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  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Business Insider reports that Amazon has decided to back out “of a commitment to make 50% of its shipments net-zero carbon by 2030. Amazon said in a statement that it would roll this goal into a broader Climate Pledge to reach net-zero carbon across all its operations by 2040. That’s a decade later than the […]
  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 Amazon One, Marks and Spencer, Walmart, and eBay. 1. Amazon One payments solution rolls out age verification with […]
  1. Department & Category
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart has named company veteran Latriece Watkins to the post of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective immediately. She succeeds Charles Redfield, who is leaving the company this month after 32 years. “We have a rich history of strong leaders who embrace this constant change, set bold visions for our […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) has appointed Lisa Parks to serve as its senior vice president of regulatory & scientific affairs. Parks will succeed Barbara Kochanowski, who is retiring in July after nearly four decades of regulatory leadership in the consumer healthcare industry. Parks will begin her work at CHPA on June […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
From the Tampa Bay Business Journal: “Publix Super Markets Inc. will once again phase out its GreenWise Market banner — less than five years after reintroducing the concept.” According to the story, Publix has confirmed that the eight Greenwise stores it currently operates will be transitioned back to the Publix banner. According to the Journal, […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Fox Business has a story about some social media outrage prompted by Starbucks’ decision to replace its old ice machines with new ones in select locations – the old contraptions made ice cubes, while the new ones make “ice nuggets.” According to the story, “The change — albeit very small — is apparently infuriating some […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The terms remarketing and retargeting are two concepts that have emerged and become popular as a result of technological developments. There are logical reasons for this popularity among most businesses across the world. in this article, we are going to illustrate the meaning, what are the benefits, and how to use them. As an online […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The commerce environment has changed significantly in recent years. E-commerce has become a preferred sales channel for businesses of all sizes and industries. However, this rapid growth has also led to increased competition and unique challenges in acquiring customers online. In this context, companies must adopt new sales strategies to reach their target audience. One […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The demo was beautiful. At Google’s IO developer conference this week, the company showed an experimental version of its search engine handling an almost unimaginably difficult query. Asked whether a family with kids under three years old and a dog would prefer Arches National Park or Bryce Canyon, Google scoured the internet and returned a […]
  1. Department: HBC
From the Washington Post: “Advisers to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday unanimously endorsed making birth control pills available without a prescription, overriding concerns raised by the agency about whether the medication could be used in a safe and effective manner without physician oversight. “The FDA’s outside experts expressed confidence, in a 17-0 vote, […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
CBS News reports that Starbucks has announced that it is now going to charge patrons a buck for one special request that used to be free. According to the story, “The coffee chain will charge customers a dollar extra to get their Refresher beverages made without water, angering some brand loyalists. Starbucks said the charge […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Key Takeaways: Keto is a high-fat, low-carb diet that induces ketosis so the body burns fat instead of carbs for energy. Keto-friendly products aren’t always marketed as such, which can make them harder to find. Keto products continue to drive growth in new categories even as it slows in existing ones. The Ketogenic (keto) diet […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has named company veteran Latriece Watkins to the post of executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, effective immediately. She succeeds Charles Redfield, who is leaving the company this month after 32 years. Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner shared the news of Watkin’s appointment on Friday in an internal […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Although we’re taught that it’s not polite to talk about money, many people can’t resist crowing about what a great bargain they got by buying via resale. (Some are just as eager to tell you how much they sold a used item for.) But for those companies in the business of resale, money can be […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Health posted first quarter sales and earnings that topped Wall Street’s forecasts. Revenue for the period ended March 31 rose 11% to $85.3 billion, exceeding analysts’ projected $80.79 billion. Adjusted earnings of $2.20 per share beat the average estimate of $2.09. The strong showing notwithstanding, the company lowered its outlook for […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark., May 2, 2023 — With warm weather and vacations on the horizon, Walmart wants you to feel your best. That’s why we’re hosting a day dedicated to your health: Wellness Day on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. Customers can receive free health screenings for things like glucose, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart is hosting Wellness Day events at more than 4,600 stores on Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Customers can receive free health screenings for things like glucose, cholesterol, BMI and blood pressure, as well as affordable immunizations like flu, COVID-19, shingles, tetanus, measles and others at pharmacies nationwide. […]
  1. Department & Category
The National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) is out with its annual State of the Industry report, saying that “total convenience industry sales were $906.1 billion, of which $302.8 were from in-store sales, which accounted for 33.4% of industry sales. Overall, in-store sales increased 9.0% in 2022. Packaged beverages, other tobacco products, salty snacks, candy […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. — Joe Mollica may have a new title at LNK International, but he’s been an integral part of his family’s business for more than 40 years. Mollica assumed the role of chief executive officer, succeeding his father, who stepped down earlier this year. In his new position, Mollica pledges to maintain the highest […]
  1. Department: HBC
Fri-Jado, has announced the expansion of the its Modular Convenience Counter (MCC) range, with a unique two-level offering. The MCC range is available in hot and cold functionality, drop-in or standalone, and in a choice of four, three or now, the brand new two-shelf design. A small footprint and flexible design ensure the range is […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Joining us for the second of several episodes recorded at the Wizeline remote podcast studio/beach cabana at Mandalay Bay during Shoptalk 2023 is Carrie Baker, President of  Canada Goose, the performance luxury brand that has grown to more than 50 of its own stores, along with an expansive online and global wholesale presence.  In a […]
  1. Department & Category
Serving communities lies at the heart of Walmart’s purpose to help people save money and live better. We believe that every family deserves access to healthy options, which is why we aim to expand access to affordable, healthy food.Our annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign is one way we work to close the gap on […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The rising cost of consumer packaged goods (CPGs) is more than a grocery and retail store annoyance. From social media to the Grammys, U.S. consumers are vocalizing their inflation frustration — and pointing fingers at who they think is responsible. Many feel that brands themselves are behind pricing increases (and with good reason). The New […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
National Public Radio’s Marketplace reports that the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said yesterday that last month, “job openings in the U.S. fell by more than 600,000, but the number of people hired and let go stayed about the same.” Experts say that this may presage the “soft landing” that economists have been hoping for. […]
  1. CPG: Food
MNB reader Rich Heiland had some thoughts about the Boxed bankruptcy: I was speaking with a friend this morning about an organization we are both involved with and some issues we are having. The common denominator seemed to be the journey through the depths of all that was COVID and then trying to adjustment to the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, stated “the very first things all food retailers must do is delivery on their brand promise.  They do that by serving hot food hot, cold food cold, with a smile.”  Just by doing that much you are looking a customer ahead. Once you do […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Andrew Busby has left Software AG where he served as Global Retail Lead, joining the company in 2022. In a LinkedIn post, he said: “To all of you in my network, I’m sure you will be aware of the recent headcount reductions at the likes of Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, AWS to name a few. It […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has announced a deal that will allow customers to use their health benefit cards to buy food and health and wellness items at its stores. The retailer said Friday that it has partnered with the global financial services technology firm FIS, which represents supplemental health benefits administrators (including Fresh Connect, […]

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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 […]
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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 […]
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  2. Department: Nonfood
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  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 […]
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  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
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  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 […]