Store Format

  1. Department: Food
Chile-based retailer Cenoscud will spend $676 million to acquire a 67 percent stake in The Fresh Market, its first move into the US marketplace. The Fresh Market has 160 stores (100 percent leased) across 22 states, with an average store size of approximately 21,000 square feet. The post Chilean Retailer Takes Majority Stake In The […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
We had an open letter to Jeff Bezos the other day that was highly critical of a new Amazon Fresh store, prompting MNB reader Monte Stowell to write: This open letter to Jeff Bezos by the 69 year old shopper is a call to action by Jeff Bezos. Does one believe that Jeff Bezos is […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Dollar Tree has made two key additions to its leadership team, naming John Flanigan chief supply chain officer and Larry Gatta chief merchandising officer for the Family Dollar banner. “Driving supply chain efficiencies and improving the operating performance of our Family Dollar banner are important elements to long-term value creation for our […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Designer Brands Inc., the parent company of shoe retailer DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse, joined the immersive, experience-based retail trend with the debut of its Warehouse Reimagined retail store format, according to a Tuesday (May 10) company press release. The upgraded design, launched in Houston, uses “modernized merchandising,” including shop-in-shops, offerings for the entire family and imagery […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s official! Sevenoaks in Kent will host the UK’s first Amazon Fresh checkout-free store outside of London. Yesterday, we reported on rumours that this would be situated in the former Baby Gap outlet in Bligh’s Meadow. Council planning documents, we noted, showed that permission had been granted for both interior and exterior work on the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Sevenoaks in Kent looks set to host the UK’s first Amazon Fresh checkout-free store outside of London. According to KentOnline, this will be situated in the former Baby Gap outlet in Bligh’s Meadow. While official details are scarce, and Amazon did not respond to our request for comment, council planning documents show that permission has […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The age of minimalism is upon us, and from what we can see, it has established a permanent home in the hearts of both retail and commercial designers. Minimalism has a number of advantages for retail establishments, including the following: ●      Exudes a sophisticated, elegant, and opulent atmosphere. ●      Customers are able to concentrate more on the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
BJ’s Wholesale Club is testing out a smaller store format called BJ’s market. The first 43,000-square-foot concept store opened in Warwick, R.I. and will feature top-selling fresh foods, produce and seasonal products in what is designed to be a more convenient and efficient shopping space. BJ’s market will offer the same product sizes and pricing […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retailers are starting to redesign their entire store format now they do not need to include checkout tills due to Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, an executive at the e-commerce giant has said. Max Gill, who leads Amazon’s checkout-free offshoot in the EMEA, said the company’s tech is allowing retailers to “play with space and […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Today in food commerce, Jack in the Box tests out robotic fry cooks and drink dispensers, while Chipotle looks to grow its digital drive-thru footprint. Plus, PYMNTS data reveal that the online grocery space is growing quickly by the month. Restaurants Leverage Automated Solutions to Mitigate Labor Needs Major quick-service restaurant (QSR) Jack in the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Merchandising is obviously an essential part of retail, but keeping your strategy up-to-date and profitable is difficult in a growing competitive market. There is a number of merchandising challenges that retailers are facing. Finding the right mix of time, budget, pricing, displays, and customer experience can be a big challenge when forming a successful merchandising […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Last month, we reported that Iceland was rolling out its Swift c-store format, and had decided upon London as the next location. Launched as a single store pilot in Newcastle last year, Swift will extend to four more stores in London over the next few months, with the first one located in Wembley and a second […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Health and Wellness Products Are Leading Growth
  1. Shopper & Customer
The retail industry is in the midst of a transformation, and indoor mapping can be the key driver behind this transformation. By providing more accurate and detailed information about store layout and product location, indoor mapping can help shoppers find what they need more quickly and easily. This can lead to increased sales and satisfaction […]
  1. Channel: Drug
MNB fave Glen Terbeek had his own memories of Irish supermarket legend Feargal Quinn, which he shared after seeing my piece yesterday: I was fortunate to know Feargal for many years as he was a member of Smart Store’s advisory board, and through industry association meetings, and of course the golf course.  But I really […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
