Articles on inclusivity initiatives and programs.

  1. Technology & Innovation
Was it John Lennon who wrote, “Imagine there’s no martech, I wonder if you can?” I may be misremembering that lyric. But it’s what came to mind when I saw the above chart. It’s from a new Gartner report, 4 Actions to Improve Martech ROI, and it reveals a pretty dramatic shift in ownership of […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Together with the retail community, we had an amazing time celebrating the inaugural People in Retail Awards last night at the Marriott Hotel in London’s Grosvenor Square. Hosted by award-winning comedian Zoe Lyons, the awards shine a spotlight on those who have made remarkable contributions and demonstrated excellence across the industry. We’d like to offer […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Brands and businesses are talking more than ever about the environment. The percentage of ads tested by Kantar LINK with some sort of social or environmental message (SEM) held steady at 2 percent or less from 2010 to 2019. From 2020 to 2022, it tripled to 6 percent, and is at 5 percent year-to-date. That […]
  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. Media & Marketing
The lead up to fall is always a transitional period for the TV calendar, and this August was no different. The arrival of a new school year and NFL preseason football, complemented by televised debates and the news cycle related to the upcoming presidential election, had a mixed effect across the TV options. Viewing among […]
  1. Data & Insights
Inogen is a brand that frequently stands out in the portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) market. Their products have given numerous people with respiratory difficulties independence and movement, allowing them to live more active lives. However, as with any electrical item, your Inogen gadget may require maintenance or repair at some point. It is when Inogen’s […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The retail foodservice customers are not fickle, they are evolving, dynamic, and moving forward searching for ways to make dinner complexity free according to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®, Steven Johnson.  I hope you are not the Neanderthal brand marketer waiting for yesterday and the status quo to return to the way things in the restaurant, grocery, and convenience store sectors […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
On the subject of treating employees in a way that keeps them engaged, one MNB reader wrote: I have a nephew with limited cognitive skills but is a loyal bagger at a Michigan Kroger. On his fifth year of service he received a package containing Thank You cards from store management and fellow workers as […]
  1. Data & Insights
Coca-Cola has unveiled its latest mystery flavor, Coca-Cola Y3000, with a futuristic theme aiming to appeal to younger consumers. This limited-edition beverage, created through the company’s Creations platform, uses artificial intelligence to determine both the flavor and packaging. The AI-generated images for the packaging design, resembling a Y2K aesthetic, and the inclusion of a QR […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The values-oriented consumer is at the heart of CPG innovation. Innovation is an inescapable term. It’s used to describe so many businesses, products, and technologies that the word has almost lost meaning. People often zero in on one form of innovation and that becomes the default definition in their mind. In truth, innovation is an […]
  1. Media & Marketing
2023 Diverse Intelligence Series Hispanic audiences in focus: trust in media – the key factor driving the shift to streaming Hispanics represent one-fifth of the U.S. population, but their media engagement can be complex due to the inherent nuances within the community. Download the report Hispanics are streaming trendsetters Hispanics spend the most media time […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Among the many media options that audiences have access to, Hispanics, like all U.S. audiences, spend the most time with TV. And when it comes to their TV content preferences, Hispanics remain dedicated streaming-first audiences.  Compared with the general population, Hispanic adults spent 27.3% more time with TV connected devices (CTV)1 in first-quarter 2023. Notably, […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week, and what we’re still thinking about. From Amazon facing a proposed class action […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2023 results, reaffirmed 2023 guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Corporate Purpose
Two weeks ago, MNB pointed out that “the forces that successfully challenged university diversity programs, essentially bringing to an end the traditional definition of affirmative action, next will be coming for the US business community.”  Edward Blum, the activist pressing the anti-diversity case in the courts, said that he was following up his successful attack […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
So-called “negative option” services are a controversial yet time-tested method of doing business. Under this model, a customer signs up for a subscription service, typically as part of a free trial offer. The customer is then charged on an ongoing basis unless they explicitly cancel the service in question. The folks at the Federal Trade […]
  1. Associates & Employees
In an increasingly competitive world of business, companies face the daunting challenge of not only attracting, but retaining their top talent. Imagine you’ve assembled an outstanding team only for some members to leave in search of greener pastures just when things were getting going. Not only is that an absolutely irreparable loss, it’s also a […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
Ranked: Most Popular U.S. Undergraduate Degrees (2011–2021) In an era of soaring tuition fees and mounting student debt, choosing which undergraduate degree to pursue has become a crucial decision for any aspiring college student. And it always helps to see which way the winds are blowing. This visualization by Kashish Rastogi, based on data from […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week and what we’re still thinking about.  From a new global brand president at […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
JCPenney is self-funding its latest turnaround plan, which includes a reinvestment in its core customer and a more focused value proposition.   CEO Marc Rosen shared in a briefing that given the retailer’s “strong balance sheet,” it is taking cash flow generated by the business and reinvesting it in core initiatives that will help “make every […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Tech at Mintel series shines a spotlight on our global IT department and how some of the industry’s best and brightest build Mintel’s modern, agile, and scalable technology backbone. Janine Crosbie, Mintel’s VP of Engineering and Belfast Site Lead, recently joined Stephen Turkington, Co-Founder at Search 5.0 for an inspiring conversation on the podcast Code Bytes. […]
  1. Department: HBC
e.l.f. Beauty has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Naturium, a fast-growing, high performance skin care brand for $355 million in a combination of cash and stock, the company announced Tuesday. The deal is expected to double e.l.f. Beauty’s presence in skin care to approximately 18 percent of retail sales. The transaction, which is subject […]
  1. Department: HBC
E.l.f. Beauty has acquired the fast-growing skin care brand Naturium for $355 million in a combination of cash and stock. The acquisition is expected to close around Sept. 30, 2023 and will double E.l.f.’s presence in the skin care category to approximately 18% of the company’s retail sales. “Naturium aligns with E.l.f. Beauty’s vision to […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Success does leave clues and at Checkers and Rally’s restaurants focusing on their customer comes first.  Given the demand on drive-thru’s to increase and ease the speed of service Checkers and Rally’s have looked at and adopted new technology to increase drive-thru times according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the U.S. and around the globe, fragmentation of viewing has challenged the ability of traditional audience measurement panels to deliver reliable ratings information. That information remains essential for ad buyers and sellers to plan and execute deals, and for content producers to understand program performance.  Although higher-rated networks and programs are less affected by […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
While shrink is far from a new problem in retail, the impact of theft — particularly large-scale operations run by organized retail crime (ORC) rings — has been garnering the attention of executives at some of the country’s largest retailers, including Lowe’s, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The National Retail Federation’s 2022 Security Survey found […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
While shrink is far from a new problem in retail, the impact of theft — particularly large-scale operations run by organized retail crime (ORC) rings — has been garnering the attention of executives at some of the country’s largest retailers, including Lowe’s, Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods. The National Retail Federation’s 2022 Security Survey found […]

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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 […]
  1. Retailer Media
#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 […]