Dept. Nonfood

Articles on nonfood categories.

  1. Technology & Innovation
The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that Amazon is using artificial intelligence (AI) tools “across a dozen of its largest warehouses to screen items for damage before orders are shipped to customers.” According to the story, the technology is expected “to cut the number of damaged items sent out, speed up picking and packing, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Walmart has used artificial intelligence technology to find patterns and make sense of the trillions of pieces of data it generates every year. “There’s scale, and then there’s Walmart scale,” said Rob Duhart, Walmart’s deputy chief information security officer. Walmart, which has developed some AI tools in-house, is also looking at generative AI systems to… […]
  1. Media & Marketing
If your job is somehow related to the Ecommerce field, It is almost impossible to not hear the famous quote : Content is king. Bill Gates We can assume that this quote is the primary pillar of “Content Marketing” popularity in this era. Content marketing is an effective way to reach, engage and convert a […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
At Home has named Jeff Evans as President and Chief Merchandising Officer, effective June 19. Evans will leverage 32 years of industry experience including ecommerce, brand building, product development, sourcing and identifying business opportunities, to help the home décor retailer advance its business. Evans has held senior leadership positions at Walmart for 15 years, most […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Wearable technology has made waves in health and fitness, enabling everything from more personalised fitness training to doctors monitoring their patients remotely. Now wearable tech is helping to make improvements to workplace safety, with several trends helping to improve safety and reduce serious incidents. Wearable safety devices include a range of products that use tech […]
  1. Associates & Employees
From the Seattle Times: “More than 1,700 Amazon employees have pledged to walk off the job on Wednesday, demanding more flexibility with remote work and more attention on Amazon’s climate impact. “Of the 1,726 employees who had signed on to participate by Tuesday afternoon, about 830 plan to physically walk out of offices in Amazon’s […]
  1. Data & Insights
We’ve spent a lot of time here on MNB talking about America’s troubled cities, and the impact that urban issues – especially vandalism and theft – are having on retailers. But in the last couple of days, there have been a number of stories examining the issue from a different point of view. •  The […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Expectations are never-ending in the retail industry. They’re also ever-changing — even more so in light of recent events. People have different mindsets when entering a brick-and-mortar store. Some people are certainly cautious about in-person interactions, so they’re often in the store for a specific reason. Others might have just stopped in out of happenstance, […]
  1. Data & Insights
If one were to dig deep enough into the Library of Congress’s old audiovisual vaults, one would find a wealth of content from the 1950s and 60s about the ‘home,’ ‘city’ or even ‘highways’ of the future. For all of the myriad social problems of that period, it was also a period of intense economic […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Aldi UK has partnered with recycling technology company Polytag. It will trial the deployment of Polytag’s invisible UV tags onto its packaging, starting from July. With the company’s unique readers installed at the Biffa Teeside recycling centre, Aldi will get insights on the quantity of its packaging that is actually recycled and be able to […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  At the intersection of meals, menu’s, food sold, and food marketing restaurants are increasingly being pressured by customers to eliminate all pain points that may slow down service or hamper ordering the family’s meal. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “if your restaurant looks more like yesterday than […]
  1. Data & Insights
It’s been more than a decade since the direct-to-consumer (DTC) business model forever changed the world of consumer brands. With an iconic cohort of industry disruptors, including Warby Parker, Casper, and Harry’s, the model paved the way for an explosion of businesses built upon direct and authentic relationships with their customers and, in some cases, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
According to actor Keith David, “publicity is publicity, controversy and all that, it’s all good”. Most marketers and business leaders would probably disagree.  A lot of us like hearing about controversy, but we don’t necessarily want to be associated with it. If the news blacklisted our favorite clothing line, chances are we’d be less keen […]
  1. Data & Insights
Scaling up a business is both an exhilarating and challenging phase in the life of an entrepreneur. It’s an opportunity to expand your reach, serve more customers, and increase profitability. However, it comes with its share of challenges and responsibilities. Today, we’ll be answering some key questions about scaling your business, focusing on readiness, branding, […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon said last week that its Subscribe & Save automatic replenishment program for shoppers “has passed more than $1 billion in savings to customers worldwide in the last 12 months.” Amazon said that “the program has tens of millions of global subscribers with hundreds of millions of subscriptions, which also saves customers time. That’s tens […]
  1. Data & Insights
MNB has initiated a new sponsorship tier that reflects what for us is a new approach to the topic – I’ve decided that I really want to forge sustained relationships with companies that have value propositions and missions in which I believe and that, in turn, believe in MNB’s value proposition and mission.  My goal […]
  1. Department & Category
  The value of a product or brand at times diminishes in consumer relevance. The vernacular of the consumer is ever evolving and the vernacular of your brand must as well. Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® understands that the consumer is dynamic not static. Here are 10 clues to keep […]
  1. Data & Insights
Among the hallmarks of direct-to-consumer (DTC) e-commerce is the ability to learn, directly from the consumer, what helped guide their purchase decision. Over the years, such insights have given DTC brands the jump on many up-and-coming marketing channels, including podcasts, Snapchat, TikTok … and at this moment, ChatGPT. Within the past few months, consumer responses […]
  1. Data & Insights
Have you ever compared your online shopping experiences to your in-store experiences? Physical and digital retail experiences should both be inspirational and filled with entertainment and emotion. But that doesn’t change the fact that when it comes to engaging customers and eliciting sales, physical retail has a “leg up” on e-commerce because real-world shopping experiences […]
  1. Department & Category
Most of the UK experienced an unusual feeling this week: warm sunshine. Less welcome, sadly, was the news that food prices were still stubbornly, and for too many people, debilitatingly high. With food inflation at 19.1%, close to a record high, it is only right that Mintel focuses attention on those consumers who are struggling […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
What happens when big-name brands choose not to sell on Amazon? In cases like Nike, where brand equity is very high, gray-market resellers take their place. But in most other situations, digitally-native knockoffs step in offering significantly lower prices for almost identical quality. This happens to be the case for the multi-national athletic apparel brand […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
While the COVID-19 pandemic did slow the economy down amidst a lot of problems, it also led to an e-commerce surge and accelerated digital transformation by 5 years. What was considered futuristic is now being experienced in the present and businesses who haven’t implemented them are considered outdated. This is because, with growing advancements, comes […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
I’m excited to announce a new book coming out this summer, The New Automation Mindset: The Leadership Blueprint For An Age When Anyone Can Automate Anything With AI. Written by Vijay Tella, CEO of Workato, with contributions by Massimo Pezzini and myself, it offers a framework for harnessing automation as an engine of innovation, not […]
  1. Data & Insights
Since OpenAI launched ChatGPT, it has become synonymous with this new generation of advanced chatbots and the generative text AI that made them possible. However, there are many developers competing in this field who offer different and more unique AI experiences. Let’s talk about these underrated AI projects and the importance of different chatbot experiences […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Bouclair, a home furnishings and décor brand operating across Canada, has completed the integration of PredictSpring’s PoS into all of its retail locations. “For over 50 years, we have been committed to offering our customers not only stylish and affordable home furnishings, but also a personalised and enjoyable shopping experience,” says Peter Goldberg, President and […]
  1. Channel: Drug
DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens said this week that it will cut more than 500 jobs, most of them at the company’s Deerfield headquarters and its Chicago office. About 504 employees — or about 10% of the corporate staff — will be laid off, Walgreens spokesman Marty Maloney confirmed, adding that the cuts will not impact […]

