Dept. Perimeter

  1. Channel: Grocery
The Houston Chronicle reports on a new food store in Houston that it describes as “a first-of-its-kind Kroger, one that specifically caters to its neighbors in the community. “From the outside, the Kroger off South Sam Houston Parkway looks like all the others. But inside, the Ohio-based retail company has made significant changes to pioneer the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The old adage ‘time is money’ has not changed and if your menu has out grown it’s welcome it just might be tie to remove lot’s old menu items and add one or two new featured items to let your customers know your business is still relevant and not just a vestige of the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
    [[“value”:” Kroger has started construction on its first Marketplace store in Plano, Texas, which will replace a smaller Kroger store nearby, reports local news outlet The Dallas Morning News. Kroger’s first Marketplace store is the largest format at 124,000 square — 55,000 square feet bigger than the existing store. The store location is […]
  1. Department: Food
  Food that can be found at the intersection of cook from scratch at home and retailer prepared fresh food sold as a meal component is Grocerant niche food.  The Grocerant niche targets the time-starved consumers, not with ingredients rather with Ready-2-Eat or Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared meals and meal components that can be bundled into a […]
  1. Department: Food
Fair Trade month is observed in October to raise awareness about fair trade practices and products. It’s a time to celebrate ethical and sustainable shopping and support products that prioritize fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility. When products are sold as Fair Trade Certified, a fraction of the sale returns to the producer […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
By Doug Stephens Over the last 20 years, technology has transformed retail. Mobile phones have become essential conduits for communication, entertainment and commerce. Technologies like augmented reality, once a novelty, have become commonplace digital merchandising and selling tools. E-commerce, which in 2003 amounted to a rounding error on most retailers’ profit and loss statements, has […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Interactive and participatory a new foodservice concept, FreshTake, will feature several foodservice concepts, extensive seating, and multiple entertainment options to entice consumers to stay longer, come back more frequently, and spend more according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Here is a little background, Jackson Mitchell, is a fourth-generation […]
  1. Department: Food
    [[“value”:” WinCo Foods has selected the Invafresh grocery platform to optimize the company’s fresh operations across multiple departments, starting with deli, food service and seafood divisions, to reduce shrink, improve in-stocks and deliver a fresher experience to customers. WinCo was looking for a solution to automate production planning to deliver optimal on-shelf availability […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Acosta Group is out with its annual online grocery shopping study, concluding that there has been “a slight uptick in online grocery shopping over last year, with 55% of grocery shoppers buying groceries online at least some of the time. This upward trend is driven by more consumers who are shopping online regularly but still […]
  1. Department: Food
MNB often focuses on stores that differentiate themselves through unique products and services, offering a value proposition that seems different from those offered by the competition. That seems to be the pitch for FreshTake, a new grocer scheduled to open next summer in Augusta, Georgia, in a former Whole Foods location, which has been getting […]
  1. Department: Food
    [[“value”:” Jackson Mitchell, a fourth-generation member of the family that owns wholesale distributor Mitchell Grocery, is planning to open an upscale, 42,000-square foot supermarket in Augusta, Ga., next summer that will include a sports bar, a five-hole putting green and several foodservice concepts. FreshTake, which will take over the space previously occupied by […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Most firms, and the managers who operate them, seek to grow. Indeed, a review of most CEO letters associated with annual reports, finds growth to be one of the two most frequently identified objectives (the other is cash flow). Growth, or at least well-managed, profitable growth, is important for many reasons. It makes the firm […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Cincinnati Business Courier reports that Kroger Health is partnering with a company called Performance Kitchen to offer medically tailored meals (MTMs), which are described as “registered dietitian-approved meals that will provide nutrition for people living with various health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. The meals are created to meet specific needs of […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  Success does leave clues and at Casey’s General Stores once again it was Pizza, Pizza, Pizza that drive a strong first quarter, marked by an uptick in inside sales; you guessed it driven be pizza sales.  Regular reader of this blog know that Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® was […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
I did a FaceTime the other day about how employee disengagement actually can be an infection that can ravage an organization.  One MNB reader responded: Businesses that are grounded in higher purpose, mission, values and beliefs offer their customers an opportunity to be part of something greater than themselves. In tandem, these organizations culturally are […]
  1. Department & Category
  Once again, another food industry news and research firm edifies the findings of the work that Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® and his team have been doing since 1991. So, here we go, almost all of the retailers surveyed in the 2023 Convenience Store News Foodservice Study said they sell prepared […]
