International – North America

  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The call for brands and retailers to fortify their supply chains with robust traceability solutions has never been more urgent. Countries across the globe have enacted tighter due diligence laws to prevent child labor, poor working conditions, and environmental abuses, ranging from the United States’ Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, to the German Supply Chain […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
This week we’re reprising our November 2022 interview with Hal Lawton, President & CEO of Tractor Supply Co, a truly remarkable retailer that has delivered some of the strongest results of any brand during the past five years.   We explore Hal’s diverse journey from McKinsey, to Home Depot, to eBay, to Macy’s and on to Tennesee-based […]
  1. Department: Food
Tilda has expanded its product range with a new collection of Tilda Tasty Sides and the products are being launched via a new film campaign, created by independent creative agency Isobel. The ready-to-heat packs of vegetables and pulses in sauce come in four variants: Mexican… This story continues at New ad compaign for Tilda Or […]
  1. CPG: Food
Pringles has announced it is adding a hot range to its portfolio: Flamin’ Cheese Flavour, Mexican Chilli & Lime Flavour, Smokin’ BBQ Ribs Flavour, Kickin’ Sour Cream Flavour and Sweet Chilli Flavour. The range will replace Pringles Sizzl’N, which launched in 2021. Four of the… This story continues at Pringles adds a new spicy variant […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Our guest this week is Beth Ann Kaminkow, Global CEO, VMLY&R who joins us to talk about the ever changing landscape of retail and consumer branding, customer engagement, and loyalty. In particular with dip into what defines high performance retail and the emerging world of “creative commerce.”  We also get a sneak preview of her […]
  1. Data & Insights
Earlier this month: “Meta Platforms Inc. tripled its profit and posted sharply higher revenue in the final quarter of 2023, boosted by a rebound in digital advertising as well cost cutting and layoffs in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the “year of efficiency.”” Meta increased revenue by over 25 percent from year ago with nearly […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Eating out can be a convenient and enjoyable way to spend time with your family, but it can also be expensive. On the other hand, cooking at home can be cheaper, but it can also be time-consuming and stressful. Is there a way to balance both options and save money while still enjoying quality […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Associated Press reports that Amazon has been ordered by Mexico’s Federal Commission on Economic Competition (COFECE) to reveal its algorithms and inform vendors on the platform “of all the variables and factors that are taken into consideration in selecting promoted items, to encourage certainty and transparency.” In addition, COFECE is ordering Amazon to “wall […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
On Tuesday, Tiger Woods announced a partnership with TaylorMade Golf to create a new lifestyle brand, Sun Day Red. According to the brand’s website, the line “promises to bring a new and elevated standard to performance wear and luxury lifestyle fashion.” Sun Day Red will be a completely stand-alone brand with a dedicated team of […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Joining us for a deep dive on creating remarkable brand stories and driving powerful customer engagement are two industry veterans who will also be gracing the stage at next month’s Shoptalk event in Las Vegas. Christiane Pendarvis, co-CEO of Pattern Beauty, Tracee Ellis Ross’s hair care brand, and Andrea Moore, Chief Digital Officer of NEST […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
After several years of altered consumer behavior and often-conflicting news about the economy throughout 2023, retailers have sometimes found it challenging to understand what’s normal customer behavior now. Regardless of the trends and pre-holiday forecasts, assessing how your store actually performed is the key to preparing for a stronger holiday season performance in 2024 — […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Our guest this week is Jane Ewing, SVP, Sustainability at Walmart* recorded live at last month’s NRF “Big Show.” In a wide-ranging interview we discuss how Walmart is putting people and planet at the heart of all of its decisions. We explore Walmart’s sustainability journey and go into details on their key initiatives, the challenges […]
  1. Corporate Finance
In episode 438 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Jarett Levan, president and CEO of BBX Capital, a diversified holding company and parent of IT’SUGAR, the largest specialty candy retailer in the U.S. Listen in as Levan provides an overview of IT’SUGAR (1:00), discusses its brick-and-mortar locations (2:30), and how it’s balancing its e-commerce […]
  1. Department: Food
The New Yorker posted a terrific little story by Helen Rosner over the weekend that induced the kind of hunger pangs that, to my mind, ought to be the goal of any retailer that wants to be food-forward.  Here’s how she sets it up: “I think of myself as a morning person, but, still, I […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
For households across America and the world, the Amazon “smile” has become a familiar feature of their daily lives. Emblazoned on countless corrugated boxes and bag mailers, it greets folks as they arrive home or provides a welcome respite in the middle of the day. So it’s a bit surprising that Amazon would be willing […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family to watch the game. However, hosting a Super Bowl party can be a lot of work, especially if you’re planning to cook all the food yourself. That’s why restaurant […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart plans to build or convert more than 150 stores over the next five years while continuing its program to remodel existing stores. Additionally, over the next 12 months 650 stores will be remodeled across 47 states and Puerto Rico. In announcing the news, Walmart U.S. President and CEO John Furner placed a heavy emphasis […]
  1. Data & Insights
  McDonald’s, the fast-food behemoth, has a rich history of investing in other restaurant chains.  In the late 1990’s, as regular readers of this blog know, McDonald’s bought Donato’s Pizza, Boston Market, and a stake in fledging Chipotle Mexican Grill.  However less than a decade later, McDonald’s divested from all three chains, which had become […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Once again it’s time for Steve’s annual retail predictions–and this list doesn’t just go to eleven it goes to thirteen! Steve’s provocative prognostications include “the bifurcation of just about everything,” the culling of the unicorn herd, thoughts on the future of Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Nordstrom, along with a possible AI themed action movie, the […]
  1. Data & Insights
The home goods market has experienced a tough couple of years. In 4Q23, the industry continued a 8-quarter streak of negative sales growth, as sales declined -4% YoY. However, not all home goods retailers are facing challenges. HomeSense and HomeGoods, both TJX companies, have seen extremely strong YoY sales growth in 4Q23 – both companies […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Kueski, a buy now, pay later (BNPL) provider in Latin America, is available as a payment option on Amazon Mexico. Kueski Pay is now available to select Amazon customers and will roll-out to all eligible customers in Mexico over the coming months. People will be able to select plans of up to 12 bi-weekly instalments. […]
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Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation. Amazon is pulling back the curtain on how it’s teeing up more packages to arrive on doorsteps without Amazon logos. Last week, the Ships in Product Packaging program expanded by […]
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84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]

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