Dept. Toys & Games

  1. Department: Beverage
I’m not a zombie movie guy.  I liked World War Z, but shows like “The Walking Dead” and Dawn of the Dead just aren’t my thing.  Gore just makes me queasy.  And I have about the same level of enthusiasm for video games.  Again, just not my thing. But “The Last of Us,” on HBO, […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
  Are you a Gen Z or Millennial Gamer? If you are KFC is looking for you, and has a gift.  That gift is a early beta access to play Diablo IV.  Now According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® one again the one-time leader within the grocerant niche is […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The whirlwind of the pandemic and the fluctuating economy over the last few years has left retailers quickly adapting to the new demands of today’s consumers. Now that the dust has settled a bit, retailers continue to look for new ways to provide the best experience for shoppers — both in-store and online. Furthermore, they’re […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Nashville, TN – March 15, 2023 – The nation’s first trade show dedicated entirely to sexual wellness, STIMULATE, is excited to announce their first keynote speaker. Claire McCormack, an Editor for Beauty Independent, is widely recognized for her commitment to sharing sexual wellness industry news, with her most recent report – Exciting Spring Product Launches […]
  1. Data & Insights
The retail sector has seen dramatic changes in recent years with the rise of online shopping and an isolating pandemic driving an exodus of customers from long-established shared spaces such as malls and movie theaters. Despite less-than-ideal circumstances, many of these trends have challenged traditional brick-and-mortar retailers to rethink how they do business, and some […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The pandemic years were boom times for numerous sectors of the economy, including home and bedding, furniture, and home workout brands. In a short period of time, Americans spent $118 billion spiffing up their homes (some categories of home goods, such dishwashers, spiked 4000 percent). Home sales also spiked as people sought more space. But […]
  1. Holiday & Events
Springtime festivities are right around the corner. But, despite the excitement this time of year brings, we know our customers are managing household budgets more tightly and are being choiceful in their purchases. In fact, 65% reported they expect inflation will have an impact on their Easter celebration.At Walmart, our purpose is to help customers […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Loyalty programs are invaluable tools for retailers, but the fact that most brands offer them also means a program alone may not be enough to differentiate your brand — and competition for new members is fierce. Even more challenging? Keeping those customers engaged in your loyalty program long term. To stand out, your brand needs […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
​ ​ Lego sales rose as customers bought bigger, more complicated sets such as those from the Harry Potter and Star Wars lines. Summary: Lego’s revenue grew 17% in 2022 to $9.28 billion. Despite macroeconomic pressures, strong demand for diverse building sets offset costs. Diversifying price points, opening new stores in China, and expanding product […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Specialty arts and crafts retailer Michaels is getting into the online marketplace game, announcing Monday it would feature a curated selection of third-party sellers and increase its U.S. online assortment by 750,000 SKUs. “The launch of Michaels’ curated marketplace for arts, crafts and décor is the next phase of our ongoing digital transformation to be […]
  1. Merchandising
Michaels has launched an online marketplace featuring an expanded product assortment from a curated selection of third-party sellers. The marketplace is designed to exponentially grow Michaels’ online assortment in both new and existing categories by taking the product assortment on its U.S. site from 250,000 to more than 1 million SKUs. Michaels’ marketplace also is […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Shopping surges over the holiday season brought higher returns volumes, costing retailers significant financial burdens to process unwanted items. Compounding the issue, online shopping has soared in recent years, with return rates hovering between 20 percent to 30 percent. To offset rising costs of reverse management, many retailers are adjusting policies to incentivize in-store returns, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Martech software companies — and SaaS vendors in general — have several different ways they can charge for their products. The classic SaaS subscription models have used seat-based and tier-based pricing. As a buyer, you pay for the number of people (“seats”) using the product in your company. Or, you pay for bundles of functionality […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Got the following email responding to the story about the Whole Foods employee who didn’t do anything about shoplifters because the perpetrators seemed hungry and the company can afford it: OMG……..reading that story just made me drop my jaw to the floor. I spent twenty-four years of my life chasing people down without hesitation whenever […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Is the gold rush in copay accumulators and maximizers slowing down? Our latest update finds that for 2022, about 40% of commercial lives have adopted these benefit designs. Accumulator adoption has plateaued, while maximizer use has overtaken accumulators. Patients who take a single-source, brand-name specialty drug for autoimmune conditions, multiple sclerosis, and oncology increasingly face […]
