Dept. Nonfood

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  1. Data & Insights
The Retail Industry Leaders Association has partnered with Optera to launch the Direct-Use Product Emissions Database (DPED), to provide retailers and their suppliers with an aligned database for quantifying greenhouse gases emitted during use by appliances, electronics and power equipment. The DPED’s goal is to foster uniform metrics for comprehending and managing scope 3, category […]
  1. Corporate Finance
In an era when ecommerce is reshaping retail, platforms like Shopify have emerged as indispensable allies for businesses large and small. Shopify, originally a beacon for small and medium-sized enterprises, is now expanding its reach to larger corporations. However, this expansion brings to light a critical issue for CFOs and finance teams: the intricate and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Just a few weeks after making real-world products available for sale within Roblox, Walmart has debuted Walmart Realm. This immersive experience features three distinct shopping environments designed around social trends and influencers: the underwater world of So Jelly, vintage Americana at Y’allternative and chic beauty and fashion at Go Chromatic. “It’s fantastical, it’s inspirational and […]
  1. Data & Insights
As the Grocerant Guru®, I’ve seen how the lines between grocery stores and restaurants have blurred, creating a new dining paradigm that’s perfectly suited to solve the Memorial Day meal dilemma. As we approach this long weekend, families across the United States are preparing for celebrations and gatherings. Yet, the perennial question looms: what to […]
  1. Data & Insights
In career and in life, a key is to maximize optionality. It is important to ensure that except for a life partner, one is not so dependent on a single platform, company, supplier or approach that we loses agency over our future choices. Optionality also matters across a range of areas in order to remain […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail’ systems launches and deployments from the past week, including Walmart, Hugo Boss, Zippin, Tesco, PepsiCo, The LEGO Group, M&S, Polytag, DoorDash and Ulta Beauty. Hugo Boss Hugo Boss has unveiled Hugo Boss XP, an omnichannel membership experience based around the brand’s customer app. This […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Citigroup is set to bring 600 of its U.S. employees back to the office full-time, signaling a shift in Wall Street’s work culture as regulatory requirements tighten. This move comes as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the primary watchdog for U.S. brokerage firms and exchange markets, prepares to reinstate pre-pandemic rules to monitor workplaces […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The United Auto Workers (UAW) has lodged a formal complaint against Mercedes, alleging that the company interfered with a recent union election at two Alabama factories by intimidating and coercing workers into voting against unionization. The union is seeking a new vote, arguing that the company’s actions violated labor laws and hindered a fair election […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Retail sales volumes fell by 2.3% in April 2024, following a drop of 0.2% in March 2024, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Sales in food retail were down by 0.8% in terms of the quantity bought. Sales volumes… This story continues at April retail sales hit by wet […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Changes to the law to make assaulting a shopworker in the course of their job a standalone criminal office look likely to be shelved as a result of the snap general election called by prime minister Rishi Sunak earlier this week. The Tobacco & Vapes… This story continues at Separate offence for assaulting store staff […]
  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 Polytag, Marks and Spencer, Retail Insight, The Home Depot, Hugo Boss, Zippin, and OneStock. 1. Polytag announces single-use […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Up to 60% of merchants say reducing friction between in-store and online is a top priority. To create a competitive experience, the back end of a merchant’s in-store and online business needs to be unified, ultimately creating a front-end experience that is consistent and cohesive. Shopify provides a unified commerce platform designed to enable seamless […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Ebay, the OG of online resale, has released its fourth annual Recommerce Report highlighting what many of us already know anecdotally — that the sale of secondhand goods is growing across categories and channels, especially as economic conditions continue to push consumers to seek out value pricing. In fact, saving money was the number one […]
  1. Retailer Media
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – United Natural Foods Inc. is launching a first-of-its-kind Retail Media Network for independent and regional grocery retailers across the United States. The UNFI Media Network (UMN) is powered by Swiftly, a leading provider of innovative retail technology, tools, and solutions. The move is intended to bring cutting-edge retail technology solutions to UNFI’s […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
UK-based Dormole, whose brands include Toolbank, Forgefix and Faithfull Tools, has appointed Steven King as Group IT Director. He joins from Seasalt where he held the role of Director of Technology. His CV also includes stints at Kurt Geiger (as Head of Technology) and Travis Perkins (as IT Development Manager). In a LinkedIn post, King […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
