Merchandising

  1. Technology & Innovation
The big takeaway Your customers will respond to offerings that are genuinely useful and helpful to them, even in an economic downturn. The key is investing in innovation that adds value, rather than chasing what’s trendy. Need proof?  Beauty giant L’Oreal has invested more in research and development every year, even in tough times. That […]
  1. Department & Category
SALISBURY, N.C. —  Food Lion and Novant Health are collaborating to launch a food pharmacy pilot program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. A leading omnichannel retailer serving towns and cities across 10 states, Food Lion is committed to nourishing neighbors and families, setting them up for success in life. […]
  1. Corporate Finance
The RETHINK Retail team ventured to NYC from January 14-17th for NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with attendees from our Top Retail Influencer community and learn about their event experience. #TRI members- April Sabral, Andrew Smith, Carl Boutet, Alberto Serrentino, Charles Haseman, Christine Russo, Guy Courtin, and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The start of the year is always an exciting time. It’s a time for reflection, setting goals, pushing boundaries and trying new things. This year, sellers can win big with us as Walmart Marketplace continues to grow and deliver a top-quality product selection and a world-class shopping experience.Our New Year’s resolution is simple: To be […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Foot Locker is making cuts to its staff and store fleet as it looks to trim costs under new leadership. The footwear retailer on Thursday announced that it would eliminate an undisclosed number of “corporate and support roles,” which the company expects to account for about $18 million in cost savings on an annualized basis starting […]
  1. Department: Food
  What is freshness? How do your consumers know that the meal they buy from you is fresh other than searching the package looking for the date made or time cooked? So, we ask. What’s more relevant than livestream meal prep or cooking of dinner? Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The CPG Guys speak with Bobby Watts, Vice President of AD Retail Media at Peapod Digital Labs, a division of Ahold Delhaize, one of the world’s largest grocery retailers. Follow Bobby Watts on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobby-watts-48571b74Contact Bobb Watts at: [email protected] Peapod Digital Labs on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/peapoddigitallabs/Follow Peapod Digital Labs online at: http://peapoddigitallabs.com Bobby answers […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
NEWARK, N.J. — Mars has unveiled a variety of new limited-edition offerings from M&M’S, DOVE and Ethel M Chocolates, as well as personalized options on MMS.com, to help consumers choose gifts for Valentine’s Day. “While Valentine’s Day has historically been tied to couples, shopper data reveals an evolution in consumers’ patterns around Valentine’s Day,” said […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Dollar Tree CEO Mike Witynski will step down and leave the retailer’s board of directors, with Executive Chairman Rick Dreiling expanding his role to assume the CEO position, effective Jan. 29, 2023. Witynski has held leadership positions at Dollar Tree since starting there in 2010 and was named CEO in 2020. Dreiling had served as […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Market segmentation is fundamental to brand-business building. When creatively and intelligently managed, market segmentation can provide insight into: Superior understanding of the customer so the brand-business can provide outstanding competitive advantage; Strategic focus that is essential for effective marketing; Identifying market priorities that can drive brand-business strategies. Dollar General applied market segmentation to generate its […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Walmart announced Tuesday that it’s raising its minimum wage for store employees to $14 an hour, representing a roughly 17 percent jump for the workers who stock shelves and cater to customers. Starting in early March, store employees will make between $14 and $19 an hour. They currently earn between $12 and $18 an hour, according […]
  1. Department: Food
Got the following email from MNB reader Cindee Lolik: Just wanted to comment on the comment about employers taking on the cost of ServSafe certification.  Our Co-op has always picked up the cost of certification for our Food Service Managers, but when I read the article, I immediately looked for an alternative to the National […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, 1-800-Flowers.com has launched a “Gifts & More” marketplace designed to provide shoppers with a wider range of gift options. The site will initially include a curated selection of products from more than 200 brands across 15 categories, including home décor, spa gift baskets, party supplies and DIY activities. Additionally, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart has launched a new ecommerce site and customer experience designed specifically for small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and nonprofits. The aim of the Walmart Business platform is to “remove complexity in purchasing, lower costs and give our customers more opportunities to serve their customers and communities.” With a curated assortment of more than 100,000 items, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The NRF Big Show, held in NYC Jan. 15-17, did more than bring together 35,000 attendees and more than 1,000 exhibitors. The event also gives us business editors the chance to suss out the major trends that retail decision-makers will be grappling with in 2023. Here’s our take on just a few of the key […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart last week launched a dedicated e-commerce site tailored to small and midsize business (SMB) customers. The website, Walmart Business, will offer “a curated assortment of more than 100,000 items with categorization and navigation tailored to busy organizational shoppers, Walmart said in a press release. The product categories include office supplies and furniture, food and beverage, restroom, […]
