Articles on inclusivity initiatives and programs.

  1. Shopper & Customer
Generation Z, or those born from 1997-2012, will be America’s largest generation by 2034, topping out at about 80 million. The oldest adult Gen Zers are already establishing potentially long-lasting earning and spending patterns, while the younger members of this demographic are still learning their first lessons about spending, saving and employer relations. To understand […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
What makes a supplier successful on RangeMe? That’s a question I sought to answer at this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show, held recently in New York City. I met with over a dozen suppliers, who each got onto retail shelves from connections or direct purchases made on RangeMe. During our discussions, these brands – which […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Fox News reports that “a group of pro-abortion Amazon employees filed a public letter to the company Tuesday in which they demanded the online retailer cease any and all business in pro-life states. The letter said, in part: “We, the undersigned, come to you today to request immediate and decisive action against the threat to […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
CHESAPEAKE, Va. – Dollar Tree Inc. today announced the departures of key operating and financial executives, a shake-up that the company said was made to support implementation of its turnaround initiatives. Dollar Tree said it is seeking candidates to replace chief operating officer Thomas O’Boyle, chief legal officer William Old, chief strategy officer David Jacobs […]
  1. Media & Marketing
After a 12-year run, Pinterest co-founder Ben Silbermann is stepping down from his perch as CEO of the popular image and link-sharing service. Following word of Silbermann’s departure, Pinterest’s stock price rose by more than 8% in after-hours trading. That may indicate a sigh of relief from some investors, who’ve watched Pinterest’s stock steadily decline […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
August Scott knew her life would change that day in February when she took a deep breath and published an especially personal post on LinkedIn. But she may not have realized how much her words would affect other people’s lives, too. In that post, which has since gone viral, Scott announced she had begun her […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General has promoted seven executives to new leadership roles, the company said Tuesday. Mark Banister has been promoted to senior vice president, in-store experience. In this role, Banister will lead the space management, project execution and support, fixtures and supplies, and store planning teams. He joined Dollar General in 2009 and has […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
To celebrate Disability Pride Month, we spoke with Amelia, CEO and Co-founder of Cool Crutches; a retail brand changing lives with their products. Disability Pride Month July is Disability Pride Month. Taking place since 1990, it advocates for acceptance of an individual’s uniqueness and breaks down the stigma associated with disability. In retail, there are […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Op-ed: How Biden’s Competition Agenda Will Lower Prices, Raise Wages, and Help Small Businesses Mon, 06/27/2022 – 17:27 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Publication Yahoo Finance Monday, June 27, 2022 Office of Public Affairs Gina Raimondo is the 40th U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Cecilia Rouse serves as the 30th Chair of the Council of Economic […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“Financial accounting leads to a mindset where profits are the purpose. That doesn’t lead you to greatness. Success is selling more stuff in the capitalist world, as opposed to success is doing things for customers that turns them into promoters, so they not only come back for more and buy more stuff, they refer their […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Backstage Capital has downsized its staff from 12 to three people, managing partner and founder Arlan Hamilton said during her “Your First Million” podcast that was published Sunday. The layoff comes nearly three months after Backstage Capital narrowed its investment strategy to only participate in follow-on rounds of existing portfolios. This workforce reduction further underscores […]
  1. Data & Insights
Over the past several decades, lawmakers and the e-commerce sector have made significant efforts to reduce credit card theft. Card frauds have virtually been abolished to a large extent, thanks to the introduction of new point of sale (PoS) payment technologies like EMV chips, dynamic data, contactless payments, and thorough encryption. Source However, as obvious […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Drag queen and TV personality, Scarlett Bobo, visited GTA-based Amazon facility to host a Drag 101 for employees TORONTO, ONTARIO (June 24, 2022) – To celebrate Pride Month, Amazon Canada is shining light on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond, through a
  1. Channel: Drug
