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  1. Data & Insights
Consumer adoption of digital channels has created a permanent demand for omnichannel programs such as buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) and curbside pickup. Download this research report to discover the importance of data collection across all channels, how technology solutions can optimize omnichannel fulfillment programs, tips for refining your process to ensure data is […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Also: the latest tech offers new horizons for accessibility, Instagram adds pronouns, and Ohio creates lottery to reward vaccinated residents. Hello, communicators: Since the pandemic, many companies are exploring new accessibility communication tools to help differently-abled stakeholders interact with their content. The latest example comes in the form of a new, experimental device that turns […]
  1. Data & Insights
Kenneth Cukier, a senior editor at The Economist, joins to share insights from his latest book, Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil. Kenneth explains how to use frames to make better decisions and avoid crises, as well as why we should rethink the phrase “think outside the box.” He also shares […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
  New electricity around the Gopuff / Uber Eats partnership is creating discomfort within the rank’s legacy grocery stores, convenience stores, and dollar store retailers as they learn the details of this grocerant niche duo according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.    This partnership is operating at the intersection […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Company Release – 5/12/2021America’s largest grocery retailer invites local and regional growers and producers to apply for new accelerator program CINCINNATI, May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced the Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator, a new partnership program inviting American growers and producers to apply for the opportunity to work with […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Also: Mattel wants to recycle old Barbies, YouTube offers funds to compete with TikTok for influencers, insights from Ragan’s Communications Benchmark Report, and more. Hello, communicators: Plenty of brands are looking to have an impact on the conversation around COVID-19 vaccines—despite mixed evidence on the effectiveness of incentives and giveaways. Following Krispy Kreme’s promo offering […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recognizes five AWS Partners as leaders in helping Canadian customers drive innovation [CANADA] – May 12, 2021 – Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an company, today announced the 2021 Canada AWS Partner Award winners, recognizing channel leaders playing a key
  1. Department: Food
Bloomberg reports on an acquisition made by Apeel Sciences – which has developed “a patented, plant-based coating that extends the freshness of produce like avocados, English cucumbers, mangoes and organic apples without refrigeration” – of a company called ImpactVision, “a developer of food security software using artificial intelligence and advanced imaging.” The Impactvision technology, according […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Wall Street Journal reports that a court in the European Union has voided a 2017 European Commission ruling that Amazon owed the EU the equivalent of $300 million in taxes, giving the tech company a major win that could have implications for other companies. Essentially, the EC maintained that Amazon cooked the books so […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Every day, several new products are launched in the market, some from start-ups.  For product startup brands, if they want to get into large retailers like Best Buy or Walmart, it cannot be achieved unless they set a good base, meaning to have an established sales trend. Crowdfunding is proving to be a viable way […]
  1. Channel: Mass
  Once again, the ‘halo’ of grocerant niche ‘better-4-you’ food is taking center stage. Walmart has edified its brand marketing messaging to include ‘Better-4-You’ messaging; that is consumer family focused, interactive, and participatory according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Regular readers of this blog understand the dynamic growth, consumer […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
With the right grocery retail technology, you can crush chaos quickly and cure operational woes. Chaos happens. No matter the size of your enterprise or the skill of your staff members—it won’t always be smooth sailing in your grocery store. Still, there’s no need to sink beneath a sea of troubles. With the right approach, […]
  1. Channel: MealKit
Dive Brief: Meal kit maker Blue Apron saw revenue increase 27% year-over-year during the first quarter of 2021, to $129.7 million. The company posted a net loss of $15.7 million for the quarter — the largest loss in three consecutive quarters, but an improvement from the $20.1 million the company lost during the same period in 2020. Average order […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Ragan’s Communications Leadership Council Benchmark Report reveals new areas of focus for communicators that add to more traditional concerns. New priorities have emerged in the communications discipline this year, all of them related to the shocks of 2020. They include diversity, equity and inclusion, communicating with the remote workforce, workplace wellness and communications via mobile […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The COVID pandemic forever changed shopping as we know it. We’ve seen human behaviors change virtually overnight due to the impact of COVID. In fact, 60 percent of global customers changed their shopping behaviors since the onset of the pandemic. This simple human shift of being at home vs. being “out” had a ripple effect […]
  1. Data & Insights
Here’s what made the RetailWit reading list: Dollar Stores Dominate 2021 Retail Openings – Coresight Research says they will account for 45% (yes, you read that right) of all large retail store openings this year. Tyson releases Q2 2021 results. Beef saved the day through a sharp increase in sales and operating margin. Amazon shows […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Also: AAA seeks to calm consumer fears over gas shortage, Twitter tip jar posts home addresses, and Patagonia’s CEO shares strategies for activism campaigns. Hello, communicators: The Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA) and its Golden Globes awards mark the latest high-profile example of what happens when an organization takes too long to enact reform and improve […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Year-over-year sales growth of grocery private label hits 13.7% in 2020. For the fourth consecutive year, private label in grocery outpaced name brands, with year-over-year sales growth of 13.7% vs. 12.9%, respectively, according to Coresight Research’s recent report, U.S. Grocery Private-Label Market Set to Maintain Growth Momentum. Photograph courtesy of The Kroger Co. While private label’s […]
  1. Media & Marketing
This week our very special guest is Chris Schultz, a veteran executive with previous stints at Starbucks and MOD Pizza, who now serves as CEO of Voodoo Donuts, the remarkable Portland, Oregon based company that invented the gourmet donut category and has developed a cult-like following, despite expanding to a dozen locations. Chris shares many […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
MPB Careers Sr. Brand Manager – PetSmart Phoenix, Arizona Home Office 2567 About the Team Our Proprietary Brands team focuses on building brands that are exclusive to PetSmart and that pet parents and pets love.  Our team partners with product development, merchandising, product design, product integrity and global sourcing to bring the brand essence to […]

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  1. Channel: Mass
Here’s the RetailWit’s top picks from yesterday: B&G Foods reports Q1 results (+12.4% sales, adjusted EBITDA +5.2%) and names former Mars exec Kenneth Keller as CEO. Sprout reports Q1 results (-9.4% ID sales). Bright spots for growth in the following month include smaller format stores, logistics, and targeting / digital capabilities. Ex-Barry Callebaut boss Antoine […]