Press Release

  1. Channel: Marketplace
American singer, songwriter and businesswoman Beyoncé’s new haircare brand, Cécred, has gone live on Shopify. After teasing her fans (aka the BeyHive) about the venture last May, Beyoncé recently took to social media to announce her first ever beauty brand. Captioning a post on Instagram with “hair is sacred”, an accompanying video interspersed archive footage […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Colorado Attorney Journal Phil Weiser yesterday filed a lawsuit designed to block Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons, saying the the deal would be anticompetitive. Axios reports that “Weiser has been leading a multi-state investigation since December 2022 and is the second state to sue following Washington … The announcement said the deal not […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Case study Reaching voters with radio  In a crowded market for political ads, radio offers an advantage Contact us Case study Reaching voters with radio  In a crowded market for political ads, radio offers an advantage Contact us Introduction Understand the reach of radio with U.S. voters During election years in the U.S., political campaigns […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Trustly, which operates in the payment solutions space, has made two appointments to its leadership team as it eyes further expansion in Europe. Annika Poutiainen will be joining as Chief Legal Officer, while Georg Kaltenbrunner will start in March as Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer. According to a press release: “Both roles will be […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Nectar360, which owns and operates Nectar, the UK’s largest coalition loyalty programme, as well as managing Sainsbury’s and Argos retail media services, has announced a partnership with advertising technology specialist The Trade Desk. This will enable advertisers to target campaigns to Nectar audiences, optimise and report on the performance of ad campaigns through a combination […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
On Tuesday, Tiger Woods announced a partnership with TaylorMade Golf to create a new lifestyle brand, Sun Day Red. According to the brand’s website, the line “promises to bring a new and elevated standard to performance wear and luxury lifestyle fashion.” Sun Day Red will be a completely stand-alone brand with a dedicated team of […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger this morning issued a press release that continues to make the argument – the same argument that it has made since first proposing the $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons – that it will lower prices once the deal is complete, and that it has a 20-year track record of lowering prices after it makes […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Retail sales showed a strong beginning for the year in January, nearly matching December’s busy holiday spending and rising significantly year-over-year, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions, released today by the National Retail Federation (NRF). Total retail sales were up 2.34 percent unadjusted YoY in January, according to the Retail Monitor. […]
  1. CPG: Food
From USA Today: A nationwide recall of products containing cheese with a risk for listeria contamination continues to grow larger with salad kits and taco kits sold at stores including Albertsons, Costco, Walmart, and WinCo being removed from shelves. “Rizo-López Foods of Modesto, California, on Feb. 5 recalled dozens of dairy products including Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese, because […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail Assist, a UK-based provider of managed services and IT solutions, has been acquired by Alan Watson, Executive Chairman and owner of technology service provider Barron McCann. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Retail Assist’s customers include Harvey Nichols, Morrisons, Best Food Logistics, Ted Baker, Slater Menswear, Vue Cinemas, Hobbycraft and Mint […]
  1. Data & Insights
“Everyone within Publicis will become a data analyst, an engineer, an intelligence partner, with all the information they need at their fingertips to supercharge client growth.” Publicis Groupe made that bold statement last week in a press release and presentation celebrating their performance from last year “after shifting from a holding company to a platform” […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Zulily Group has engaged the advisory firm Gordon Brothers to sell off more than $85 million of inventory and the assets of its two fulfillment centers following the online retailer’s decision late last year to shut down. Screenshot of the Zulily website from December 2023 highlighting the going-out-of-business sale. News of the wind-down first broke […]
  1. Department: Food
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General this week reached a milestone in the rollout of fresh fruits and vegetables to its stores. More than 5,000 of its locations now carry a produce assortment that includes tomatoes, onions, apples, strawberries, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lemons, limes, and salad mixes. Dollar General said it now offers produce in more […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers  said it has completed the divestiture of its Fresco y Más operations via a sale of the banner to an investment group, which plans to maintain existing operations at the locations. SEG last year announced plans to sell the chain to Fresco Retail Group LLC as part of its ongoing […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Fashion and homeware digital retailer, N Brown Group, has announced the appointment of Natalie Rogers as the firm’s new Chief People Officer. According to a press release, she will lead the People function and team, “with a focus on fully embedding the Group’s agile operating model as it continues an enterprise wide agile transformation across […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Retail layoffs are hitting especially hard