1. Department & Category
SALISBURY, N.C. —  Food Lion and Novant Health are collaborating to launch a food pharmacy pilot program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. A leading omnichannel retailer serving towns and cities across 10 states, Food Lion is committed to nourishing neighbors and families, setting them up for success in life. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
[[ Getty Images Walmart-owned Sam’s Club on Thursday said it will open more than 30 new stores in the U.S., marking its most aggressive expansion in years. The warehouse club’s next store is expected to open in Florida in 2024. Sam’s Club also plans to open five fulfillment and distribution centers this year, with the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Before you launch your brand in the United Kingdom, it’s important to know what’s going on in today’s U.K. retail market as it may differ from the markets your brand currently has a presence in. Whether the British market is familiar territory or completely new, here’s a deep dive into understanding the U.K.’s marketplace, retailers, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
NEWARK, N.J. — Mars has unveiled a variety of new limited-edition offerings from M&M’S, DOVE and Ethel M Chocolates, as well as personalized options on, to help consumers choose gifts for Valentine’s Day. “While Valentine’s Day has historically been tied to couples, shopper data reveals an evolution in consumers’ patterns around Valentine’s Day,” said […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Inflation may be cooling. But, for most Americans, the price of a cup of coffee or a bag of groceries hasn’t budged. In the months ahead, the big question is whether consumers will start to feel relief, too. Over the past few months, many of the key factors that fueled a four-decade high in inflation […]
  1. Merchandising
There are a number of stories this morning about how marketing decisions made by Mars Inc. about its M&M brand advertising have caused a cultural kerfuffle, leading to a move away from its animated “spokes-candies” in commercials and hiring of comedian Maya Rudolph for a new campaign that will be launched during Super Bowl LVII […]
  1. Department: Food
Got the following email from MNB reader Cindee Lolik: Just wanted to comment on the comment about employers taking on the cost of ServSafe certification.  Our Co-op has always picked up the cost of certification for our Food Service Managers, but when I read the article, I immediately looked for an alternative to the National […]
  1. Department: Beverage
Axios reports that “Fat Tire Ale, the iconic craft brew that inspired a generation of independent beer fans, is getting a new recipe and a new look meant to attract climate-conscious consumers … The prior easy-drinking amber is now a crisper golden ale meant to appeal to the tailgate crowd — but the brewer says […]
  1. Data & Insights
The National Retail Federation reported that in the past five years, shrinkage has increasingly become a $100 billion problem for retailers.   Now, tech companies are getting involved to help fight theft in the retail industry.   As we start the new year, this week we release our Q4 Benchmark and look into four trends […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Starbucks and DoorDash have expanded their delivery partnership to Northern California, Texas, Georgia, Florida and other select markets, with plans for availability in all 50 states by March 2023. The program has received positive feedback following pilots in Atlanta, Houston and Sacramento, Calif. as well as market expansions in Seattle, Portland and New York City […]
  1. Merchandising
When new products are introduced to the market, retailers have to decide which ones to stock on their shelves. This can be a tough decision, as there are many factors to consider. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the three main factors that influence a retailer’s decision to stock a new product. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Milkshake brand Shaken Udder has announced a “major” rebrand. The new packaging designs are set to hit the shelves this week. Shaken Udder worked with brand consultancy big fish to develop the new designs. The milkshake company’s “recognisable” cow still remains on the branding. Senior brand manager at Shaken Udder, Paras Arora, said: “After 10 […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The grocery sector has undergone serious shifts in the past couple years. From upgraded technologies that enable digital ordering to pandemic-era shopping habits that sent certain products flying off the shelves, today’s grocery shoppers are no longer loyal to the same store or chain. They hunt for the retailers with the best products, selection and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — As Wal­mart’s chief merchandising officer, Charles Redfield and his team are responsible for making sure the retailer’s customers, whether shopping online or in stores, can always find the items they want at the lowest possible prices. The high rate of inflation that has shocked consumers in the past year has made that […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Amazon-owned said last week that its online customers now will be able to return products ordered from its site at Amazon-owned Whole Foods stores around the country, taking advantage of an infrastructure already being used for Amazon returns. According to the company, shoppers wanting to return Zappos purchases now will be able to access […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“It’s not brick and mortar or ecommerce — it’s brick and mortar and ecommerce.” — Lauren Livak, Director of the Digital Shelf Institute Today, most brands’ products exist not just on the physical shelf but also the digital shelf. However, the main problem is that most companies haven’t found a way to seamlessly connect these […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
I’ve drawn a lot of cartoons about the tendency of marketers to want to change everything, all at once, and all the time.  There’s an old marketing truism that “marketers get tired of their advertising before consumers do.”  The same instinct to change for the sake of change goes for every aspect of marketing, from […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Many UK retailers reported strong Christmas performances this week, with Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s and the discounters leading the way, albeit in part fuelled by inflation. In this article, we look at the key retail technology takeaways from an eventful five days of festive results. 1. Never underestimate the power of Click and Collect Marks and […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Most U.S. consumers (three out of five) now rank environmental sustainability as a top factor in their purchasing decisions, and that number jumps to 75 percent for Gen Z. However, while many online retailers are adopting eco-friendly production and sales practices, the post-purchase process remains a challenge to sustainability. Shoppers return between 15 percent and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart’s burgeoning slate of white-label retail tech will be made more widely available via a new partnership with Salesforce. Retailers will now be able to plug into Walmart Commerce Technologies’ Store Assist local fulfillment services and the Walmart GoLocal delivery solution through the Salesforce AppExchange. The new partnership is part of a growing push by […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
DoorDash has introduced Package Pickup, allowing consumers across the country to have the service deliver up to five return items per trip to UPS, FedEx or the USPS. DoorDash will charge a flat fee of $5 ($3 for DashPass members), and shoppers will get their first package pickup for free during January 2023, traditionally a […]
  1. Merchandising
Scandinavian Tobacco Group UK has redesigned its Moments range with the modernised Moments Blue and Moments Original already available to retailers and new packs of Moments Panatella to follow in May. The new packaging features a bigger, more simplified logo and fresher colour scheme with the wisp of smoke extended, all intended to increase shelf […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Stores are getting smarter by the day, driven in part by the robust experiences witnessed by the majority of us who increased our online shopping during the past three years. Classic brick-and-mortar stores are seeking to recapture foot traffic by ramping up their investment into in-store technologies. Chief among these investments are internet-connected devices such […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Boxed, the combination ecommerce retailer and enabler that serves both consumer and business customers, is seeking additional funding — or a possible sale — as it explores strategic alternatives. The company’s Board of Directors has retained both financial and legal advisers as it contemplates Boxed’s next moves, which could include a funding announcement within the […]
  1. Merchandising
High-quality and effective pharmaceutical packaging plays a vital role in saving lives. Without it, drugs can be easily tampered with or become damaged during delivery, making the medicine ineffectual, and effectively endangering a patient’s health. Because of this, it’s an industry that’s closely guarded and tightly regulated.
  1. Channel: Mass
Alcoholic beverage producer Constellation Brands (STZ) reported mixed fiscal 2023 third-quarter earnings on Thursday before the opening bell. While the results came in short of our expectations, we see the subsequent drop in the Corona beermaker’s share price as chance for investors to buy up the stock. Net sales climbed 5% year-over-year, to $2.44 billion, […]

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In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
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While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]