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  1. Department & Category
  It’s at the intersection of yesterday fast-food restaurant and playground and time starved consumers that today’s consumers is opting for fresh food fast and simple according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  The drive-thru has been a fast-food staple for decades, but the way we get our burgers and […]
  1. Department: Food
Consumer Reports has completed an extensive review of pesticides in 59 types of fruits and vegetables commonly found in the U.S. The study analyzed seven years of data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, revealing concerning findings about pesticide residues in our food.
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Regular readers of this blog know that for decades, grocery stores reigned supreme as the go-to for meal preparation and home meal replacement. However, the evolving consumer has been migrating.  Recent trends show a shift in consumer behavior, with restaurants steadily chipping away at the grocery sector’s market share. According to Steven Johnson Grocerant […]
  1. Data & Insights
Identity is a big topic in data-driven marketing. Advertisers want to target consumers at the person level, publishers want to monetize their audiences, and identity is crucial to ensure that the “John Smith” the brand is trying to reach and the “John Smith” currently shopping on Amazon, scrolling through TikTok, or searching for a weekend […]
  1. Data & Insights
Webinar Navigating AI in Marketing Mix Modeling:Risk and Rewards Discover how Artificial Intelligence is reshaping the marketing measurement landscape and learn how to leverage that power to optimize your Marketing Mix Modeling approach. Watch the webinar Webinar Navigating AI in Marketing Mix Modeling:Risk and Rewards Watch the webinar Are you ready to explore the transformative […]
  1. Department: Food
  At the intersection of growth fresh food sales specifically Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat prepared food the convenience store sector is simply trouncing the grocery store sector.  In fact, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated, grocery stores should be embarrassed by the way the convenience store sector and garnered share of […]
  1. Media & Marketing
For retail marketing executives, one area that must not be overlooked is the value of utilizing extremely precise, high-speed, hyperpersonalized direct mail. Despite the rise of digital marketing, direct mail is still broadly utilized by retailers (and other industries) to get marketing messages out to target audiences. This article examines the benefits for retailers in […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Time-starved consumers are increasingly turning to convenience stores for their prepared food needs, according to new research I’ve been digging into. This is a major win for the c-store industry, which has invested heavily in recent years to develop high-quality, fresh food offerings. The 2024 Convenience Store News Realities of the Aisle Study, surveying […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]
  1. Data & Insights
Generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) has set the marketing world aflame. Tools like DALL·E and Adobe Firefly have demonstrated the potential of AI to produce engaging creative from limited resources. Looking beyond that, what can it offer in terms of media efficiency for brand and retail marketers? The ability of GenAI tools to remix and iterate […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Corporate social responsibility (CSR), once a differentiator for brands, is now the norm. Today’s consumers expect those they do business with, including retailers, will have positive impacts on the world. In fact, Gen Z consumers are three times as likely to say that the “purpose of business is to serve communities and society” rather than […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
For the seventh consecutive year, NAPCO Research and Blackhawk Network have partnered to produce an industry-leading report on U.S. merchants’ gift card programs. The 2024 assessment included a review of retailers’ e-commerce gift card offerings (desktop, mobile web, mobile app, device agnostic), including the purchaser and recipient experience for both digital and physical cards of […]
  1. Data & Insights
  Steven Johnson is the Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  He has spent years dissecting the ever-evolving food industry landscape. Today, he wants to delve into a niche that’s not only thriving but fundamentally transforming how we source, prepare, and consume food: the grocerant niche. For the uninitiated, grocerants are establishments including […]
  1. Department & Category
ARLINGTON, Va. – FMI – The Food Industry Association has named Shelby Furman, Ph.D., as the association’s new director for food and product safety programs. In her role, Furman will be responsible for developing and implementing food and product safety programs as well as directing food protection activities and providing technical expertise for the FMI […]
  1. Department: Food
  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that customer migration from the restaurant sector to the convenience store sector will continue. In the bustling world of quick bites and on-the-go meals, convenience stores have quietly transformed into unexpected champions of fresh food. These unassuming neighborhood pit stops, once synonymous with chips, sodas, and […]
