Dept. Perimeter

  1. Department & Category
  How is it that United Airlines understands that consumers want grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food and so many legacy grocery stores stutter at discussing the idea?  Restaurants have had great success selling grocerant niche meals and meal components for takeout and delivery.   According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, WA based […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Regular readers of this blog know that PepPlace, was a one-month popup, launched in partnership with Famous Dave’s, had a beverage-first menu, with a mix and match food beverage customer first focus targeting insights from one of the hallmarks of the grocerant niche mix & match meal component bunding according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru®at Tacoma, […]
  1. Department: Food
  The age-old question; What’s for Dinner, is at the intersection of saving time and inflation weights heavily on consumer minds today. At Sprouts they are just beginning to see how important that intersection can be to their top and bottom-line according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   The […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Independent bakery Fatherson has launched its Christmas range. Products on offer include traditional and luxury mince pies, an iced Christmas cake and seasonal fairy cakes. There is also a Christmas cupcake platter in the shape of a Christmas tree, with assorted coloured toppings. Fatherson says its range is packaged in eco-friendly materials that are recycled […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
On November 18th, RETHINK Retail hosted their November Small Groups Mixer, a monthly virtual event catered to all of 2022’s Top Retail Influencers (TRI). This month attendees discussed a range of topics including Immersive Commerce, Technology Innovation in Retail Leadership, Restaurant Transformation, and Automation, and Takeaways from Walmart and Target’s Q3 Earnings Report. Here, we’ll […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Whether you’re a company that staffs employees or a self-employed individual, you need to know how much you made each year, calculate your taxes, and reduce the risk of legal errors. While you could use pay stubs to advertise your startup to potential employees or customers, it can also make you legally compliant in states […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Washington Post has a fascinating story about how The Netherlands “has used advances in vertical farming, seed technology and robotics to become a global model” for how to become a major food exporter fighting way above its weight class. An excerpt: “The rallying cry in the Netherlands started two decades ago, as concern mounted […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
The other day we took note of an Associated Press report that “a coalition of consumer groups is asking grocery chains to rethink their digital-only coupons, saying the deals discriminate against people who don’t have smartphones or reliable internet access.” The argument, as advanced by Edgar Dworsky, a consumer advocate and former assistant attorney general […]
  1. Department & Category
  Giving customers what they want when they want it is a success clue that every foodservice operator needs to keep top of mind.  Today, grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive innovation, customer migration, top-line sales, and bottom-line profits according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice […]
  1. Holiday & Events
  Consumers continue seeking meal solutions particularly those solutions that save time, save on planning a meal, save them from cooking, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “Grocery store deli departments have become innovative in what meals and meal component they are offering and how they are […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s that special time of year, when retailers around the world look to bolster their ranks with seasonal staff to meet the surging demand of the holidays. Advances in training and support tools that aid the onboarding process of these recruits can ensure that new agents are ready to deliver a cheerful (and on-brand) experience […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
What is big data? How does data help produce artificial intelligence (AI)? How can retailers utilize data and AI best to positively impact their business? Asha Saxena, CEO and founder of Women Leaders in Data and AI, delivered a keynote presentation during Total Retail Tech earlier this year in Nashville. In this video clip from her session, Saxena discusses […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Authors: Blake Hoge, Sr Governance, Risk, and Compliance Engineer, and James Cha, Sr Security Engineer Building trust with our retailer partners is one of Instacart’s highest priorities. Instacart CEO Fidji Simo sets the tone at the top at every company-wide meeting, emphasizing to our teams just how critical retailer trust is to our mission. This […]
  1. Data & Insights
Auzerais went from baking for friends to building a DTC bakery empire in a week. Yes, you read that right. This exponential growth has been documented by multiple publications. Currently, Blondery ships over 75,000 shipments per week nationwide.  So how did this huge success happen, and how does Auzerais handle it all? We sat with […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Talk about driving new electricity into a brand.  Chester’s Chicken is doing just that with a targeted partnership edifying its fresh fried chicken with truck drivers it what they are calling ‘Truckersgiving’.  Now that is a great way to edify your brand and customers at the same time according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at […]
  1. Merchandising
What packaging trends in the grocery perimeter are you keeping a close eye on? We asked four industry leaders. Oliviero Colmignoli, president and founder, Olli Salumeria Overall, the main trend that we’re seeing in recent years is an increased demand for convenience, especially in the deli section. Whether it’s grab-and-go snack packs, or pre-packaged charcuterie […]
  1. Department & Category
LANDOVER, Md. – Giant Food will hold the grand opening of a new store in Baltimore on Friday. Located at 857 East Fort Avenue, the new store will bring more than 150 new jobs to the community and will be Giant’s sixth location in the city of Baltimore, the company said. “Giant has served the […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WASHINGTON – The National Grocers Association (NGA), which represents independent supermarket operators, issued a statement on Wednesday contending that a proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on food traceability would disproportionately hurt small grocers. The trade group notes that the proposed rule aims to establish additional traceability recordkeeping requirements for persons who manufacture, process, pack […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Uber and Gopuff have announced a new UK partnership that will enable customers across the country who use the Uber Eats app to order from Gopuff’s range of everyday essentials, including branded products and fresh food items, direct from said app.  This builds on a US tie up, which launched in May 2021.  The roll-out […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Do you have family coming for the holidays?  This year Millennials will have an average of 9.8 people at the table this year, compared to the total average of 7.4, according to IRI’s findings. Between family and Friendsgiving Millennials will be looking for meal solutions according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Merchandising
Retail and other small businesses face a lot of competition, particularly online. It can be challenging to stand out and start growing. But taking care of a few things consistently can produce excellent results in the long run. Here are four things that are essential for small businesses to grow: Build A User-Friendly Website All […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Restaurants that are just trying to survive, are finding that is not enough in a world that is evolving so fast your 12 percent pay raise will not keep up with the rising price of food.   According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “Millennials and Gen Z […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Interesting piece in the New York Times the other day about so-called “fast furniture” – bought during the pandemic lockdowns, and now about to be tossed into the trash. Here’s how the Times frames the story: “Americans bought piles of furniture during the pandemic, with sales on desks, chairs and patio equipment jumping by more […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
FMI-The Food Industry Association is out with its Power of Foodservice at Retail 2022 report, suggesting that the stars are aligned for food retailers to “compete for consumers’ food dollars by maximizing value, nutrition and convenience, while clearly communicating these benefits to consumers” Key insights from the report: •  “As inflation continues to affect Americans’ […]
  1. Holiday & Events
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize’s net sales increased 9.1% at constant exchange rates to €22.4 billion ($22.42 billion). At actual exchange rates, net sales grew 20.8%, the company said on Wednesday. Comparable store sales (including gasoline) grew faster in the third quarter than they had in the second, growing 8.2% in the U.S. and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food had been driving customer adoption and migration in every sector of retail food sales for the past 9+ years.  Combine that with forced home confinement during the pandemic and now inflation is there are you asking your self What Next? If your year over year customer […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]