recently. Macy’s is laying off about 3.5 percent of its total headcount, which amounts to roughly 2,350 employees, and the iconic department store is closing five locations. Also last week, online furniture seller Wayfair said it is cutting about 1,650 jobs, or 13 percent of its global workforce. The Wall […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Actress, producer and TV personality Drew Barrymore can certainly afford premium kitchen and home items — and she often looks to them for her personal inspiration — but she shies away from paying premium prices. She’s also well aware that many others don’t have the option of paying top dollar for a knife or a […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Samsonite has implemented a new mobile-driven experience across its European stores, powered by Oracle Retail Xstore Point of Service and implemented by Oracle Retail Consulting. The technology adds to Samsonite’s growing tech stack, which includes Oracle Retail Xstore Office and Oracle Retail Order Broker Cloud Service. These solutions are built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon said in a keynote speech at CES earlier this week that the retail giant would expand its drone delivery footprint and launch an artificial intelligence-powered search tool for iOS users. McMillon said the drone delivery would be expanded to 1.8 million additional households in the Dallas-Fort Worth area later this year. […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Chico’s FAS Inc. shareholders approved the sale of the fashion company for $1 billion cash to New York-based private equity firm Sycamore Partners, reports News-Press. New owner Sycamore Partners has moved Chico’s brands — Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma — into KnitWell, a holding company formed last year. KnitWell also includes Ann Taylor, […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
A lot of press releases show up an MNB World Headquarters each day – they used to say that “they come in over the transom,” a turn of phrase that will flummox anyone under 60 who has no idea what a “transom” is – but this one seemed particularly noteworthy: “There are plenty of ways […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
NEW YORK, NY — Comtex News Network, a leading aggregation and syndication platform for business and general news, today announced a partnership with EZ Newswire, a technology platform that makes it easy for businesses to create and publish their news. With this collaboration, Comtex clients will soon be able to access EZ Newswire’s premium publisher […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Paula and I have some exciting news to share with you: Drug Channels Institute is joining the HMP Global family! HMP is a leading omnichannel healthcare education, events, and market insights company. It’s a great fit for DCI. Here’s the press release: HMP Global Expands Market Reach with Strategic Acquisition of Drug Channels Institute; Launches […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Asda has confirmed the appointment of its first Chief Digital Officer as it focuses on evolving how it uses data to improve its customer offer, part of an ambition to be the UK’s second largest grocery retailer (a position currently held by Sainsbury’s). Matt Kelleher will join the supermarket in July from rival Morrisons, where […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Stanley Tucci will be returning to Italy with a new food and travel focused TV series. His first series, “Stanley Tucci: Searching For Italy,” was a big hit on CNN but was canceled when the network, under financial pressures, decided to eliminate many of the shows produced by outside entities […]
  1. Channel: Drug
This week, I’m rerunning some popular posts while I prepare for Friday’s Drug Channels Outlook 2024 live video webinar. Click here to see the original post from September 2023. One update: CVS Caremark’s 2024 formulary for patient-administered autoimmune products prefers: Humira Hyrimoz (the high WAC Sandoz biosimilar) adalimumab-adaz (the unbranded, low WAC Sandoz biosimilar) Perhaps coincidentally, […]
  1. International
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. It’s been another week with far more retail news than there is time in the day. Below, we break down some things you may have missed during the week, and what we’re still thinking about. From Rent the Runway’s decision to restructure […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail’ systems launches and deployments from the past week, including Amazon, Pinterest, Aldi, Walmart, HMV, New Look, TrusTrace, One Water, Polytag, BERSHKA, and 3DLOOK. Amazon Amazon has opened a Second Chance Store in London, giving festive shoppers the chance to buy quality returned products in-person, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Do you like numbers? Do you like retail systems news? Then this is the article for you. Including TrusTrace, New Look, Square, Fossil Group, NewStore, InPost, and the 2023 RTIH Innovation Awards. 5…This week, we announced the winning submissions for the 2023 RTIH Innovation Awards, sponsored by PMC, FreedomPay, Worldpay from FIS, CADS, 3D Cloud […]
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  1. Department: Food
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When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
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Here’s today’s news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Sky Bridges Standalone walled gardens are transforming into an interconnected network of fortresses. It’s not that walled gardens are opening up, exactly, but individual platforms are now actively partnering to allow one-to-one user targeting and other use cases among themselves – but […]
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ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
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The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
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We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]