Dept. Perimeter

  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
NEW YORK — The first Whole Foods Market Daily Shop location is set to open on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, at 1175 Third Avenue, this fall. The company also announced today the second future location for the Whole Foods Market Daily Shop format, at 301 West 50th Street, in Hell’s Kitchen. An additional New […]
  1. Department: Food
  In the ever-evolving landscape of the foodservice industry, staying ahead of the curve is paramount for sustained success. Corner Bakery Cafe, a beloved name in the fast-casual segment, has the potential to elevate its brand and boost sales with strategic innovations.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions, is here to […]
  1. Department: Food
  Welcome to the ultimate guide for discovering the best places to buy fresh prepared meals this July! Whether you’re looking for a quick bite from a fast-food joint, a hearty meal from a grocery store deli, or a unique dish from a street fair, our updated Grocerant ScoreCard formula has got you covered. Here’s […]
  1. Department: Food
  In the ever-evolving landscape of convenience stores, the key to success lies in understanding and leveraging customer touchpoints. Now according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, the convenience store that shines the brightest is the one that prioritizes fresh food, premium coffee, and ready-to-eat (RTE) and heat-and-eat (HNE) fresh […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Hello, fellow food enthusiasts and industry insiders! It’s Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® here, ready to dive deep into the grocery landscape and explore what might happen if the much-anticipated Safeway-Albertsons merger doesn’t go through. Success does leave clues. So, buckle up for a fact-filled ride as we examine the […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Consumer adoption of technology is seemingly endless.  Any food retailer not thinking about how to drive brand adopting via handheld technology is missing the boat according to Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. So are you ready to delve into the dynamic world of digital engagement and coupon strategies […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
While other retailers launch competing sales around Amazon’s Prime Day in the hopes of riding the ecommerce giant’s coattails, for, Amazon’s annual sale event highlights bigger existential concerns. The platform’s sole mission is to keep independent bookstores alive amid the threat of digital convenience instigated by Amazon itself. Despite expanding well beyond its early […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Hey there, fellow food enthusiasts! This year’s Independence Day cookout might burn a bigger hole in your pocket, but don’t worry Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® has the scoop on how to stretch those dollars. According to the American Farm Bureau’s annual Fourth of July market basket survey, […]
  1. Department & Category
  Steven Johnson the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that July is the month that drove him to identify, quantify, and qualify the Grocerant Niche back in the day. July, the heart of summer, is a month that brings a unique set of challenges and preferences to the forefront of culinary […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  Kroger, one of the largest retail giants globally, finds itself in a precarious position. Whether or not the proposed merger with Albertsons comes to fruition, the future appears uncertain for several reasons, according to Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA-based Foodservice Solutions®. Here are ten key factors contributing to this outlook: 1.       […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Target and Walmart’s white-label delivery solutions are picking up new retail partners: Target’s Shipt will offer same-day delivery for three Save Mart Companies banners in California and Nevada, and Walmart GoLocal has added its first athletic fashion brand in a new partnership with Hibbett.  Save Mart Adds Same-Day Delivery for Food and Alcohol The Save […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Colibri has announced the opening of the first autonomous store on one of Grupo Brisa’s highways in Portugal, under the Colibri Express banner. Located in Colibri de Pombal, A1, towards Lisbon, this is the result of a partnership with Sensei. José Maria Almeida Lima, General Manager at Brisa Service Areas, says: “Customers can access a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The grocerant niche, is a fusion of grocery store, restaurant, and convenience fresh prepared food meal and meal components has been evolving rapidly, driven by consumer demand for convenience, quality, and variety, according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Today consumers’ lifestyles continue to evolve and change, particularly post-pandemic, […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Nearly 1,800 Albertsons Companies stores are joining the Grubhub Marketplace for delivery, including the Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme and Tom Thumb banners. The deal marks Grubhub’s first national grocery deal following its partnership with Mercato, a marketplace for independent grocers. Albertsons Cos. customers will now be able to schedule delivery of their grocery […]
