Articles on vendors in the retail and CPG industries.

  1. Data & Insights
RETHINK Retail’s Solution Spotlight shines a light on industry vendors and what makes them distinct. While at Groceryshop 2022, we sat down with Prodege to learn more about their cutting-edge marketing and consumer insights platform. With Prodege, leading brands and retailers can uncover the answers to their business questions, acquire new customers, increase revenue, and […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
It’s no longer breaking news that customers want multiple ways to shop. Whether it’s through online ordering with curbside pickup or purchasing directly from a retailer, meeting the omnichannel demands of the modern consumer requires brands to support several buying options in the most useful, convenient, and accurate way.  In other words, we want our […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Are you a small consumer electronics product brand who’s trying to figure out how to sell to Best Buy? If so, you are not alone. Best Buy is the largest brick-and-mortar retailer in the US for consumer electronics, which is why thousands of brands attempt to get their products in the company’s stores every year. In […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
A healthcare provider needed help breaking down silos to create a connected patient experience. A retail distributor needed a more simplified order management process. An insurance company wanted to increase agent productivity and customer satisfaction.   These customers found the help they needed with Salesforce and through our partner ecosystem, a global footprint of app builders […]
  1. Channel: Mass
JOLIET, Ill. — Walmart held grand opening ceremonies on Wednesday for a 1.1 million-square-foot Next Generation fulfillment center (FC) here. Walmart FCs work to store millions of items, available on, that are then picked, packed and shipped directly to customers – now faster than ever. The new state-of-the-art facility will also fulfill Marketplace items […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
Incontinence, better known as a loss of bladder control, affects approximately 13 million Americans – 85% of whom are women. As a practicing physical therapist since 1977, Faye Pryor commonly encountered the consequences of this problem while treating patients with fall-related injuries. While assisting a patient with a bedpan, major spillage occurred on her clothes […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Big-box retailers aren’t the only ones contending with reverse logistics challenges. Returns are an expensive headache for third-party online sellers as well. Vendors on, eBay,, and must handle excessive e-commerce returns, as 20 percent of all online purchases are sent back. Online sellers must also contend with higher consumer expectations for a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Despite inflation chatter dominating economic discussions, U.S. container imports in July 2022 (the most recent data) was up 3 percent from July 2021 to 2,530,906 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and up 15 percent from pre-pandemic July 2019 — setting yet another monthly record. In fact, every month in 2022 has been a record month when […]
  1. Media & Marketing
CARLISLE, Pa. – GIANT Co. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s GreenChill Program for reaching its annual refrigerant emissions reduction goal in 2021. The Superior Goal Achievement honor was presented to GIANT and other GreenChill Partners during the recent FMI Energy & Store Development Conference. “We know every effort counts when […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
According to the UN, the transportation sector accounts for approximately 25% of all carbon emissions globally, and Amazon transports a lot of goods. To combat the climate impact of all those deliveries, Amazon has teamed up with Infinium to begin powering its transportation fleet with ultra-low carbon electrofuels beginning in 2023. Infinium develops ultra-low carbon […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
GeekWire reports that Amazon plans to begin using “electrofuel” – described in the story as a diesel substitute that “is made from carbon dioxide captured from an industrial source that is then combined with hydrogen that’s produced from clean energy” – to power its delivery trucks next year. The electrofuel is being purchased from a […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Each day, I hear food founders ask things like, “If we’re headed into a recession, how can I possibly make it work with my CPG brand?” or, “Is anyone having success raising money right now?” or “My products are already expensive – how am I going to navigate price increases on top of this?” Sound […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Jay McBain, formerly of Forrester and now with tech analyst firm Canalys, is the world’s leading expert in partner, channel, and ecosystem technology. Where I’ve gone broad with the martech landscape, Jay has gone deep with his own ecosystem tech landscape. He recently released his 2022 Channels Ecosystem Landscape, shown in the image above but […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Walmart Connect Update – positive feedback in light of cost pressures brands are facing: In our latest Walmart Connect Update, we take a look at how brands are investing into the platform given macroeconomic pressures. Overall we’ve seen that brands are still investing on budget given the high conversion rate of retail media investments and an […]
  1. Media & Marketing
