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  1. Corporate Finance
Investing. This has been one of the topics I’ve been most commonly asked about throughout my career. People want to know why I make my decisions and how I decide what to invest in and what not to invest in, but I think there’s a more important conversation that needs to be had first.  The […]
  1. Channel: Convenience
  How long has your company been in business? I bet for most of you it has not been 100 years?  You don’t have to be the largest company in your niche to be successful, but you do have to stay relevant according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions.  Too […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Netflix announced that it is looking to become a player in the video gaming category with an initial focus on mobile gaming. The video streaming subscription service is initially planning to concentrate on games that tie into some of its most popular programming. The company sees the potential for developing video content in the future […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Consumer shopping habits have shifted irreversibly towards ecommerce in the past two years. For many, every day has become a holiday as new packages arrive from their favorite online retailers. One surprising aspect of this shift is how retailers have adapted their businesses in response. According to Mirakl’s Enterprise Marketplace Index (“the Index”), while traditional […]
  1. Stores & Formats
In today’s tech-driven world, retail leaders are focused on using online media and marketing to drive customer engagement. To stand out and scale in an increasingly competitive environment, marketing and CX leaders believe that having a comprehensive digital strategy is key. But in the word of CAMP, the primary goal is to have their customers put their devices down and play.   So far, the experiential retailer for families has […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
A new e-commerce trend catching on as the pandemic stranglehold on consumer access to brick-and-mortar stores loosens is converging shopping with playing games as a source of entertainment. One good example is Tophatter. This retail discovery marketplace where shoppers go to spend time, rather than to save time, is what its CEO calls the “anti-Amazon.”
  1. Media & Marketing
Pets at Home has launched a one hour Click & Collect service, powered by an order management solution (OMS) from OneStock. After an initial roll-out to 40 stores, an additional 410 went live and it has now been deployed in all physical locations across the network. OneStock implemented the OMS into the retailer’s IT ecosystem over […]
  1. Media & Marketing
It’s hard talking to kids, especially if you don’t know them.  There’s always been a myth that being a teenager or ‘tween’ is just a phase – one characterized by self-indulgence and social media addiction. But this is an unhelpful generalization and our data challenges a number of these stereotypes.  Also, the attitudes expressed at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
No “hot” tech trend is safe from scrutiny — and NFTs are no exception. Although NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have garnered a lot of buzz in cryptocurrency circles, executives in potentially impacted industries — namely retail and digital media — have questioned their staying power. But that hasn’t stopped digitally driven brands, such as e.l.f. […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As the number of shoppers for treats and chew toys has blossomed, for PetSmart, it meant it was time to unleash the right customer experience (CX) technology to remove friction from the shopping process. This includes accelerating investments in same-day delivery, appointment scheduling, and personalized emails. Pet parents turned to PetSmart’s 1,650 stores across North […]
  1. Data & Insights
It’s a crazy and exciting time to be in digital media planning – especially in agency world. New media properties seem to pop up daily, time spent on social media is through the roof, and competition for ad space is hotter than ever. But it’s in this mayhem that independent agencies thrive. So long as […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
It’s a long-standing misconception that baby boomers have a difficult relationship with tech, but it’s more likely that this stems from the simple fact they’re generally less interested in it – rather than outright technophobia. While they’ve shown less of a reliance on technology in the past, the ramifications of the pandemic have caused a […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Happy 245th birthday, America! As you declare your vaccinated independence, celebrate with these Drug Channels fireworks: Amazon’s teeny step toward pharmacy disruption How patients view copay accumulators My $0.02 on generic and biosimilar trends Some hospitals seem to be gaming their 340B eligibility Plus, tips on effective hospital marketing. P.S. Please join the nearly 12,000 […]
  1. Channel: Marketplace
Following similar moves by Apple, Google, and more recently Amazon, among others, e-commerce platform Shopify announced today it’s also lowering its cut of developer revenue across its app marketplace, the Shopify App Store, as well as the new Shopify Theme Store. The news was announced today alongside a host of other developer-related news and updates […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
by Michael Sansolo There’s an old bit of philosophy that poses the question: “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer, of course, is one bite at a time. That simple line has a powerful message about the only way to approach change. Frequently it requires going step by step or one bite at a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Today, androgyny is all the rage in the fashion industry. Some menswear shows are including waifish male models and boyish female models to exhibit clothes that traditionally appear in women’s wear collections. Gucci, Burberry and Balenciaga dispensed with gender distinctions when these fashion houses combined their women’s wear and menswear fashion shows. The creative director […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon partners with The LEGO Group to donate 200 robotics kits to local Parkland County area community groups to encourage STEM learning SEATTLE– June 28, 2021 – (NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon today announced plans to open its first Amazon robotics fulfillment center in Parkland County, Alberta creating
  1. Shopper & Customer
👋  Hi friends, happy Friday! Welcome back to This Week in Retail. I wanted to give a quick welcome to all of my new subscribers and say thank you to those of you who have been following me here for a while. I put a ton of work into this weekly newsletter and it means […]
  1. Data & Insights
Until recently, gaming was associated with a particular type of person, rather than an activity everyone does. It’s something we’ve had our eyes on for some time; in August last year, we acknowledged that gaming is as ubiquitous as TV watching and this would have long-lasting implications on the video games industry’s image – something […]
  1. Media & Marketing
One of the more recent and exciting developments in my content, branding, and community-building lately has been my Discord interactions. Discord is an incredibly popular voice, video, and text chat platform that got its start in the gaming community, but has since expanded to much more. It piqued my interest over the last 12 months […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Five Below will partner with Instacart to expand same-day delivery from 400 to 1,100 locations. The expansion builds on a pilot the companies launched in December 2020 that initially served Baltimore, Buffalo, N.Y., Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit, as well as locations in Florida, California and Texas. Five Below is expanding the partnership in time for […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Few industries were prepared for the massive disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic caused throughout 2020, and even fewer were able to find a way to grow. The video game industry, however, did just that, with 82% of global consumers reporting that they played video games and watched game content during the height of the COVID-19 […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
Lego has announced it is opening its first experiential retail space in New York City as it experiments with new retail formats. The new 7,175 sq ft store is “designed … The post Lego moves into experiential retail with new flagship store appeared first on Latest Retail Technology News From Across The Globe – Charged.
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  If your house is anything like our house, I’m sure you have heard the words, ‘turn off the computer and come to dinner’.  There is more than one family meal in America that has been eaten cold when a child or errant adult just could not get off the computer while playing games. Gamification […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
As Amazon Prime Day approaches, more and more retailers are aiming to get in on the action with their own competing sales. Shortly after Amazon announced that its annual sales bonanza would take place June 21 and 22 this year, Walmart and Target shared news of their own competing sales. Now other retailers, including Kohl’s […]

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  1. RetailWIt QuickWit
Here’s what was interesting in Retail today: Coca-Cola spurs 42% revenue growth (now $10.1B) after returning to pre-pandemic marketing spend (which doubled YOY). They invested in innovation, quality, and targeted allocation with their increased spend and beat earnings and revenue expectations in Q2. Target, Bed Bath and Beyond Open Doors To Third-Party Boutiques. The Store-within-a-store […]
  1. RetailWIt QuickWit
Here’s what the RetailWit crew is reading today: Salesforce projects retailers will pay extra for goods in the second half—to the tune of $223B (+62%) YOY. It’s expected to come from a staggering increase in logistics (+$163B), suppliers (+$12B), and wage expenses (+$48B). Uber partners with Albertsons to expand grocery delivery. It is their biggest […]

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