Merchandising

  1. Technology & Innovation
In 2022, the perfect store is rooted in constant evolution — a system that maybe isn’t perfect in every moment, but is agile always, malleable when needed, and capable of critical self-reflection. These innate characteristics of the modern perfect store are supported by, and in return support, the adoption of a few important technologies and […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
WASHINGTON – On behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), an independent community grocer from rural Georgia shared his experience and the direct impact the national formula shortage is having on his community with a U.S. House committee hearing. Confusion and fear, alongside panic-buying and government red tape, are among the effects of the nation’s shortage of […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree reported a 43.2% increase in net income, to $536.4 million for the first quarter ended April 30. Diluted earnings per share for the quarter increased 48.1% to a first-quarter company record $2.37, compared to $1.60 in the prior year’s quarter, the company said Thursday. Consolidated net sales increased 6.5% to $6.90 […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In an industry known for its tight margins, any loss in retail is significant. Retailers often need to sell many multiples of an item to breakeven on a single loss. “Shrink” is a $60B dollar issue for the retail industry globally and growing rapidly. Most retailers attribute 50-60% of losses to associate actions. Increasingly, Organized […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Nordstrom is expanding its business through new partnerships with other retailers and streamlining its styling services. The retailer will now offer Allbirds shoes as part of its sustainability push and sell ASOS products in a new immersive experience aimed at young shoppers. It will also eliminate the Trunk Club brand along, which featured the at-home […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Empty shelves and $10 bottles of hand sanitizer….ah, those were NOT the days. But working from home, learning to cook for ourselves, and becoming increasingly more aware of how dirty the world can be has created a need for more household cleaning products. COVID-19 turned cleaning brands into lifestyle brands and built disinfecting habits consumers […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The Associated Press reports that Walmart has decided to pull from its stores a new special edition ice cream that commemorated the new Juneteenth federal holiday that observes June 19, 1865, the day on which Union soldiers informed enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, that the Emancipation proclamation – two and a half years earlier […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The push behind the massive influx of warehouse robotics funding is largely driven by one entity: Amazon. There are other factors driving the industry, of course, including the pandemic, labor shortages and supply chain constraints, but Amazon is forever looming in the corner, forcing companies to adopt creative and innovative ways to remain competitive. Not […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens this month added three executive positions to its leadership team, a move the national pharmacy chain said was made to bolster its retail, marketing and customer-experience offerings. The newest team members are Linh Peters, senior vice president and chief marketing officer; Luke Rauch, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer; and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“Math, magic, and art need to be tied to the very foundation and the financial considerations of the business.”                  — Aaron Zagha, Chief Marketing Officer of Newton Baby Building a thriving direct-to-consumer (DTC) ecommerce business requires a mix of skills — not all of which are completely […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree Inc. has added two members to its leadership team, naming John Flanigan chief supply chain officer and Larry Gatta chief merchandising officer for its Family Dollar banner. Both Flanigan and Gatta spent time at Dollar General Corp. during the tenure of Rick Dreiling, the former Dollar General chief executive who […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Retail is getting more competitive by the day. And while the retail landscape has become increasingly saturated over the last few decades, the 2020 e-commerce boom brought more options to the digital market than ever before. As a result, retailers and brands must strategize new ways to save time, boost profits, and grow—all while meeting […]
  1. Department & Category
Accomplished executives will accelerate Cooler Screens' mission to transform the consumer experience and solidify its role as a strategic digital media platform for retail. 
  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. Department & Category
You already own a profitable retail store, so is there a point in adding liquor to your shelves? The answer to that question depends on the size of your storefront, funding, and several other factors. To help you make a decision, weigh the following pros, cons, and key considerations. What You Should Consider Before Stocking […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
A 45-year-old family-owned luxury business might not be the kind of company one expects to be at the cutting edge of digital commerce, but thanks to President Ken Natori, the company’s second-generation leader, Natori is just that. The designer fashion brand launched its own ecommerce operation in 2008, at a time when many other high-end […]
  1. Department & Category
  Looking for success clues restaurants continue to evolve in foodservice most completive space 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® Grocerant Guru® Steven Johnson; who stated “retail foodservice is now about […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The CPG Guys, Sri & PVSB, are joined in this episode by Whitney Cooper, Senior Director of Omnichannel Transformation & Commercialization Follow Whitney Cooper on LinkedIn at: Follow Walmart on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/walmart/ Follow Walmart Connect on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/walmart-connect/Follow Walmart online at: http://walmart.comFollow Walmart Connect online at: http://walmartconnect.com This episode is sponsored by NielsenIQ […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Instant grocery startups sprang up and grew like weeds during COVID-19, fueled by consumers opting to practice social distancing and ready to order their food and sundries at the tap of an app, and VCs seeing an gap in the delivery market that had yet to be definitively filled. Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the consolidation.
  1. Corporate Strategy
It looks increasingly likely that a Kohl’s sale may be imminent, with the retailer receiving final bids from potential buyers in the coming weeks. Poor Q1 results and the departure of two senior executives could further ramp up pressure for the department store retailer to sell itself. Kohl’s reported a 5.2% net sales drop during […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Digital technologies have spurred the rise of resellers — individuals and organizations that look for opportunities and use bots to purchase goods instantly and at scale. Resellers may purchase discontinued or discounted merchandise, but often target the hottest items that consumers are waiting to purchase. And they’re dominating the fashion, technology, events and travel industries, […]
  1. Corporate Finance
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. today said strong membership gains drove increased sales and profits in its 2022 fiscal first quarter. BJ’s reported membership-fee income of $96.6 million, an increase of nearly 12% from the previous year. Comparable club sales were up 4.1%. When gasoline sales are included, BJ’s comps were up […]
  1. International
In this piece, we spoke with David Anthony, looking at examples of how to create different retail areas through visual merchandising. Why learn how to create different retail areas? Many retail spaces are large and can lack character until they have been designed to suit the products instore. Understanding how to create different retail areas […]
  1. Department: Food
Small grocery chain Kowalski’s Markets is looking to improve the online ordering experience through a collaboration with Mercatus. Based in Minnesota, Kowalski’s Markets has 11 locations. It is known for offering a compelling store experience and a full assortment of local and ethically-sourced specialty grocery, prepared foods and fresh products. The Kowalski’s team turned to Mercatus to […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The nation’s largest retailers have been holding strong against supply chain challenges, high fuel costs and inflation, but their combined ongoing impact is finally starting to weigh on their performance. Both Walmart and Target reported weak single-digit sales growth in their latest quarters, and while continued home improvement interest elevated The Home Depot to record […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As a cloud of uncertainty hangs over housing prices and rising interest rates are taking a bite out of buying power, the case for staying in place is as strong as it’s been in years. It’s a scenario that is not only prompting consumers to make the most of the space they already have but one […]
  1. Channel: Drug
Cooler Screens, which is creating the world’s largest in-store digital media platform, unveils a partnership with Place Exchange for programmatic ad buying opportunities of in-store media for omnichannel ad campaigns.
  1. Department: Food
ROSEMONT, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) today announced a strategic agreement with Kalera®, one of the world’s leading hydroponic indoor vertical farming companies. This is US Foods’ largest vertical farming relationship to date. The agreement underscores US Foods’ commitment to bringing foodservice operators a broad assortment of high-quality produce, year-round. It will also […]

