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  • Aldi to Expand Fresh Produce Offerings By 40% at its US Stores
    November 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Aldi to significantly boost fresh produce department and will expand fresh produce offerings by 40% at its US stores as part of a $5 billion expansion plan. Discount retailer Aldi is in the midst of its $5 billion US expansion program, building new stores and refurbishing existing ones. One of the changes Aldi recently announced is
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  • Government Rolls Out Joint Agency Food Waste Initiative
    November 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have signed a joint agency formal agreement regarding the Winning on Reducing Food Waste initiative. The agreement aims to improve coordination and communication across federal agencies to educate Americans on the effects and importance of lowering food loss
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  • Grocers are the Most Trusted Brands: Report
    November 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocers are the most trusted brands, with an average of 37 percent, according to a new study from cloud-based customer experience (CX) intelligence platform InMoment on how brands can earn and maintain the loyalty and trust of customers. Big-box retailers followed at 20 percent. Meanwhile, among the least trusted brands were convenience stores, at 8 percent. Why are
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  • Why Uber’s next frontier is grocery
    November 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Uber’s restaurant delivery business “Eats” hit $6 billion in bookings earlier this year, growing over 200%, quickly becoming a crown jewel for the ride-sharing company. Ride-sharing company Uber’s restaurant delivery business is doing so much business that the company’s CEO says grocery delivery is next. According to Yahoo Finance, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said given
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  • NOW AVAILABLE! SUPPLY CHAIN BENCHMARKING REFERENCE MANUAL
    November 6, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,News

                      In collaboration with FMI & ROFDA, KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI) is pleased to announce the recent release of our SUPPLY CHAIN BENCHMARKING REFERENCE MANUAL.  With over 155-pages of benchmarking survey results, trends and highlights, this is a go-to reference document all industry executives can use. Included
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  • SIX NEW TRENDS SHAPING THE GLOBAL CONSUMER LANDSCAPE
    November 6, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Mintel has today (2 October 2018) revealed six key consumer trends impacting industries and markets around the world and identified how they will play out in the years to come. In 2019 and beyond, the global consumer landscape will evolve like never before, driven by themes of privacy, individuality, wellness, convenience and connectivity: Total Wellbeing: Consumers are treating their
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  • Omnichannel Retail for FMCG Reaches $1 Trillion in US
    November 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Online grocers have amassed more than $21.6 billion in sales over the past three year, data from Nielsen and Rakuten intelligence has found 10/03/2018 Total omnichannel sales for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) products have officially reached $1.01 trillion. That finding comes from what is said to be the “first complete and unifying look into the omnichannel
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  • Top 50 Grocers: Aldi’s Rise Up the List Shows Growing Threat of Discounters
    October 31, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By Bridget Goldschmidt Although Walmart, once more in first place on the Super 50 leaderboard, has long been seen as the low-price leader in any given market in which it operates, causing competing grocers to try attracting customers by any number of differentiation strategies, there’s another format that those already embattled retailers — and maybe even the Bentonville
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  • Subway Canada to Eliminate Plastic Straws by 2019
    October 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

                  By  Kostuch Media Ltd.  – TORONTO — Subway Canada has announced plans to eliminate plastic straws at 3,200 of its restaurants across the country. The chain will transition to paper straws by the end of 2019. “We are always working to improve the sustainability of our products and operations
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  • Grocery Chains Are Being Squeezed From All Sides
    October 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How Changing Consumer Tastes Are Shaking Up the Food Industry Sales for the largest packaged food companies have been down the past few years as changing tastes, startup brands and e-commerce giants threaten from all angles. WSJ’s Ken Brown takes us on a walk through the supermarket. Photo: Getty Images.      

  • Sedano’s, Takeoff Technologies Launching ‘World’s First Robotic Supermarket’
    October 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Takeoff Technologies, an e-commerce solution provider, in partnership with Sedano’s Supermarkets is launching an automated hyperlocal fulfillment center—what it’s calling the world’s first robotic supermarket. This technology is expected to launch in the upcoming month. Customer orders will be placed via an online app and carried out by Takeoff’s automated micro-fulfillment center, with the support of Sedano’s
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  • Unpacking the Clean Label Conundrum
    October 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

        Distrust and skepticism persist in US food & beverage market despite the popularity of natural, organic, and clean label products. Some terms associated with clean labels are defined and regulated by the US government, albeit not always to the satisfaction of consumers or advocacy groups, reports market research firm Packaged Facts in the
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  • Top 50 Grocers: How Amazon’s Entrance Has Led to Unprecedented Omnichannel Ramp-Ups
    October 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By Randy Hofbauer Look through this year’s Super 50 list, at the end of this piece, and from the start, you’ll see the same familiar names in the same places: Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons Cos., Ahold Delhaize USA, Publix, H-E-B — and Amazon? Sure, it made its way onto the list — and landed such a prime
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  • New Cannabiniers Beverages
    October 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Cannabiniers Expands portfolio with THC & CBD infused craft beers, cold brew iced teas, and cold brew iced coffees   Cannabiniers, a foodservice, technology & brand management company, announced the expansion of its alternative beverage portfolio. Two Roots Brewing Co, a line of CannaCrafted non-alcoholic THC and CBD infused craft beer, and Just Society, a
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  • Shoppers More Interested in Trader Joe’s Private Label Than Any Other Retailers’
