Dept. Toys & Games

  1. Channel: Club
The Street reports that Costco “plans to open a store solely dedicated to furniture and appliances.” The story notes that “most of Costco’s 850 global locations are its classic warehouse model that sells food, household goods, and lots of other things. The chain has opened a handful of ‘Business Centers,’ in recent years, locations that […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
I got several reactions to yesterday’s breaking news about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filing suit to block Kroger’s proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. MNB fave Glen Terbeek wrote: So much mass marketing mentality.  We are past the 1960’s.   What about maximizing market performance of each local store and its shoppers through creating […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Amazon.com U.S. retail sales will total $641.3 billion in 2024, an increase of 19.9 percent or $106.6 billion from 2023, according to a new report from digital retail consultancy Momentum Commerce that tracks Amazon’s U.S. retail sales as well as hundreds of Amazon product categories. According to the report, the following top-level, physical goods categories […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Retail foodservice operators and restaurants specifically are operating at the intersection of yesterdays branding templates, and tomorrows customer focused interactive, participatory experiences according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® who stated, “The Vision Pro Headset has elevated every brands relationship with every customer making it a one-on-one immersive personalization […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Audiences stream a record 40.8 billion viewing minutes on Jan. 13, 2024 Chilly weather, coupled with the excitement of the NFL playoffs, helped boost total TV viewership 3.7% in January. While historically characteristic for the month, the uptick was perhaps more noteworthy because it was 1.4% above its level last year—a reporting period that was […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Strap in for a glimpse into the not-too-distant future where our retail escapades are getting an android-assisted upgrade! From precision shelf stocking to whizzing through checkouts, let’s wheel through six ways in which robots are already revolutionizing the entire shopping experience. Stockroom Sorting Shenanigans There’s now a wide variety of different types of robots for […]
  1. Data & Insights
Earlier this month: “Meta Platforms Inc. tripled its profit and posted sharply higher revenue in the final quarter of 2023, boosted by a rebound in digital advertising as well cost cutting and layoffs in what CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the “year of efficiency.”” Meta increased revenue by over 25 percent from year ago with nearly […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
You’ve just sat down. VR Headset on. What now? This article aims to get you inside the head of your consumer. As a gaming brand, it can be tough to keep up with the constantly changing landscape of what the video gaming industry is doing. What do gamers want from brands? How can non-gamers become […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Guess? has partnered with the global brand management firm WHP Global — which owns the Toys ‘R’ Us and Babies ‘R’ Us brands as well as a stake in Express — to acquire the New York-based fashion brand Rag & Bone. The deal is expected to close during Q1 of the Guess? 2025 fiscal year, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The Stanley X Starbucks Valentine’s Day Quencher H2.0 Tumbler is the latest example of a viral retail phenomenon. The 40-ounce tumbler joins the likes of the Cabbage Patch Doll, Tickle Me Elmo and Furbies, which all generated long lines — even stampedes — of consumers clamoring to get their hands on these coveted goods. And […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Amid declining sales, apparel retailer Express has hired restructuring adviser M3 and law firm Kirkland & Ellis to help restructure nearly $280 million of debt, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people with knowledge of the matter. If the company is unable to successfully restructure its debt, a bankruptcy filing could be imminent. Express’ […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In an age where everyday goods cost more than ever, is our appetite for the finer things subsiding? According to Bank of America card data, credit card spending for luxury fashion is down 16 percent year-over-year, the product of a six-quarter-long decline. In October, one of the world’s top luxury retailers saw its stock drop […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Warren Buffett is taking on Build-A-Bear, and he’s not backing down. His Jazwares company, which produces the wildly popular Squishmallows plush toys, has sued Build-A-Bear Workshop, saying its Skoosherz line of toys is a “knockoff” of their idea.
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
European e-commerce grocery delivery firm Rohlik Group reports that it is investing in AutoStore automation technology in the Austrian market. In a LinkedIn post, Tomáš Čupr, Group CEO at Rohlik Group, said: “We’re thrilled to announce a major leap forward in our journey towards innovation and efficiency: our latest investment in automation technology in Vienna […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Dear marketing readers: hang in with me here. I have a point. Promise. I started programming as a kid, writing multiplayer games for dial-up bulletin board systems (BBSs) — a precursor to the web and social media as we know it today. It was the late 80’s, early 90’s, and I mostly wrote in a […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Zac Posen [Photo by Mario Sorrenti] Gap Inc. has named designer Zac Posen as its EVP and Creative Director as well as Chief Creative Officer (CCO) at Old Navy. Posen’s 25-year career has included designing red carpet couture, ready-to-wear, accessories, costume design and more. “I’m thrilled to welcome Zac Posen, one of America’s most celebrated […]
  1. Stores & Formats
The New York Times has a piece about Tony Spring, most recently the CEO of Bloomingdale’s and the incoming CEO of its sister company, Macy’s, and all the challenges he faces.  While Spring was successful at Bloomingdale’s, “bringing in hundreds of brands and emphasizing more appealing displays of merchandise and a creative marketing strategy,” the […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  The Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated events of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to get together with friends and family to watch the game. However, hosting a Super Bowl party can be a lot of work, especially if you’re planning to cook all the food yourself. That’s why restaurant […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Amazon said yesterday that it is testing Rufus, described as “a generative AI-powered expert shopping assistant trained on Amazon’s extensive product catalog, customer reviews, community Q&As, and information from across the web to answer customer questions on a variety of shopping needs and products, provide comparisons, and make recommendations based on conversational context.” Rufus is […]
  1. Media & Marketing
While more TV content is available on demand than ever before, TV audiences are still eager to watch key programming live. And some of these big moments are getting viewers off the couch and out of the house. Whether they’re viewing in a bar with friends, on the road at an airport or working out […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Reacting to Amazon’s plan to create a pay tier for its Alexa smart speaker system, one MNB reader wrote: Our main household use for Alexa is to control lights, heat, and A/C.  If they start charging for it, we will stop using it.  There are many other platforms available for home control that do not […]
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Testing for Ships in Product Packaging compatibility often involves “a series of drops and vibrations,” a packaging innovation team leader said. Sellers can expect fee discounts for program participation. Amazon is pulling back the curtain on how it’s teeing up more packages to arrive on doorsteps without Amazon logos. Last week, the Ships in Product Packaging program expanded by […]
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84.51° is out with a new report that “examines who omnichannel shoppers are, where they shop, and some of the reasons why they choose to shop in-store and online.” Some key findings: •  “This shopper is likely to be Millennial or Gen Z, is engaged with natural and organic, is more likely to have children, […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]

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