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  1. Shopper & Customer
In the era of digitalization, today’s consumers are better informed and have more choices than ever before. In fact, if just a single digital experience goes awry, consumers are one click away from switching sides and becoming your competitor’s next new customer. How can organizations provide a great digital experience across their websites and applications […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
A concerning trend has emerged in the evolving retail landscape over the past few years: the spike in retail theft. As examples, Los Angeles and Dallas experienced staggering increases of 109 percent and 73 percent, respectively, in shoplifting incidents from H1 2022 to H2 2023. As the problem intensifies, communities are left grappling with the […]
  1. International
UK shoppers are set for a new era of eye care as various Vision Express branches across the country shut down temporarily to make way for renovations. In August 2023, Vision Express’s Freshney Place Shopping Centre branch relocated to a new unit while their original spot on Newbiggin Walk underwent remodelling. They continue to offer […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Getting things right takes hard work and continue refinement and retooling according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Success does leave clues and understanding the right clues to success is one of the first steps. First let’s look at the old formula for the price, value, service success was: Price + Quality […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
FMI-The Food Industry Association is out with its new “Food Industry Contributions to Health and Well-Being 2024” report, noting that “as Americans’ interest in nutrition and healthy eating has increased in recent years, companies across the food industry have implemented numerous initiatives to support consumers’ health needs and priorities.” Some findings from the report: •  […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Starbucks and Bank of America (BoA) have forged a new partnership designed to offer extra rewards to their most loyal customers. The millions of BoA cardholders and Starbucks Rewards members in the U.S. can link eligible accounts to earn 2% cash back from Bank of America (on top of the rewards and benefits they already […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) recently issued Retail Crime Survey 2024 shed more light on a serious, ongoing and escalating problem for many convenience retailers. It followed a report launched 7 February, commissioned by Co-op, and written by professor of criminology Emmeline Taylor at City, University… This story continues at Retail Crime Survey 2024: more industry […]
  1. Data & Insights
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]
  1. Data & Insights
Microsoft and Google strategically unveiled their generative artificial intelligence capabilities for the retail industry in time for the National Retail Federation’s 2024 Big Show in New York, capturing the attention of the world’s leading retailers and industry leaders at this premier event. These offerings, spanning customer engagement, shopper journey experiences, and operational enhancements, align seamlessly […]
  1. Data & Insights
Two thirds of Scottish couples are opting for a cosy night in rather than a night on the town this Valentine’s Day, according to a new survey by Aldi Scotland. With the annual celebration of love fast approaching, couples new and old are making plans… This story continues at Two thirds of Scots set to […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The retail industry, particularly e-commerce, is expansive, constantly evolving, and dynamic. The primary challenge for retailers lies in retaining existing customers amidst competition and the rising cost of acquiring new customers. The 2023 State of Customer Messaging Report highlights the significance of customer retention, with 95 percent of professionals emphasizing its importance. Effective customer retention […]
  1. Data & Insights
Violence and abuse against retail workers soared last year, with the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) crime survey revealing that the number of incidents rose to 1,300 per day in 2022/23 from almost 870 per day the year before. This rise comes… This story continues at BRC survey shows retail crime crisis […]
  1. Data & Insights
It’s hard to remember, but before the roads were filled with Amazon trucks delivering our packages in two days or less, we used to drive to the store to shop for what we needed. Brick-and-mortar stores teamed up with brands to determine the optimal placement and positioning of products to entice consumers and their wallets. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
After several years of altered consumer behavior and often-conflicting news about the economy throughout 2023, retailers have sometimes found it challenging to understand what’s normal customer behavior now. Regardless of the trends and pre-holiday forecasts, assessing how your store actually performed is the key to preparing for a stronger holiday season performance in 2024 — […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Our rapidly digitalizing and globalizing world hasn’t been kind to the retail industry these past few years, especially for brick-and-mortar stores. As a result, many retailers have begun to wrestle with questions concerning the nature of the retail experience and what it means to succeed in 2024. Despite this anxiety, brands can be sure of […]
  1. Stores & Formats
WASHINGTON – Retail sales started strong in 2024, according to figures released Monday by the National Retail Federation. Sales in January nearly matched December’s holiday spending and rose significantly year over year, according to the CNBC/NRF Retail Monitor, powered by Affinity Solutions. “January sales continued the strong performance of retail sales in December, which is […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
The CPG Guys welcome Cyndi Loza, Managing Editor – Member Content at Path to Purchase Institute, which offers consumer product marketing executives and brandmanagers a holistic, 360-degree view of the shopper journey. Follow Cyndi on LinkedIn at: Path to Purchase Institute on LinkedIn at: Stride consumer partners online at: Here’s what we […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Today’s guest post comes from Nasir Ali, Chief Product Officer at CareMetx. Nasir shares findings from CareMetx’s new 2024 Patient Services Report research study: Revealing Manufacturer Priorities: Patients Naturally Take Center Stage. As he explains, manufacturers want hub partners that can take a holistic approach and address each patient’s individual needs. Nasir also discusses how […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Macy’s has launched a second new private label line as part of its ongoing reinvention of its in-house brand strategy aimed at making its offerings more customer centric. Developed following a large consumer survey and in-store fit clinics, the new State of Day loungewear brand is designed to help women “feel more comfortable and relaxed […]
