1. Media & Marketing
J.Crew has announced the launch of an immersive virtual store powered by experiential e-commerce platform Obsess. The 3D, shoppable experience celebrates the company’s 40th anniversary and takes the form of a beach house that features six rooms and a separate boathouse. The J.Crew Virtual Beach House also offers interactive content highlighting the brand’s heritage, along […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Victoria’s Secret announced Tuesday it was collaborating with to offer its customers fashion and lingerie products. This is an expansion of its collaboration, which first began last year with the launch of Victoria’s Secret Beauty in Amazon stores. Now, more than 4,000 Victoria’s Secret items will be available at, including the brand’s bras, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In today’s retail landscape, brands are embracing artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technology solutions to keep up with the competition and provide their customers with the best possible shopping experiences. However, it’s equally important to maintain a personal touch and human element to create a truly immersive and engaging experience. The most successful retailers will […]
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  Here is some of what the team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® has heard from clients, at the National Restaurant Show, or read printed in other recent articles. The simple fact is that rent for food retailers including restaurants, C-Stores, Deli’s etc. are continuing to increase.  In many spots around the country, they […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
The Toronto Sun reports that “Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it’s shutting down its third-party marketplace.” Spokesperson Catherine Thomas tells the Sun that “the company has learned a lot about what customers are shopping for online, but that given the rapid change in e-commerce over the past three years, Loblaw has decided to focus on its […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Winning an industry award is like earning special recognition that can make a big difference for retailers. It’s not just a shiny trophy on a shelf; it has the power to boost a brand’s reputation and increase sales. When a retailer wins an award, it exemplifies being trustworthy, reliable and respected. Customers look for these […]
  1. Associates & Employees
WAUKESHA, Wis. —  HRG has promoted three associates to new roles. Steve Hill was elevated to PC development/technical analyst lead and Cat Renwick and Noah Rosenthal were both promoted to category analysts. Hill has been with HRG since 2019. In his new role, HRG’s developer team will report to him, and he will be responsible for […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The subscription economy has been the subject of dire headlines recently, with terms like “subscription fatigue,” “the great unsubscribe” and even “subscription apocalypse” being bandied about. Some stats support the gloomy outlook: according to Kearney, 40% of consumers feel they have too many subscriptions, and subscription ecommerce is predicted to have its slowest growth year […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
In episode 404 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Donna Dozier Gordon, head of inclusion and diversity for region Americas at H&M, a global fashion brand offering the latest styles and inspiration for all. During the wide-ranging interview, Dozier Gordon discusses her role at H&M (1:40), the retailer’s expansion of its extended size assortment […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Wall Street Journal this morning writes that “more than a year after the Federal Reserve began rapidly raising interest rates to tame inflation, the hallmarks of a widely expected recession remain elusive. “Employers are hiring aggressively, consumers are spending freely, the stock market is rebounding and the housing market appears to be stabilizing—the most […]
  1. Channel: Drug
PHILADELPHIA — Rite Aid announced the launch of RYSHI – its exclusive collection of clean beauty and personal care essentials. Spanning across multiple categories, RYSHI products offer better-for-you ingredients at an accessible price point so customers can conveniently build their beauty toolkit at their neighborhood Rite Aid. The full collection offers a vast range of […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has grown its retail media business, Walmart Connect, by offering advertisers the ability to reach consumers when they are searching for products on the retailer’s website as well as via thousands of digital televisions and point-of-purchase screens in its physical stores. Now Walmart Connect plans to leverage the retailer’s stores to […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
At Home has named Jeff Evans as President and Chief Merchandising Officer, effective June 19. Evans will leverage 32 years of industry experience including ecommerce, brand building, product development, sourcing and identifying business opportunities, to help the home décor retailer advance its business. Evans has held senior leadership positions at Walmart for 15 years, most […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Expectations are never-ending in the retail industry. They’re also ever-changing — even more so in light of recent events. People have different mindsets when entering a brick-and-mortar store. Some people are certainly cautious about in-person interactions, so they’re often in the store for a specific reason. Others might have just stopped in out of happenstance, […]
