Holiday & Events

Articles about holidays and special retail events.

  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday we took note of a Boston Globe story about how youth organizers with the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, did significant market research and figured out that a grocery cart of items at their local Stop & Shop cost $34 more than the same products at the chain’s store in suburban […]
  1. Associates & Employees
WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation is reiterating its call for the Biden administration to get involved in stalled labor negotiations after reports of shutdowns over the weekend at two California ports. Shutdowns at the Port of Oakland and the Port of Long Beach come as the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  In a new partnership Wendy’s wants to re-fresh its messaging, re-focus on summer, and renew its goal to garner a larger share of this target market Gen Z and Millennials to drive new electricity according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In case you had not head, Wendy’s has […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has grown its retail media business, Walmart Connect, by offering advertisers the ability to reach consumers when they are searching for products on the retailer’s website as well as via thousands of digital televisions and point-of-purchase screens in its physical stores. Now Walmart Connect plans to leverage the retailer’s stores to […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Ryan Holiday, an author and media strategist, joins Scott to discuss his latest book, “The Daily Dad: 366 Meditations on Parenting, Love, and Raising Great Kids.” We hear about practicing patience, rethinking our outsized reactions, and teaching discipline. Follow Ryan on Twitter, @RyanHoliday. Scott opens by discussing Nvidia’s journey to become the next $1 trillion […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
ARLINGTON, Va. —  The NACDS Foundation announced on Tuesday that 28-time Olympic Gold Medalist and mental health advocate Michael Phelps will be the speaker at the 25th NACDS Foundation Dinner, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. A reception is scheduled to be held from 6:30 p.m. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Expectations are never-ending in the retail industry. They’re also ever-changing — even more so in light of recent events. People have different mindsets when entering a brick-and-mortar store. Some people are certainly cautious about in-person interactions, so they’re often in the store for a specific reason. Others might have just stopped in out of happenstance, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Content is “soldier”! There is a famous quote we have all heard: “Content is king” written by Bill Gates. But it is not always true. In the fierce competition of the digital era, companies are fighting to get more visibility, brand authenticity, and market share using “content”. It is a battlefield in which the contents […]
  1. Department & Category
  Time and time again restaurants, convenience stores, service delis, and all fresh food retailers need to remember that consumers continue to have a growing top-of-mind awareness of all things sustainable.  Within the grocerant niche the ‘halo’ of better-for-you is a driving factor in the path to purchase according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
With Glastonbury 2023 fast approaching, 20% of Brits plan to prioritise festivals over holidays this summer, according to research from eBay Ads. The findings, based on a survey of 1,000 UK consumers, reveal that 28% expect this festival season to be the biggest following the pandemic, with a further 22% saying this is the most […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
As lockdowns from the global COVID-19 pandemic get further away in the rearview mirror, travelers show indications that some of their travel habits are reverting back to pre-pandemic life. While travelers plan on spending more on vacations in 2023, travelers are cognizant of higher travel prices but continue to prioritize travel in their budgets. In […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Travel industry outlook The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic nearly decimated the international holiday market, with travel restrictions and quarantine requirements in place for the best part of two years. In March 2022, the UK government announced the removal of all international travel restrictions, leading to a spike in holiday bookings. This sudden jump in […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Mix and match meal bunding is a hallmark of the grocerant niche driving top-line sales and bottom-line profits.  With an astute understanding of its customers and their need-set for the Memorial Day weekend. Tijuana Flats is giving its guests one more reason to celebrate this Memorial Day. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The New York Times has a story headlined, “Amazon Is Everywhere. That’s What Makes It So Vulnerable.” Here’s the thesis: “Amazon’s recent growth helped create the choke points that workers have sought to exploit. During its first two decades, the company stayed out of the delivery business and simply handed off your cat toys and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The retail industry recorded an all-time high quarterly revenue of $266 million in the US from July to September 2022, signalling rapid growth. A significant reason for this growth is the adoption of technology to increase its market cap, reach a wider audience, and solve most of its problems. One of the technologies revolutionising the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
How consumers spend their money through the holidays can often be a bellwether for trends in the months and years to come. With that in mind, the SpendTrend team at Fiserv took a deep dive into consumer spending patterns from Q4 of 2022. It found that increases in credit usage, contactless payments, and omnichannel interactions […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Sally Lehrman, founder of The Trust Project, shares how misinformation and disinformation can take root. It all started with clickbait. Sally Lehrman, then the endowed chair at Santa Clara University in California, gathered a group of journalists together in 2012 and in 2014 to discuss how news organizations were adapting to the digital space. That […]
  1. Data & Insights
Powered by Earnest’s Vela transaction dataset. Contact Sales for more details. Wayfair’s largest shopping event of the year, Way Day, was held April 26-28 and offered consumers free shipping and deals on over a million items, with some discounts reaching up to 80%. This year represented the first three-day event and was a break from […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
While inflation has been on the mind of everyone through 2022 and into this year, we recently have been hearing whispers of possible deflation in the near future. Naturally, this has many small retailers and grocers wondering what they would do to survive if that comes to pass. Starting in 2020, we saw larger retailers […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Dollar General and Dollar Tree are both facing proposals from activist investor firms aiming to improve their worker safety and wages. Domini Impact Investments has called for an independent audit into worker safety and well-being at Dollar General, while United Church Funds is seeking the creation of a wages and inequality report on Dollar Tree. […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Dollar General and Dollar Tree are both facing proposals from activist investor firms aiming to improve their worker safety and wages. Domini Impact Investments has called for an independent audit into worker safety and well-being at Dollar General, while United Church Funds is seeking the creation of a wages and inequality report on Dollar Tree. […]
  1. Data & Insights
You might have some of the best products that are also the customers’ need of the hour. You are confident of making a sale but somehow the customer who has passed through stages of funnels doesn’t become your customer. A little analysis of your customer behavior at this stage or simply asking for their feedback […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The demo was beautiful. At Google’s IO developer conference this week, the company showed an experimental version of its search engine handling an almost unimaginably difficult query. Asked whether a family with kids under three years old and a dog would prefer Arches National Park or Bryce Canyon, Google scoured the internet and returned a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
A Rolls Royce, a Holiday Inn, anywhere within 50 feet of an Abercrombie & Fitch store—nothing smells quite like a scent marketing gimmick that works. Scents have more mystery than sights and sounds. They make themselves known in the background, long before you can name them. They feel personal; they surface memories. And brands want […]
  1. Department: Food
When it comes to accelerating the proverbial ‘Amazon Flywheel,’ a key challenge brands deal with is the degree to which ad spending will have a knock-on effect to drive organic rank improvements. A Momentum Commerce analysis illustrates how search ad spending impacts organic rank relatively quickly, but these benefits were much less pronounced during high-traffic […]
  1. Holiday & Events
While most holidays involve quality time with family and friends, online shopping holidays bring shoppers and their credit cards together to scour the web for the best deals. From influencers sharing their top picks on Instagram and TikTok to news sites publishing their lists of must-buy products, these shopping holidays are hard to avoid for […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
  1. Channel: Mass
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  3. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  2. Trends & External Forces
  3. Stores & Formats
Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
  1. Retailer Media
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  4. Retailer Media
  5. Shopper & Customer
  6. Operations & Supply Chain
The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]