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Circle K is rolling out a network of bitcoin ATMs at 700 of its locations across the U.S. and Canada in an exclusive partnership with Bitcoin Depot. Bitcoin ATMs have already been installed at Circle K stores in 30 states. Bitcoin Depot ATMs are kiosks that enable users to exchange cash for immediate access to […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Innovative Chicago-based convenience store retailer Foxtrot Market announced this week its plans to grow. The retailer currently has 13 locations in Chicago, Dallas, and Washington D.C, and plan to add 50 locations over the next two years. The stores will be located in New York City, Austin, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, and Houston. Mitch Madoff, […]
  1. Channel: Mass
The Dallas Morning News reports that “Walmart is testing an all-self-checkout Supercenter in Plano at one of its biggest local stores and one where growing families can easily pile high a grocery cart. It’s calling the process ‘hosted checkout’ because employees are standing by to help if customers need it.” According to the story, “Walmart […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
The findings from The Feedback Group show Amazon’s Whole Foods and Fresh banners as the top choices for people planning to grocery shop online more, while chains and independents scored near the bottom.
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Amazon.com is bringing its palm-scanning payment system to Whole Foods stores, CNBC reported. The service, Amazon One, will now be offered at a Whole Foods store in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, the first of many planned rollouts at other locations. Amazon One originally debuted in September, and is already available at a dozen Amazon physical […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
The CPG Guys, Sri & PVSB, are joined in this episode by Kevin Coupe, renowned author and also editor of Morning News Beat, Kevin Coupe. Follow Kevin Coupe on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-coupe-6872196/Follow Morning News Beat online at: http://morningnewsbeat.comPurchase Kevin’s book “The Big Picture” on Amazon Kevin answers these questions: 1) Many people are focused on […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Got the following email from MNB reader Steve Ritchey: The column about Amazon using computer algorithms for HR functions made me think of a couple of things I’ve been exposed to over the years. Decades ago as a very young college student, in my Economics 101 class which was Macro Economics, the Professor, Dr. Shorow […]
  1. CPG & FMCG
The CPG Guys, Sri & PVSB, are joined in this episode by Tom Furphy, CEO of Replanium, an auto replenishment platform that uses machine learning and customer tools to improve order economics and customer loyalty. Follow Tom Furphy on LinkedIn at: http://linkedin.com/in/tomfurphyFollow Replenium online at: https://www.replenium.com/  Tom answers these questions: 1) Based upon the research […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
CT Insider has a story about how, “as Connecticut emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic — its economy bolstered by a white-hot housing market — it only seems logical that a retailer known for targeting high-end consumers would want to expand in portions of the state where there are pockets of well-heeled shoppers. “But along a […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
When at least half of the continental U.S. has weekend rain this summer, the Amazon-owned grocer will offer prizes, including gift cards, coupons and items from its private label line. 
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Beginning June 21, Whole Foods Market will give away weekly private brand prizes when weekend rain hits at least half of the continental U.S. The Rainy-Day Redo giveaway marketing campaign will leverage the expertise of meteorologist Stephanie Abrams of The Weather Channel. Whole Foods Market will share Abrams’ weekly weather call on Instagram at noon ET […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
The Amazon Demand-Side Platform (DSP) has many applications. In a recent post, we explained how Amazon DSP can be used to direct shoppers to DTC websites. Brands familiar with DSP are now thinking far beyond Amazon when it comes to growing revenue through targeted display advertising.
  1. Channel: Delivery
“Instacart’s business model is this unusual hybrid of last-mile fulfillment with a front-end app that also holds no inventory. Until Instacart, this would have been a complete contradiction, but they have landed on a model that really works.” — Kiri Masters, Founder of Bobsled Marketing, Co-Author of “Instacart for CMOs” With an estimated 9.6 million users […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Whole Foods tapped into the expertise of its in-house design team to execute the highly successful packaging redesign of its 365 by Whole Foods Market brand. The redesign resulted in great feedback from its merchants and customers and was a big factor in the retailer winning the Vertex Award for 2021 Retailer of the Year […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Automating much of its operations could help the company lower prices and appeal to a mass market. But Instacart needs industry buy-in. Instacart Inc. has an audacious plan to replace its army of gig shoppers with robots—part of a long-term strategy to cut costs and put its relationship with supermarket chains on a sustainable footing.  The plan, detailed in documents reviewed […]
  1. Department & Category
  Today, Grocery stores, Conveniences stores, Restaurants, and Dollar Stores are all evolving, expanding or exploiting the undercurrents of grocerant niche Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food.  Grocerant niche food has the halo of ‘better-for-you’, with food experiences that are customized, personalized, while creating a new points of fresh food distribution according to Steven Johnson […]
  1. Channel: Dollar/Value
  What did Dollar General learn that Whole Foods did not?  That’s easy the consumer is dynamic not static.  But that’s just the beginning according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®. Let’s take a look: 1.       Time is the only commodity. 2.       Customer outcomes are more important that products. 3.       […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Amazon.com will purchase MGM Studios for $8.45 billion, CNBC reported. This deal is the second-largest acquisition in Amazon’s history, behind its purchase of Whole Foods in 2017 for $13.7 billion. MGM has been looking for a buyer for several years after emerging from bankruptcy in 2010. Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon […]
  1. RetailWIt QuickWit
Daily #QuickWit (5/26) – Amazon hit with US antitrust lawsuit for the first time. This is a pattern happening across the tech giants. This lawsuit focuses on their third-party marketplace. Amazon’s stock still went up while the S&P is down. – Also, why Amazon isn’t a food business threat. “For the year ended March 31, […]
  1. Channel: Grocery - Natural
Whole Foods Market recognized Agritalia as a winner of the grocer’s ninth-annual Supplier Awards, taking home the honor of Supplier of the Year with Special Recognition. This year’s Whole Foods Market Supplier Awards recognized 42 companies that raised the bar. “The entire team of Agritalia, along with the colleagues from Agrilogistica and Agrusa, is sincerely […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The Wall Street Journal has a piece about how Amazon’s penetration in the food business remains underwhelming: “For the year ended March 31, Amazon.com and Whole Foods had 1.4% and 1.2% of the grocery spending in the U.S., respectively, according to data from Numerator. Industry stalwarts Walmart and Kroger had total market shares of 22% […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
  Back in the day grocery stores wanted to sell you a shopping basket full of fresh, canned, and frozen food that somehow unwillingly Mom and Dad would somehow create a meal just so they could feed the kids and go to bed. With a freezer, cupboards, and refrigerator stock to the brim your parents […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
Vertex Retailer of the Year award is given to the two retailers who achieve the highest overall score based on their winning entries. The globe is divided into two large regions, each region will have one winner.   Whole Foods GOLD SILVER BRONZE
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
GeekWire reports that Amazon is renaming its Amazon Go Grocery stores as Amazon Fresh stores, simplifying to some degree its range of bricks-and-mortar offerings. The name change does not seem to affect the fleet of small-format Amazon Go stores. The story notes that “Amazon made it a little confusing to track its various new grocery […]

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