1. Channel: Grocery
Wegmans doesn’t want its employees (or its customers for that matter) to miss what will be the last total solar eclipse visible from North America for 20 years. The supermarket retailer will close 48 stores in upstate New York and Pennsylvania that are located in the “path of totality” from 3 to 3:30 p.m. ET […]
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On Friday, we reported: In Connecticut, the Trumbull Patch reports that “a petition calling for enhanced equipment and improved conditions at a Stop and Shop grocery store in Trumbull has garnered more than 400 signatures as of Thursday night. “The petition, titled ‘Enhance Equipment and Conditions at Stop & Shop Trumbull CT,’ was launched earlier […]
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The point-of-sale (POS) system has always been the one truly indispensable technology for any merchant, large or small. The centrality of the POS has led both retailers and solution providers to integrate it with other fundamental operational systems, from inventory and order management to customer relationship management (CRM) and, of course, payments. As if this […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Boston Market, formerly known as Boston Chicken, began serving its homestyle meals of spit-roasted rotisserie chickens, made-from-scratch cornbread, and creamy mac and cheese in 1985. As it grew in popularity, it had about 1,200 locations at one time, according to Restaurant Business.  Today there are just over 300 locations in the United States and Puerto […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The New York Post reports that Wegmans, having recently opened its first Manhattan store in Greenwich Village, has signed a “long term deal” for a space about four miles to the north near Lincoln Center, real estate that used to be occupied by a Bed Bath & Beyond. The Post writes that “some kind of […]
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Reacting to Amazon’s plan to create a pay tier for its Alexa smart speaker system, one MNB reader wrote: Our main household use for Alexa is to control lights, heat, and A/C.  If they start charging for it, we will stop using it.  There are many other platforms available for home control that do not […]
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  At the intersection of What’s for Dinner, restaurant customer trial, cooking from scratch at home, and time is a new level of consumer discontent according to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. What are some of the new stumbling blocks? 1.       Drive-thru’s are too SLOW. 2.       Don’t know how to […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
CT Insider reports that Amazon has decided not to open Amazon Fresh stores in the towns of Westport and Brookfield, despite the fact it had done considerable work on the store facilities over the years. Instead, Big Y will take over the locations, offering those communities more traditional supermarket shopping alternatives. Some context from the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
You can count on social media to host, even promulgate, a pointless conversation. Like recently, when a debate on Reddit blew up over whether Wegmans or H-E-B is a better supermarket.  In the words of my ancestors:  Oy. The post FaceTime with the Content Guy:  Wegmans vs. H-E-B (& Does It Matter?) appeared first on […]
  1. Department & Category
  Once again, the line between restaurants and food retailers is growing ever thinner. The fight for America’s food dollars continues to intensify as consumers find fresh prepared Ready-2-Eat food options at a wide and growing array of outlets across almost every channel including convenience stores, chain drug stores, restaurants, grocery stores, club stores, vending […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday we reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) have issued a draft of new merger guidelines that, if adopted after a 60-day public comment period, would establish more than a dozen standards that would be applied to all proposed mergers and acquisitions. One MNB reader reacted: Reading that list […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
There were two stories over the weekend about self-checkout that are worth referencing. •  First Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen has a piece about the self-checkout system at clothing retailer Uniqlo. Here’s how he framed the piece: Every so often a technological breakthrough comes along that makes you feel like you’ve teleported to the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  Looking for a meal for one or two at a price you can afford that is good!  Well it seems that many consumers are doing the same thing and that they are doing that with gusto at Trader Joe’s.  According to Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® “In the minds-eye […]
  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. Channel: Delivery
Instacart unlocks alcohol delivery in partnership with Wegmans. Credit: Instacart/PRNewswire. Grocery technology company Instacart has launched an alcohol delivery service for the first time in New Jersey, US. The service was launched in partnership with Wegmans Food Markets and all independently owned Wegmans wine, liquor and beer locations. Customers above the age of 21 can […]
  1. Department & Category
Got the following email responding to my piece last week about the Amazon One biometric payment system now being used at Whole Foods: Thank you for endorsing the palm scan method of payment. I wondered what those gizmos were for! You’re right, there doesn’t seem to be any marketing even at store level to support […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
dunnhumby has released a special edition of the dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI), this one “designed to determine which retailers in the $1 trillion U.S. grocery market personalize the shopping experience best for their customers.” The winner is:  Amazon. H-E-B and Kroger came in second and third. According to the report, “These three retailers are […]
  1. Channel: Mass
Got the following note from MNB reader Terry Marshall about my commentary and follow-up emails about Target’s store issues: Just wanted to say that with all the comments on Target in the “Your Views” section,  I hope someone in senior Target leadership reads it. Reading is one thing.  (I’m think that is likely.). But paying […]
  1. Media & Marketing
by Kevin Coupe TikTok has more than 100 million daily users in the United States, which means that the potential audience was considerable for a recent Wegmans video focusing on the amazing seafood department in its new Astor Place store in Manhattan. Don’t know about you, but it makes me want to go there on […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Atlantic has a piece suggesting that “all is not rosy in the world of self-checkout, and some companies seem to realize it. Walmart has removed the kiosks entirely from a handful of stores, and is redesigning others to involve more employee help. Costco is stationing more staffers in its self-checkout areas. ShopRite is adding […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
NEW YORK — Wegmans Food Markets Inc., the Rochester, N.Y.-based grocer that operates 109 stores on the East Coast, opened its first supermarket in Manhattan on Wednesday. The 87,500 square-foot occupies two floors of the historic Wannamaker building at 770 Broadway, which was built in 1907 as an annex to the original Wannamakers department store […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Alex Lindstrom Hy-Vee, a prominent supermarket chain with a peak revenue of $12B in 2022, has seen continual success in its innovation strategy by implementing new digital technologies and taking chances to find out what works best for its customers and stores.  As a chain with a history of diverse and continually expanding services–including food […]

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TikTok has given us “girl math” and “boy math,” and now I’d like to add “Tech Math” to the mix. Tech Math is when every technology partner tells you that they have contributed (fill in the blank) $XX million in additional sales…and yet, surprisingly, the business isn’t up nearly as much, if at all.  Despite […]
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Consumer Price Index inflation slowed to 2.3% in April, down from 3.2% in March, albeit higher than expected, according to the Office for National Statistics. It’s the lowest level since the summer of 2021, versus 3.2% in March. The news follows yesterday’s announcement from Kantar… This story continues at Industry reacts to CPI inflation dipping […]
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MINNEAPOLIS—Target reported that first-quarter sales were down compared to last year, as it had projected. However, the company expects sales to turn positive in the second quarter and for the year as a whole. Comparable sales declined 3.7% in the first quarter, reflecting a comparable store sales decline of 4.8% partially offset by a comparable […]
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Petco, partnering with Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and human-grade dog food brand Ollie, will offer canine-safe ice cream for hot dogs seeking a cool treat. The non-dairy peanut butter and banana recipe is now available at Van Leeuwen scoop shops across the country, as well as at most Petco locations and online at petco.com for […]
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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart recently opened two new Neighborhood Markets, one in Florida and one in Georgia, that offer expanded assortments and more space for pickup and delivery. The new stores, one in the Dune Lakes area of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, and the other in the Vine City neighborhood of Atlanta, feature updated layouts […]


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