Marketing: Trade

  1. Shopper & Customer
U.S. food prices surged by 11 percent last year, marking the largest increase since the 1980s. While the rate of inflation has gradually calmed down since its June 2022 peak, rising prices remain a significant concern for retailers and consumer packaged goods (CPG) brands. Given the possibility of a recession, it may be tempting to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
In today’s retail landscape, brands are embracing artificial intelligence and other cutting-edge technology solutions to keep up with the competition and provide their customers with the best possible shopping experiences. However, it’s equally important to maintain a personal touch and human element to create a truly immersive and engaging experience. The most successful retailers will […]
  1. Department: Food
  Here is some of what the team at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® has heard from clients, at the National Restaurant Show, or read printed in other recent articles. The simple fact is that rent for food retailers including restaurants, C-Stores, Deli’s etc. are continuing to increase.  In many spots around the country, they […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
50% of UK consumers say they no longer need a physical wallet or purse, swapping it for a digital equivalent on their phone. That’s according to new research from omnichannel customer engagement platform SAP Emarsys to mark the launch of its Mobile Wallet solution. The study of 2,003 Brits suggests that the adoption of the […]
  1. Data & Insights
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an increasingly popular tool across a number of industries, with the retail space being no exception. Earlier this year, a report published by Fact.MR showed that global AI in the retail market has the potential to surge to $8 billion by 2033, expanding at 30.3 percent on a compound annual […]
  1. Associates & Employees
WAUKESHA, Wis. —  HRG has promoted three associates to new roles. Steve Hill was elevated to PC development/technical analyst lead and Cat Renwick and Noah Rosenthal were both promoted to category analysts. Hill has been with HRG since 2019. In his new role, HRG’s developer team will report to him, and he will be responsible for […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The subscription economy has been the subject of dire headlines recently, with terms like “subscription fatigue,” “the great unsubscribe” and even “subscription apocalypse” being bandied about. Some stats support the gloomy outlook: according to Kearney, 40% of consumers feel they have too many subscriptions, and subscription ecommerce is predicted to have its slowest growth year […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The Washington Post has a story about the number of “tense encounters” that have taken place at a South Florida Target store as the retailer is “engulfed in culture wars, as polarizing social issues spill into store aisles and shoppers become more emboldened to engage in confrontational, even threatening, behavior.” One example: “At the Target […]
  1. Media & Marketing
thINc’s Specialty Networks and Patient Support Services Summit In-Person Event August 28-29, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA All registrations subject to review by the thINc team. Cannot be combined with other offers, promotions or applied to an existing registration. Other restrictions may apply. Sponsored guest posts are bylined articles that are screened by Drug Channels […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The New York Times had an op-ed piece the other day entitled “The Real Reason Your Groceries Are Getting So Expensive,” in which author Stacy Mitchell, executive director of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, made the argument that enforcement of the Robinson-Patman Act, “which mandates that suppliers offer the same terms to all retailers,” needs […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Today’s guest post comes from Vishali Amin, Chief of Staff to the Office of the President and Senior Director of Customer Success at Kalderos. Vishali discusses the persistent challenges of duplicate discounts between the 340B Drug Pricing Program and the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 will further complicate duplicate discount […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Consumers and businesses are both being impacted by ongoing inflation. Retailers must change their tactics in the current economic environment. They must understand the trends that have developed as a result of this inflationary environment in order to respond. In this post, I’ll look at three tactics retailers may use to weather the current economic […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
For the last decade, the retail industry has been on an existential search for the future of its own soul. Consumers armed with smartphones increasingly turned to browse-and-buy shopping from virtually anywhere, flipping the nature of retail on its head. Meanwhile, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have struggled to find effective ways to keep pace with digital […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Today’s uncertain economic landscape is plagued with high inflation and continued supply chain issues, and experts predict a 70 percent likelihood of a U.S. recession in 2023. With a potential downturn on the horizon, a reported 62 percent of consumers have stated they’re cutting back on their spending or looking for additional ways to save. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We’ve spent a lot of time here on MNB talking about the problems – and, I would argue, the continuing promise – of America’s cities, which prompted one MNB reader to write: In a very recent interaction with a woman who said she would not come into downtown Minneapolis, fearing crime, and thus remaining in […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Earlier this month, Kroger said that it would eliminate its use of print advertising and coupons because of declining newspaper circulation and many newspapers eliminating their print editions.  Kroger said that it the ads for Kroger stores and subsidiaries, including Ralphs, Fred Meyer and King Soopers, would shift online, with printed copies available in stores. […]
  1. Media & Marketing
