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  1. Channel: Grocery
NEW ORLEANS — Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG) on Wednesday marked the celebration of Winn-Dixie’s 65th Anniversary in Louisiana with two store openings and kicked off a series of community events throughout the greater New Orleans area that aim to honor the culture, people and community that have supported Winn-Dixie since 1956. Louisiana governor John Bel […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Most companies know they need to start transforming digitally to stay competitive, if they haven’t already. But it can be difficult to understand where to focus. Industry experts from the marketing community, Salesforce, and Cannes Lions, a global brand that fosters creative excellence, discussed how they and their communities are transforming digitally with ethics and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
MENLO PARK, Calif., July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. “We had a strong quarter as we continue to help businesses grow and people stay connected,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO….
  1. Corporate Strategy
Apple reported the biggest second quarter profit ($21.7 billion) in the company’s history. The technology giant said sales rose 36 percent year-over-year to $81.4 billion during the quarter. “This quarter saw a growing sense of optimism from consumers in the United States and around the world, driving renewed hope for a better future and for […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Factories in countries including Bangladesh and Vietnam are having to shut down due to the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Manufacturing interruptions are further complicating the distribution of products to markets around the world. “Whatever the new normal is, it will happen a lot later than people assume,” Marc Bitzer, Whirlpool CEO, said last […]
  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: Mass
Walmart will make its own technologies across both digital and physical channels available to other retailers. The company’s move includes integrating Walmart’s Marketplace, online and in-store fulfillment and pickup technologies into the Adobe Commerce platform. Retailers will be able to access Walmart’s cloud-based services to reach new customers through Marketplace and offer national two-day shipping […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Also: Seattle Mariners award community grants, CDC reinstates indoor mask guidelines and Shutterstock acquires AI companies to help customers. Hello, communicators: The Seattle Mariners baseball team has announced that its nonprofit, Mariners Care, will present community impact grants to organizations that are working to improve physical and mental health for kids from Black, Indigenous and […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
The CPG Guys, Sri & PVSB, are joined in this episode by Matt Doll, founder & CEO of American Fireglass, the world’s premier manufacture of Fireplace, Fire Pit Glass and related burner products. Follow Matt on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/%F0%9F%94%A5-matt-doll-%F0%9F%94%A5-61313532/ Follow American Fireglass online at: https://americanfireglass.com/ Matt answers these questions: 1) How exactly did you get […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart said Wednesday that it will make some of its online, in-store fulfillment, and store pickup technologies available to other businesses through a strategic partnership with Adobe Commerce. Adobe says its partnership with Walmart will allow its customers to provide their own best-in-class store pickup experiences. “We’ve built new capabilities to serve […]
  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. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., July 27, 2021 — Today, Walmart announced it will pay 100% of college tuition and books for associates through its Live Better U (LBU) education program. Starting Aug. 16, the $1 a day fee will be removed for associates, making all education programs paid for by Walmart. This means approximately 1.5 million part-time […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Cary Breese Contributor Share on Twitter Cary Breese is the CEO and co-founder of NowRx, a digital retail pharmacy. We have entered a whole new era of e-commerce centered on speed and convenience. Business leaders are being forced to prioritize delivery capabilities and push for more accelerated delivery services. “Fast/reliable delivery” was the most important […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Email mistake. Those two words are enough to send a pang of fear down any marketer’s spine. A bad typo in the subject line. An incorrect hyperlink. A personalized message to the, um, wrong person. Everyone makes mistakes. But some mistakes are more embarrassing than others — like when they happen in a brand email […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is enhancing its Live Better U (LBU) education benefit, paying 100% of the cost of college tuition and books for associates enrolled in the program. Starting on August 16, the retailer will eliminate the $1 a day fee it had charged for participating associates, the company said Tuesday. This means approximately […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Bed Bath & Beyond is partnering with Ryder System to open two distribution centers intended to cut the time it takes to replenish the retailer’s namesake and Buybuy Baby stores from 35 days to 10. “We have to have the inventory in the right place at the right time,” said John Hartmann, Bed Bath & […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
MIAMI — Sky Organics, a plant-based beauty and personal care brand, has introduced Blemish Control, a blemish-fighting skin care regimen. The skin care collection uses certified organic and plant-based ingredients to combat blemishes while balancing and soothing the skin. The brand is launching the collection at select Whole Foods stores and SkyOrganics.com. Sky Organics said […]
  1. Channel: Drug
CAMP HILL, Pa. — Rite Aid is set to launch its annual in-store customer fundraising campaign benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals next month. The campaign will run from August 1 through August 28. All funds donated by customers will benefit 53 local children’s hospitals providing lifesaving care and services for kids in Rite Aid communities. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
More than 163 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, and growing concerns around the Delta variant have inspired more people to follow suit. That means more consumers are venturing out into the world — and going back into stores. In fact, analysis of Google mobility data by CoStar Advisory Services revealed that […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The pandemic’s disruption of the retail industry has driven a lot of change over the past 15 months, from an increase in online shopping to the rapid adoption of omnichannel fulfillment options. And despite U.S. consumers’ tremendous enthusiasm to get back to in-person shopping and experiences, notably with a 44% increase in foot traffic to […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Virtual restaurant brand marketplace Acelerate has raised $14 million. Sequoia Capital led the financing round. The company helps match virtual brands with kitchens. George Jacobs, the company’s CEO, saw the need for restaurants to diversify their revenue streams. His family owns a pizza business, and he saw first-hand the challenges faced by small restaurant owners. “A […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Ready to immerse yourself and your kiddos in an awesome adventure — right from the comfort of home? Say hello to Target’s newest design partnership, Christian Robinson for Target, a limited-edition collection of more than 70 adorable items including home goods, apparel and books for kids and baby. It’s the full-of-wonder creation of artist, illustrator, and children’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the Iowa State Fair next month, the retailer said Monday. Flu vaccines will also be offered pending availability. The vaccination clinics will be held daily from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 22. There is no appointment necessary to […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
RealEats meal kits will soon be available through the GNC website. The partnership marks the first time GNC, which sells nutritional supplements, has offered meal kits online. “This exciting partnership was a natural fit for our business that expands our product line to include diverse and delicious meal options, and gives GNC consumers access to […]

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