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  1. Department: Beverage
  Panera Bread tested a subscription coffee service as regular readers of this blog know then they launched an $8.99 per month coffee and tea subscription program for its MyPanera loyalty program members. Steven Jonson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, it’s clear that Coffee subscriptions work giving the first-hand knowledge JAB Holding Company […]
  1. Department: Beverage
This year’s 44 honorees create a tale of two c-stores: healthy products on one side and comforting, fun products on the other.
  1. Channel: Convenience
  The halo of ‘better-for-you’ continues to be top of mind with Gen Z and Millennial Americans. Young parents are constantly looking for better for my baby, better for my child, food and associated products according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. It’s at the intersection the Gen Z, Millennial […]
  1. Channel: Mass
It’s Friday, the week is nearly done, 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 Tesco, Gorillas and Walmart. 1. Tesco opens Trigo powered GetGo checkout-free store Tesco has launched its first high street […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Without hesitation, most of us would agree that our expectations from online retailers have changed significantly since the advent of the digital transformation. Retail giants like Amazon and Walmart now offer two-day to same-day shipping and that’s shaped consumer expectations on a broad scale. What’s shocking? Retail has experienced more developments made in the last […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
British consumers have global tastes – and the COVID-19 crisis appears to have further whetted their appetites for international products. The influential British magazine Retail Week has identified the desire for more adventurous flavours in food and drink as a critical trend for U.K. retail in 2021, enabling consumers unable to travel internationally to taste […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
MNB reader Tom Murphy had a thought about yesterday’s piece about Target using more and more in-store boutiques in its stores: This is an extremely interesting article.  When I was a grocery industry executive and then consultant (1990 – 2018), the standard grocer premise was that floor space was too important an asset to “lease […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Whole Foods Market global buyers and experts unveiled their  top 10 anticipated food trends for 2022  in the retailer’s seventh-annual Trends predictions. Buzz-less spirits, yuzu, Reducetarianism and functional beverages made with prebiotics and botanicals are among the food influences expected to rise in popularity in the next year. Each year, a  Trends Council  of more […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Frank DeMaria was never the kind of leader who organized virtual happy hours, pumpkin carvings, gingerbread house making, or open office hours for employees. But he is now.  “I’m the same guy I always was, but I’ve become a lot more intentional in how I engage with my team,” said DeMaria, vice president of digital […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers are feeling increasingly stressed, unsettled and anxious. Younger consumers, in particular, are experiencing immense stress, with over half of US 18-24s experiencing anxiety and nearly a quarter claiming to suffer from clinical depression, according to Mintel research on managing stress and wellbeing. The majority of this younger generation feels anxious about personal relationships and […]
  1. Data & Insights
What Are Product Attributes? Attributes are a unique combination of claims, certifications, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergens, brand positioning, and consumer ways of eating to deliver a complete view of the factors driving consumer decisions. SPINS Product Intelligence offers a variety of attribute types for products across the health and wellness market. Get to know more […]
  1. Department: HBC
WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) issued the following statement from Marcia Howard, vice president, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issuance of a Proposed Rule and Draft Guidance for establishing a regulatory category for over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids: “CHPA applauds FDA for issuing this long-awaited proposed rule which has the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
NEW YORK — As COVID-19 is set to impact yet another holiday season, a return to some pre-pandemic spending levels is expected to bring holiday cheer. For 36 years, Deloitte has been examining consumer behavior and sentiment ahead of retail’s crucial holiday shopping season. To gain additional perspective on the changing landscape, supply chain challenges and inflation, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumer buying habits may begin to change in the face rising prices, with shoppers possibly trading down to private label and value-tier products. At-home food prices rose 4.5 percent in September, according to government statistics.
  1. Channel: Delivery
Acquisition Marks the First Time Instacart Is Introducing Cutting-Edge Technology and Products Designed to Transform the In-Store Shopping Experience for Retailers and Their Customers 
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Business Insider reports that Amazon and Starbucks have been working on the launch of a new format store – codenamed “Verde” – that would combine elements of a Starbucks coffee shop and the food sold in an Amazon Go store, using Just-Walk-Out checkout-free technology. According to the story, the format “was designed to build a […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Yesterday we took note of a CNBC report that Walmart plans to give its Walmart+ members advance access to its Black Friday deals, which, if outside estimates are to believed, has the potential of making some 32 million US households feeling a little more joyful about the end-of-year holiday shopping season. I commented, in part: […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon and Starbucks have discussed the creation of co-branded coffee shops featuring the former’s Just Walk Out technology. According to a report by Business Insider: “The initial layout of the store shows Amazon Go’s food section within a cafe that has a lounge seating area.” “Customers would have to use separate apps for pay – […]
  1. International
Deliveroo revealed sales continued to grow in the last three months despite the end of Covid-19 restrictions meaning diners could eat at restaurants again. The food delivery platform said gross… The post Deliveroo reveals sales boost despite restaurants reopening appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Channel: Convenience
Petrol forecourt retailer EG Group has opened its latest Spar convenience store and forecourt at the Buchan Gateway Retail Park, Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. The 3,000 sq ft store has parking, an external ATM and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Food-to-go includes sandwiches, hot and cold rolls and pastries, as well as a […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Frozen food sales have fallen as shoppers return to pre-pandemic habits, says the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF). Although sales remain up on pre-pandemic levels, frozen food sales for the 12 weeks ended 5 September were down 3.6% on the same period last year, according to figures from the analyst Kantar. Richard Harrow, chief executive […]

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Kroger launches private targeted marketing platform. Big news coming from 84.51 / KPM. The platform allows clients to use their demand-side platform (DSP) of choice. Data is money, and Kroger has blown open the doors for extending first-party data beyond their walled garden—while maintaining (shopper) privacy and control.  Amazon gives third-party sellers access to more […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Solution enables brands to target relevant shoppers, optimize performance against actual retail sales The Kroger Co.’s retail media business, Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM) powered by 84.51°, has rolled out a new private programmatic advertising marketplace. The Kroger Private Marketplace enables agencies and brands to target consumers by applying Kroger audience data to programmatic campaigns on […]
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Albertsons posts Q2 earnings beat. ID sales +1.5% (2 year stacked: 15.3%); digital sales +5% (2 year stacked: +248%). They announced a strong quarterly dividend of 20% and raised FY2021 outlook.  Gross profit margin decreased 28.6% (fuel, inflation, supply chain costs). Albertsons spoke to their transformation strategy and, specifically, called out modernizing their technical infrastructure […]