  1. Data & Insights
The 2024 State of Business Texting Report created by Text Request uncovers key insights and strategies for a wide range of industries using text messaging, including retail. The report covers benefits, challenges and opportunities associated with business texting. Let’s dive into the main takeaways for retail businesses. How Does Texting Benefit Retail Businesses? Retail businesses […]
  1. Data & Insights
A recent survey conducted by my company, Employment Hero, involving 540 leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs,) revealed that retailers are the least optimistic about significant growth this year. Only 19% of them are “extremely confident” in their business’s potential for expansion. This group… This story continues at Navigating the National Living Wage hike […]
  1. Data & Insights
For Black Americans, content provides a common ground and sense of cultural credibility. Defined through media and exported globally in fashion, TV, music and more, this culture is fundamental in its ability to bridge meaningful connections with an increasingly diverse audience. And while representing Black America is already complex, 16% of the Black population is […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Gone are the days when a catchy jingle or clever billboard held sway over consumer attention. Today, the shopping experience is a digital dance, one where brands must learn the measures delicately and efficiently to avoid stepping on toes and wasting money. In an era when digital advertising has become increasingly pervasive, the challenge for […]
  1. Data & Insights
One might think that after multiple years of inflation and a scarcity mindset that consumers would have adjusted their expectations of retailers to allow for more leniency and to ensure they’re just able to get the products they want. CI&T’s 2024 Connected Retail Report told a very different story. In our fourth year collecting consumer […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Despite AI being all the rage in retail right now, 74% of UK consumers believe no matter how good it becomes at improving customer experience (CX), there will always be a role for human interaction in the sector, according to new research from Retail Technology Show, which takes place on 24th and 25th April at […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
One of my earliest cartoons (back in January 2003) showed a large gathering of people socializing at a Super Bowl party and a guy saying “Time to come back! The commercials are starting again!” The Super Bowl is the one time every year when ordinary people actively seek out advertising.  I found a reference to […]
  1. Data & Insights
Even though inflation has been easing in recent months, a majority (70%) of retail CFOs say they plan to raise prices in 2024 — although 60% said the price hikes would be slight rather than significant, according to the 2024 Retail CFO Outlook Survey from consulting firm BDO. In contrast, just over half (51%) of […]
  1. Data & Insights
The theme for retail marketers in 2024 is push forward when others pull back. Amid continued budget consolidation, unpredictable consumer demand, and macroeconomic factors, marketers naturally tend to conserve their resources for a brighter day. Despite industry challenges, the retail landscape is ripe with opportunities. The strong holiday season shone a light on the way […]
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  1. Department: Food
  2. Holiday & Events
  3. Operations & Supply Chain
When Valentine’s Day approaches, the world’s craving for fresh roses reaches its peak. Swissport, a leader in the global logistics arena, orchestrates the movement of over 9,000 tons of these love tokens through its acclaimed Flower Corridor, spanning from the Kenyan highlands to Europe.
  1. Channel: Mass
  2. Partnerships & Alt Profit
  3. Data & Insights
Here’s today’s news round-up… Want it by email? Sign up here. The Sky Bridges Standalone walled gardens are transforming into an interconnected network of fortresses. It’s not that walled gardens are opening up, exactly, but individual platforms are now actively partnering to allow one-to-one user targeting and other use cases among themselves – but […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  3. Channel: Grocery
  4. Department & Category
  5. Corporate Strategy
  6. Corporate Finance
  7. Media & Marketing
  8. International
  9. Shopper & Customer
  10. Trends & External Forces
  11. Retail Operations
  12. Associates & Employees
  13. Operations & Supply Chain
  14. Owned Brands (Private Label)
  15. Stores & Formats
ZAANDAM, The Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported solid results for its fourth quarter and 2023 fiscal year, with full-year sales and earnings per share in line with expectations. Fourth quarter net sales were €23.0 billion ($24.65 billion), up 1.9% at constant exchange rates and down 1.4% at actual exchange rates. Comparable sales, excluding gas, increased […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
  2. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
  3. Channel: Grocery
  4. Channel: Mass
  5. Channel: Specialty & Other
  6. Corporate Strategy
  7. Partnerships & Alt Profit
  8. Media & Marketing
  9. Retailer Media
  10. Data & Insights
  11. Shopper & Customer
  12. Trends & External Forces
  13. Merchandising
  14. Stores & Formats
The Wall Street Journal reports that “Walmart is shopping in the TV aisle to help grow its advertising business.  The retail giant is in talks to buy smart television-manufacturer Vizio for more than $2 billion, according to people familiar with the situation. The move would give Walmart more places where it can sell ads and pitch […]
  1. Data & Insights
  2. Department & Category
  3. Department: Consumer Durables
  4. Department: HBC
  5. Department: Nonfood
  6. Data & Insights
  7. Shopper & Customer
  8. Trends & External Forces
  9. Merchandising
We just launched the YipitData Consumer Spend Index (YCSI),  a measure of overall and category-level non-seasonally adjusted US retail sales as observed in a large transaction panel.  In January, YCSI showed consumer spending Y/Y growth (ex-gas stations) decelerated slightly from December. Y/Y growth in core retail sales was relatively stable over this period. YCSI saw […]