International – North America

  1. Department: Food
Grocery delivery startup Calii is carving out a piece of Latin America’s $1 trillion groceries and food delivery market with its approach to cut inefficiencies in the food supply chain so it can bring produce and thousands of other grocery items to customers’ doorsteps in less than two hours. Calii app To continue on that […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
DoorDash has partnered with local hunger organizations in Pennsylvania to deliver food boxes to the elderly. The initiative is designed to remove barriers and increase enrollment in the underutilized Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program, which provides meal deliveries and nutrition services to eligible older Pennsylvanians. “It’s high time that Pennsylvania’s food assistance programs offer services […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Mexican revenue-based investment startup Fairplay secured $35 million in Series A funding to invest in the online marketing campaigns of direct-to-consumer e-commerce brands and marketplace sellers in Latin America. The investment round consists of $15 million in equity, co-led by Dila Capital and Kayyak Ventures, and participation from Speedinvest and Elevar Equity, and $20 million […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Our new season kick-off episode features an illuminating interview with Ulta CEO Dave Kimbell. Ulta has become one of the most remarkable growth stories in all of retail, growing from a small regional player to an $8 billion powerhouse with more than 1,300 stores and an expanding presence within Target. Dave discusses the brand’s evolution […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday, to help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming TV market.
  1. Shopper & Customer
A great email can turn ho-hum offers into lead generation blockbusters. A poor signup experience can doom an otherwise brilliant promotion. Strategic investment in digital experience can deliver outsized marketing returns. And your brand’s return on experience (ROX) is a necessary data indicator that tracks brand growth, customer engagement, and profitability. Whether you’re a marketing […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Information technology (IT) people love to measure everything. Clicks, files stored, uptime, load times, costs, error rates, and other metrics tie to our companies’ digital footprint. Why are we so obsessed with metrics? Because you cannot grow what you don’t measure. We want to capture the value gained from digital transformation, and help identify the […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  At what point in time will chain restaurants and or independent restaurants be both willing to accept and or accommodate cryptocurrencies? Where will the tipping point be?  What’s next after bitcoin? Circle K accepts Bitcoin, Most, Landry’s Restaurants accept Bitcoin, KFC Canada accepts Bitcoin, some Subway franchisees and some Pizza Hut franchises accept bit […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Quebec moved ahead yesterday with the first of three planned closures of retail stores designated as non-essential. The Canadian province plans to close most retail stores over the next two Sundays as it seeks to reduce the stress on its overburdened health care system. Charles Milliard, president of the Quebec Federation of Chambers of Commerce, […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Bloomberg has a fascinating piece about Shopify and its founder Tobi Lütke, who has positioned the company as the anti-Amazon.  An excerpt: “In a sense, Lütke and his colleagues are the opposite of Jeff Bezos’ army of techno-capitalists. Amazon, which has enjoyed its own Covid-fueled boom, celebrates the almighty customer. It will happily risk alienating […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Uber Eats is planning to start autonomous food deliveries sometime in early 2022. The company has partnered with driverless technology company Motional. The food will be delivered in modified Hyundai IONIQ 5 vehicles and take place in California. The project will be the first time Motional autonomous technology has been utilized to deliver food. “Motional enters […]
  1. Data & Insights
Despite predictions from analysts, holiday sales rose 8.5% from November 1st to December 24th, with a majority of sales coming from physical stores. Of the online sales, nearly 20-30% are expected to be returned before the end of the year. This week we dive into how to make returns profitable and turn returns into returning […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Patagonia decided to close its stores and online fulfillment this year from Dec. 25 until Jan. 2. Customers will be able to place their orders on the Patagonia website, but employees will not begin working on them until they return after New Year’s day. Management issued the following statement: “At Patagonia, we do our best […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
In episode 329 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Tom Ripley, chairman and CEO of Lids, the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion-oriented headwear and apparel across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Ripley discusses his professional background, Lids’ partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) to open […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We wrap up Season 3 with the inimitable, irrepressible and always provocative Scott Galloway. For those who have yet to jump on the Big Dawg train, Scott is a Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern, author of 3 best-selling books, podcast host, and the founder of Section4, where he teaches Strategy and Brand Strategy Sprints. […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
TORONTO, December 20, 2021 – Amazon Canada today announced its commitment to accelerating shipping speeds to Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Whitehorse, Yukon, providing Prime customers in these northern cities with timely access to everyday essentials.
  1. International
Adyen has been selected by Henry’s, a Canadian digital imaging retailer, to process payments across in-store and online commerce channels. Henry’s is also utilising Adyen’s RevenueProtect, which enables merchants to detect and prevent fraud using a combination of rule-based checks and machine learning. The partnership was made possible through the latter’s out of the box in-store and […]

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Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard Microsoft has reached a deal to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash. The acquisition will make Microsoft the third-largest video gaming company. “We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes […]
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Dried pasta should be so easy to cook and yet, somehow, that delicious al dente texture Italian restaurants so effortlessly perfect often seems to elude even the biggest pasta fans. Leave the pan boiling for 30 seconds too long or too little, and it seems you either end up with overcooked mush or a bowl […]

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