    October 24, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    More than half of U.S. consumers – 56 percent – would consider purchasing private label grocery products from Trader Joe’s, according to research conducted by New York-based research consultancy Magid. The findings appear in Magid’s newly released report “Consumer Attitudes Toward Private Label.” The report discovered that shoppers were most open to buying private label grocery
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  • Surmounting Retail Foodservice Sourcing Challenges
    October 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Taming the ‘messy supply chain’ can help operators get the ingredients they want when they want them. Foodservice at retail is a hot commodity these days. Consequently, retailers who ignore the category do so at their own peril, according to a recent report  from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). “In the last five years, food spending
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  • GMOs: On eve of genetic disclosures on food, public is mostly confused
    October 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The nomenclature is likely to be front and center when the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes final bioengineered food disclosure labeling standards. It’s been in the works for the past two years. And an offshoot of the Council for Biotechnology called “GMO Answers” is out with survey results that suggest the way we’ve been talking about the
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  • 4 Ways to Attract and Recruit Gen Z CDL Drivers
    October 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The ongoing driver shortage in the trucking industry is no secret. In fact, new studies show that the industry as a whole will have to hire almost a million new drivers in the next 10 years to keep up with demand. While this number may seem staggering (because it is!), it doesn’t have to mean
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  • Top 50 Grocers: Independents Ready to Stand Up to Newcomer Amazon
    October 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By Kat Martin Independent grocers, by nature of usually being family-owned, aren’t often considered to be large supermarket operators. Taken collectively, however, they do account for 25 percent of retail grocery sales, according the National Grocers Association (NGA), with the 21,000 stores bringing in $131 billion in annual sales, making them the biggest “grocer” when it comes to
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  • Track and Trace Gets a Technological Upgrade
    October 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Advancements in sensors, wireless data and cloud computing are providing food and beverage companies unprecedented levels of visibility as consumers continue to demand more. Samsara’s AG24 IoT Gateway brings the benefits of the Internet of Things to mobile and distributed assets, such as semi-trailers, heavy equipment, rail cars and generators. “Life is about the journey,
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  • How Instacart is Changing Grocery Stores: An Inside Look
    October 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Instacart’s shoppers — who pick up all the items that customers order online, then pay for and pack them before delivery —breeze through Instacart-only express lanes at stores like Costco, Whole Foods and regional groceries like Mollie Stone’s. Eventually, Instacart wants to offer a “bypass checkout” feature to its personal shoppers, and eventually to anyone who
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  • Supermarket 2020: Key Trends Transforming the Grocery Industry
    October 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Symphony Retail Ai has identified key trends for reinventing the grocery industry with its “Supermarket 2020” findings. These findings pinpoint the market forces that are driving radical disruption in supermarkets.

  • Costco Plans for New Chicken Plant in Nebraska
    October 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Costco takes its rotisserie chicken supply chain under its wing. The Seattle Times reports that Costco is on track to open a massive chicken operation in eastern Nebraska next year. The company plans to bring more the chicken supply chain under its control. The retailer’s $5 rotisserie chicken is a customer favorite, but has taken a loss
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  • Unsecured Cargo an Easy Target for Theft
    October 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The majority of in-transit cargo thefts occur while a vehicle is left unattended, whether in a public parking area or drop stop such as a distribution center or warehouse. A drive-through dock set up improves both food safety and security because security seals are only broken inside facilities. RITE-HITE The discussion about food safety has
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  • Uber Freight Transforms Land O’Lakes Supply Chain
    October 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Land O’Lakes partnered with Uber Freight to coordinate the movement of their FTL freight around the country. In a tight freight market, Land O’Lakes needed a way to leverage new innovative technology to increase their competitive edge. In a case study by Medium, Land O’Lakes partnered with Uber Freight to coordinate the movement of their FTL
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  • Top 50 Grocers: Amazon in 8th Place While Rest of Industry Restrategizes, Reshuffles
    October 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By Jim Dudlicek   It’s easy to think that the word “disruption” has been overused in descriptions of the transformation that’s taking place in the food retailing industry. But we’d better get used to it, because things are just getting started. There it is, at No. 8 in the chart at the end: Amazon. Mind you, for
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  • Diet Is a Four-Letter Word
    October 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    New whole-body approaches to weight management Overweight and obesity rates might be leveling off, but as more nations become more developed, waist expansion is spreading worldwide. In fact, the global girth rate appears to be untouched by an equally epidemic and persistent obsession with diets—diets of all kinds and of all claims. Americans, especially, have
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  • Warehouses are pinching workers from other hiring pools, but it’s still not enough
    October 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The transportation and warehousing sector attracted 731,000 new hires from other industries — a figure representing 66% workforce growth — from 2011 to 2015, according to an analysis from CBRE. The industries losing the most workers to transportation and warehouse jobs are administration, waste management and retail jobs. CBRE projects that warehouses will require an additional
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  • Cannabis Products Continue to Creep into Food & Beverage Brand Portfolios
    October 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Lagunitas, a Heineken craft beer brand, recently launched Hi-Fi Hops, a beer-flavored sparkling water with THC and CBD. Reports suggest that the hemp-CBD market alone could hit $22 billion by 2022. The Coca-Cola Co. announced that it has expressed interest in entering the cannabis beverage market. Coke is currently in discussions with Aurora Cannabis Inc.
