1. Corporate Strategy
ORLANDO – FMI – The Food Industry Association announced on Monday its 2023 board of directors elected at the association’s annual Midwinter Executive Conference in Orlando. The new slate will guide the implementation of FMI’s 2023-approved strategic plan during a time of rapidly evolving industry challenges and opportunities and reflects the breadth of the product […]
  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 H-E-B, AutoStore, Sainsbury’s, Just Eat, Wakefern Food Corp., and Trigo. 1. H-E-B taps AutoStore tech for ‘world’s most […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Supply chain consultant and former Amazon executive, Brittain Ladd, has provided a first look at an AutoStore micro fulfilment centre (MFC) installed in a H-E-B store in Plano, Texas, USA.    In a LinkedIn post, Ladd said: “I can state with no hesitation that the installed MFC is the most incredible AutoStore MFC I’ve ever […]
  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, Advanced Commerce, Metapack’s The Delivery Conference 2023, TalkShopLive, and JLo Beauty. UK e-commerce startup Advanced Commerce bags funding for merchandising platform […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Some of the most noteworthy retail technology innovation during 2022 came via the micro-fulfilment centre (MFC) space. 2022 was the year many companies installed MFCs. including H-E-B which deployed an AutoStore MFC inside its flagship store located in Plano, TX, USA. 2023, meanwhile, will be the year several fulfilment companies breakout of the pack, according […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
From the Dallas Morning News, a story about how “the owners of nearby retail properties and buyers of land near future H-E-B stores are also excited to see the popular grocer expanding to Dallas-Fort Worth.”  These companies believe in the aphorism that a rising tide will lift all boats, generating new occupants for shopping centers […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
The other day we took note of an Associated Press report that “a coalition of consumer groups is asking grocery chains to rethink their digital-only coupons, saying the deals discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones or reliable internet access.” The argument, as advanced by Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate and former assistant attorney general […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The Associated Press reports that “a coalition of consumer groups is asking grocery chains to rethink their digital-only coupons, saying the deals discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones or reliable internet access.” According to the story, “Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate and former assistant attorney general in Massachusetts who runs the website Consumer World,” […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Data powered by Earnest’s Orion spend dataset. Supermarket sales excludes food sales at big box and warehouse club retailers like Walmart and Costco. Albertson’s (ACI) short run as a public company may be coming to a close as it enters talks to merge with the nation’s second largest grocer and largest supermarket chain, Kroger (KR). […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
More reactions to the proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger, one MNB reader wrote: I’ve worked closely with both chains in the past and spent 14 years working for Kroger.  This acquisition doesn’t make sense to me for the following reason: Duplication of stores with Kroger in all major Safeway/Albertsons divisions: Seattle, Portland, Southern California, Southwest (PHX), Denver, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
PHILADELPHIA — High inflation and the fear that the only way to fix it is to start a recession are among the concerns facing mass retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers in the coming months, according to speakers at The Emerson Group’s recent Industry Day event here. But while the challenges are real, participants in […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Cleanlogic, the inclusive and socially conscious beauty brand that has used functional braille across all its product packaging since 2001, recently hosted H-E-B’s leadership team at a multi-sensory “Dining in the Dark” educational dinner. Held on September 28, the event served to kick off another month-long campaign to shine a light […]
  1. Stores & Formats
MNB reader Steven Ritchey emailed us about two different Friday stories: I’m thinking Walmart could take those 1,458 jobs they are cutting in their warehouse and put those people to work in their stores.  The stores I go to desperately need front end help, and store stocking is a joke.  Back when I was retail […]
  1. Stores & Formats
We took note the other day of a Washington Post story about specific food product shortages that exist in a number of different countries.  The one identified in the US was Sriracha, which prompted me to joke about hoarding a bunch of it after I read about a coming shortage several months ago. One MNB […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Bloomberg Second Measure is out with an analysis of how consumer spending has changed during a time of high inflation and supply chain issues, concluding that “average transaction values increased the most year-over-year at H-E-B and The Kroger Company, but Ahold Delhaize saw the most growth in year-over-year sales. “H-E-B and Kroger saw the most […]
  1. Retail Operations
NAPCO Research, in conjunction with Blackhawk Network, recently executed a comprehensive review of the state of U.S.-based merchants’ gift card offerings. The 2022 report included an assessment of retailers’ e-commerce/digital, mobile, and in-store gift card offerings, providing an omnicommerce view into the consumer gift card purchase and recipient experience. The subsequent report, the fifth annual version, features data […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Walmart announced last week a new program – “Walmart Restored … created to help customers discover refurbished products at everyday low prices. In a year when customers are looking for ways to save money, like-new refurbished products have become an increasingly popular way to cut down on costs without sacrificing quality.” One MNB reader responded: […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
TROY, Mich. — With more than 258.1 million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and an estimated 40 million flu vaccinations seasonally dispensed at retail pharmacies, U.S. consumers have grown accustomed to—and very comfortable with—the idea of receiving health services at their local pharmacies. According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Pharmacy Study, released Thursday, the evolution toward health and […]

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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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  11. Stores & Formats
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. […]