Articles on inclusivity initiatives and programs.

  1. Shopper & Customer
The arts and crafts market is flourishing, with 72% of adults in the United States (US) completing a craft in the past 12 months. This article provides a detailed arts and crafts industry analysis, exploring trends across the US and Canada. We’ll look at motivations for consumer participation, cross-industry trends, and opportunities for industry players […]
  1. Department & Category
  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® including Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® here, ready to serve up some tasty insights on a critical issue facing the restaurant sector and food industry today. As we witness a seismic shift in dining habits, it’s high time for chain restaurant CEOs to pivot their focus […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
A recently commissioned report by independent experts from the Financial Inclusion Commission (FIC) and conducted by the University of Birmingham’s Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) stresses the importance of maintaining access to cash and other essential banking services for both consumers and… This story continues at Volumatic backs report supporting protection of […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In 2022, LoudCrowd started working with boohoo to scale the online retailer’s influencer programmes. In a LinkedIn post, Gary Garofalo, CEO at LoudCrowd, said: “They were already working with hundreds of influencers in a one-to-one capacity. And like most brands, they had roughly reached their capacity in cost/effort.” “We were able to set up automated […]
  1. Department: Food
  The team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® and the Grocerant Guru® believe that, summer is the season of outdoor festivities—parades, firework shows, and ballparks are alive with excitement. But beyond the spectacles and entertainment, there’s another adventure waiting to be discovered: the culinary delights from kiosks scattered throughout these events. Crafting a great […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
In many countries around the world, Pride months bring a rainbow wave of brands showcasing their support of the LGBTQ+ community. While these efforts have been both praised and criticized, Nielsen research shows LGBTQ+ consumers are open to brand engagement that’s authentic and inclusive. But what does authentic, inclusive brand engagement look like?  According to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The world of finance has taken a phenomenal turn in recent years. This incredible evolution has gone hand in hand with an unprecedented technological revolution. It’s amazing to think that we’ve gone from Wall Street to blockchain in just a few short years. With technological advances being adapted to finance, this world is finally being […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In our final episode of Season 8 we welcome Janet Hayes, CEO of Crate and Barrel Holdings, the leading home furnishings player with over 100 stores in 9 countries. Janet shares leadership lessons from a remarkable career with brands like Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Nike, and Gap and, now, in her current role driving growth at […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the U.S., has announced significant changes to its corporate policies. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based company will eliminate its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles, retract its carbon emissions goals, and cease sponsorship of Pride events. This move follows a concerted pressure campaign from right-wing activists, which culminated […]
  1. Media & Marketing
TikTok Shop has launched a new social impact initiative called SOAR Together (Supporting Our Artisans and Retailers) that is designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) advance their businesses on TikTok Shop. “It’s important that entrepreneurs of all backgrounds on TikTok Shop feel supported in order to continue thriving in their creative and business […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) will optimize and standardize sourcing across its operations with a platform from TradeBeyond that the retailer will use to manage numerous processes within its Global Sourcing function. The platform also will replace several redundant and legacy systems to support greater digital efficiency, unify processes and facilitate data transparency and integrity. “We’re […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The grocerant niche, is a fusion of grocery store, restaurant, and convenience fresh prepared food meal and meal components has been evolving rapidly, driven by consumer demand for convenience, quality, and variety, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Today consumers’ lifestyles continue to evolve and change, particularly post-pandemic, […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Retail leadership is more diverse than ever according to a new report from the British Retail Consortium and The MBS Group. The report reveals that the percentage of female board-level leaders has gone from 32.6% in 2021 to 42.3% in 2024, and the percentage of… This story continues at Retail makes diversity strides but inclusion […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“Virtual reality is a medium for the extension of body and mind… constructed by the senses and only exists in the minds of users.” You may be thinking this sounds revolutionary, right? But it was actually published all the way back in 1993 by Frank Biocca and Mark Levy. The point we’re making is, like […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Today, Hy-Vee, Inc. awarded $50,000 to minority- and women-owned businesses during the Hy-Vee OpportUNITY Inclusive Business Summit at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls. During the pitch competition component of the event, 15 companies from across the Midwest presented to a panel of judges and more than 150 event attendees. The […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK — Retailers have a critical role to play in providing health care products and services in a way that is more personalized, inclusive, accessible and holistic, according to retail executives who spoke earlier this month at a WSL event called “Beyond Wellness. The Future of Health. What Shoppers Really Want.” Andrea Brookhart, director […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Webinar Building brand loyalty with LGBTQ+ audiences LGBTQ+ consumers welcome brand engagement—provided it’s done in an authentic and inclusive way. Watch our latest webinar and learn how to build brand loyalty with LGBTQ+ audiences.   Watch the webinar Webinar Building brand loyalty with LGBTQ+ audiences LGBTQ+ consumers welcome brand engagement—provided it’s done in an authentic and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has relaunched its $2 billion No Boundaries private label fashion brand with styles, sizes and features designed to appeal to Gen Z consumers. Launching in Walmart stores on July 16, 2024, the reimagined line features 130 pieces spanning women’s clothing and intimates, men’s apparel, shoes and accessories, with 80% of the items retailing for […]
  1. Channel: Mass
ENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart announced Friday it will relaunch its fashion brand, No Boundaries. The company commissioned an expert design team to build the line with Gen Z customers in mind. This is the first time Walmart has dedicated fashion designers to the No Boundaries brand. “Refreshing our private brand portfolio is critical to our […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity is marking Pride Month by increasing the Pride Pot allocation to £1,000 per cause. MADL launched a Pride Pot worth £50,000 in June 2023 to donate through Nisa retailers to support LGBTQ+ community groups and charities. Nisa retailers could… This story continues at MADL celebrates Pride Month by increasing […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail industry events are typically designed to showcase the brands and executives that have it all figured out: they’ve conquered business challenges, embraced industry disruptions and charted their own unique path to growth. But the reality is that the retail industry is always changing — and so are consumers. That means even if leadership teams […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
MRI Software has announced a partnership with Holland & Barrett, a UK health and wellness retailer that has over 1,000 stores across the UK and Europe. By leveraging AI driven technology from MRI OnLocation for Footfall Analytics, Holland & Barrett will gain insights into store performance metrics within its portfolio as well as visibility relative […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
NEW YORK — Speaking at WSL’s event on Thursday, CVS Health’s Erin Condon talked about how consumer expectations around health care are changing, requiring a more personalized, inclusive and holistic approach. “At the end of the day, health is about living,” Condon said. Condon, who is chief marketing officer of pharmacy and consumer wellness at […]

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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]