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  • Kroger Helps Ocado’s Progress on US Sites
    October 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger is helping the company make progress in identifying locations for the first 20 sites to build automated warehouses in the U.S. British online grocer Ocad’s partnership with Kroger is helping the company make progress in identifying locations for the first 20 sites to build automated warehouses in the U.S., Reuters reports. The companies formed a partnership
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  • 3 Ways to Apply AI in Your Retail Organization
    October 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    3 Ways to Apply AI in Your Retail Organization Artificial intelligence, including robotics, machine learning and natural language processing, is primed to make retailers better at what they do By Sy Fahimi on Jun. 25, 2018 Today’s retail industry is far more fragmented and competitive than ever. Multiple store formats and an arsenal of digital tools are
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  • New U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal maintains status quo on food safety
    October 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The new U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement, USMCA contains food safety provisions not unlike the North American Free Trade Agreement it seeks to replace, but not the kind of changes some wanted. Fulfilling one of President Donald J. Trump’s campaign promises, news that trade ministers from the U.S., Mexico and Canada had reached an agreement  pushed the Dow Jones Industrials up
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  • Next-generation technology raises the bar for logistics managers
    October 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Industry 4.0 is quickly becoming a reality, transforming not just production processes but also the way logistics managers operate. Experts say we’ve reached a tipping point in technology, with rapid adoption forcing changes across the supply chain. Data-driven strategies, involving robotics and the internet of things (IoT), are now commonplace. A recent report by the Society
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  • An early take on North American treaty: The Produce News
    October 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BY TAD THOMPSON | OCTOBER 02, 2018 Details on the new free trade treaty between North American countries are still pending, but a couple of knowledgeable industry leaders like the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which unofficially replaced NAFTA Sept. 20. “I think it’s a good thing that they concluded the talks,” said Dante Galeazzi, president and
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  • Overcoming E-Commerce Challenges with Strategic Packaging Decisions
    October 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The future is bright for brands pursuing primary packaging designed to sell and ship in the e-commerce channel. The method of transporting products to traditional retail stores has been optimized down to a science over the years. Identical products pack neatly into corrugated boxes, which ship together on a skid to the retailer. Seldom do
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  • Ryder expands last-mile footprint with $120mn MXD acquisition
    October 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Ryder expands last-mile footprint with $120mn MXD acquisition By JAMES HENDERSON . Apr 05, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Fleet management and supply chain firm Ryder System has strengthened its last mile network with the $120mn purchase of MXD Group. The acquisition makers Ryder is the second largest last mile delivery provider of big and bulky goods in the
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  • 3PLs take the lead in large warehouse leases for the first time
    October 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) and e-commerce companies held 56 of the 100 largest warehouse leases in the U.S. in the first half of 2018, according to analysis from CBRE. 3PLs were the largest large-lease holders, with 33 leases. The top 100 largest leases for 2018 ranged from 417,000 to 2 million square feet. E-commerce companies were
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  • Instacart looks north of the border
    October 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Online grocery delivery specialist eyes bigger presence in Canada Russell Redman 1 | Sep 25, 2018 Instacart is laying the foundation to build up its online grocery delivery business in Canada. The San Francisco-based company plans to construct a new Toronto technology hub, dubbed Instacart North, and hire 200 more employees over the next few years in
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  • Capitalize on the Growing Trend of Plant-Based Proteins
    October 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Sales of plant-based foods reached more than $3.3 billion in 2017   By Mike Eardley on Aug. 24, 2018 Winsight Grocery Business As we’ve been reporting in our annual resource publication “What’s In Store” for the past several years, protein continues to be a highly sought-out attribute in food. And it’s an attribute that our fresh departments
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  • Automation and robotics: The supply chain of the future
    October 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Automation and robotics: The supply chain of the future By MARK PARSONS, CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER, DHL SUPPLY CHAIN May 03, 2017 Supply Chain Digital We have long anticipated the introduction of robotics into the supply chain. We have predicted the potential of such technology to help businesses keep pace with distribution challenges and consumer demand for convenience
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  • The warehouse of the future: mobile-piece picking robots becoming a reality
    September 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The warehouse of the future: mobile-piece picking robots becoming a reality By MATTHIAS HEUTGER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT STRATEGY, MARKETING AND INNOVATION AT DHL . Nov 03, 2017 Supply Chain Digital “Slow and steady” perhaps best defined the development of commercial robotics in the past. The anticipation for advancements has been building for many years. But the progress is
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  • Weis Markets Steps Up Home Delivery With Shipt
    September 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Mid-Atlantic grocer extends reach of same-day service After an initial launch earlier this month, Weis Markets Inc. is expanding online grocery delivery with Shipt to more than a dozen new metropolitan markets. Starting on Oct. 11, Shipt same-day delivery will be available from Weis stores in Chambersburg, Frederick, Hagerstown and St. Mary’s Peninsula, Md.; East
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  • Online Out-of-Stock Rate Twice as High as In-Store: GMA
    September 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Online Out-of-Stock Rate Twice as High as In-Store: GMA Lost sales could reach $17 billion annually By Rebekah Marcarelli on Jul. 24, 2018 A new report from the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) shows that out-of-stock rates for online purchases are nearly twice what they are in-store, potentially leading to losses of up to a whopping $17 billion
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  • ROFDA FALL CONFERENCE – NOVEMBER 8-11, 2018 – FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS – SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
    September 26, 2018 / No Comments / Events,News

        November 8-11, 2018 – Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort – Scottsdale, Arizona KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI) will be presenting supply chain industry updates to board members at the ROFDA FALL CONFERENCE 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as participating in (RAC) meetings as a member of the ROFDA ADVISORY COUNCIL (RAC). ROFDA (Retailer Owned Food Distributors
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  • Customer experience is driving supply chain innovation