  1. Merchandising
Artlist, a creative technology company that provides a vast catalog of royalty-free digital assets to empower brands and content creators worldwide, today announced its latest offering — an in-product AI voiceover generator for video creators. This groundbreaking feature marks a new era in content creation and another significant step in Artlist’s mission to empower brands and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is making a bold move to attract the Gen Z demographic. The company is leveraging its affordable fashion line, No Boundaries, to entice this younger generation to not only buy clothes but also fresh food from their stores. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “Walmart […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
BENTONVILLE, Ark — In collaboration with Walmart Global Tech’s Sparkubate, Walmart will work with Agritask to pilot a technology solution program that is geared to enable sourcing managers to make more well-informed decisions on seasonal fruit crop yields such as cherries and blackberries. This first-of-its-kind Agritask initiative aims to secure surety of supply, reduce food […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart is partnering with Agritask, a crop supply intelligence solution, on a pilot that will deploy Agritask’s remote sensing and data analytics tools in various regions of the U.S. and Mexico in order to provide hyperlocal insights on seasonal blackberry and cherry crops from select Walmart suppliers. The real-time monitoring will help drive rapid response […]
  1. Retail Operations
Waitrose is extending its collaboration with Blue Yonder with the addition of the supply chain solution provider’s forecasting capability. The move marks the first significant introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into Waitrose’s forecasting – and is designed to improve the  levels of availability across the retailer’s stores. Rather than relying on historical sales data and […]
  1. Data & Insights
NEW YORK, NY — Augie, formerly known as Aug X Labs, announced today the commercial launch of its flagship platform, Augie Studio, an all-in-one video studio that empowers businesses of any size to create compelling social video content at scale—regardless of their experience or skill set. Augie also announced Studio tiers and pricing, including an […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Although inflation’s pace has slowed since the middle of 2022, the cost of everyday essentials continues to rise. At Dollar General, more shoppers are experimenting with store brands as they seek ways to lessen the strain on their family budgets, says Jackie Li, senior vice president, private brands and global sourcing at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
“What we’re seeing is marketers placing what I like to refer to as ‘no regret bets.’ They’re identifying areas where productivity can be raised and making the investments to use AI to drive productivity gains.” — Mike Monroe, Managing Director, Deloitte Digital It’s safe to say we’re living in the era of artificial intelligence (AI). […]
  1. Department & Category
  The food sector is witnessing a significant shift as Millennials continue their exploration for fresh food options in the grocerant niche. This journey of discovery, trial, and migration is challenging the traditional paradigms of legacy chain restaurants. Steven Johnson, the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, has been at the forefront of […]
  1. Department: HBC
Cannabis edibles brand Pot + Pan will open its first retail store in Portland, Maine on June 15, 2024, in the Woodfords Corner neighborhood. The Pot + Pan Kitchen will feature a curated selection of kitchenware and lifestyle products alongside a 21+ cannabis experience. Image courtesy Pot + Pan The Pot + Pan ethos, to […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  At the intersection of yesterday and tomorrow hot dog sales are making noise, garnering new consumers, and driving change in fresh food landscape. That said, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® asks. Is there a beef between Wienerschnitzel and Portillo’s or should there be:   1.       Menu Variety and Pricing: […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  In 2019, Chipotle Mexican Grill took a unique and proactive approach to brand elevation by participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee with its own version: the Chipotle Bee, For Real. This initiative was a testament to the power of innovative branding in driving future growth and creating a new energy within a brand.  […]
  1. Department & Category
  Roll, roll, roll away roller grill, was the refrain from Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Clearly Johnson’s call was on target and years ahead of other industry experts.  Once again however, fresh prepared foods are a potential goldmine for convenience stores (c-stores), but convincing customers to ditch the roller […]

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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation has released its annual list of the Top 100 Retailers. Compiled by Kantar, the list ranks the industry’s largest retail companies by their U.S. sales. “This year’s list of the Top 100 Retailers largely reflects a post-pandemic return to normal,” NRF Executive Director of Research Mark Mathews said. “As […]