  1. Channel: Drug
It’s rare that sales tax issues make the news, and when they do, it’s generally not great for the seller. Earlier this year, things held to form when media in Massachusetts reported a sales tax calculation error on the Walgreens ecommerce website. The facts as reported support the notion of an honest mistake by the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  Focusing on the consumer is a success clue no CEO can overlook. Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® believes that reshuffling the chains in the executive office makes little sense unless the focus shifts away form hot button short term tactics to a customer focused strategy that evolves with consumers […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Emotions are central to how we engage, communicate with, and react to our world, motivating our behavior and deepening our interactions. Brands that lean into the intricacies of human emotions are proven to generate more sales and loyalty. According to McKinsey, 76 percent of consumers reported that receiving personalized communications was a top factor in […]
  1. Department: Food
Last October, One Stop extended its fresh food offering with its first range reset in over two years. Five months on, the convenience retailer has expanded its range even further, bringing in another 39 products to their stores. “This is a really exciting time for… This story continues at One Stop further expands fresh range […]
  1. Department & Category
  Technology is important but it never replaces flavorful fresh food service fast according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.   Johnson is your one-stop source for all things Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared at grocery stores, convenience stores, and within the restaurant sector. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Re-Up, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
See this visualization first on the Voronoi app. Industry Favorability, by Political Party This was originally posted on our Voronoi app. Download the app for free on iOS or Android and discover incredible data-driven charts from a variety of trusted sources. Much and more has been written, in the last decade particularly, about the U.S. […]
  1. Department & Category
Greggs has published its fourth annual sustainability report, which outlines the progress made towards its 2025 green targets and sets out key focus areas for the year ahead.  Three-years into a five-year sustainability plan, Greggs says that it has made significant progress on its ten commitments and has reached the following key milestones:  ·       896 […]
  1. Data & Insights
Home Depot has confirmed that it suffered a data breach after one of its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors mistakenly exposed a small sample of limited employee data, which could potentially be used in targeted phishing attacks, reports Bleeping Computer. Last Thursday, a threat actor known as IntelBroker leaked limited data for approximately 10,000 Home Depot employees […]
  1. Department: Food
  Do you want to save time cooking dinner? Do you want to save money on food this month? Then listen up, Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® shares his insights right here. Just about all of us know that fresh is best, but let’s face it, busy lives often call […]
  1. Merchandising
  While brand marketers love placing brand logos on buckets, boxes, cups and wraps.  Consumers have grown tired of the excessive packaging on Take Away food and view it as non-environmentally friendly according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  Consider Papa Murphy’s Take-N-Bake pizza consumers rave on the simplicity of […]
  1. Department: Food
Mrs Elswood, part of the Empire Bespoke Foods portfolio, is launching its first ever range of fermented Kimchi. Utilising Mrs Elswood’s 75 year experience of preserving vegetables, the range of Kimchi has been carefully developed to retain the crunch of the vegetables with a chilli heat… This story continues at Mrs Elswood launches trio of fermented […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Restaurant drive thru, convenience store, or grocery deli when customers are looking for dinner more often than not, they are looking for Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.  In an era of abundant culinary choices, understanding what drives Americans’ dining decisions is […]
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Using event-driven architecture (EDA), retailers must link essential data at speed and scale throughout their ecosystems near and far to come to grips with now essential environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting in three key areas. 1. Dead Heading — Optimizing Transportation/Emissions on Every Journey When it comes to transportation within the retail sector, any […]
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It recently emerged that Amazon’s Just Walk Out offering is being dropped from Amazon Fresh stores. However, it’s not checkout-free tech that’s failing, it’s the fact that Amazon’s checkout free solution doesn’t work, especially in grocery retailers, argues Will Glaser, Founder and CEO at Grabango. In the dynamic grocery retail landscape, a transformative wave is […]

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