    September 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Customer experience is driving supply chain innovation, says BlueJay report By BEN MOUNCER . Aug 18, 2018 Supply Chain Digital A new report from BlueJay Solutions has highlighted how supply chain leaders are prioritising customers when innovating their models. The leader in supply chain software and services, in tandem with research firm Adelante SCM, this week released its report
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  • Snacking Is the New “Big Cheese”
    September 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Snacking Is the New “Big Cheese” Marketers are aggressively trying to spur and meet demand for what many consumers look for in cheese: dairy goodness, indulgence, and new flavor experiences. Flavors continue to be bolder, more diverse (both sweet and savory), and more artisanal. The range of specialty products keeps expanding, and consumers seek out
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  • Grocers Embrace AI to Optimize Supply Chain
    September 24, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Today’s supply chain is in the midst of reinvention Half of retailers are embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to transform their supply chain operations, new research from Dallas-based technology company Symphony RetailAI has revealed. “Strengthening the Retail Supply Chain,” which was conducted by Chicago-based retail intelligence firm EnsembleIQ, Progressive Grocer’s parent, and surveyed mostly grocers, found that one in three of those
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  • Consumers demanding supply chain visibility and performance
    September 24, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Consumers demanding supply chain visibility and performance By STAFF WRITER . Apr 23, 2018 Supply Chain Digital  According to a global survey, 78% of consumers want to receive updates on the status of their orders when purchasing goods, and they won’t hesitate to switch brands if supply chain performance fails to meet their expectations.  The survey, conducted in
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  • Amazon announces ‘Hub by Amazon’
    September 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon announces ‘Hub by Amazon’ By JAMES HENDERSON . Jun 21, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Amazon has announced Hub by Amazon, a delivery solution for apartments that brings convenience and consistency to the delivery experience, is available for installation across the United States. Over 500,000 residents—from New York City to San Francisco, among others—already have access to the Hub
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  • The Trouble With the Foodservice Supply Chain
    September 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    OPERATIONS The Trouble With the Foodservice Supply Chain Businesses that serve food are facing roadblocks that are rarely discussed. By Phil Lempert on Aug. 16, 2018 There are three problems facing food delivery: fragmentation, last-mile logistics and a lack of pricing transparency. Techcrunch writes that services such as Amazon and Instacart are pushing for our business and attention
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  • Volvo, FedEx begin testing connected truck platooning technology
    September 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Volvo, FedEx begin testing connected truck platooning technology By JONATHAN DYBLE . Jun 28, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Volvo Trucks North America and US delivery company FedEx have partnered up to begin testing truck platooning technology in North Carolina. The technology aims to reduce fuel usage in autonomous and connected trucks by driving in convoy whilst also improving
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  • Amazon to expand its c-store pilot
    September 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon is reportedly planning on opening 3,000 cashier-less stores by 2021. According to a Bloomberg report, the e-commerce giant is planning on opening physical stores, an aggressive and costly expansion that would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, and mom-and-pop pizzerias and taco trucks. According to Bloomberg,
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  • GMO Labeling Is Finally Here
    September 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    WELLNESS GMO Labeling Is Finally Here Proposed symbols include a green leafy plant and even a smiley faceBy  Phil Lempert on Aug. 20, 2018 In 2016, President Obama signed a GMO labeling bill into law, ending the long-standing fight between the pro-labeling groups and the Grocery Manufacturers Association. The hope, and the fear, according to a column in
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  • Consumers want more digital that retailers deliver
    September 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Retailers Lag In Meeting Shoppers’ Digital Expectations, Study Finds by Ray Schultz , July 25, 2018 Retailers are embracing digital marketing. But their investments have not kept pace with customer expectations, according to Retail’s Digital Crossroads, a study by Incisiv in partnership with Windstream Enterprise. For example, 52% of shoppers value digital receipts via email or text.
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  • Flexe’s integration with Shopify enables fulfillment for e-commerce merchants
    September 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Flexe’s integration with Shopify enables fulfillment for e-commerce merchants By JAMES HENDERSON . Mar 22, 2018 Supply Chain Digital On-demand warehousing and fulfilment provider Flexe has announced its integration for Shopify, making it easier for e-commerce merchats to find warehouse space in real-time. With the integration Shopify merchants now have access to the more than 850 warehouses in the
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  • Food Retailers With a Comprehensive Approach to Earning Shopper Loyalty Can See Sales Rise Dramatically
    September 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Food Retailers With a Comprehensive Approach to Earning Shopper Loyalty Can See Sales Rise Dramatically, According to a New FMI and Precima Report Jul 19, 2018 Research Predicts $70M in Incremental Annual Sales via a Customer-Centric Loyalty Strategy ARLINGTON, VA and TORONTO  July 19, 2018 – The best way for food retailers to gain an advantage over
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  • How Amazon Can Be Disrupted By The Next Big Thing In Retail
    September 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How Amazon Can Be Disrupted By The Next Big Thing In Retail Brittain Ladd Digital & Strategy Consultant – Opinion – Contributor: Forbes CEO and co-founder Julia Collins, left, and co-founder Alex Garden pose for a photo in front of one of the company’s delivery trucks at Zume Pizza in Mountain View, Calif. Zume is
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  • Amazon to open fourth checkout-free store, in Chicago this time
    September 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon to open fourth checkout-free store, in Chicago this time Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY Crowds outside the Amazon Go checkout-free convenience store in Seattle on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 as it opened to the public. (Photo: James Scott, KING 5) SAN FRANCISCO — The Windy City is getting the next Amazon Go checkout-free store, the first
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  • Check this out: Hema’s robot-operated restaurant
    September 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Check this out: Hema’s robot-operated restaurant Chinese supermarket gives an innovative spin to the grocerant experience By Canadian Grocer staff  |  July 20, 2018 Alibaba Group’s Hema supermarket in Shanghai is taking the grocerant experience to a new level. Customers can select ingredients from the store’s seafood department and have them prepared to eat on
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  • Home Depot’s sales increase driven by $1.2bn supply chain investment
    September 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Home Depot’s sales increase driven by $1.2bn supply chain investment By OLIVIA MINNOCK . Aug 20, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the world, has reported sales of $30.5bn for the second quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, marking a year-on-year increase of 8.4%. The company, which reported an increase in online
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  • How will new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines impact CPG sales?
