Articles on vendors in the retail and CPG industries.

  1. Department: Food
Fair Trade month is observed in October to raise awareness about fair trade practices and products. It’s a time to celebrate ethical and sustainable shopping and support products that prioritize fair wages, safe working conditions, and environmental responsibility. When products are sold as Fair Trade Certified, a fraction of the sale returns to the producer […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Was it John Lennon who wrote, “Imagine there’s no martech, I wonder if you can?” I may be misremembering that lyric. But it’s what came to mind when I saw the above chart. It’s from a new Gartner report, 4 Actions to Improve Martech ROI, and it reveals a pretty dramatic shift in ownership of […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Retail space planning specialist CADS has helped Northern Ireland’s largest Spar retailer and wholesaler, Henderson Group, improve its space management process with StoreSpace. Henderson Group reached out to CADS following a recommendation from Nielsen, which provides Spaceman planogram technology that partners with StoreSpace. “Our StoreSpace software makes it easier for retailers to optimise their retail […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Acosta Group is out with its annual online grocery shopping study, concluding that there has been “a slight uptick in online grocery shopping over last year, with 55% of grocery shoppers buying groceries online at least some of the time. This upward trend is driven by more consumers who are shopping online regularly but still […]
  1. Media & Marketing
In today’s hyper-competitive market, product discovery is often more challenging for emerging brands than the production process for its products. While large retailers and e-commerce giants have typically been the avenues of choice, independent retailers are increasingly becoming a viable and rewarding alternative.  Unlike large chains, independent retailers offer a unique mix of benefits to […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Metacask, an online marketplace which allows users to buy, sell and collect spirits via the blockchain, has teamed up with crypto payment processor BitPay. The aim here is to make it simple and secure to use cryptocurrencies on the former’s marketplace when buying any of the rare spirits that are available via auction or exclusive […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
​[[“value”:” In Kroger’s Q2 earnings release on September 8, the company reported a slowing of comp sales for the quarter, while signaling the challenges of lapping inflation-driven results in Q3 of 2022 and facing a disinflationary macroeconomic environment for the remainder of the fiscal year. In the most critical piece of news, Kroger and Albertsons […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Securing product placement in movies and TV shows is a complex endeavor that involves close collaboration with many different people, such as producers, directors, prop masters, set directors, stylists, make-up artists, and marketing teams. The process can be quite challenging due to the highly competitive nature of Hollywood productions.  Numerous factors come into play when […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its second quarter 2023 results, reaffirmed 2023 guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth.
  1. Shopper & Customer
Today’s consumers are more demanding, less loyal and more distracted than ever before. Retailers face new, complex challenges as they attempt to connect to new customers, provide a more seamless shopping experience, and improve their overall profitability. Consider the following: 82 percent of global consumers regularly use multiple digital touchpoints during their buying journey; and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
We’re big fans of LinkedIn and are busy building an amazing community of retail tech enthusiasts on the social media platform. These are the articles that are currently on their radars, including Asda, Penny Black, Marie Curie, AiFi, JUXTA, and Pocket Planet. PMC announced as headline sponsor of the 2023 RTIH Innovation Awards, winners to […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
​[[“value”:” Harvest Group is proud to join the Sam’s Club Member Access Platform (MAP) partner program as a tech-enabled managed service partner. As a certified MAP Partner Club provider, Harvest Group will offer hands-on retail media management, covering everything a brand needs to promote their products efficiently and effectively at Sam’s Club — from strategy, […]
  1. Media & Marketing
We’re back! In our previous RangeMe column on consumer packaged goods (CPG) Marketing, we gave a top-level view of understanding your audience, holistic branding, and the types of advertising strategies you need to consider in order to influence merchandise buyers in your niche (click here to read the column). In this column, we’re going to […]
  1. Data & Insights
The true effects of downtime for retailers go beyond a dysfunctional point-of-sale (POS) system and lost sales. Today’s customers expect more from a brand. Picture this: It’s Black Friday, the biggest day on the calendar for retail sales, the day that makes or breaks a year for many businesses. All hands are on deck and […]
  1. Data & Insights
A well-curated retail assortment bridges the gap between customer preferences and demand for the products offered, ensuring that each item in your inventory adds value to the customer and your business. Moreover, an effective assortment strategy allows retailers to stand out in the fiercely competitive retail landscape, providing a unique and memorable shopping experience. The […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
For CPG founders looking to expand their brand recognition and sales through wholesale accounts, success doesn’t happen overnight. It requires a well-thought-out strategy and a strong foundation. In this blog post, we’ll explore the three pillars that every successful CPG brand has put into place in order to find stability on the shelf. These foundational keys […]