  Consumers are dynamic not static and today that means smartphones are fast becoming the food marketing platform of choice according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. In a battle for share of stomach C-stores, restaurants, bodegas, and grocery store delis all need a fresh focus on smartphones. Art Sebastian, […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The growth of retail media shows no sign of slowing, as established players announce new expansions and new retailers, most recently Save Mart, enter the mix. In the latest developments, Kroger is looking beyond its websites with plans to expand in-store advertising opportunities, and Walmart is teaming up with more tech partners to help brands […]
  1. Channel: Mass
CNBC reports that Walmart “has inked a deal with veterinary telehealth provider Pawp to offer Walmart+ subscribers access to the startup’s membership for a year.” According to the story, “Unlimited access to veterinary telehealth via video or text will be available to Walmart+ subscribers beginning Tuesday when Walmart is expected to announce the partnership publicly. Remote […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Retail TouchPoints and Design:Retail have unveiled the 2023 winners of the annual 40 Under 40 Awards, representing a dynamic and diverse class of executives who have contributed to industry progress.   The 40 Under 40 Awards have evolved to spotlight the personal and professional accomplishments of executives across the retail industry — from store design to CX […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — After a professional finance career spanning more than three decades and nearly nine years in key leadership positions at Tennessee-based Dollar General, John Garratt begins his planned retirement on June 2. DG’s president and former chief financial officer is fondly looking back, and ahead, with his ever-present smile and pleasant demeanor that […]
  1. Merchandising
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – BJ’s Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. today posted first-quarter earnings that the warehouse club operator said reflect strong traffic growth, market-share gains and an improved merchandise margin. “We reported a record first quarter in net income and adjusted EBITDA, demonstrating the power of our business model and the warehouse club channel,” Bob Eddy, […]
  1. Start Ups
Datasembly, a US-based provider of real-time product pricing, promotions, and assortment data for retailers and CPG brands, has secured $16 million in funding led by Noro-Moseley Partners with participation from Grotech Ventures, Topmark Partners and Staley Capital. It says that the cash will enable it to scale in a capital efficient manner, bringing new tools […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Dr. Adam J. Fein, CEO of Drug Channels Institute (DCI) and the author of Drug Channels, invites you to join him for a new video webinar: PBMs and the Battle Over Patient Support Funds: Accumulators, Maximizers, and Alternative Funding This event will be broadcast live on Friday, June 23, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
Have you noticed all the stores at your local shopping center vying for your attention? The big, bold signs advertising special sales, discounts and events? These marketing tactics not only cost time, but they also come with a hefty price tag. But did you know that there are usually digital and physical marketing opportunities baked […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
How consumers spend their money through the holidays can often be a bellwether for trends in the months and years to come. With that in mind, the SpendTrend team at Fiserv took a deep dive into consumer spending patterns from Q4 of 2022. It found that increases in credit usage, contactless payments, and omnichannel interactions […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Marketplace, on National Public Radio (NPR), reports that “retailers have increasingly been using discounts and promotions like this to encourage shoppers to keep spending, pointed out Sonia Lapinsky, a retail analyst with AlixPartners … Retailers who cater to middle- and low-income shoppers are especially leaning on discounts since inflation is hitting those consumers hardest, Lapinsky […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Imagine a world where market researchers can access a powerful tool that can uncover consumer preferences, forecast market trends, and provide actionable insights with unprecedented accuracy. Well, this is fast becoming a reality, thanks to the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) technology over the last couple of years, and it is promising to be […]

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Bloomberg has a story about how “a slew of retailers are beefing up their grocery investments to lure in consumers cutting back on non-essentials like clothing and electronics. But as they lay out plans to improve their food offerings and supply chains, the big question is how does one compete with the mighty Walmart Inc. on […]
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CHICAGO – Circana, formerly IRI and The NPD Group, has released its 2022 New Product Pacesetters, the 28th annual report revealing the top new product launches across food and beverage and nonfood sectors. The report illustrates the enduring power of CPG innovation, revealing that consumer spending on new product offerings remained elevated last year despite challenges […]
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From Advertising Age: “Walmart Connect, which has made huge gains in recent years through digital advertising, is testing ways to bolster in-store pieces of its retail media network. “For the first time, Walmart Connect is selling ads on its revamped in-store radio network and integrating sampling programs with online offerings. While aspects of Walmart Connect’s […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  2. Trends & External Forces
  3. Stores & Formats
Several years after opening its last Joe V’s location, H-E-B is reigniting the banner with two locations set to open in Dallas by 2025. Dive Brief: H-E-B announced Tuesday it is opening two Joe V’s Smart Shop by H-E-B stores in Dallas, marking the first time the grocer’s discount format will appear outside of the Houston area. […]
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The platform leverages the chain’s loyalty program, bringing personalized ads to shoppers in-store, in-app, on social media and elsewhere, said Damian Scott, who heads up the grocer’s retail media and front-end digital operations. Dive Brief: Giant Eagle announced on Wednesday the debut of Leap Media Group, an in-house retail media arm that leverages the regional […]