1. Shopper & Customer
Since Amazon Echo’s 2014 launch, conversational commerce has been a hot topic of conversation in retail (pun intended). The biggest question: How can conversational commerce improve shopping experiences? For the last decade, the answer seemed to be it doesn’t. Consumers struggled to leverage these tools to shop, unless they were reordering a previous purchase. Conversational […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Strap in for a glimpse into the not-too-distant future where our retail escapades are getting an android-assisted upgrade! From precision shelf stocking to whizzing through checkouts, let’s wheel through six ways in which robots are already revolutionizing the entire shopping experience. Stockroom Sorting Shenanigans There’s now a wide variety of different types of robots for […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target Corp. announced it has launched a new private label product line for price-conscious consumers called dealworthy. The assortment of 400 everyday basics will include apparel and accessories, essentials and beauty, as well as electronics and home items. Items will start at less than $1 and with most under $10, the prices are designed to […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
With an eye on its goal of becoming the leading family footwear retailer in the U.S., Shoe Carnival has acquired the 53-year-old Rogan’s Shoes for $45 million in cash. The addition of Rogan’s 28 stores throughout the Midwest makes Shoe Carnival the market leader in Wisconsin and establishes a store base for the company in […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Target has introduced a new low-price owned brand called Dealworthy — featuring more than 400 products ranging in price from less than $1 to $10 — and revamped its 15-year-old everyday essentials brand Up&Up with new branding, product reformulations and additions to the assortment. Target’s owned brands are one of the most successful pieces of its […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
FMI-The Food Industry Association is out with its new “Food Industry Contributions to Health and Well-Being 2024” report, noting that “as Americans’ interest in nutrition and healthy eating has increased in recent years, companies across the food industry have implemented numerous initiatives to support consumers’ health needs and priorities.” Some findings from the report: •  […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Eating out can be a convenient and enjoyable way to spend time with your family, but it can also be expensive. On the other hand, cooking at home can be cheaper, but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Is there a way to balance both options and save money while still enjoying quality […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Target has slashed the hours of operation for self-checkout lanes at some of its stores. Not all store locations have had self-checkout hours cut, but the retailer is considering store staffing levels and sales volumes in its decision. Workers told Business Insider that Target is trying to keep the percentage of overall store sales via […]
  1. Channel: Mass
MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. today introduced a new low-price owned brand, dealworthy, that promises “incredible value” on nearly 400 everyday basic items. The new line allows the retailer to offer its shoppers more affordable options, with prices starting at less than $1, while strengthening its portfolio of owned brands. “With the introduction of our newest […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
One of the benefits of being a RangeMe Starter or Premium subscriber brand is the opportunity to submit products to buyers who have immediate, limited-time opportunities that take place throughout the year. During these campaigns, retailers, distributors and foodservice operators invite brands that meet specific criteria to submit their products to be considered for placement […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The Stanley X Starbucks Valentine’s Day Quencher H2.0 Tumbler is the latest example of a viral retail phenomenon. The 40-ounce tumbler joins the likes of the Cabbage Patch Doll, Tickle Me Elmo and Furbies, which all generated long lines — even stampedes — of consumers clamoring to get their hands on these coveted goods. And […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
MNB reader Doug Galli has a reaction to my argument that while Amazon may try to steer shoppers to products with higher margins, so do many retailers: Kevin, you are correct on this point of how retailers “merchandise” and market their respective stores. You work to steer customers toward higher margin products, which might not […]
  1. Data & Insights
The retail landscape is forever evolving and with so much competition, it is imperative that retailers look at ways to stay ahead of the curve and thrive. ESL Data Strips, coupled with electronic shelf-edge labels, have the potential to reshape the way retailers operate, providing… This story continues at ESL data strips: Indispensable for competitive […]
  1. International
The UK arm of the The Body Shop has entered administration, the British version of bankruptcy protection, according to Reuters and other media reports, but it will continue to operate online and via its 199 UK brick-and-mortar stores for the time being. Private equity firm Aurelius Group purchased the retailer from Natura &Co in November […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Following a 15-store pilot project that kicked off in May 2023, SpartanNash has deployed Tally, an autonomous inventory robot, in 60 more company-operated stores across the Midwest. The retailer operates 144 supermarkets, mostly under the Family Fare, Martin’s Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market banners. The robots from Simbe support the solution provider’s Store Intelligence […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Joining us for a deep dive on creating remarkable brand stories and driving powerful customer engagement are two industry veterans who will also be gracing the stage at next month’s Shoptalk event in Las Vegas. Christiane Pendarvis, co-CEO of Pattern Beauty, Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair care brand, and Andrea Moore, Chief Digital Officer of NEST […]
  1. Retailer Media
“This whole concept of ‘do your job and stay in your lane’ doesn’t exist anymore … all of these walls that existed are being broken down.” – Samir Bhavnani, VP of Sales, CommerceIQ The ecommerce boom of the pandemic has wound down, and growth is no longer guaranteed. In this slower environment, brands need to […]
  1. Data & Insights
It’s hard to remember, but before the roads were filled with Amazon trucks delivering our packages in two days or less, we used to drive to the store to shop for what we needed. Brick-and-mortar stores teamed up with brands to determine the optimal placement and positioning of products to entice consumers and their wallets. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
I always have my eyes open for dark horses, the come-from-behind winners that no one expects. I cheer for them, marvel at their grit, and hope for their victory over stronger, better-known competitors. They have always inspired me, and they challenge how I see the world. They give me hope. But why do dark horses […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
In episode 439 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Alissa Ahlman, chief merchandising officer, home segment at Franchise Group, Inc., a world-class franchising platform for a diverse collection of market-leading and emerging brands, including American Freight, a retail furniture chain. Listen in as Ahlman provides an overview of both companies (0:45), how the […]
  1. Merchandising
Northern Ireland’s Henderson Technology has now installed a million electronic shelf-edge labels (ESELs), it announced this week. The company, which is notable for being an offshoot of the Northern Ireland retailer and wholesaler of the same name, put its one millionth ESEL into Filco Supermarkets.… This story continues at Northern Ireland firm breaks the one […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Macy’s has launched a second new private label line as part of its ongoing reinvention of its in-house brand strategy aimed at making its offerings more customer centric. Developed following a large consumer survey and in-store fit clinics, the new State of Day loungewear brand is designed to help women “feel more comfortable and relaxed […]
  1. Data & Insights
Kroger will be the first company to test out Intelligence Node’s new digital shelf optimization solution as it seeks to enhance its online marketplace. The digital marketplace solution from Intelligence Node — which is powered by generative AI and real-time data capture — generates comprehensive product listings and ratings for customers while also providing custom, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The best in brand management run their business as general managers. They partner with sales to drive revenue growth. The marketer creates demand through a brand positioning that motivates the consumer to want to buy while sales get the brand onto the shelf to match where consumers shop. The marketer must partner with operations to build […]
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When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
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Here’s today’s news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Sky Bridges Standalone walled gardens are transforming into an interconnected network of fortresses. It’s not that walled gardens are opening up, exactly, but individual platforms are now actively partnering to allow one-to-one user targeting and other use cases among themselves – but […]
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
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We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]