Strategy

Articles on retail strategy and thought leadership.

  1. Media & Marketing
We’re just back from New York and the 2023 edition of the National Retail Federation’s Big Show. As we rest our weary legs, we hop back on the mic to share some of our key takeaways gleaned from the Expo floor, the conference stages, conversations in the halls, and at various events we attended.  We […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The big takeaway Your customers will respond to offerings that are genuinely useful and helpful to them, even in an economic downturn. The key is investing in innovation that adds value, rather than chasing what’s trendy. Need proof?  Beauty giant L’Oreal has invested more in research and development every year, even in tough times. That […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Wayfair is prioritizing innovation across its organization, supported by technology providers like Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. While at the National Retail Federation Big Show in New York City last week, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan spoke with Kevin O’Riordan, head of physical retail and supply chain engineering at Wayfair, and Fredrik Carlegren, vice president of marketing and communications at Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions. In […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
WOONSOCKET, R.I. —CVS Health announced a new initiative that will address barriers to care in underserved communities across the country. The CVS Health Community Equity Alliance is being established to expand the community health worker workforce, enhance connections between health care institutions and communities and address disparities in heart health and mental health outcomes. The Alliance […]
  1. Department & Category
SALISBURY, N.C. —  Food Lion and Novant Health are collaborating to launch a food pharmacy pilot program at Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. A leading omnichannel retailer serving towns and cities across 10 states, Food Lion is committed to nourishing neighbors and families, setting them up for success in life. […]
  1. Channel: Drug
NEW YORK — CVS Health and Walmart said they will be reducing pharmacy hours to address the ongoing pharmacist shortage, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. CVS plans to cut or shift operating hours at about two-thirds of its 9,000-strong U.S. network in March, while Walmart intends to close most of its nearly 4,600 stores two […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
[[ Getty Images Hasbro said Thursday it would eliminate around 1,000 employee positions and warned of weak holiday-quarter results. Shares of the toy maker fell more than 6% in extended trading. “Despite strong growth in Wizards of the Coast and Digital Gaming, Hasbro Pulse, and our licensing business, our Consumer Products business underperformed in the […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
It seems like everyone is talking about Amazon Marketing Cloud lately. You might be wondering why there is so much excitement for AMC, and how you can actually use Amazon’s newest analytics tool to grow your business. Today, we’ll walk through three categories of use cases that advertisers like yourself can start implementing today.  What […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Starting a business can be one of the most rewarding experiences of someone’s life, and the satisfaction that comes with owning a successful business can be life-changing. It isn’t all easy, but seeing your labor bear fruit can be worth the effort. Starting a retail business, in particular, is one of the most popular small […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
It’s common knowledge that content marketing for ecommerce is important, but it can be tricky to identify everything that makes up a successful brand strategy. The ecommerce marketing landscape is constantly shifting, and what may have worked in the past might be less effective in 2023. 
  1. Corporate Finance
Who still thinks about gold? Apparently, some long-term investors do. In the age of digitalization, gold remains a lucrative, stable investment. It has existed for a long time and provides many advantages to those who choose it to build assets.  Why? First, it’s a non-perishable asset, which means its quality doesn’t change regardless of market […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
When Nike’s ten business development principles were written by Rob Strasser in 1977 the words marketing, systems, research and planning were all dirty words inside of Nike’s culture. I know, I was there at a critical time in Nike’s growth. During those days Nike had very idiosyncratic, gruff, scruffy but brilliant leaders, who even thought […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
In this informative and interactive webinar, attendees will receive data and insights from Sensormatic’s annual retailer post-holiday roundup. In addition, attendees will hear real-world insights from retail executives on how their businesses are approaching 2023.
  1. Shopper & Customer
In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Foot Locker is making cuts to its staff and store fleet as it looks to trim costs under new leadership. The footwear retailer on Thursday announced that it would eliminate an undisclosed number of “corporate and support roles,” which the company expects to account for about $18 million in cost savings on an annualized basis starting […]
