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  1. Shopper & Customer
Digitization has afforded retailers access to new markets and more consumers. Small local retailers are now competing with massive conglomerates on a global scale. On the other side of the purchase, consumers now have access to brands across the globe — and the appetite to try new things through online experiences. When you give smaller […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Klarna is continuing to build out its solution suite with two new acquisitions, moving beyond the buy now, pay later space with the goal of becoming a “retail bank, payments and shopping service,” according to the company. Klarna announced the acquisition of social shopping platform HERO in early July 2021, followed just two weeks later […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Timely, topical, transparent Bitcoin equals customer relevance to a new generation of consumers and Circle K wants to welcome those consumers too Circle K according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Customer relevance edifies your brand with consumers driving new electricity. Recently, Circle K announced an international partnership with Bitcoin […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Marks & Spencer is set to become the first major UK retailer to launch same-day clothing deliveries nationwide. The move would make M&S faster than competitors such as Asos and Next. Chief Executive Steve Rowe told the Times it would show how bricks and mortar retailers could use their stores as an advantage in a […]
  1. CPG: NonFood
The Guardian reports that Jacek Olczak, the CEO of Philip Morris International is saying that the UK government ought to ban cigarettes within the next 10 years, and that the world would be a better place without cigarettes – “and actually, the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone.” Olczak says that government […]
  1. Merchandising
“We all know that on the digital shelf there is infinite competition with constantly changing requirements by your retail customers or your direct-to-consumer teams trying to deliver compelling product experiences to your end consumer.” — Joe Gaudreau, Head of Commerce Strategy at Salsify To truly compete on the digital shelf, brands must align their goals […]
  1. Associates & Employees
As vaccines roll out, case numbers come down, and states lift restrictions, one of the biggest questions organizations are asking is, How do we go about opening up after a year-long global pandemic? The big question for employees as well is, Will I feel safe going back to work — and do I even want to? […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Raydiant’s Future of Workspace Series featured interviews with experts and professionals to learn more about how the workplace experience will evolve.  Here are some of our favorite responses: What Workplace Technologies Will Be The Most Important In The Years Ahead? Nick Iovacchini, CEO of KettleSpace A hybrid infrastructure includes more obvious communication and collaboration tools […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Raydiant’s Future of Workspace Series featured interviews with experts and professionals to learn more about how the workplace experience will evolve. Here are some of our favorite responses: What will the workplace of the future look like? Nick Iovacchini, CEO of KettleSpace Hybrid is here to stay! This is a true sea change moment in […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Raydiant’s Future of Workspace Series featured interviews with experts and professionals to learn more about how the workplace experience will evolve. You likely don’t have time to read every interview so we’ve pulled together some of our favorite answers: Zoë Morris, President of Frank Recruitment Group and Mason Frank International If preparation is half the […]
  1. International
Regarding out story about how liquor-to-go remains a good business for restaurants, many of which hope it will remain legal in post-pandemic days, one MNB reader wrote: Liquor regulation is a patchwork of insanity left over from the Prohibition era now a full century past. In a moment when understanding history and the context of […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Rapid grocery delivery startup, Gopuff, is close to raising approximately $1 billion, valuing it at $15 billion, according to media reports. The venture was last valued at $8.9 billion after a March funding round pulled in $1.15 billion. The latest round will include participation from Blackstone Group, and also existing investor Fidelity. Gopuff is using […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
The retailer’s journey is different for everyone and the range of skills it takes is vast. We partnered with the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) to chat with three Dallas-based retail businesses in totally different stages of growth to learn how they started, how it’s going, and how they see the future of retail. […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Ecommerce is no longer a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. Ecommerce has seen recent unprecedented growth, forcing brands to reconsider their approach to digital sales channels. Ecommerce is no longer a nice-to-have; it’s a must-have. There is now a sense of urgency for brands, and this renewed focus has driven executives to ask their digital leaders: […]
  1. International
The International Council of Shopping Centers is now identifying itself as Innovating Commerce Serving Communities. The 65-year-old trade association representing shopping center owners and related businesses will continue to refer to itself by its long-used acronym, ICSC. “The terminology ‘shopping centers’ or ‘retail real estate’ are still clearly an important part of our membership,” said […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
ROSEMONT, Ill. — After a successful collaboration this past spring, Global Market Development Center (GMDC)|Retail Tomorrow is again partnering with the International Housewares Association (IHA) to facilitate a three-week series of virtual events for retail and wholesale companies and their supplier and service partners. GMDC|Retail Tomorrow’s 2021 Fall Strategic Meetings will take place from September […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
As the industry gears up for NACDS Total Store Expo, which this year will be held virtually from August 23 through August 25, Video Forum talked with four executives about ways to get the most out of the event. Jim Whitman, senior vice president of member programs and services at NACDS; Lisa Paley, general manager […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Six UK grocery retailers have written to Brexit minister, Lord Frost, and Vice President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations, Maroš Šefčovič, calling for urgent action to address the future of GB-NI trade following the end of the Northern Ireland grace period in October. From October, unless a solution is found, retailers will face […]
  1. Department: Beverage
CLEVELAND – Building on the success of its Global Market: Food & Beverage event in June, ECRM on Thursday announced plans for a massive virtual event this fall that will bring together buyers and product suppliers from around the world across all major consumer packaged goods (CPG) categories. ECRM’s 2021 Global Market: Fall Experience will […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Apple will reportedly team up with Goldman Sachs to launch its own buy now, pay later (BNPL) platform that lets shoppers make Apple Pay payments in installments, according to Bloomberg News. The move sent share prices for other BNPL providers downward as the market reacted to the news . The service — which is known […]
  1. Media & Marketing
It’s hard talking to kids, especially if you don’t know them.  There’s always been a myth that being a teenager or ‘tween’ is just a phase – one characterized by self-indulgence and social media addiction. But this is an unhelpful generalization and our data challenges a number of these stereotypes.  Also, the attitudes expressed at […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
With more than 800 stores and another 250 to 300 pop-up locations during its Halloween high season, as well as a strong DTC site, Party City has a pretty solid presence on the U.S. retail scene. Nevertheless, in 2018 the party goods retailer went a step further and began selling on Amazon as well. The […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Tony Hoggett is stepping down from the role of Tesco Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer to head up Amazon’s international stores arm. He will move to Amazon’s HQ in Seattle, Washington and become Senior VP of Physical Stores in January 2022, according to a report by Retail Week. In a note to staff today, Tesco […]
  1. Data & Insights
eCommerce has been a watershed year for the past 16 months or so.  The first ten months (March to December 2020 including the Holiday season) were unprecedented given that customers decided to spend less than usual due to the pandemic impacting the overall economy, especially their spending threshold towards non-essential goods. And yet, eCommerce sales […]

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