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  1. Technology & Innovation
Do you like numbers? Do you like retail systems news? Then this is the article for you. Including Emperia, Amazon UK, Mercaux, Gemba, Adobe, and Twinco Capital. $18 million…Gemba, a virtual reality training startup used by the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, and Amazon, has bagged $18 million in a Series A round of funding from […]
  1. Corporate Finance
Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. The filing is part of a “Restructuring Support Agreement with key financial stakeholders” aimed at reducing debt and enabling future investments, according to a company press release. The restructuring effort has the support of […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart last week launched a dedicated e-commerce site tailored to small and midsize business (SMB) customers. The website, Walmart Business, will offer “a curated assortment of more than 100,000 items with categorization and navigation tailored to busy organizational shoppers, Walmart said in a press release. The product categories include office supplies and furniture, food and beverage, restroom, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including H-E-B, AutoStore, Sainsbury’s, Just Eat, Wakefern Food Corp., and Trigo. 1. H-E-B taps AutoStore tech for ‘world’s most […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Verint has announced the expansion of its customer engagement platform with technology acquired from Qudini, a provider of appointment scheduling solutions. Qudini is privately held and is based in the UK with approximately 20 employees. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. We’re very pleased to share today that Qudini has been acquired by Verint, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s Friday, the weekend is almost upon us, so let’s kick back and reflect on another eventful week for the retail systems space. Here’s your briefing on the most important stories from the past five days, including Walmart, Salesforce, Rohlik Group, Halfords, Amazon, and Oxbotica. 1. Walmart and Salesforce team up to offer local fulfilment […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
“Buy with Prime,” Amazon.com’s direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) service that allows merchants to offer Prime benefits directly on their business’s website, will be available to all U.S. merchants starting Jan. 31. Previously only offered by invitation only, the Buy with Prime service launched in April 2022 and has seen increased conversions by an average of 25 percent, according […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Do you ever ask yourself what is the value of a partnership?  At Chipotle the question is top of mind when thinking about how to drive growth in the messaging while edifying the brands message. According to Steven Johnson the first step is focus on the success of grocerant niche ‘halo’ of better for […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Nike has shaken up its retail partnerships in recent years, ending wholesale relationships with major sites and chains with the goal of gaining more control over its own fate through stronger direct-to-consumer relationships. One thrust of its strategy is the cultivation of new retail store concepts, like the “Jordan World of Flight” store opened in […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Designer Brands Inc. (DBI), the parent company of DSW, announced that it has acquired Topo Athletic, a U.S. maker of running, walking, hiking and comfort shoes. With the acquisition, DBI expands its assortment of athletic performance footwear and progresses its owned brands strategy. The acquisition will also provide Topo with access to additional resources. Topo’s founder and […]
  1. Data & Insights
The master of horror has advice you can use. Really. Here’s a secret about me: As a writer, I hate books about writing. Now, I don’t mean handy guidebooks, like The Associated Press Stylebook or good old Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style.” Every writer should have reference materials like these in their arsenal. No, […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
As of Dec. 1, 42 retail brands have signed the Mitigate Racial Bias in Retail Charter, a national initiative to address racial bias and discrimination in shopping experiences, the Open to All nationwide nonprofit announced. The new signatories include industry leaders Cartier, CBL Properties, Ben Bridge Jeweler, Glossier, LVMH, maurices, URBN (Anthropologie, Free People, Nuuly, and […]
  1. Media & Marketing
To achieve true loyalty, brands need to ensure they’re creating value for their customers. That value can be found in discounts, exclusive offers, access to unique products and experiences, and so much more. With an expansive portfolio of brands, General Mills wanted to think critically about what loyalty meant to its customers, and brainstorm unique […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its third quarter 2022 results and will update investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Stores & Formats