    September 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How will new American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines impact CPG sales? Cathy Siegner Aug. 28, 2018 The American Academy of Pediatrics wants the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tighten up its regulatory oversight of food additives so that negative health effects from colorings, flavorings and food ingredients, plus some packaging chemicals, are less likely
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  • Top ten logistics firms by revenue
    September 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Top ten logistics firms by revenue By FREDDIE PIERCE . Apr 11, 2013 Supply Chain Digital   The world’s top ten logistics firms account for billions of dollars in revenue each year, but, often being divided into a number of operations; it is sometimes difficult to ascertain which are the largest. Here, Supply Chain Digital looks at the
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  • The future of work. How will tech impact grocery’s labour force?
    September 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The future of work. How will tech impact grocery’s labour force? By David Brown  |  August 30, 2018 Like many grocery retailers these days, the Longo’s leadership team is thinking a lot about technology and how it will affect their workforce. There’s not a lot of technology in stores yet, but they’re starting to test
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  • How to drive e-commerce revenue growth
    September 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How to drive e-commerce revenue growth By Louisa Hallett – 08/27/2018 A recent survey reveals what retailers need to do to find solutions to their eCommerce struggles. According to new research from SLI Systems, at least 91% of retailers expect online revenue growth this year. The H1 2018 E-commerce Performance Indonfidence (EPIC) Report highlights top
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  • ‘World-class’ procurement organisations operating at 21% lower labour costs
    September 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    ‘World-class’ procurement organizations operating at 21% lower labour costs By JAMES HENDERSON . Aug 23, 2018 Supply Chain Digital World-class procurement organisations now operate at 21% lower labour costs than peers and have 29% fewer staff, according to new world-class performance advantage research from The Hackett Group. The research also found that digital transformation enables typical procurement organisations
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  • Packaging innovations help sell foods and beverages
    September 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Packaging innovations help sell foods and beverages  Dramatic changes in demographics, lifestyles, and eating patterns are helping to drive packaging innovations. Among the mega-trends feeding into package development are changing population distribution, fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household size, and multi-generational households. These demographic shifts are leading to changes in household dynamics
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  • Why next-day delivery margins are more about strategic warehousing than shipping costs
    September 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Why next-day delivery margins are more about strategic warehousing than shipping costs By BEN EACHUS, FOUNDER AND CEO OF FLOWSPACE . May 25, 2018 Supply Chain Digital In the real estate industry, success has a lot to do with location. The same holds true in the world of e-commerce – as more businesses leverage strategically-located warehouses to reduce
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  • Food waste could mean big bucks for manufacturers and retailers
    September 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Food waste could mean big bucks for manufacturers and retailers Cathy Siegner Innovative firms and researchers are developing new ways to use food waste both as an ingredient and in food packaging, according to Ingredients Network. The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates one-third of all food produced globally is lost where it is grown or raised
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  • Cold Brew Coffee: Consumer Demand Heating Up
    September 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Cold Brew Coffee: Consumer Demand Heating Up On the heels of RTD coffee and iced coffee growth, cold brew coffee has become commonplace across the foodservice spectrum. Iced coffee beverages broaden the coffee playing field, satisfying refreshment-based consumer needs by carrying the beverage well beyond its morning daypart stronghold. Cold brew’s promise of smoother taste
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  • JD.com launches new blockchain platform to help enterprise customers
    September 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    JD.com launches new blockchain platform to help enterprise customers By BEN MOUNCER . Aug 17, 2018 Supply Chain Digital JD.com believes its new blockchain platform could transform operations, including the supply chain, for its enterprise customers. The Chinese e-commerce giant announced its new blockchain-as-a-service offering, ‘JD Blockchain Open Platform’, in a detailed release on Friday, also revealing the China Pacific
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  • Top 10: Supply chain management software companies
    September 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Top 10: Supply chain management software companies By OLIVIA MINNOCK . May 26, 2018, Supply Chain Digital  Supply Chain 24/7 recently named the top companies for supply chain management (SCM) software. We’ve taken a look at the top 10 based on revenue, how they have grown and why they stand out 10 – Coupa Software Coupa Software’s total
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  • Online grocery in Canada: Who’s doing what?
