Whole Foods

  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
The Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has described Amazon-owned Whole Foods as “not a good partner, period” for its closure of a once highly touted store in the city’s Englewood neighborhood. The store was originally opened six year ago, subsidized with $10.7 million in city money, and lauded for being part of […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
In the largest layoffs in Amazon’s almost three decades of doing business, the company said yesterday it plans to cut about 10,000 jobs as it prepares for a possible recession and deals with a post-pandemic reduction in its e-commerce business. The 10,000 number – which is said to be “fluid” and dependent on final decisions […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Which is better for the brand? Asking users to pay for individual services? Or asking users to buy a bundle of services? There is a lot behavioral psychology involved in this choice that affects brand perceptions. There are inherent risks whichever approach a brand employs. Research shows that individual fees feel more personalized as a […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CHICAGO — Walmart’s Sam’s Choice oatmilk chocolate bar; Albertsons’Signature Reserve ravioli with porcini mushrooms and truffle; and biodegradable household cleaner from Sprouts Farmers Market are among PLMA’s 2022 Salute to Excellence award winners for store brand innovation. They join nearly 100 other Salute to Excellence winners announced today at PLMA’s 2022 Private Label Trade Show […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Today, Whole Foods Market’s Trends Council unveiled their top 10 anticipated food trends for 2023 in the retailer’s eighth-annual Trends predictions. Yaupon-infused beverages, produce packed pastas, repurposed pulp and climate-conscious callouts are among the food trends expected to rise in popularity in the next year.
  1. Channel: Grocery
There were numerous reports yesterday that Kroger and Albertsons have been negotiating a merger/acquisition agreement that could be finalized as early as today, though the stories also emphasized that a deal could be delayed or abandoned. The exact structure of the deal has not yet been reported, and neither company would comment on the record.  […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger could announce a deal to buy rival grocery company Albertsons this week, sources told CNBC’s David Faber. Shares of Albertsons jumped and were briefly halted Thursday morning after news that two companies are deep in talks. The stock was up more than 11 percent in afternoon trading. Kroger rose modestly. The all-cash acquisition may be announced […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
As many direct-to-consumer brands are learning, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for growth. After all, there are so many channels and touch points available that can help brands acquire new customers, test new markets and expand their reach. To find their own unique path to growth, brands must select the combination of components that best […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Frontline employees are vital to a retailer’s operation. The quality of a customer’s experience is directly related to the level of employee engagement.  When customers need assistance, they expect fast, reliable service and they shouldn’t have to look all over the store for help. Unfortunately, customers are often left with no other option than to […]
  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: Grocery - Natural
Bringing back the “theater of retail” is a priority for Jason Buechel, the new chief executive officer of Whole Foods Market, Austin, Texas, a business unit of Amazon.com, Inc., who spoke at the Groceryshop conference held Sept. 19-22 in Las Vegas.
  1. Media & Marketing
The New York Times has a piece about political ad targeting that suggests – if you read between the lines – the degree to which the technology could be applied to campaigns for retailers and suppliers. Here’s the set-up: “Over the last few weeks, tens of thousands of voters in the Detroit area who watch […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Paradoxes are both familiar and common to the human condition. They are brain teasers that reveal faults in our senses and errors in human logic. Authors and poets delight in paradoxes because they stop the reader in their tracks to ponder the apparent contradictions. Like the familiar phrase, “Less is more,” or when Shakespeare’s Hamlet […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Business Insider has a piece about Whole Foods CEO Jason Buechel, who has just succeeded the company’s founder, John Mackey, in the top job. “Buechel plans to roll out more of Amazon’s innovations like its cashier-free Just Walk Out technology and smart shopping carts in stores, he said during a keynote at Groceryshop, an annual […]
  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. Technology & Innovation
The Wall Street Journal has an analysis of a report issued by FMI-The Food Industry Association indicating that “self-checkout is nearly twice as widespread as it was before the pandemic, representing 30% of all grocery store transactions in 2021, according to an FMI-The Food Industry Association report released last week. That is up from 18% […]
  1. Department & Category
I did a FaceTime video the other day defending the idea that people, whatever their age or experience, are entitled to feel like they are doing meaningful work, and that leaders ought to consider helping them feel that way as part of their portfolios.  The video was prompted by an interview with just-retired Whole Foods […]
  1. Operations & Supply Chain
The continuing goal of “The Innovation Conversation” is to explore some facet of the fast-changing, technology-driven retail landscape and how it affects businesses and consumers. It is, we think, fertile territory … and one that Tom Furphy – a former Amazon executive, the originator of Amazon Fresh, and currently CEO and Managing Director of Consumer […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday, we featured an Eye-Opener about how, in a message to customers, Stew Leonard, Jr. recommended that his customers go visit a newly opened Amazon Fresh store with checkout-free technology. I commented: When was the last time you saw a retailer recommend that customers go visit a competitor?’ I’ve been doing this a long time, […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Washington Post writes that Amazon’s decision to close down its Amazon Care telemedicine business may reflect a recognition that while the industry may be ripe for disruption, it is easier to achieve through acquisition than startup. An excerpt: “To understand where Amazon is headed next in health care, the industry is looking for clues […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Five years after Amazon  announced that it would buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, a major change has taken place, with incoming CEO Jason Buechel taking over from John Mackey. “As a co-founder of Whole Foods, I’ve often explained my relationship to the company with a parent-child metaphor,” Mackey said in a letter announcing his retirement […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Seattle Seahawks and Lumen Field have announced plans to modernise the stadium’s concessions experience with a new store powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology for checkout-free shopping and Amazon One for entry and payment with palm recognition. Lumen Field will become the first NFL stadium to implement both technologies in a single store, […]

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By John Spiropoulos Media is filled with evolutionary step-change transitions which permanently alter the marketplace. Each evolutionary event, seen in terms of advertiser outlays – the media mix – is driven by incremental change during economic uncertainty. This is particularly true – and trackable – in modern times. Some of these events were covered in […]
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  2. Channel: Grocery
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CINCINNATI — The Kroger Health Center for Advanced Community Care, a joint project of Kroger Health and the University of Cincinnati James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The Center employs pharmacists, technicians, nurse practitioners, and dietitians to provide an interprofessional model of care. It also provides practical experiences for students […]
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CHESAPEAKE, Va.— Dollar Tree executives said the retailer’s new pricing strategy lifted operating income nearly 23% to $381 million in the third quarter ended October 29. Top-line sales rose 8.1% to $6.94 billion. Comparable-store sales at its Dollar Tree stores increased 8.6% from a year earlier, while comps at its Family Dollar stores were up […]