  1. Data & Insights
Big news, people: GWI has partnered with Audiense, the leading audience intelligence solution. “So what?” we hear you ask. Well, insights drawn from different sources – in this case GWI’s survey data and Audiense’s social data – paint a more detailed and reliable picture of what audiences think, feel and do. Or to put it […]
  1. Department: Food
  What is freshness? How do your consumers know that the meal they buy from you is fresh other than searching the package looking for the date made or time cooked? So, we ask. What’s more relevant than livestream meal prep or cooking of dinner? Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
By definition, consumption is ritualistic and all rituals have heroes. Consumers become actors that play the role of the hero to satisfy their ego through consumption. When identifying with a brand and consuming its product, we hope it will transform us into a better, heroic person. Ultimately, marketers’ goals must be to establish a ritual […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
CJ Lang & Son, the wholesaler for Spar in Scotland, has selected Relex Solutions, provider of unified supply chain and retail planning solutions, to automate and optimise its supply chain processes. Relex will deliver integrated store and DC forecasting and replenishment, as well as improved allocations and promotional forecasting for CJ Lang’s company owned stores […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The beginning of the year is a time of great momentum and in the ever-evolving retail industry, you must always be prepared for what’s coming down the pipeline. In the past few years, I’ve seen a significant shift in retailers using technology to create more meaningful and personalized engagement strategies to inspire consumers to take […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Wells Fargo’s Nicole Dye-Anderson shares the best ways to work with influencers. When you’re looking to get your message out to the world, it’s often smart to enlist the support of an influencer who speaks to your audience. But staying on top of all the latest trends and figuring out the perfect influencers to help […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Over the past three years, most of us have done a lot more shopping online, so it’s easy to forget that while ecommerce is still growing, most retail commerce still happens in stores. In Q3 2022, ecommerce accounted for less than 15% of all retail sales. That means brick-and-mortar is still going strong, and not […]
  1. Channel: Drug
CVS Health announced two executive appointments. David Joyner will rejoin the company as Executive Vice President and President of Pharmacy Services, while Amy Bricker has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer
  1. Shopper & Customer
WASHINGTON – Consumers are expected to spend $25.9 billion on Valentine’s Day this year, up from $23.9 billion in 2022 and one of the highest spending years on record, according to the annual survey released Wednesday by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. “Valentine’s Day is a special occasion to shop for […]
  1. Start Ups
Emperia, which creates immersive e-commerce spaces for retail brands, has raised a $10 million Series A. This follows an $875k pre-seed in 2021 (featuring Concept Ventures, SFC Capital, Blissgrowth). The Series A round was led by Base10 Partners and joined by investors including Daphni (via its retail fund Dastore), Sony Innovation Fund, Background Capital, Stanford […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Inflation may be cooling. But, for most Americans, the price of a cup of coffee or a bag of groceries hasn’t budged. In the months ahead, the big question is whether consumers will start to feel relief, too. Over the past few months, many of the key factors that fueled a four-decade high in inflation […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  At the intersection of what’s for dinner, where will I get dinner, more and more consumers are asking what is the fastest solution (84.6%), then what is the cheapest (51.4), and will everyone be happy with the food (49.2%) according to Foodservice Solutions® most recent grocerant scorecards.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Market research is an essential tool for businesses of any size or industry to understand their target audience, identify customer needs and preferences, and gather information about their competitors. In a nutshell, market research helps businesses grow and succeed. This is a primary goal for small businesses, making market research integral to small businesses making […]

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In a year when holiday spending on gifts, travel and entertainment was down 1 percent from the year prior, one age group bucked that trend in a huge way. Millennials, perhaps aided by increased incomes due to “The Great Reshuffle,” told us it would spend a whopping 11 percent more than it did in 2021, […]
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  11. Stores & Formats
While some trends come and go, there were a few trends that have stayed with consumers throughout the year.   As online shopping continues to be a popular choice for consumers, physical stores can offer shoppers perks that e-commerce can’t replicate.    This week we look at trends to increase foot traffic and customer loyalty. […]

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