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  1. Shopper & Customer
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  3. Media & Marketing
  4. Shopper & Customer
  5. Trends & External Forces
The feature, which allows consumers to single out their preferred in-store shoppers to fulfill future orders, will roll out in the coming weeks among select users. Dive Brief: Instacart said in a Tuesday blog it will pilot a feature for customers that lets them select their favorite personal shoppers to fulfill online orders. Select customers and personal shoppers […]
  1. Stores & Formats
  2. Merchandising
  3. Owned Brands (Private Label)
  4. Stores & Formats
The grocer is bringing its Signature Farms, Signature Care and Signature Cafe private labels under its flagship Signature Select brand and has launched a new advertising campaign to promote the expanded product line. Dive Brief: Albertsons announced Wednesday it is bringing its Signature Farms, Signature Care and Signature Cafe private label products under its flagship Signature Select […]
  1. Associates & Employees
  2. Department: Nonfood
  3. Technology & Innovation
  4. Trends & External Forces
  5. Associates & Employees
From the Seattle Times: “More than 1,700 Amazon employees have pledged to walk off the job on Wednesday, demanding more flexibility with remote work and more attention on Amazon’s climate impact. “Of the 1,726 employees who had signed on to participate by Tuesday afternoon, about 830 plan to physically walk out of offices in Amazon’s […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  3. Department & Category
  4. Department: Food
  5. Data & Insights
  6. Technology & Innovation
The tool allows customers to find products as well as recipes, food prep tips and more using “natural language” instead of keyword-based searches. Dive Brief: Instacart announced Wednesday it has begun the rollout of an artificial intelligence powered search tool that leverages ChatGPT called Ask Instacart. The company said the new capability will scale to all […]

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