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. 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 […]
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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 […]
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The nostalgic boxes have been created in response to requests for old Cadbury packaging to help stimulate conversation and support memory activities for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Activity forms part of the brand’s partnership with Alzheimer’s Research UK to support the… This story continues at Cadbury partners with Alzheimer’s Research UK […]
  1. Merchandising
If you are looking to secure a contract with a retail buyer, there are a few musts everyone should follow. One of these key rules is to only contact a buyer if you are prepared. Buyers can’t stand when vendors have not prepared before a sales presentation – it wastes the time of the buyer, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The brand has introduced a new positioning – The Blade Masters since 1772 – to showcase its 250-year expertise in blades. The new brand positioning includes new packaging, new communications and a modern look. Wilkinson Sword will be using the rebrand to promote its Hydro… This story continues at Wilkinson Sword unveils new branding Or […]
  1. Department: Food
A significant shift has been observed in consumer behavior, with an increasing people expressing a keen interest in eco-friendly products and sustainable living. Retailers play a pivotal role in this transformation by offering environmentally friendly products and promoting sustainable practices through their business operations and marketing strategies. The influence of retailers is substantial, as they […]
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TikTok is taking cues from its competitors at Meta by implementing new standards for AI-generated content (AIGC). TikTok announced that will use Content Credentials from the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) to automatically label AIGC when it’s uploaded from certain platforms — no additional details on which platforms were provided. Content Credentials attach […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Starting a product-based startup is no easy feat. In addition to having a great product, you need to build a strong brand, create a smooth customer experience, and generate enough buzz to get people talking. And that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve got all of that sorted, you still need to actually get your product […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The retail industry covers many items you can’t live without—from the food you consume to the devices that make your life convenient. As such, it’s one of the highest-earning sectors worldwide. This wouldn’t have been possible without technologies and the ease of shipping. And this is where timber crates reign supreme. Industry estimates show that […]
  1. Merchandising
In recent decades, plastic has played a transformative role across various industries, but its impact on healthcare stands out. As healthcare advanced rapidly, plastic became the go-to material for making essential medical items. From everyday items like blood bags and disposable syringes to more complex devices like prosthetics and heart valves, plastic has had a […]
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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the pharmaceutical industry began to see more reasons to reduce handling errors and boost service delivery. After years of research and development, pharmacy automation was the answer. Pharmacy automation involves the automated processes of distributing, sorting, packaging, and counting prescription medications. It serves various purposes in a pharmacy, like increasing efficiency, […]
  1. Merchandising
Alpro has launched two best-selling variants, Creamy Oat & Almond No-Sugars Milk Alternatives, in a new 500ml pack size. Tom Kerr, head of category management plant-based at Danone said: “The cost-of-living crisis has had a significant impact on the plant-based beverage category, and while shoppers… This story continues at Alpro announces new packaging  Or just […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Launching your product in-store with retailers can be an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. You’ve put in countless hours of hard work, from developing your product to creating an eye-catching packaging design. Now it’s time to show it off to the world. But before you get too caught up in the excitement, it’s important to make […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Most of you are familiar with RangeMe as an online product discovery platform that helps emerging brands boost their exposure with retail and foodservice buyers. But what you may not know is that RangeMe also gives brands the opportunity to pitch their products in-person directly to buyers. That’s right – RangeMe subscribers can get private, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Walmart is pitching a new private-label grocery brand, bettergoods, to shoppers looking for “elevated culinary experiences.” Bettergoods represents the retailer’s biggest store-label food brand in 20 years in terms of its breadth of items, some of which are just hitting Walmart stores and its website. As the rollout continues through autumn, there […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
At AWS re:Invent 2023, we previewed Amazon Q Business, a generative artificial intelligence (generative AI)–powered assistant that can answer questions, provide summaries, generate content, and securely complete tasks based on data and information in your enterprise systems. With Amazon Q Business, you can deploy a secure, private, generative AI assistant that empowers your organization’s users […]
  1. Merchandising
In today’s market landscape, ethical, political and environmental considerations increasingly sway consumer purchasing decisions, particularly when it comes to packaging. Studies indicate that consumers are willing to put their money where their mouth is, with products that make environmental, social and governance-related claims seeing disproportionate growth over products that don’t make such claims, achieving a […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The growing ecommerce landscape represents an incredible opportunity for SMBs, allowing them to expand their reach into new geographies and connect with customers worldwide. That said, ecommerce growth does come with challenges to overcome.  One of the most significant issues of all is figuring out how you’re going to manage the complexities of shipping, both […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Get ready to tantalize your taste buds with a peek at what’s hot in the culinary world! Once again Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® and his team,  are seeing some new signals of our ever-evolving consumer focused adoption of fresh food with functionality; including botanical infusions, and even a […]
  1. Media & Marketing
What is a cleanroom? A cleanroom is a room or area which has a controlled environment that prevents contamination from pollutants like dust, microbes, aerosol particles, chemical vapor, and water vapor. Such rooms use technology that regulate environmental parameters such as temperature, pressure and humidity to ensure high quality production. This is why cleanrooms are […]
  1. Stores & Formats
Like every industry, retail is experiencing an artificial intelligence boom — and like other industries that operate with such small profit margins, any competitive edge is not only welcome but necessary to survive. AI offers benefits in five key areas for retailers: personalization, visual search, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), predictive analytics, and […]
  1. Department & Category
Over half of people with food allergies (56%) have had an allergic reaction from mislabelled or unclear food packaging, with 23% having suffered multiple reactions, according to GS1 UK research. Seven in 10 people with food allergies said they felt nervous whenever they ate food… This story continues at Unclear or incorrect labelling affects over […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Funny how quickly things change. Remember when a prominent speaker at Cannes this past June declared, “The era of the brand is over!” and escalated the debate about how to invest marketing dollars? Flash-forward to December, though, and over a third of marketers told WARC they planned to significantly increase their brand marketing while lowering […]
  1. Data & Insights
The biggest challenge brands face is standing out from the crowd. Kantar’s BrandZ tracking of brands across all categories worldwide finds that year-in and year-out roughly eight-in-ten brands fall short on consumer perceptions of difference. Even more brands fall short on difference that is meaningful and relevant. Difference is rare because difference is hard. The […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Nothing irks a buyer more than a brand that goes into a meeting unprepared. In fact, the most common advice I hear from buyers with regards to supplier meeting prep is, “Do your homework.” You should have an idea about the buyer’s organization, the markets it serves, and – whenever possible – actual boots-on-the-ground experience […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Saying that Tapestry’s planned purchase of Capri Holdings would eliminate head-to-head competition in the “accessible luxury” handbag market, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has authorized a lawsuit to block the $8.5 billion deal. The acquisition plan, announced in August 2023, would bring together some of the most iconic names in luxury, uniting Tapestry’s Coach, Stuart […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  The restaurant industry has been obsessing with the rise of the minimum wage in California.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® continues to insist that there are many more reasons the long-term outlook for the California restaurant sector is bright. So, here we go.   In California, approximately 49.3% of households consist […]

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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 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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