  1. Data & Insights
If one were to dig deep enough into the Library of Congress’s old audiovisual vaults, one would find a wealth of content from the 1950s and 60s about the ‘home,’ ‘city’ or even ‘highways’ of the future. For all of the myriad social problems of that period, it was also a period of intense economic […]
  1. Data & Insights
It’s been more than a decade since the direct-to-consumer (DTC) business model forever changed the world of consumer brands. With an iconic cohort of industry disruptors, including Warby Parker, Casper, and Harry’s, the model paved the way for an explosion of businesses built upon direct and authentic relationships with their customers and, in some cases, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
I’m conflicted about continuing this conversation, mostly because I do not want to go down a rabbit hole from which there is no escape, and I do not want to take MNB in a direction that undermines its purpose. But, this started as a business story, and so I’m going to take the risk. Last […]
  1. Department & Category
  Regular readers of this blog know that as restaurants continue to evolve in foodservice the most likely space and best fit just might be the Grocerant Niche. That space is wide open it is not dominated by Restaurants, Convenience Stores, Grocery Stores, Drug Stores, or Dollar stores according to Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® […]
  1. Data & Insights
Have you ever compared your online shopping experiences to your in-store experiences? Physical and digital retail experiences should both be inspirational and filled with entertainment and emotion. But that doesn’t change the fact that when it comes to engaging customers and eliciting sales, physical retail has a “leg up” on e-commerce because real-world shopping experiences […]
  1. Department: Food
  When you think about selling a meal or meal component, have you continued to say no way, not at all, or I tried it and it did not work for me? Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® wants you to rethink your position. Ask yourself why us and why now? […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Consumers are dynamic not static and today that means smartphones are fast becoming the food marketing platform of choice according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In a battle for share of stomach C-stores, restaurants, bodegas, and grocery store delis all need a fresh focus on smartphones. Art Sebastian, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Yesterday we took note of a Wall Street Journal report that Target plans to remove some of the items it brought in to help customers celebrate Pride Month, and will move remaining displays to less visible parts of its stores, as it reacts to a backlash that caused some of its employees to feel unsafe.  […]
  1. Merchandising
“You’re too expensive. “We don’t work with your distributor.”  “We already carry something similar on our shelves.” “You just missed your category review….” Sound familiar? There are countless reasons why a wholesale buyer says no to your product line – or even worse, never responds to your sales pitch in the first place. Today I’m […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Retail TouchPoints and Design:Retail have unveiled the 2023 winners of the annual 40 Under 40 Awards, representing a dynamic and diverse class of executives who have contributed to industry progress.   The 40 Under 40 Awards have evolved to spotlight the personal and professional accomplishments of executives across the retail industry — from store design to CX […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ZAANDAM, Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported better-than-expected first quarter sales, driven by strong performances by its U.S. businesses. The company’s U.S. operations, which include the Food Lion, Stop & Shop, Hannaford Bros., the GIANT Co. and Giant Food chains, posted net sales of €13.5 billion ($14.8 billion) for the quarter, an increase of 5.7% at […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — After a professional finance career spanning more than three decades and nearly nine years in key leadership positions at Tennessee-based Dollar General, John Garratt begins his planned retirement on June 2. DG’s president and former chief financial officer is fondly looking back, and ahead, with his ever-present smile and pleasant demeanor that […]
  1. Department & Category
The Atlantic has a profile of podcaster Chris van Tulleken, who is conducting an ongoing campaign against processed food. An excerpt: “He has just published a book identifying ultra-processed food, or UPF, as a great evil in our diets, and has therefore signed up for a lifetime of being portrayed as a joyless, middle-class puritan […]
  1. Start Ups
Datasembly, a US-based provider of real-time product pricing, promotions, and assortment data for retailers and CPG brands, has secured $16 million in funding led by Noro-Moseley Partners with participation from Grotech Ventures, Topmark Partners and Staley Capital. It says that the cash will enable it to scale in a capital efficient manner, bringing new tools […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
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Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
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The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]