  1. Stores & Formats
The shopping mall’s identity crisis has been an oft-discussed topic in the retail industry. Even beforethe pandemic, the narrative focused on how malls were navigating the rise in online shopping and the associated fall in foot traffic. During the pandemic, focus shifted to ways shopping malls were attempting to make shopping faster, easier and safer […]
  1. Media & Marketing
The retail landscape has changed drastically over the past few years as businesses continue to ride the wake of a subsiding pandemic. Contactless shopping, delivery, and curbside pickup — once a public health necessity — have now turned into conveniences many consumers regularly expect. About 37% of people say they use contactless delivery more than […]
  1. Media & Marketing
When she’s not busy preparing Totino’s pizza rolls for her husband and his friends during the Super Bowl, what’s a woman to do? Well, if it’s SNL, she can turn to Totino’s Super Bowl Activity Pack for Women, a collection of “fun little puzzles and games.” But if it’s not a sketch show and instead […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Price inflation, supply chain disruptions, evolving consumer preferences, and an endemic “new normal” has thrust retailers into a bevy of change. With the economic winds of a recession looming (or rather, here — just depends on who you ask!), how can retailers maintain an edge? A report from McKinsey suggests that successful businesses are looking […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Yesterday MNB took note of a really good piece from the Los Angeles Times about the impact – social, cultural, infrastructural – of the pandemic-fueled e-commerce boom, which “accelerated the land grab” for warehouse space in California’s Inland Empire. The area, the Times wrote, has become “ever more hardscaped into the staging point for trains […]
  1. Department: Food
MARLBOROUGH, Mass.—BJ’s Wholesale Club announced today that it will continue its expansion of new club locations in the upcoming months, including opening its very first club in Tennessee, in La Vergne, in the first half of this year. BJ’ also plans to open clubs in Davenport, Fla., and McDonough, Ga., later this month. “Our club […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
Shoptalk Europe knows that innovation isn’t a luxury – it’s business critical.  As the European retail environment is disrupted by dynamic consumer behaviours, an abundance of new digital technologies, and a challenging economic backdrop, this is the exact moment when winning businesses will look beyond the short-term and accelerate, not slow down, their digital transformation.  […]

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AI powered shopping platform aisle 3 has completed the sale of its Google Comparison Shopping Site (CSS) service to Product Hero. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, other than it being all cash. The sale consolidates market share for CSS service provider Product Hero, which works with the likes of Rituals and Ikea. […]
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Get ready because the empty truck cabs in motion are coming. Gatik, which is involved in autonomous middle-mile logistics, has announced a multi-year commercial collaboration to transport customer orders within Kroger’s Dallas distribution network. The operations will launch in a few weeks. Under the collaboration, Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks will transport fresh, customer-favorite products from […]
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Albertsons yesterday unveiled what it said was “the redesign of its Open Nature brand as the company strives to become the brand of choice for those health-conscious shoppers seeking a more balanced lifestyle. Open Nature, which is part of Albertsons Cos. Own Brands portfolio, provides shoppers with tasty foods made with thoughtfully chosen ingredients that […]
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Dive Brief: Dollar General posted net sales of $10.2 billion during the fourth quarter of 2022, a figure that was up 17.9% compared with the same period in 2021, the discount retail chain reported Thursday. Comparable-store sales rose 5.7% year-over-year in Q4, while operating profit was up 17.1%. CEO Jeff Owen said Dollar General intends to invest about […]