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  1. Department & Category
  At the intersection of branded food sales and consumer demand grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat food continues to resonate with consumers.  While new avenues of distribution continue to open-up driving customer trial, the frozen food court is increasingly playing a larger and larger role for many families according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at […]
  1. Channel: Club
Uber Technologies is continuing to scale its massive logistics buildup with two new retail partnerships. The ridesharing service will now provide same-day grocery delivery for Costco in Texas, and will help Mercari take its “no-meetup garage sale” marketplace nationwide. The Costco pilot will begin at 25 warehouse stores in Dallas, Austin, and Houston, with seven […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
  Now that Dollar General operates more than 17,408 stores in 46 states you would think they would act like most legacy brand retailers but they don’t. Dollar General since its inception has sought after a product and price point differentiation that consumers have been migrating too according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, […]
  1. Data & Insights
KeHE Distributors announces it is supporting the company’s supplier community through the development of a proprietary business intelligence tool, KeHE CONNECT BI. KeHE CONNECT BI is a suite of tools for KeHE’s suppliers, created to enhance the current reporting and provide new capabilities to better serve the company’s suppliers and, indirectly, retailers throughout the nation. […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Bed Bath & Beyond’s New York City flagship store bears little if any resemblance to its former self. The retailer has widened the space between aisles, reduced clutter, added branded shop-in-shops and opened up the space with natural sunlight through windows located next to a cafe. The store is one of the first of 450 […]
  1. Channel: Mass
A couple of stories on CNBC suggest a trend as big-box stores look to expand their appeal and bring in new shoppers. One piece says that Ulta Beauty “will open its first beauty shops inside of Target next month. The mini shops will feature an assortment of merchandise from more than 50 prestige brands for […]
  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. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Innovative Chicago-based convenience store retailer Foxtrot Market announced this week its plans to grow. The retailer currently has 13 locations in Chicago, Dallas, and Washington D.C, and plan to add 50 locations over the next two years. The stores will be located in New York City, Austin, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston. Mitch Madoff, […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Consumer shopping habits have shifted irreversibly towards ecommerce in the past two years. For many, every day has become a holiday as new packages arrive from their favorite online retailers. One surprising aspect of this shift is how retailers have adapted their businesses in response. According to Mirakl’s Enterprise Marketplace Index (“the Index”), while traditional […]
  1. Department: HBC
JCPenney is putting its stake in the inclusive beauty movement with the launch of a new in-store and online beauty experience. The core mission of JCPenney Beauty is to create a “hyper-inclusive,” omnichannel experience that “exemplifies [the retailer’s] commitment to amplify diverse and inclusive beauty brands.”   Launching in select retail locations and on jcp.com October 2021, JCPenney Beauty will go to market with Thirteen Lune as […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
SAN FRANCISCO — Do it Best, a total source co-op in the independent home improvement industry, is partnering with RangeMe to make it even easier for potential new vendors to gain visibility for their innovative products. The Do it Best Merchandising team said it is committed to continually reviewing new products to find the very best […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Today, Macy’s introduced the new private brand, And Now This. The line launching in ready-to-wear and men’s categories for the fashion-forward, contemporary dresser, features effortlessly wearable elevated basics and sophisticated pieces. Made for every moment of the day and every wherever-life-takes-you decision, the brand inspires shoppers to showcase their most authentic self and celebrate unique and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Related: 8 Simple Tactics to Increase Market Basket Size How Consumers Compare Prices to Make Purchase Decisions How Buy One, Get One Can Improve Your Sales What’s in your tool kit for capturing consumer insights? Odds are, the methods at your disposal haven’t changed much in years. You have focus groups, surveys, panels, and the […]
  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. Shopper & Customer
During the pandemic, much like our working lives and our socializing, retail had to migrate solely online — and with this seismic shift, shopper expectations have skyrocketed. A smooth transaction and quick delivery is no longer a perk for customers — it is the baseline expectation. Consumers everywhere now seek a rewarding and enjoyable online […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Wakerfern and ShopRite today announced the launch of its private label, all-natural Bowl & Basket Fresh Chicken line. Whether shopping in-store or online, shoppers can now enjoy over two dozen different kinds of high-quality Bowl & Basket Fresh Chicken offerings such as breasts, thighs, fillets, wings, drumsticks. ShopRite’s launch of Bowl & Basket Fresh Chicken […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
KEASBEY, N.J. – ShopRite has added a line of fresh chicken products to its private label Bowl & Basket brand. The launch of Bowl & Basket Fresh Chicken marks a significant expansion of the supermarket’s private label poultry offerings in its fresh meats division, the company said on Monday, adding that the expansive rollout “demonstrates […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
When we ponder the future of retail, the store is always involved in discussions. In fact, experts and practitioners across the retail spectrum largely agree that the store is a crucial vehicle for customer retention, engagement and loyalty.   Even once-digital only brands like Warby Parker have doubled down on their store investments. In fact, the eyewear darling plans to open another three dozen locations […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Nominations for the 2021 Top Women in Store Brands are now open. It’s year nine of the awards program – established by  Women Impacting Storebrand Excellence (WISE), a nonprofit professional development organization, and trade magazine Store Brands. The deadline to enter is Friday, July 23, and all that is required is filling completing the nomination […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has been hard at work expanding its fashion assortment to offer customers quality, on-trend and accessible style at an incredible value. The retailer has launched and grown private brands, like Time and True, Terra & Sky, Wonder Nation and George. They have developed and launched exclusive partnerships and collaborations like ELOQUII Elements, Free Assembly, Scoop and Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara. Just […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  Our research suggests an uptick in interest among brands to pursue the hybrid model on Amazon. This means brands would maintain their 1P retail relationship with Amazon’s retail team while also offering assortment on the 3P marketplace, either via the brand itself or through a partnership with another 3P seller. Brands are intrigued by […]
  1. Channel: Department Stores
Back-to-school season is more exciting than ever as parents prepare to send their kids back for in-person learning this fall. To ensure every kid can confidently express their style as they head into the classroom, department store JCPenney has introduced the Thereabouts private brand, a new inclusive line of kids apparel that celebrates diversity of shapes, […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Learn how Choice Market added a frictionless option to their new location! Join RETHINK’s own Julia Raymond Hare on a tour of the new hybrid store, with Choice CEO Mike Fogarty as your guide. Get an overview on how autonomous shopping works, and meet Thomas Knox, director of product for AiFi, the company making it […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Antuit.ai offers a Size Optimization solution that taps artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) techniques to deliver size optimization precision through a Cloud-Native AI Demand Intelligence Platform. Its capabilities include forecast and optimization technologies that are compatible with allocation, fulfillment, assortment and pricing solutions. The Size Optimization solution aims to predict actual demand down […]

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