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month! September 15 to October 15 is a time to honor the history and contributions of Hispanic cultures to American business. While this is a great time to celebrate the significance, we recommend supporting Latino-owned brands all year long—just as we do with LGBTQ-, POC-, and AAPI-owned businesses. Observation of Hispanic heritage […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Many emerging brands ask, which is better, getting my product in-store or selling online? With only so many available resources, determining where, when, and how to dedicate your time and dollars is crucial to increasing your chances of landing a deal with your dream retailer.  Earlier this month, industry experts from Walgreens, Allume Group, Market […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We reported yesterday that the state of California yesterday filed a lawsuit against Amazon on antitrust grounds, charging that the online retailer stifles competition by penalizing sellers for offering products elsewhere for lower prices. MNB reader Tom Murphy replied: Nothing new in the market on this.  Walmart and Kroger have for years forbidden vendors from […]
  1. Department: Consumer Durables
While all industries have seen an uptick in sustainability marketing in the past few years, retail — and fashion in particular — is one of the worst offenders when it comes to greenwashing. The International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network (ICPEN) found as many as 40 percent of sustainability claims could be unsubstantiated, while Changing Markets […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
In a complaint filed Sept. 14, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta alleged that Amazon engaged in anticompetitive price blocking practices that increased product pricing for California customers. The lawsuit, which was filed through the San Francisco Superior Court, alleges violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law and Cartwright Act, which prohibits trusts that restrict commerce […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The bee and honey industry has been abuzz for almost two decades. In 2006 it was first reported that there were problems afoot with Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), through which adult honeybees were disappearing. Opinions are divided over what’s causing the decline in bee populations elsewhere, but it’s believed to be a combination of factors: […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The value of contactless payment transactions will reach $10 trillion globally by 2027, from $4.6 trillion in 2022, according to Juniper Research. Investment in the underlying contactless payments ecosystem, such as contactless enabled PoS terminals and device level support, will be the key driver here. The push towards cashless societies will push things forward. Mobile […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Acosta has released the preliminary findings of an Online Grocery Landscape Report, which it describes as “a new shopper insights study on the attitudes and preferences surrounding online grocery shopping habits,” and concluding that “consistent with levels observed in fall 2021, half of U.S. shoppers are at least occasionally purchasing grocery items online.” The study […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
For many years I played blackjack professionally. In that time, countless amateur players would provide advice on how to play, attributing their expertise to a “system” they developed. I respected the ones who were at the table employing their system (even though they always ended up going broke). The true grifters were the ones who’ […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH asks major players in the retail technology space for their thoughts on the sector, and throws in a random question to keep them on their toes. This time around, our five questions go to James Fraser, Channel and Alliances Director at Dynamic Yield, a Mastercard company. RTIH: Looking at the hottest retail technologies right […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
It’s time to recession-proof your brand. Recent economic reports highlight market issues like higher inflation, interest rate hikes, lower consumption, layoffs, and reduced hiring. Together, these trends point toward an economic slowdown and potential recession.1 Kelly, Jack. What You Need To Know About Layoffs, Hiring Freezes, Inflation And A Possible Recession. Forbes. June 23, 2022. […]
  1. Department: HBC
Do you own an independent brick and mortar shop or spa that focuses on wellness? Or planning to? Well, there is a new beauty and wellness category that’s taking the world of retail by storm — CBD and Cannabis — that’s compelling retailers everywhere to take notice.   Fast Fact: The global CBD Market is […]

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Retail vacancies in the United States dropped to 6.1% in the second quarter, a 15-year low, as Americans continued to resume in-store shopping. Asking rents for shopping center spaces during the quarter were 16% higher than five years ago, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported Tuesday (Oct. 4), citing figures from commercial real estate broker […]
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Nestlé Confectionery has announced sustainable packaging innovations for two of its best-loved brands – Quality Street and KitKat. In a category first, Quality Street will move to recyclable paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets. By replacing the double layer of foil and cellulose with a paper wrap, Quality Street will remove more than two billion […]
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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]