  1. Data & Insights
At Wiser Solutions, we understand that increasing your share of shelf is a top priority for any business. It’s about more than just having your products available; it’s about making them the go-to choice for consumers.   That’s where suggestive selling comes in.   This powerful strategy can be the difference between a product that merely exists […]
  1. Department & Category
The author’s full interview with Pauline and Johnny Paterson of Dr.PAWPAW on location at an ECRM Beauty session Dr. PAWPAW is a RangeMe Premium Verified beauty brand based in Bromley, UK. It was founded in 2013 by husband and wife power couple Johnny & Pauline Paterson as an alternative natural solution to help soothe their […]
  1. Channel: Home Improvement
​Lowe’s on Tuesday reported net sales of $24.9 billion, down 9.1% year over year, and net earnings of $2.7 billion, a decrease of 10.6%. The retailer said that comparable sales fell 1.6% in Q2 but that Pro and online sales growth partially offset lower DIY discretionary demand. Operating income for Q2 fell to $3.9 billion […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Last week, Anna Matthews of The Wall Street Journal scored a market-moving scoop with her story about Blue Shield of California’s decision to ditch CVS Health’s Caremark pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) in favor of five separate vendors. ICYMI: A Big Health Insurer Is Ripping Up the Playbook on Drug Pricing I commend Blue Shield of […]
  1. Channel: Mass
On Thursday, August 17th, Walmart announced that Q2 earnings outperformed expectations and raised the company’s guidance for fiscal year 2024. Walmart noted Q2 upside and positive customer response to its value proposition. Gross profit rate increased 50 basis points as the company lapped higher markdowns and supply chain costs. Walmart U.S. gross profit growth was […]
  1. Channel: Mass
​[[“value”:” Target reported its Q2 2023 financial results on August 16th. For the first time in 6 years, Target reported negative comparable sales with sales down -5.4% vs Q2 2022. Guests continue to be mindful of their spending. Economic uncertainty driven by consistent inflation, high interest rates, and a resumption of student loan payments have […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CNBC reports that “Amazon is adding a new charge for third-party sellers who ship their own products instead of paying for the company’s fulfillment services. “Beginning Oct. 1, members of Amazon’s Seller Fulfilled Prime program will pay the company a 2% fee on each product sold, according to a notice sent to merchants last week, […]
  1. Department: Food
The Atlantic  has an excellent piece making the case that the shortage of sriracha, the popular hot sauce made from chili peppers, actually is a reflection of how problematic – and immediate – climate change has become. While chili peppers normally thrive in hot, dry conditions, the story suggests that we may be getting to […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
ASD Market Week, the nation’s premier consumer goods trade show connecting retailers and vendors across categories that include home goods, apparel, accessories, beauty and more, will once again welcome the Independent Retailer + Sellers Conference produced by Retail Minded. Among the speakers at the upcoming Independent Retailer + Sellers Conference include the following industry leaders: […]
  1. Channel: Mass
​[[“value”:” To decarbonize the world, the world must decarbonize the supply chain, and quickly. Some 75% of all greenhouse gas emissions fall under Scope 3 emissions, which includes the upstream supply chain as well as the end use of a company’s goods and services.  To cut those emissions enough to avoid catastrophic climate change will […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
SAN DIEGO — Despite the fact that women comprise 80% to 90% of customers in the retail marketplace, many of their health and wellness needs are unmet. That was a key point made during a panel discussion presented by WE at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Total Store Expo. Now in its sixth […]

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Hy-Vee launched the full-scale version of its retail media network, called Hy-Vee RedMedia, at the Groceryshop 2023 conference this week in Las Vegas. The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer described the platform as a disruptor in the retail media landscape that will connect brands directly with Hy-Vee’s customer base across multiple platforms, including both online […]
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Instacart saw its share price erode in the two days following its initial public offering, after it rose 12.7% in its first day of trading on the NASDAQ exchange. The stock settled down to just slightly over its IPO price of $30 per share on Wednesday, its first full day on the exchange, then ranged […]
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#30DaysofRetailMedia | Day 21: Retail Media Metrics Metrics help brand advertisers measure retail media effectiveness. Key performance indicators (KPIs) span the full marketing funnel, as consumers can enter anywhere. Brand advertisers: 🎯 Choose KPIs according to their objectives📊 Measure baseline results for meaningful comparisons🌟 Review their metrics for data insights to optimize their processes and […]
  1. Holiday & Events
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  3. Holiday & Events
Experts predict slow growth in 2023 holiday sales as consumers tighten their belts in a tough economy, but e-commerce will remain a bright spot. Stores are filling with displays of holiday decorations and holiday-themed merchandise as retailers eagerly prepare for the annual shopping surge, but consumers may not be as excited. Forecasts for 2023 holiday […]