad of two — Curtis Stone (“Iron Chef,” “Top Chef Masters,” “Top Chef Jr.”) teamed up to take the stress out of back-to-school lunchbox planning. The back-to-school season puts a lot of pressure on parents’ wallets, especially at the grocery store, where food prices are increasing. Furthermore, time is […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is continuing its encroachment onto Amazon’s turf with the addition of a new subscription service for repeat purchases, similar to Amazon’s Subscribe and Save offering. But Walmart took the moment to also remind customers of other capabilities enabled in the Walmart app that they won’t find on Amazon (without using those words of course), […]
  1. Data & Insights
  It’s that time of the year to begin hiring for the holiday season. With the battle for share of stomach continuing to drive a wedge between restaurants, grocery stores, and convenience stores the companies that are not understaffed will win this holiday season.  Today Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The United Food and Commercial Workers union on Wednesday expressed deep concerns about the proposed acquisition of 413 Kroger- and Albertsons-owned stores by C&S Wholesale Grocers. “It looks like Haggen 2.0,” said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado and Wyoming, referring to Haggen’s 2015 implosion after acquiring 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores […]
  1. Department: Food
    [[“value”:” WinCo Foods has selected the Invafresh grocery platform to optimize the company’s fresh operations across multiple departments, starting with deli, food service and seafood divisions, to reduce shrink, improve in-stocks and deliver a fresher experience to customers. WinCo was looking for a solution to automate production planning to deliver optimal on-shelf availability […]
  1. Department: Food
MNB often focuses on stores that differentiate themselves through unique products and services, offering a value proposition that seems different from those offered by the competition. That seems to be the pitch for FreshTake, a new grocer scheduled to open next summer in Augusta, Georgia, in a former Whole Foods location, which has been getting […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Walmart has opened its first-ever Pet Services center at the same store in Dallas, Ga. Where it piloted the first Walmart Health center. “Now customers will be able to conveniently access their family’s basic health care solutions in one central location, including the health care needs of their furry friends,” said Kaitlyn Shadiow, VP of Merchandising […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Restaurants from fast food outlets to fine dining establishments are currying favor with consumers seeking an answer to the age–old question; What’s for Dinner. They are doing that by […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
    [[“value”:” Kroger has revamped a Signature store in Houston to include several features geared toward the area’s majority Hispanic population, according to reporting from the Houston Chronicle. In addition to bilingual signage, the newly remodeled store also includes some unique product offerings, including the chain’s first-ever assortment of fresh, store-made ceviche. The ceviche […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail Technology Innovation of the Week is a new series from RTIH highlighting stand out deployments, launches, and initiatives. Every week, we will showcase forward thinking tech plays that have impressed our Editor and the Retail Technology Innovations Report judging panel, in the run up to the publication of the 2024 report early next year. […]
  1. Department & Category
Market segmentation is fundamental to marketing. Segmentation is evergreen when it comes to building and managing brands. J.M. Smucker, purveyor of jams, jellies, Jif peanut butter, Folgers coffee, Uncrustables, Carnation evaporated milk and pet food items including Milk Bone dog biscuits and Meow Mix, has just purchase Hostess brand snack foods. Hostess makes Twinkies, Ding […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  The U.S. Navy wants it sailors, sailor’s families, employees to be happy and adding relevance to their lives makes them happy. Steven Johnson who once work the with the Naval Personal Command to refresh and renew relevance to the ‘club’ system thinks is first step is a great step for Naval Personal and their […]

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Hy-Vee launched the full-scale version of its retail media network, called Hy-Vee RedMedia, at the Groceryshop 2023 conference this week in Las Vegas. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer described the platform as a disruptor in the retail media landscape that will connect brands directly with Hy-Vee’s customer base across multiple platforms, including both online […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
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Instacart saw its share price erode in the two days following its initial public offering, after it rose 12.7% in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. The stock settled down to just slightly over its IPO price of $30 per share on Wednesday, its first full day on the exchange, then ranged […]
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#30DaysofRetailMedia | Day 21: Retail Media Metrics Metrics help brand advertisers measure retail media effectiveness. Key performance indicators (KPIs) span the full marketing funnel, as consumers can enter anywhere. Brand advertisers: 🎯 Choose KPIs according to their objectives📊 Measure baseline results for meaningful comparisons🌟 Review their metrics for data insights to optimize their processes and […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  2. Trends & External Forces
  3. Holiday & Events
Experts predict slow growth in 2023 holiday sales as consumers tighten their belts in a tough economy, but e-commerce will remain a bright spot. Stores are filling with displays of holiday decorations and holiday-themed merchandise as retailers eagerly prepare for the annual shopping surge, but consumers may not be as excited. Forecasts for 2023 holiday […]