1. Corporate Finance
Amazon has launched Amazon Catalytic Capital, an initiative that will invest $150 million in venture capital funds, accelerators, incubators and venture studios that provide funding to entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds, primarily at the pre-seed/seed stage of venture capital funding. The company will invest in funds that focus on Black, Latino, Indigenous, women, and LGBTQIA+ founders […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH rounds up the stand out retail systems deals, deployments and pilots from September, including Walmart, Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, Kwik Trip, Marks & Spencer, Currys, Boots, Lowe’s, Ikea, and Aldi. Lowe’s is tapping NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise to create interactive store digital twins in Mill Creek, Wash,. and Charlotte, N.C. “We are always looking […]
  1. Data & Insights
Few words have been used and overused more than “data.” What emerged from a series of zeros and ones has evolved into a critical pillar of every business. Data drives all aspects of a company, from research, buying behaviors, stock/inventory levels, assortment plan, replenishment, website design, store merchandising, staffing and finance to product lifecycle and […]
  1. Merchandising
Starboard Cruise Services, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton luxury retail-at-sea company, has promoted Sherrie Day to the role of Global Head of Merchandising. Day will report to Lisa Bauer, President and CEO of Starboard. Day’s responsibilities will include managing Starboard’s merchandising strategy worldwide. She will oversee global buying and work with more than 700 […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Despite the optimism within the retail industry that a return to normal might be seen at some point in 2022, as we move through the back half of the year, the state of the retail industry is perhaps in a more vexing and fragmented state than it was when the year began. After two-and-a-half years […]
  1. Merchandising
“Every six months, there are new skill sets and new roles being created. Because of COVID, that has accelerated even more.” — Lauren Stiebing, Founder and CEO of LS International In an already hot job market, the competition for experienced ecommerce talent has gotten fierce.  Companies that want to attract top talent need to have […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Are you a small consumer electronics product brand who’s trying to figure out how to sell to Best Buy? If so, you are not alone. Best Buy is the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the US for consumer electronics, which is why thousands of brands attempt to get their products in the company’s stores every year. In […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI—The Food Industry Association released on Thursday its second installment of 2022 Power of Private Brands, which surveys food retailers and manufacturers about their private brands growth strategies. Retailers report having strong goals over the next two years for their private brand portfolio, with a current average dollar share of 18.2% and an ambitious […]
  1. Media & Marketing
“Natural” was the word of the day at Google’s third annual SearchOn event, where the tech giant unveiled a host of new ways it is working to make search, translation, navigation and discovery online work and feel more like it does in the real world. “Since day one, we’ve dedicated ourselves to a mission to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Star Concessions has announced the opening of Grab & Fly, a checkout-free shopping experience at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). Powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, this lets people grab what they need and leave the store, without having to wait in checkout lines. Cold drinks, snacks, travel accessories, electronics and souvenirs are […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Today’s consumer is far more informed, far more discerning, and has far more choices than just 20 years ago. The rise of e-commerce, social media, and digital marketplaces lowered the barriers to entry for new, innovative and nimble direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) brands, which has made the competitive landscape increasingly crowded. With the ability to now buy […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We’re recording live this week from the just wrapped GroceryShop conference in Las Vegas. Our guest this week is Tim Simmons, SVP & Chief Product Officer of Sam’s Club, who takes  us deep into the transformation process that he’s been helping lead. We learn how Walmart and Sam’s Club have been evolving and accelerating the […]
  1. Data & Insights
Co-authored by: Tricia Kelley How we work is changing—from where we host our meetings, to our day-to-day operations, life has been transformed by the pandemic. The push for work and life balance has never been stronger and the need to adopt more sustainable practices has never been more urgent. A digital-first approach has become imperative […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Walmart will launch three new returns options as part of its “No Concerns” campaign to accommodate early holiday shopping. Beginning in Oct. 1, 2022, Walmart will introduce: An extended Holiday Guarantee returns period allowing customers to return eligible purchases made on or after Oct. 1, 2022, through Jan. 31, 2023; Curbside returns, which will allow […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Keeping your warehouse operations in-house or outsourcing them to a third-party logistics (3PL) company? Each option has its benefits and disadvantages. In internal fulfillment, the business handles the complete process of storing, packing and shipping. The company must have a warehouse to keep its inventory, and a logistics team to manage the goods for storing, […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
With 2 million third-party sellers accounting for more than half of its retail revenue, Amazon’s relationship with the businesses that sell on its platform has become essential to its success. As those sellers have become more successful though, they have also become more powerful …and more demanding. Many are no longer content to exist solely […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Each day, I hear food founders ask things like, “If we’re headed into a recession, how can I possibly make it work with my CPG brand?” or, “Is anyone having success raising money right now?” or “My products are already expensive – how am I going to navigate price increases on top of this?” Sound […]
  1. Data & Insights
Businesses are facing strong economic headwinds this year. To help weather the twin storms of inflation and an unpredictable supply chain, leaders are adopting new tactics to stay resilient. These days, their strategies are focused on data and automation.  We surveyed 4,000 commerce leaders and analyzed data from 1 billion buyers to find out how […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart is moving aggressively to position its stores as preferred holiday shopping destinations. The retailer said Thursday it was ready to serve its customers this holiday season by offering better value and a more convenient shopping experience. Walmart said that more than half of its customers planned to start their holiday shopping […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The holiday shopping season is starting Oct. 6-8 at Target, as one of the largest retail chains in the United States launches a Deals Day event with thousands of select items discounted for that window of time only. Target is also planning to hire as many as 100,000 employees for the holiday season in stores […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark., Sept. 22, 2022 — Walmart is ready to serve its customers this holiday season, offering better value and more convenience than ever as customers start their holiday shopping. More than half of Walmart customers will start their holiday shopping research in October1 and Walmart is prepared to meet their needs and help them […]
  1. Data & Insights
Drive-thrus are changing with society, with QSRs increasingly focusing on technology to improve their efficiency in a world of complex menu items and changing customer expectations. As shown in Figure 1 below, more QSRs are taking over 200 seconds to complete a drive-thru order, with wait times representing a huge hurdle for QSRs as they […]
  1. Retail Operations
Sam’s Club will develop a design studio at its Bentonville, Ark. headquarters to support design thinking for all employees, with a focus on facilitating cross-functional team collaboration across engineering, product management and design departments. The neutral space also will allow these internal teams to work with external partners in a workshop environment that focuses on […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Autonomous stores specialist, Trigo, has designed what is pitched as “a new way to manage in-store inventory”. EasyStock uses its existing sensing infrastructure to automatically provide real-time on-shelf availability in order to accelerate the shelf replenishment process and reduce out-of-stock rates. In a LinkedIn post, the company says: “With our shelf and inventory management software, […]
  1. Department: HBC
JCPenney on Monday announced its plans to debut its beauty concept in stores nationwide, following a successful pilot launch in fall 2021 with 10 brick-and-mortar locations. JCPenney Beauty will expand to 300 stores by early 2023 and 600 stores by the spring, the company announced in a press release. The beauty concept within JCPenney stores […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Paradoxes are both familiar and common to the human condition. They are brain teasers that reveal faults in our senses and errors in human logic. Authors and poets delight in paradoxes because they stop the reader in their tracks to ponder the apparent contradictions. Like the familiar phrase, “Less is more,” or when Shakespeare’s Hamlet […]

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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]