Dollar Tree said this week that during the current fiscal year, it “plans to open 590 new stores and to renovate 800 Family Dollar stores. The new stores are expected to consist of 190 Dollar Tree stores and 400 Family Dollar stores. Approximately 350 of the new Family Dollar stores will be in the Combo […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Yesterday we linked to a CNBC story speculating that Amazon’s grocery business has turned into an “expensive hobby,” as it has tried a number of different strategies and tactics without achieving the dominance that it has reached in other segments. I commented, in part: I do think that it is important for investors, analysts and […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CNBC over the weekend posted the following story (which was forwarded to the Content Guy by numerous MNB readers): “Amazon has spent almost three decades perfecting the art of bringing everything imaginable to your doorstep in the shortest amount of time, at the lowest possible price. By almost any measure, it’s been one of the […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
  Very few companies go wrong when they focus on the consumer.  Today, startup Nourish + Bloom Market is focusing on the consumer while integrating consumer facing technology that will save time starved consumers both time and money. Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® stated Gen Z and Millennials are digital […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
KEASBEY, N.J. – ShopRite has been named the ‘Most Trusted Grocery Retailer in the Northeast’ in a new survey conducted in partnership with Newsweek magazine and the consultancy firm, BrandSpark International. To identify the winners, Newsweek and BrandSpark International surveyed 3,200 U.S. adults nationwide to capture their opinions of grocery stores across the region. Each retailer was […]
  1. CPG: Adult Beverage
  Convenience stores continue to evolve with consumers.  Leveraging the strength of their brands C-stores are migrating to new business models with the potential to drive greater growth of top-line sales and bottom-line profits according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. According to Johnson, what’s on the menu in 2022 […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The way people shop in stores is changing. Concerns of safety still exist, and many people continue to practice social distancing. Furthermore, with the emergence of COVID-19 variants, in-store shopping behaviors are prone to shift overnight. Although all retailers are now operating in the same pandemic era, there’s no consensus among them on what in-person […]
  1. Channel: Mass
RTE reports that “Tesco has said it would no longer operate stores under the low-cost ‘Jack’s’ brand in the UK, less than five years after it established the format amid much fanfare. “The group launched Jack’s, named after Tesco’s founder Jack Cohen, in 2018 at a store in Chatteris in England, as part of its […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Digital screens welcome customers as they enter the store. Dynamic lighting calls out the store’s beauty department. An elevated display in the Baby Department showcases the perfect nursery. Fashion takes center stage in the apparel department The Gap Home display showcases quality and style. A customer using Scan and Go with Gap Home products. A […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
“Sadly, quite a few retailers picked an especially bad time to be boring.”              — Steve Dennis, Author of “Remarkable Retail” In today’s ecommerce environment, it’s no longer good enough to be good enough. Brands need to be remarkable, according to Steve Dennis, bestselling author of “Remarkable Retail” and a […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CNBC reports that Amazon plans to open its first bricks-and-mortar clothing store, with customers using their smartphones to choose items and communicate with staffers in a way that the company hopes will alleviate some of the “pain points” inherent in such shopping trips. The Amazon Style store is slated to open in The Americana at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The continuing goal of “The Innovation Conversation” is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory … and one that Tom Furphy – a former Amazon executive, the originator of Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing Director of Consumer […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We had a story last week about how Amazon’s dominance and size may be turning into a kind of vulnerability. I commented: It seems to me that Amazon often tends to get defensive about stories like these, arguing that they are based on misperceptions and errant observations, more a result of the enlarged target on […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  Informed, engaged, focused on consumers, Publix announced that the food retail ‘Status Quo’ is no more according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Publix has for years known that 89% of consumers only buy 100 different items a year from their stores.  That’s right the customers may shop one […]

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Instant grocery startups sprang up and grew like weeds during COVID-19, fueled by consumers opting to practice social distancing and ready to order their food and sundries at the tap of an app, and VCs seeing an gap in the delivery market that had yet to be definitively filled. Now, perhaps inevitably, comes the consolidation.
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A consumer confidence monitor that has been running since 1974 recorded its lowest-ever score this month. The well-established GfK index was down to -40 for May, meaning consumers are less confident now than at any time for nearly half a century. Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “This comes as UK unemployment hits […]
  1. Department & Category
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  3. Channel: Restaurants
  4. Department: Food
  5. Media & Marketing
  6. Data & Insights
  7. International
  8. Shopper & Customer
  9. Trends & External Forces
Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]