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    Online grocery: Who’s doing what? With the delivery wars heating up, we look at what services the big players are offering By Chris Powell  |  July 26, 2018 Costco recently introduced online grocery for customers in Southern Ontario, with plans to eventually roll out the service throughout the rest of the province and Quebec. Costco
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  • Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy
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    Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy Jul 09, 2018 By: David Fikes, Vice President, Consumer/Communication Affairs and Communications, Food Marketing Institute The equation of what it means to eat well is different for every consumer. For a few it remains a simple calculation of cost of the product plus the convenience of
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  • From Go-Getters To Achievers, Research Rattles Gen-Z Myths
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    From Go-Getters To Achievers, Research Rattles Gen-Z Myths by Sarah Mahoney  @mahoney_sarah, Yesterday Marketers may love to deal in generational stereotypes, but new research from Deloitte shows that brands might do better shaking off their Gen Z and millennial myopia. Deloitte designed the research, based on 3,000 American adults, to uncover shopping behavior, channel preferences and ideas
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  • Consumer appetite for convenience gives rise to grocerants
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    Consumer appetite for convenience gives rise to grocerants Supermarkets are looking for ways to compete with rivals and satisfy consumer needs By The Canadian Press  |  August 24, 2018 Cooks at T&T Supermarket’s first seafood bar in Vancouver stand ready to prepare spot prawns, clams and lobsters freshly ordered by grocery shoppers, as the Asian-focused
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  • Real-Time Insights on Amazon Prime and Whole Foods Integration
    September 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Real-Time Insights on Amazon Prime and Whole Foods Integration CART and Sense360 reveal the top 5 insights from their recent webinar By Gary Hawkins on Aug. 14, 2018 It’s been a year since Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, triggering a grocery industry innovation war and a stampede online. While there has been increasing activity since then, the
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  • CAPSTONE LOGISTICS 12TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM – OCTOBER 17-19, 2018 – PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
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                                    PGA National Resort – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida October 17-19, 2018     Keith Swiednicki International (KSi) will be attending Capstone’s 12th Annual Partner Symposium. The symposium is a gathering of supply chain executives and is designed to promote discussion and collaboration
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  • Toyota unveils second version of zero emissions truck
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    Toyota unveils second version of zero emissions truck By JAMES HENDERSON . Aug 03, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Toyota has announced a “great leap towards the future of zero-emission trucking”, unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck.  The announcement was made before a crowd of media and industry leaders during the Center
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  • Walmart testing options for cashier-less checkout
    September 6, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Inside Walmart’s journey to cashierless retail JULY 9, 2018 by Suman Bhattacharyya Walmart is testing the waters of cashier automation, first by letting customers scan and pay for items within an app, and now, giving in-store reps the ability to help customers pay on mobile devices. It’s also studying customer comfort levels with automated payments. At this
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  • Top 10: world’s largest logistics brands
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    Top 10: World’s largest logistics brands By JAMES HENDERSON . Jun 23, 2018 Supply Chain Digital   10. CSX CSX is a leading supplier of rail-based freight transportation based out of Jacksonville, Florida. As a railroad, the company operates around 21,000 route miles of track. The company was formed in 1981 by combining the railroads of the former
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  • Kroger to expand Instacart grocery delivery service to half its stores nationwide
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    By LAURA MULLAN . Sep 03, 2018, 10:54AM The Kroger Company is set to expand its same-day grocery delivery service to half of its stores nationwide, after strengthening its partnership with Instacart. America’s largest supermarket retailer said it will add the delivery service to 75 additional markets. Expected to be completed by late October, the expansion will grow Kroger
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  • Walmart’s backroom robots tackle grocery
    September 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart’s backroom robots tackle grocery The big-box retailer will start piloting new automation technology at a U.S. location by the end of 2018 By Canadian Grocer staff  |  August 16, 2018 In retail there is a need for speed. Consumer expectations for a fast, convenient e-commerce experience is at an all-time high (thanks, Amazon) and
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  • Starbuck’s and Alibaba form partnership, will pilot delivery services in China
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    Starbuck’s and Alibaba form partnership, will pilot delivery services in China By JAMES HENDERSON . Aug 06, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Starbucks Coffee Company and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. have announced a retail partnership that will enable a seamless Starbucks Experience and transform the coffee industry in China. Collaborating across key businesses within the Alibaba ecosystem, including Ele.me,
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  • XPO and Nestlé to create ‘digital warehouse of the future’
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    XPO and Nestlé to create ‘digital warehouse of the future’ By JAMES HENDERSON . Jun 18, 2018 Supply Chain Digital Nestlé and XPO Logistics are to work together to create the ‘digital warehouse of the future’, which will be situated in the UK. The companies are co-creating a 638,000-square-foot distribution center at the new SEGRO East Midlands Gateway
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  • Private Brands Make a Big Comeback
    September 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    New FMI and IRI Report Reveals Private Brands Make a Big Comeback Jul 11, 2018 FMI and IRI Launch the First Half of a Four-Part Series Examining Consumer and Business Insights in Private Brands CHICAGO and ARLINGTON, VA – Private brand performance within the grocery channel dramatically increased in the past year, posting annual sales of
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  • A no-go for keto? New study finds low-carb diets increase mortality
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    A no-go for keto? New study finds low-carb diets increase mortality. Cathy Siegner Aug. 30, 2018 Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found low-carb diets — which replace carbohydrates with plant-based protein and fats — were linked to a lower risk of mortality when compared to those that replace carbohydrates with animal-based proteins
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  • Is online grocery really going to explode in the US?