Claire’s, known for its youth-inspired jewelry, accessories and ear-piercing services, announced Tuesday that it would open stores within several Macy’s locations. The more-than-20 Claire’s stores within Macy’s will open starting this month, according to a press release by the two companies. Locations will include a few flagships, including Herald Square and Roosevelt Field in New […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We asked a variety of comms pros what they thought 2023 would look like in terms of social media and traditional media. This is what they said. The story of the media in 2022 was, unfortunately, much as it has been for the last decade or more. Layoffs, attrition and the collapse of both new […]
  1. Department & Category
The Hill reports that convenience store chain Sheetz is reducing the price of regular gas to $1.99 per gallon, effective now through next Monday, November 28. The national average price per gallon currently is $3.66. “Sheetz is a family owned and operated company and at the heart of everything we do is giving back to […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
Bloomberg reports that Amazon founder-chairman Jeff Bezos said yesterday that he plans to give away the bulk of his fortune to charity. Bezos is the world’s fourth richest person, with a current net worth of about $123.9 billion – less than it was not that long ago, when Amazon’s stock price was considerably higher.  Bezos […]
  1. Retail Operations
Nordstrom has long been recognized in the retail industry as an innovator and trailblazer, bringing new ideas and formats to market in an effort to best meet the needs of its customers. That reputation now extends to omnichannel services and experiences. The upscale department store chain earned the No. 1 spot in Total Retail’s sixth […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Plus: CEOs need to say more about issues around them, survey says. This week, police in Dunwoody, Georgia, have issued a warning after paramedics were called to a high school to treat a student who attempted to participate Paqui’s “One Chip Challenge,” where participants eat a super-spicy snack flavored with Carolina Reaper and Scorpion peppers. The “high […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
My favorite kind of email, from MNB reader Tom Hahn: KC, one thing I can always count on about MNB is a daily dose of your elitist point-of-view. First, you correctly offer a POV that the Inc. story on Chick-fil-A and their 3-day work week “reflects a sort of elitist view of work”. You then […]
  1. Associates & Employees
UK-based online marketplace, OnBuy, has begun a recruitment drive to help deliver what it labels “a top secret product roadmap”. According to a press release: “Everyone in the business is excited about the plans and confident that this will redefine the marketplace model and lead them to becoming the next big household name.” CEO, Cas Paton, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Halloween might not be here yet, but the “Holiday Creep” is more palpable than ever. Walk into any store, and you’ll feel it: Massive Christmas trees line the aisles of Costco. Walmart displays “ugly” Christmas sweaters, advent calendars, and cookie decorating kits. When you might expect to see trick-or-treating goodies in Target’s famous “dollar section,” […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The proposed $25 billion Kroger-Albertsons merger is already running into significant opposition from progressive lawmakers and others, according to CNN. A Senate antitrust panel will hold a hearing next month on the Kroger-Albertsons merger focused on how the deal could impact competition in the grocery industry. This comes after several senators raised concerns and called on […]
  1. Department: HBC
Circle K, a Canada-based convenience store and gas station operator, announced it was partnering with Green Thumb, a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, to sell its products at a handful of Circle K locations next year. About 10 “RISE Express”-branded dispensaries will open adjacent to Circle K stores in various Florida locations, Green […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  This year, Target and Amazon celebrated another set of retailer driven shopping occasions, or “Deal Days.” Target advertised their deals as “bigger than ever” during the event, which happened from October 6th through the 8th. The retailer included deals on hot ticket gift items like toys and electronics and also specials on everyday essentials […]

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Do you like numbers? Do you like retail systems news? Then this is the article for you. Including Emperia, Amazon UK, Mercaux, Gemba, Adobe, and Twinco Capital. $18 million…Gemba, a virtual reality training startup used by the likes of Nike, Coca-Cola, and Amazon, has bagged $18 million in a Series A round of funding from […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  2. Channel: Mass
  3. Department: Consumer Durables
  4. Department: Nonfood
  5. Corporate Strategy
  6. Corporate Finance
  7. ESG
  8. Partnerships & Alt Profit
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  12. Data & Insights
  13. International
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The RETHINK Retail team ventured to NYC from January 14-17th for NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with attendees from our Top Retail Influencer community and learn about their event experience. #TRI members–Ian Scott, Martin Newman, Melissa Gonzalez, Melissa Minkow, Nikki Baird, Ron Thurston, Stewart Samual, and Thomas […]

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