Articles on inclusivity initiatives and programs.

  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We asked a variety of comms pros what they thought 2023 would look like in terms of social media and traditional media. This is what they said. The story of the media in 2022 was, unfortunately, much as it has been for the last decade or more. Layoffs, attrition and the collapse of both new […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Savvy retailers know that fostering deeper customer relationships is the key to sustainable, long-term business success. To build these relationships, brands need to take a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to creating their customer engagement strategy. It’s the art and science of growing brand loyalty by providing the best in user experience across all relevant channels. Customer […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – The National Grocers Association (NGA), which represents independent supermarket operators, issued a statement on Wednesday contending that a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on food traceability would disproportionately hurt small grocers. The trade group notes that the proposed rule aims to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
On Monday, Nike launched .SWOOSH, its new digital community and experience, the brand announced. The platform is a home for Nike virtual creations and uses blockchain-powered technology — or what many call “Web3” — to offer an inclusive, equitable place for athletes, creators, collectors and consumers to design and own the future of sport. Currently […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Nike has beta launched .SWOOSH, a digital community and platform where athletes, creators, collectors and consumers can learn about and collect creations like virtual shoes and jerseys that can be worn in digital games and immersive experiences. Nike plans to use learnings and community feedback from the platform for its first digital collection, which will […]
  1. Data & Insights
The insurance industry is undergoing a big transformation. From implementing artificial intelligence to better-determining risk profiles to digitizing the customer experience via mobile, a once predictable industry is no longer. One CTO is riding this new wave of transformation by focusing on agent efficiency through a differentiated experience – and is seeing noticeable results.  CTO […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
1. Personalize marketing moments in real time 2. Automate engagement across every channel 3. Optimize marketing performance with more intelligent insights It still feels like yesterday when we all came together to experience the magic of Dreamforce ’22. We saw so many Trailblazers in person and experienced all the valuable sessions (which are still available […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Employers across every industry should be creating equal opportunities for their frontline employees. One of the ways this can be accomplished is by adopting the concept of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). But what does DEI truly mean? It can look different for each company, but essentially, as BuiltIn put it, “DEI is any policy […]
  1. International
October was Black History Month in the UK, and Mintel’s ethnicity-based employee resource group (ERG) Colours of Change commemorated the month with a range of events. We also raised money for Stop Hate UK, a leading anti-hate and anti-discrimination organisation.  Documentary night at Mintel House We kicked off with a documentary night at our London […]
  1. Department: HBC
Sally Beauty Holdings will close 350 stores, many within the U.S., during December 2022 as the retailer continues efforts to improve its profitability. The company also noted that it would close two small distribution centers in Oregon and Pennsylvania. Sally Beauty Holdings reported $962.5 million in consolidated net sales for its Q4 2022, which ended […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Women in financial services are playing a key role in the industry’s future, driving innovation and leading the way into a more digital presence. The rise of women in this male-dominated space has been a powerful trend over the last couple of decades. We recently spoke with several executives in finance — including some who […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
John Walden, Founder and Chief Quality Assurance/Quality Control Officer of J.W. Southern Sauce grew up in restaurants. His parents and family worked long careers in the service and restaurant industry, where he learned a lot about what makes a good meal. The secret? Sauce. While his love for food and delicious sauces sparked at a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation, Serve Robotics, Spacee, and Flowcode are among the nominees in the Global Startup of the Year category at the 2022 RTIH Innovation Awards. This award will recognise the startup (based outside of the UK) with the most innovative technology offering and the company which is best placed to succeed in the long-term (management, funding, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports that Target “is launching a new internship program for students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). “The Target Scholars Sophomore Internship Program offers work experience to second-year students in the Minneapolis-based retailer’s stores, supply chain facilities, technology, merchandising, product development and other areas. The eight-to-10-week program will take […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
More comments in our “what’s wrong with America” conversation… One MNB reader wrote: A big thank you for the Morning News Beat, it is a great addition to my mornings and no doubt to many others mornings.  It’s not common for me to speak up, but I felt it important to add a different kind […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) is strengthening its commitment to increasing the representation of people with disabilities at all levels across the company’s U.S. segments and redesigning its annual bonus plan in the U.S. to include a disability representation metric to drive this commitment. The company will be the first in the […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Macy’s has unveiled its new Shared Purpose, Unlimited Reach (S.P.U.R.) Pathways program to drive growth and investment for businesses owned by members of underrepresented groups that typically face barriers to capital. Macy’s has pledged to invest a total of $30 million — $20 million of its own supplier access fund and an additional $10 million […]
  1. Department: Beverage
Lots of reaction to yesterday’s”What’s wrong with America” FaceTime video.  One MNB reader wrote: You are right, people don’t care anymore; there is almost a pathetic pride in doing whatever pleases you and that SUV is a perfect example. That guy could care less or maybe it’s some spoiled kid who would go home and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
On October 28th, RETHINK Retail hosted their October Small Groups Mixer, a monthly virtual event catered to all of 2022’s Top Retail Influencers (TRI). This month attendees discussed a range of topics including Retail Analytics, Black Friday, Visual Merchandising, AI & the Customer Experience, and recent Retail Acquisitions.  Here, we’ll explore these topics and additional […]
  1. CPG: HBC
Our guests this week are Cara Keating, Chief Customer Officer, Frito Lay-North America and Chad Matthews, Chief Commercial Officer, Pepsico Beverages-North America.  In a fast-paced conversation recorded live at the National Association of Convenience Stores’ annual conference in Las Vegas. we dig into what makes Pepsico unique on both the food and beverage side before […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Last week, RBS hosted our inaugural Build Refresh Grow Summit, convening over 200 members of our Business Resource Groups to learn, collaborate and discuss what it means to make RBS an inclusive workplace.The two-day virtual event was hosted by and for our associate BRGs, and featured an exciting
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumer goods brands lose 25% of sales due to poor merchandising, but the right retail execution solutions can help. To keep shelves stocked, make sure your field reps can access current inventory levels, no matter where they are. Give reps the information they need to execute your display strategy.  Give them access to penny-perfect pricing […]
  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. Mintel Technology teams have grown significantly over the past year, but women are still hugely underrepresented in the tech industry. Part of the challenge is changing the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
My favorite kind of email, from MNB reader Tom Hahn: KC, one thing I can always count on about MNB is a daily dose of your elitist point-of-view. First, you correctly offer a POV that the Inc. story on Chick-fil-A and their 3-day work week “reflects a sort of elitist view of work”. You then […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Victoria’s Secret is buying AdoreMe, the size-inclusive direct-to-consumer lingerie brand, for $400 million in cash. “They’re significantly further advanced in the way that they use technology at the forefront of everything that they do,” said Victoria’s Secret CEO Martin Waters about AdoreMe.

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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SMI Core data captures the actual spend data from the SMI Pool partners of major holding companies and large independent agencies, representing up to 95% of all US national brand ad spending, to provide a complete monthly view of the SMI Pool market size, investment share and category performance. Core Data delivers detailed ad intelligence across all media […]
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]