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    Viewpoint: Is online grocery really going to explode in the US? David Rogers | Aug 24, 2018 Editor’s note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management at Supermarket News.  The online grocery business is said to be “exploding” and has become the focus of investment efforts by most of the large
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  • Finding Drivers and Higher Costs Are Issues Keeping Supply Chain Leaders up at Night
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    Finding Drivers and Higher Costs Are Issues Keeping Supply Chain Leaders up at Night May 08, 2018 By: Pat Walsh, Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President, Supply Chain, Food Marketing Institute The backbone of any sustainable supply chain relies on a performing and reliable transportation network. Those who lead in the supply chain will
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  • Shipt Expands Reach Of Same-Day Delivery In Texas
    August 31, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Shipt Expands Reach Of Same-Day Delivery In Texas Date: August 23, 2018 Shipt soon will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and household essentials from H-E-B and Target across 10 Texas metro areas. Shipt originally launched in the state of Texas in 2015, and this launch gives more than 200,000 additional households across Texas access to products delivered by
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  • Getting the most out of eSourcing
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    Getting the most out of eSourcing By DANIEL BALL, DIRECTOR, WAX DIGITAL . Aug 21, 2018, 6:37AM Today’s procurement professionals are no strangers to the cost savings and efficiency gains that eSourcing enables. In fact, our survey of 200 procurement professionals found that 68% already benefit from the eSourcing module. According to our research, of all the eProcurement
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  • Amazon Canada launches monthly Prime plan
    August 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon Canada launches monthly Prime plan New program allows for greater flexibility, according to the e-commerce giant By Canadian Grocer staff with files from The Associated Press  |  August 28, 2018 Amazon Canada has introduced a monthly membership option for Prime members as an alternative to its existing yearly plan. Prime members now have the option
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  • Best Practices for Increasing Health & Beauty Care and General Merchandise Sales in Grocery Stores
    August 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    New Study from Acosta and Food Marketing Institute Reveals Best Practices for Increasing Health & Beauty Care and General Merchandise Sales in Grocery Stores Aug 20, 2018 Jacksonville, Fla. & Arlington, Va. — With the grocery channel challenged for growth, the Health & Beauty Care (HBC) and General Merchandise (GM) departments offer high development opportunities, attractive
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  • How 5 Top Grocers are Modernizing through Automation and Robotics
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    How 5 Top Grocers are Modernizing through Automation and Robotics By Randy Hofbauer – 08/24/2018 At Food Lion, Marty the Robot clean-sweeps the store a dozen times daily to identify slip-and-fall hazards on the floor, scan shelves for out-of-stocks and ensure shelf pricing is aligned with the front end registers As today’s top grocers seek to find
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  • What grocery retailers need to know about prepared foods
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    What grocery retailers need to know about prepared foods AUTHOR Food Dive staff PUBLISHED April 16, 2018 In 2015, for the first time ever, consumer spending on meals prepared away from home eclipsed spending on food prepared in it. This dining-out trend has continued as shoppers look for convenient meal solutions that are fresh and
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  • For grocery stores, opportunities lie in HBC and general merchandise
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    ISSUES & TRENDS>CONSUMER TRENDS For grocery stores, opportunities lie in HBC and general merchandise New study reveals best practices for increasing health & beauty care and general merchandise sales Michael Browne | Aug 21, 2018 With the grocery channel challenged for growth, the health & beauty care (HBC) and general merchandise (GM) categories offer high development opportunities,
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  • Cashier-free tech makes debut in San Francisco
    August 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Zippin technology uses a combination of overhead cameras and smart shelf sensors for the highest level of accuracy. Cashier-free tech makes debut in San Francisco Zippin launches tech platform and concept store with no checkout line Michael Browne | Aug 22, 2018 San Francisco-based tech startup Zippin is launching its checkout-free software platform that enables retailers to
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  • Walmart completes acquisition of India’s Flipkart
    August 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart completes acquisition of India’s Flipkart $16 billion deal gives Walmart huge online opportunity in burgeoning economy Michael Browne | Aug 20, 2018 Walmart Inc. and Flipkart Group this weekend announced the closing of the $16 billion deal that makes Walmart the largest shareholder in Flipkart, with 77% of shares in the India-based e-commerce company. The deal was
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  • Kroger Begins Test of Grocery Delivery with Self-Driving Vehicles
    August 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger begins test of grocery delivery with self-driving vehicles Pilot gets under way at Fry’s Food store in Arizona Russell Redman 1 | Aug 16, 2018 Fry’s Food Stores in Scottsdale, Ariz., is leading off The Kroger Co.’s foray into driverless grocery delivery. Kroger said its pilot with Mountain View, Calif.-based Nuro, announced in late June, kicks
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  • Amazon Prime Day/Whole Foods
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon, Whole Foods sweeten the Prime Day deal Prime members shopping at the chain get $10 credit for Amazon.com Russell Redman 1 | Jul 10, 2018 Amazon is giving Prime members more reason to shop at Whole Foods Market over the next week. The e-tail giant said Tuesday that it’s offering Prime customers $10 to spend on
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  • Ocado Robot Wars
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Ocado: robot wars Online grocer’s global ambitions require special attention The Singularity in grocery shopping is edging closer. Ocado’s robotic warehouses have transformed the British online grocer’s fortunes, humiliating short sellers in the process. Hints that it might find new customers for its technology were enough to quell concerns about a profit dip on Tuesday.
