Whole Foods

  1. Trends & External Forces
MNB reader Rich Heiland had a thought about out continuing conversation about CVS’s shortcomings: I consider drug stores a commodity. None of them do anything to distinguish themselves from one another in any significant way. I live in a downtown area. There is a Rite-Aid a block or so away. I go there. If there […]
  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 […]
  1. CPG: Food
From USA Today: A nationwide recall of products containing cheese with a risk for listeria contamination continues to grow larger with salad kits and taco kits sold at stores including Albertsons, Costco, Walmart, and WinCo being removed from shelves. “Rizo-López Foods of Modesto, California, on Feb. 5 recalled dozens of dairy products including Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese, because […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Two stories this morning about Amazon’s legal battles: •  Reuters reports that Amazon has asked a federal judge to dismiss a proposed class action suit accusing it of misleading customers about the benefits of an Amazon Prime subscription. According to the story, “The lawsuit alleged Amazon’s marketing about Whole Foods deliveries for Prime members is […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Fortune writes about how, while “Amazon will soon top Walmart in overall sales,” it continues to lag in the critical area of grocery sales. Not that Amazon is a laggard:  “After announcing blockbuster financial results from the holiday quarter and its largest operating profit ever last week, Amazon is now worth nearly $1.8 trillion.  The […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Priced from £2, the Red Nose 2024 collection from Comic Relief is now available on Amazon, with free one-day delivery, and in Amazon Fresh stores and Whole Foods Market from 15th February. Money raised this Red Nose Day could help tackle poverty, provide food, essential healthcare or safe shelter for people in the UK and […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
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 […]
  1. Associates & Employees
The Associated Press has published an extensive investigative story about how many of America’s most popular and successful food brands are benefitting from what essentially is slave labor under a different name. An excerpt: “Intricate, invisible webs … link some of the world’s largest food companies and most popular brands to jobs performed by U.S. […]
  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. Stores & Formats
“Narratives and storytelling in business really, really matter. You need to have a good business, but storytelling and narratives could take you over the top.” — Jason Del Rey, Journalist and Author So much of modern ecommerce competition is shaped by the actions of Walmart and Amazon. One dominated physical retail for decades before making […]
  1. Department: Food
Kroger will require its fresh produce suppliers to use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for all products they sell to the supermarket giant by 2028 or 2030, depending on the grower’s size. Medium- to large-sized growers will be expected to meet the goal by the end of 2028, while small growers will have until 2030 […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
 ​​[[“value”:”The Laughing Cow Plant-Based is now available exclusively at Whole Foods Market, and the company plans to expand distribution to Kroger locations and other grocery retailers this spring. “]] 
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
In 2017, Amazon opened two Fresh Pickup locations in the Seattle area, testing the idea that customers would order groceries online and then pick them up at a central location where employees would bring them to their cars.  One was in the SoDo neighborhood, in the parking lot of Starbucks’ global headquarters, and one was […]
  1. Corporate Strategy
There were brand-businesses that did not survive in 2023. Bed, Bath & Beyond, Rite Aid, SmileDirectClub, Lordstown Motors to name a few. There are several reasons for the demise of these brand-businesses. However, there are evergreen principles for building and maintaining powerful brand-businesses. Here are seven keys for evolving in a changing world. 1. Know […]
  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. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Whole Foods Market has introduced a new “pollinator policy” for its produce and floral purchasing. By 2025, all growers will need to implement integrated pest management (IPM) systems prioritizing preventative and biological measures that reduce the need for chemical pesticides. The retailer also will bar the use of all nitroguanidine neonicotinoids (which are particularly harmful […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Hollywood’s A-listers flocked to Balenciaga’s Fall 2024 fashion show earlier this month in Los Angeles, its first in the city. It was held on South Windsor Street with the iconic Hollywood sign in the background. Front row seats were claimed by Kim Kardashian, sister Kendall Jenner, Brooklyn Beckham, Vittoria Ceretti, Eva Longoria, Lil Wayne, Tracee […]
  1. Retail Ecosystem
As we reach the penultimate episode of Season 7, it’s time to grade Steve on his annual predictions. In the second installment of a two-part episode, Michael takes out his virtual chalkboard to assess the final batch of Steve’s prognostications, which include a year of trading down, a tale of two cities when it comes […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
by Scott Moses Content Guy’s Note: Scott Moses, Managing Director and Head of Grocery, Pharmacy & Restaurants at Solomon Partners, yesterday posted a column on his website addressing the concerns that allowing the Kroger acquisition of Albertsons would repeat the mistake made by the FTC when it allowed Albertsons to acquire Safeway in 2015, divesting stores to […]
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Walmart this morning released its final results for Q4 and the just completed fiscal year, saying that Q4 revenue was $173.4 billion, up 5.7 percent from the same period a year ago.  Q4 operating income was up 13 percent to $7.3 billion. US same store sales for the quarter were up four percent. Global e-commerce […]