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  3. Corporate Strategy
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  10. Operations & Supply Chain
  11. Stores & Formats
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General on Thursday reported net sales of $8.8 billion for its fiscal year 2022 first quarter, an increase of 4.2% over the prior-year period. The net sales increase was primarily driven by positive sales contributions from new stores, partially offset by a slight decline in same-store sales and the impact of […]
  1. Data & Insights
  2. Corporate Strategy
  3. Department: HBC
  4. Media & Marketing
  5. Data & Insights
  6. Shopper & Customer
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  8. Merchandising
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health announced on Thursday the launch of CVS Health Virtual Primary Care, a new virtual care solution available through a single digital platform. The offering connects CVS Health’s services, clinical expertise, and data for a more coordinated and consumer-centric health care experience. The company said the new solution enables consumers to […]
  1. Retailer Media
  2. Corporate Strategy
  3. Media & Marketing
  4. Retailer Media
  5. Data & Insights
Retail media networks (RMNs) are an exciting place to run ads, because of the valuable first-party data that retailers have about their customers. RMNs create an ability to target a specific retailer’s customers and provide valuable insights into how people shop. And brands certainly are not hurting for choices. Just last week, Ulta announced a media network and the hotel chain, Marriott, the week prior. 
  1. Technology & Innovation
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  3. Media & Marketing
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  5. Shopper & Customer
  6. Technology & Innovation
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  8. Associates & Employees
  9. Merchandising
  10. Operations & Supply Chain
  11. Stores & Formats
In 2022, the perfect store is rooted in constant evolution — a system that maybe isn’t perfect in every moment, but is agile always, malleable when needed, and capable of critical self-reflection. These innate characteristics of the modern perfect store are supported by, and in return support, the adoption of a few important technologies and […]

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