  1. Department & Category
    [[“value”:” Despite recent price drops across some categories, inflation appears to be still going strong, according to the latest monthly government consumer data. The Consumer Price Index increased 0.6% in the month of August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s the highest monthly increase of 2023 and a significant jump from […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  The retail foodservice customers are not fickle, they are evolving, dynamic, and moving forward searching for ways to make dinner complexity free according to Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant Guru®, Steven Johnson.  I hope you are not the Neanderthal brand marketer waiting for yesterday and the status quo to return to the way things in the restaurant, grocery, and convenience store sectors […]
  1. Data & Insights
When times are tight and the future is uncertain, especially amid lingering fears about recession and a sluggish ad market, it’s tempting for marketers to focus on quick wins to get some points on the board and live to fight another day. Those quick wins, however, aren’t what sustain businesses. While helpful for the next […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
    [[“value”:” More details are coming in about Instacart’s initial public offering (IPO). The grocery delivery company submitted an updated filing for its IPO and said it plans on generating up to $616 million in new capital, according to reporting by CNBC. Related: Instacart unveils new omnichannel and AI solutions for grocery The […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The 25 Worst Stocks by Shareholder Wealth Losses (1926-2022) Among publicly-listed U.S. companies, the 25 worst stocks have lost shareholders a collective $1.2 trillion since 1926. Put another way, just 0.1% of all stocks have led to 14% of all cumulative losses in shareholder wealth. In this graphic, we use data from Henrik Bessembinder of […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive customer migration in every sector of retail foodservice today according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. That migration is creating both food channel disrupting and opportunity. Johnson stated, “Recent Foodservice Solutions® Grocerant ScoreCards found 84.9 percent of meals […]
  1. Department: Food
Waitrose lowers the price of 250 autumn products. Credit: John Lewis Partnership. Supermarket chain Waitrose is lowering the prices of 250 popular autumn products, marking the third round of cuts this year. Starting 13 September, prices will be cut on everyday foods such as pasta, whole chicken, sausages and potatoes by 10% on average. The […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Do you know who is your customer and where are they shopping today.  That said, don’t stop where will they be shopping next week, next month, next year.  What channels of distribution are your entrees, sides, or deserts selling? Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that if you are […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2023 results, reaffirmed 2023 guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to garner customer migration in every sector of retail food sales according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, deli’s and bodega’s all continue to elevate their grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh food offerings, messaging, […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
September is Hunger Action Month, and to mark it Food Lion will remodel and restock 27 partner food pantries across its operating area via its Food Lion Feeds program. As part of the annual Great Pantry Makeover event, Food Lion Feeds will provide more than 850 volunteer hours in its largest associate volunteer initiative and […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Consumers are dynamic not static and Walmart is not an early adopter when it comes to meals and meal components. Walmart exceled at supply chain optimization, suburban duplication, marketing messaging, it missed the mark on consumers meal prep simplification aka meals and meal components preference over ingredients to cook from scratch.  According to Steven Johnson […]

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  1. Department: Consumer Durables
  2. Department: Consumer Durables
  3. Corporate Strategy
Danish toymaker Lego has reportedly abandoned a prominent initiative to eliminate oil-based plastics from its bricks. This decision comes after the company discovered that the new material, recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET), would result in higher carbon emissions. Lego’s CEO, Niels Christiansen, mentioned that extensive testing revealed it was challenging to find a material that met…
  1. Channel: Drug
  2. Shopper & Customer
  3. Trends & External Forces
  4. Stores & Formats
As the pandemic’s impact on brick-and-mortar retail lingers, the U.S. drugstore landscape is undergoing significant changes. CVS, the largest drugstore chain in America, is implementing a policy change that will lead to the closure of hundreds of stores over the next three years, aiming to optimize store locations based on population shifts and consumer buying…
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  2. Corporate Strategy
  3. Media & Marketing
  4. Data & Insights
  5. Shopper & Customer
  6. Technology & Innovation
  7. Trends & External Forces
Amazon will invest up to $4 billion in Anthropic and gain a minority ownership position in the company, part of a deal that will have Amazon Web Services (AWS) become Anthropic’s primary cloud provider. Anthropic will make its future AI foundation models accessible to million of developers, as well as provide AWS customers with early […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
  2. Partnerships & Alt Profit
  3. Media & Marketing
  4. Retailer Media
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