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  1. Technology & Innovation
If you’re running a successful B2B company, your sales operations (sales ops) crew is likely the unsung hero of your sales process. Business leaders sometimes make the mistake of seeing sales operations (increasingly known as revenue operations) as a cost instead of a potential revenue driver. But companies in the know, like Snowflake and McAfee, […]
  1. Department: Beverage
This year’s 44 honorees create a tale of two c-stores: healthy products on one side and comforting, fun products on the other.
  1. Channel: Convenience
  The halo of ‘better-for-you’ continues to be top of mind with Gen Z and Millennial Americans. Young parents are constantly looking for better for my baby, better for my child, food and associated products according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. It’s at the intersection the Gen Z, Millennial […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Gone are the days of consumers who prefer to visit retail locations to research, upgrade, or purchase their smartphones. Research indicates that just 25% of consumers go to a CSP’s physical storefront for product research. And a mere 31% of shoppers make an in-person purchase. Telco retail trends data shows that digital channels are skyrocketing […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Without hesitation, most of us would agree that our expectations from online retailers have changed significantly since the advent of the digital transformation. Retail giants like Amazon and Walmart now offer two-day to same-day shipping and that’s shaped consumer expectations on a broad scale. What’s shocking? Retail has experienced more developments made in the last […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
British consumers have global tastes – and the COVID-19 crisis appears to have further whetted their appetites for international products. The influential British magazine Retail Week has identified the desire for more adventurous flavours in food and drink as a critical trend for U.K. retail in 2021, enabling consumers unable to travel internationally to taste […]
  1. Corporate Purpose
MNB reader Tom Murphy had a thought about yesterday’s piece about Target using more and more in-store boutiques in its stores: This is an extremely interesting article.  When I was a grocery industry executive and then consultant (1990 – 2018), the standard grocer premise was that floor space was too important an asset to “lease […]
  1. CPG: Food
The global vice president and mother offers advice for aspiring leaders to build their careers. What is the path for aspiring communicators to rise to the top of the profession? “I believe careers are a bit like a chess game,” Allyson Park, global vice president of corporate affairs for Mars Wrigley, shared in an interview […]
  1. Media & Marketing
It’s time to eat, drink, and be scary If you want a great party, you have to planet Get the party started Quest on Take us to your leader… and your fellow Trailblazers Each Halloween, Trailhead celebrates in spooky style. Astro and Friends dress to impress while Trailblazers mark the occasion with a limited-edition Trick […]
  1. Media & Marketing
If you’re over the age of 25,  I’d be willing to bet this headline produced an involuntary groan or eye-roll. I hear you and I’m with you—but at the end of the day, there is no denying the extraordinary power that TikTok holds. At 1 billion+ users and counting, TikTok needs no introduction, but a […]
  1. Data & Insights
What Are Product Attributes? Attributes are a unique combination of claims, certifications, nutrition facts, ingredients, allergens, brand positioning, and consumer ways of eating to deliver a complete view of the factors driving consumer decisions. SPINS Product Intelligence offers a variety of attribute types for products across the health and wellness market. Get to know more […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
BREA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CoolSys™, the market-leading HVAC-R services, engineering and energy solutions company, announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Anesa Chaibi as the company’s next President and CEO. Ms. Chaibi will also join the company’s Board of Directors. Adam Coffey has stepped down from the President and CEO role and will serve as […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Yesterday we took note of a CNBC report that Walmart plans to give its Walmart+ members advance access to its Black Friday deals, which, if outside estimates are to believed, has the potential of making some 32 million US households feeling a little more joyful about the end-of-year holiday shopping season. I commented, in part: […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumer Drug Take-Back Milestone — Half A Million Pounds Collected! Kirk Herweck, … Mon, 10/18/2021 – 9:57am Half a million pounds. It sounds like a lot, but how much is it? Half a million pounds is equivalent to two and a half blue whales, a 2,500 square foot home or a locomotive engine. That’s how […]
  1. CPG: Food
CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) today announced the launch of Full Futures, a program to foster a school nutrition environment that ensures all students are well-nourished and ready to thrive at school and in life. Campbell plans to invest $5 million over the next five years and is joined by a number of […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Rapid grocery delivery venture, Gorillas, has raised close to $1 billion in a Series C funding round. This was led by Delivery Hero, and included further investments by existing investors Coatue Management, DST Global, Tencent, Atlantic Food Labs, Fifth Wall, Greenoaks, A*, and new backers G Squared, Alanda Capital, Macquarie Capital, MSA Capital and Thrive […]
  1. Corporate Finance
On a two-year stacked basis, AlbertsonsCos saw identical sales growth of 15.3% and digital sales growth of 248%.
  1. Channel: Mass
Tesco has launched its first high street checkout-free store. As we reported in July, named GetGo, this can be found in High Holborn, on the edge of the City of London. Chief Executive Ken Murphy said earlier this year: “We have a system installed in our Express store in Welwyn Garden City (at head office), and we’re extending […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Rising energy and fuel prices could affect customer spending in the run up to Christmas, suggests the latest data from analyst Nielsen. NielsenIQ reveals that in the four weeks ending 9 October grocery sales slowed to £11.8bn, which is 0.7% down on the same period last year. Despite this year-on-year fall, grocery spending is still 6.6% […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Yesterday’s MNB featured an extended conversation about the subject of loyalty, precipitated by a story I did a few months ago  about an element of a new loyalty program developed by Price Chopper/Market 32 and powered by tcc Global, that allows shoppers to compile points that can be converted into dollars that then can be […]
  1. RetailWit
For those of you just discovering this series, Road to Twelve and a Half is a countdown to the November 16th release of my sixth business book, Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success. I hope these blogs can serve as extra resources to build off of the material in […]
  1. Holiday & Events
WASHINGTON – The 2021 Halloween season is full of excitement, as chocolate and candy sales are up and consumers are ready to maximize their fun during the Halloween season. Retailers are going strong on their Halloween sets, with about 27% more seasonal items per store than in 2020. Consumers are planning to celebrate in a […]

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  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Kroger launches private targeted marketing platform. Big news coming from 84.51 / KPM. The platform allows clients to use their demand-side platform (DSP) of choice. Data is money, and Kroger has blown open the doors for extending first-party data beyond their walled garden—while maintaining (shopper) privacy and control.  Amazon gives third-party sellers access to more […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Solution enables brands to target relevant shoppers, optimize performance against actual retail sales The Kroger Co.’s retail media business, Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM) powered by 84.51°, has rolled out a new private programmatic advertising marketplace. The Kroger Private Marketplace enables agencies and brands to target consumers by applying Kroger audience data to programmatic campaigns on […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Albertsons posts Q2 earnings beat. ID sales +1.5% (2 year stacked: 15.3%); digital sales +5% (2 year stacked: +248%). They announced a strong quarterly dividend of 20% and raised FY2021 outlook.  Gross profit margin decreased 28.6% (fuel, inflation, supply chain costs). Albertsons spoke to their transformation strategy and, specifically, called out modernizing their technical infrastructure […]