ORLANDO, Fla. —  One of the country’s largest specialty and home delivery pharmacies is now AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy. Walgreens announced full ownership of the company in January, necessitating the name change. “AllianceRx Walgreens Pharmacy is the same specialty and home delivery pharmacy our patients have come to trust and depend on for life-saving medications,” says Joel Wright, RPh, […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Food solutions company SpartanNash (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: SPTN) raised money through its annual fundraising campaign in support of Special Olympics athletes and State Summer Games in eight Midwest states. The SpartanNash Foundation has donated more than $9.7 million and tens of thousands of volunteer hours throughout its 38-year partnership with the non-profit […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Google announced today that it’s adding a new label on Maps and Search that will allow people to identify their business as being LGBTQ+ owned. The new label is now available to merchants in the United States with a verified business profile on Google. The new label joins the current options available to merchants, which […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
We live in a confusing time. Consumers want to do their bit for the environment, save a buck, and make up for lost time during the pandemic. Some sustainable behaviors picked up speed during Covid, but out of necessity – with air travel at a standstill and very few places to go, many opted for […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Lowe’s is offering customers a chance to use metaverse assets to help visualize building projects. The home improvement retailer is making 500 assets available for free on its own metaverse hub. Lowe’s is the first major home improvement retailer to enter the metaverse and make its applicable assets available for free, with the company monitoring consumer […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Global attitudes about the LGBTQ+ community have evolved dramatically over the past decade or so, and the community is acutely aware of this. These changing attitudes vary by country, which means perceptions about the community can vary as well. While this has fostered a greater sense of optimism about what lies ahead for this community, […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
In June, many brands show their support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community with rainbow-colored merchandise, community partnerships, artist collaborations, proceeds donations, and more. Perhaps you have seen Lego’s Everyone is Awesome set or Skittles’ Pride Pack sitting on retailers’ shelves. However, while the intention to bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Baristas working at Starbucks in several states claim that managers have said that the company’s transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits could end if stores continue to vote for union representation. Starbucks has denied the allegations. “We are not threatening our partners with the loss of benefits if they join a union,” spokesperson Reggie Borges said. “We take […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Today, we’re proud to celebrate four women at Instacart who have been selected for Progressive Grocer’s 2022 Top Women in Grocery list. Progressive Grocer’s annual Top Women in Grocery award recognizes the integral role women play across all segments of the North American grocery industry and celebrates continued achievements and accomplishments of women in the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Seeking to increase purchases from businesses with diverse and underrepresented ownership, Southeastern Grocers Inc. is using MarketPlace, an automated sourcing solution from Park City Group Inc. “Working with ReposiTrak to tailor internal practices allows us to find and contract with more diverse suppliers,” Dewayne Rabon, chief merchandising officer for Southeastern Grocers. “This […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
It’s true that over the last two years, retailers have made diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) a top priority. Companies have committed to increasing representation across their marketing campaigns and business functions.  Yet representation and accessibility are not always synonymous with inclusion. Shoppers are “going to come from different backgrounds, have different incomes, needs, and […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
In today’s climate-conscious world, sustainability is no longer considered a niche interest or passing phase. According to iStock’s VisualGPS research, 90% of people worldwide are practicing sustainability on a consistent basis.
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Ghanian accessory and jewelry brand Kua Designs will visit the U.S. this summer via a five-city pop-up tour that will include Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. Ruby BuahPhoto courtesy of Kua Designs The following dates have been set: June 25, 2 to 5 p.m. at Atlanta’s The Bakery CoWork; July […]

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The rising cost of living is wreaking havoc with consumer spending. And as food, transport, and energy prices continue to rocket, consumers aren’t the only ones cutting back. Tesla recently announced mass layoffs, while buy-now-pay-later giant Klarna has cut 10% of its staff. We see a clear consumer dilemma in our Zeitgeist data – between […]
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Today in data, continued inflation and fears of a recession have contributed to a drop in the Consumer Confidence Index. Data $267.2B: Orders last month for manufactured durable goods, a sign that consumers were still spending despite inflation 98.7: The Consumer Confidence Index, down from 103.2 last month, and the lowest level since February 2021 43.2: Decline in […]