Articles on Walmart.

  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Both Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and Amazon CEO Andy Jassy appeared on CNBC yesterday, making observations about their businesses and the current consumer environment. McMillon’s comments included: •  “We’re continuing to see traffic growth in store, plus even more transaction growth for pickup, curbside and delivery. As a company our in store business is continuing […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The third quarter eGrocery Performance Benchmarking report from Brick Meets Click and sponsored by Mercatus is out, showing that “composite-level sales across 25 U.S. grocery banners dropped 13.5% during a 12-week period ending September 20, 2023, versus the same period last year.” Key findings include: •  “The year-over-year sales decline was driven by a higher […]
  1. Department: HBC
Lots or response to yesterday’s FaceTime, in which I went to McDonald’s to road test the supposedly new-and-improved burgers that have been seven years in the making. MNB reader Barbara Watters wrote: Love the morning FaceTimes.  Your McDonald’s segment had me remembering my recent Big Mac a few weeks ago.  Blah and bleg.  The flavor […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Over the past three years, automation has gone from the background to the forefront of everyday business across industries, observes Gavin Donley, Head of Marketing at Brain Corp. Automation consists of many separate but related trends and sub-trends, but the burgeoning presence of collaborative autonomous mobile robots, or AMRs, stands as a defining force reshaping […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
Reuters reports that “as holiday shoppers return items purchased during Black Friday and Cyber Monday online shopping sprees, more U.S. retailers could tell them to keep items that cost more to ship back than they are worth. “This year, 59% of retailers offer so-called ‘returnless’ or ‘keep it’ policies for unwanted products whose returns costs […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Walmart said last week that it is getting into the romantic comedy business, creating a 23-part online series called “Add to Heart” that it describes as “a first-of-its-kind shoppable commercial series featuring items at the top of holiday wish lists, making it seamless for customers to watch, shop and swoon with each scene … Customers […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Got the following email regarding my conversation with ReposiTrak’s Randy Fields and Dr. Benjamin Miller, executive vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs of The Acheson Group (TAG): Thank you for presenting the discussion about the FDA’s new traceability requirements.  People in our industry are simply not aware of the impending, major disruption in logistics […]
  1. Data & Insights
Some phrases become so common that they bring thinking to a grinding halt. A new one poses a special risk to retailers, because it may prevent them from seizing opportunities to keep up with competitors. The phrase in question? “The AI revolution.” To be clear, artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming retail. But retailers need to […]
  1. Channel: Mass
​[[“value”:” This audio is auto-generated. Please let us know if you have feedback. Every now and then a leader within retail rises up and becomes the person to watch. They grab headlines. They make bold decisions. They shift the focus of retail — even if it’s only for a short period of time.  But then […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
In Kroger’s Q3 earnings release on November 30th, the company signaled a continued conservatism in consumer shopping habits, leading to identical store sales declining by 0.6%.  Additionally, Kroger updated its full year guidance, lowering estimates of same-store sales growth between 0.6 and 1%. This is down from previous guidance of 1-2% growth. These results point […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
  Diminished is the role of the legacy national brand manager in a world where private label is branded. When national brand manufactures continue paying slotting fee’s to grocery stores and supermarkets as the easiest way to reach the consumer. The slotting fee’s continue to go for space on the shelf but the key location […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
RTIH Editor, Scott Thompson, brings you his top ‘future of retail’ systems launches and deployments from the past week, including Amazon, Pinterest, Aldi, Walmart, HMV, New Look, TrusTrace, One Water, Polytag, BERSHKA, and 3DLOOK. Amazon Amazon has opened a Second Chance Store in London, giving festive shoppers the chance to buy quality returned products in-person, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
As a debate about the value and effectiveness of self-checkout continues to take place, The Street has a story about Target’s approach to the subject. During an earnings call, the story says, “the company … talked about a quiet change it has made in some stores that bucks what rivals Walmart and Kroger have been […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Image courtesy Walmart Walmart is tapping into one of Americans’ favorite holiday traditions — watching holiday rom-coms — for a new 23-part, serial ad campaign called Add to Heart that will be fully shoppable. Complete with romantic rendezvous in the Garden Center and dancing among the holiday décor, the shoppable commercial series will give rom-com […]
  1. Data & Insights
This article provides insight into recent consumer category trends based on sell-through data in August and September 2023, highlighting those that have sustained growth and others that are decelerating. Accelerations Non-discretionary categories such as food and pet supplies have seen a notable increase in wallet share gains. This can be attributed to changes in consumer […]
  1. Media & Marketing
When you imagine retail media’s place in a marketing funnel, do your eyes look toward the bottom? If so, you may miss out on the full-funnel benefits of retail media networks (RMNs). As marketers, we’re already sold on the performance advantages of RMNs: enormous sets of first-party consumer data, precise attribution and analysis, a future […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Inflation has been a persistent challenge for retailers this year by creating cautious consumers. For weeks ahead of Black Friday, retailers have been encouraging consumers to spend on what is typically considered the busiest and most important day of the year for the industry. “Retailers are seeing customers across the spectrum become more choiceful and […]
  1. Merchandising
It’s women’s month on the CPGGGUYS. Every year in November we feature only female executives, startup founders and leaders from CPG brands and retail on the podcast. The CPG Guys speak to oMegan Crozier, chief Merchant at Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart. Follow Megan on LinkedIn at: Sam’s Club on LinkedIn at:’s-club/Follow […]
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The National Retail Federation (NRF) has updated a report that had attributed “nearly half” of 2021’s $94.5 billion in retail shrink to organized retail crime, saying the data point was part of two-year-old testimony to a U.S. Senate committee by Ben Dugan, former President of the Organized Retail Crime Resource Center. The NRF report was […]