  1. Retail Operations
“While I would never suggest, ‘Hey, let’s move away from those channels entirely,’ my philosophy is that we have to move to a more omnichannel approach without giving up our addressability, our measurement capabilities, and our efficiencies that we’ve worked so hard to build into our marketing stack … In the offline world, direct mail […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Two surprising things happened yesterday at Netflix yesterday. First, the company announced better-than-widely-expected Q4 results, saying that it added 7.66 million net new subscribers during the period, far more than the 4.5 million it had projected.  It ended the year with 230.75 million worldwide, well beyond its target of 227.59 million – a four percent […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Todd Vasos began an exciting new leadership chapter at Dollar General Corp. on November 1 as he transitioned from chief executive officer to senior advisor. The new role underscores the leadership, mentorship and perpetual evolution that has defined Vasos’ retail career for nearly four decades. MMR is proud to honor Vasos with […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including H-E-B, AutoStore, Sainsbury’s, Just Eat, Wakefern Food Corp., and Trigo. 1. H-E-B taps AutoStore tech for ‘world’s most […]
  1. Channel: Mass
We know millions of small and medium businesses (SMBs) and nonprofits utilize Walmart’s stores and website to purchase supplies to support their day-to-day operations. These customers are under more pressure than ever due to inflation and supply chain issues, adapting to a hybrid workforce and post-pandemic behavioral shifts.For months, we’ve been working with SMBs and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
One of the most persistent trends of the last 30 years of CPG marketing has been SKU (Stock-Keeping Unit) proliferation – the addition of more products and a variety of products based on changes to the market, such as adding several new flavors of a top-selling beverage. However, this trend is coming to an end.  […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is partnering with Ibotta to launch a cash-back rewards program that aims to boost customer loyalty by helping its shoppers get more for their money. “We are excited to provide an additional innovative option for our customers to help stretch their budgets,” said Emily Taylor, Dollar General’s executive vice president […]
  1. Merchandising
That shrinking product on the shelf isn’t your imagination. It’s a money-making tactic. Products get smaller, but the prices stay the same. Or worse, products get smaller and prices get larger. While “shrinkflation” isn’t a new tactic, the attention it’s getting is. As brands shrink their products to offset increasing costs, shoppers are noticing. And […]
  1. Merchandising
When new products are introduced to the market, retailers have to decide which ones to stock on their shelves. This can be a tough decision, as there are many factors to consider. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the three main factors that influence a retailer’s decision to stock a new product. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As Wal­mart’s chief merchandising officer, Charles Redfield and his team are responsible for making sure the retailer’s customers, whether shopping online or in stores, can always find the items they want at the lowest possible prices. The high rate of inflation that has shocked consumers in the past year has made that […]
  1. Corporate Finance
[[ Getty Images Bed Bath & Beyond has been in discussions with prospective buyers and lenders as it works to keep its business afloat during a likely bankruptcy filing, according to people familiar with the matter. The retailer is in the midst a sale process in hopes of finding a buyer that would keep the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
We’ve been told a consumer’s path to purchase proceeds in a straight line: awareness, familiarity, consideration, purchase … and if done right, it leads to brand loyalty. It’s a logical step-by-step progression model and gives brands the confidence to manage customers’ engagement and activate them along each step in their journey. Illusion Unveiled The problem […]

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  1. Shopper & Customer
  2. Department: Nonfood
  3. Corporate Strategy
  4. Corporate Finance
  5. ESG
  6. Media & Marketing
  7. Agencies & Vendors
  8. Data & Insights
  9. Shopper & Customer
  10. Trends & External Forces
  11. Holiday & Events
  12. Operations & Supply Chain
In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
  1. Data & Insights
  2. Department: Consumer Durables
  3. ESG
  4. Media & Marketing
  5. Data & Insights
  6. Shopper & Customer
  7. Technology & Innovation
  8. Trends & External Forces
  9. Holiday & Events
  10. Operations & Supply Chain
  11. Stores & Formats
While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]

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