TikTok has given us “girl math” and “boy math,” and now I’d like to add “Tech Math” to the mix. Tech Math is when every technology partner tells you that they have contributed (fill in the blank) $XX million in additional sales…and yet, surprisingly, the business isn’t up nearly as much, if at all.  Despite […]
  1. Data & Insights
In the face of rising inflation and grocery prices, low-income families are increasingly finding themselves in a precarious financial situation. If you did not have enough disposal income to go to a restaurant, or buy a meal for delivery, would you buy a desert or treat once in a while grocery shopping? That is the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Consumer Price Index inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, down from 3.2% in March, albeit higher than expected, according to the Office for National Statistics. It’s the lowest level since the summer of 2021, versus 3.2% in March. The news follows yesterday’s announcement from Kantar… This story continues at Industry reacts to CPI inflation dipping […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
To increase ecommerce revenue, brands and retailers need to engage online shoppers and convert them into buyers. But when consumers cannot quickly find the products they’re looking for or easily get answers to their questions, they are more likely to abandon the ecommerce site altogether. With iAdvize Copilot, iAdvize’s generative AI-powered chatbot, more than 100 […]
  1. Data & Insights
To increase sales and build a loyal customer base, you need a strategic approach that combines marketing, customer service, and operational efficiency. Here are some effective strategies to help you boost sales in your furniture store. 1. Enhance Your Online Presence Running a furniture store in today’s competitive market requires more than just stocking high-quality […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
MKM Building Supplies is one of the leading home improvement purveyors for both commercial and DIY customers throughout the United Kingdom, known for its personal touch and localized offerings. But when it came to serving customers online, the company was decidedly behind the times. Image courtesy MKM “As a business, MKM is very traditional; people […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Petco, partnering with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and human-grade dog food brand Ollie, will offer canine-safe ice cream for hot dogs seeking a cool treat. The non-dairy peanut butter and banana recipe is now available at Van Leeuwen scoop shops across the country, as well as at most Petco locations and online at petco.com for […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Francine Li Beauty curation and membership company IPSY has hired a new Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) to support the brand’s growth and innovation. Francine Li will report to CEO Scott Gilbertson, leading all marketing and communications to not only effectively engage current community members but also reach new customers. As someone who is deeply passionate […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Azita Martin,  Vice President and GM of AI for Retail, CPG and QSR at NVIDIA is our very special guest. She joins us to discuss the ways AI is beginning to transform the retail landscape, and how NVIDIA is helping accelerate retailers’ journeys. We start off by discussing how NVIDIA has grown to become the […]
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TikTok has given us “girl math” and “boy math,” and now I’d like to add “Tech Math” to the mix. Tech Math is when every technology partner tells you that they have contributed (fill in the blank) $XX million in additional sales…and yet, surprisingly, the business isn’t up nearly as much, if at all.  Despite […]
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Consumer Price Index inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, down from 3.2% in March, albeit higher than expected, according to the Office for National Statistics. It’s the lowest level since the summer of 2021, versus 3.2% in March. The news follows yesterday’s announcement from Kantar… This story continues at Industry reacts to CPI inflation dipping […]
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MINNEAPOLIS—Target reported that first-quarter sales were down compared to last year, as it had projected. However, the company expects sales to turn positive in the second quarter and for the year as a whole. Comparable sales declined 3.7% in the first quarter, reflecting a comparable store sales decline of 4.8% partially offset by a comparable […]
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Petco, partnering with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and human-grade dog food brand Ollie, will offer canine-safe ice cream for hot dogs seeking a cool treat. The non-dairy peanut butter and banana recipe is now available at Van Leeuwen scoop shops across the country, as well as at most Petco locations and online at petco.com for […]
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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart recently opened two new Neighborhood Markets, one in Florida and one in Georgia, that offer expanded assortments and more space for pickup and delivery. The new stores, one in the Dune Lakes area of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and the other in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta, feature updated layouts […]

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