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  • Kombucha
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Interest Brewing In Kombucha As Healthy Beer, Soda Alternative MergermarketContributori Jul 9, 2018, 12:44pm 1,412 views #GettingBuzz Brew Dr. KombuchaBREW DR. KOMBUCHA By Dayna Fields Boasting a variety of brands and flavors, kombucha—the probiotic-rich “brew” made by fermenting sweet tea—is likely to soon rival craft beer and, eventually, the slumping soda category. Offered with alcohol or as a
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  • Jet.com to NYC
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Jet to open Bronx fulfillment center for NYC push AUTHOR Daphne Howland@daphnehowland PUBLISHED July 10, 2018 SHARE IT Dive Brief: Walmart-owned Jet.com is opening a fulfillment center in the Bronx New York City borough this fall, which the company said in a press release will facilitate deliveries in the New York City area. The
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  • Kroger Payments
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    UPDATED: KROGER DROPS 90-DAY PAYMENTS FOR PRODUCE Chris Koger July 9, 2018 06:42 PM The Kroger Co. says it will not enforce a new policy extending payments to 90 days for all suppliers, sparing produce companies who are covered by the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act. ( Kroger Co. logo ) (UPDATED, 9 p.m.) The Kroger Co.
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  • Hydroponics
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Bright Farms takes local produce model nationwide with hydroponics By Mary Ellen Shoup 09-Jul-2018 – : Local food, hydroponics It wasn’t too long ago when locally-grown produce evoked images of backyard gardens or roadside produce stands many miles outside of city limits. Now, the local produce movement has morphed into an urban-centered industry 8 BrightFarms
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  • Personalized Foods
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Healthy Personalized Foods Might Be Right Around the Corner The Lempert Report: 3D printing could create ingredients that conform to users’ needs or preferencesBy Phil Lempert on Jul. 09, 2018We’ve been touting 3D printing for food opportunities here at The Lempert Report ever since I witnessed and tasted Oreos being 3D printed at SxSW (South by Southwest) five years
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  • Out of Stocks
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Inventory Management: Out of Time for Out-of-Stocks Retailers rethinking approach to inventory management to satisfy consumers’ expectationsBy Natalie Taylor on Jul. 09, 2018 Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock, Amazon and iStockIn today’s volatile retail climate, grocers are burdened with seemingly endless challenges of adapting to the evolving needs and expectations of the consumer. From e-commerce and meal
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  • Private Label Grows
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Private Label Increases Market Share across Europe   By CPGmatters Staff     Retailer brands keep gaining popularity across Europe. The latest Nielsen data shows that market share for private label increased last year in 12 of 19 countries. It now stands at 30% or more in 17 countries.   Private label reached an all-time
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  • Retailers may not survive
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Shopping struggles: These 11 retailers may not survive 2018 Motley Fool Staff, The Motley FoolPublished 2:20 a.m. ET July 10, 2018 | Updated 11:22 a.m. ET July 10, 2018 As traditional retail continues to die, some malls are changing with the times by bringing in fitness-focused business. USA TODAY The retail apocalypse isn’t over yet. (Photo: Getty
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  • Power 20
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Power 20 10 chains with roots in traditional grocery share the list with 10 so-called alternative formats, as the lines between them increasingly blur. By Meg Major and Jon Springer Welcome to the unveiling of Winsight Grocery Business’ annual ranking of the nation’s Top 20 Food Retailers, which plots the industry’s most influential companies in
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  • Plant Based Foods
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Plant-Based Product Claims See Dramatic Rise 07/09/2018 Infographic from Innova Market Insights Burgeoning consumer interest in health, sustainability and ethics is spurring the popularity of plant-based ingredients and products, according to a report from Innova Market Insights. In fact, Innova, a Dutch knowledge solutions provider for the food and beverage industries, found that plant-based product
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  • Supply Chain Risk
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Intelligent Way to Manage Supply Chain Risk – Insight from Rolf Zimmer of riskmethods PETER SMITH – July 10, 2018 12:07 AM | Categories: Procurement good practice | Tags: L1, Risk, riskmethods, supply chain management We’ve worked with riskmethods for a while but I don’t think I have seen Rolf Zimmer (co-founder) speaking in public. He did so at the recent Jaggaer Rev
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  • Amazon Prime Day
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Amazon ‘Prime Day’ next week could be a boon to all retailers—if they take advantage of it, according to an AlixPartners consumer survey JULY 2018 63% of the public say they plan on shopping Amazon.com on Prime Day, but 39% say they plan on shopping at other retailers, up from a reported 31% last year
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  • M&A Activity
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    OPERATIONS U.S. retail CEOs expect M&A activity to drive bullish growth BY DEENA M. AMATO-MCCOYJuly 9, 2018 The nation’s retail chief executives are bullish on growth. RELATED The Fresh Market trimming its store fleet That’s one of the findings of KPMG LLP’s 2018 U.S. CEO Outlook report, in which 83% of CEOs in the consumer and
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  • Retail Innovation
    July 10, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Retail Innovation Summit 2018— The Three As of New Retail KEY POINTS The Coresight Research team attended the Retail Innovation Summit organized by the Hong Kong Retail Technology Industry Association (RTIA) on July 5 in Hong Kong. The Chairman of the RTIA Ricky Chu believes real-time analytics, service automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are key
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  • Check Out Woodland Market
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    July 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Fresh Market Closing 15 Stores In Nine States Date: July 09, 2018 in: Home Page Slider, Southeast, Store News Leave a comment The Fresh Market Inc. announced today, July 9, that it plans to close 15 stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. This decision was made following the completion of an
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  • Recovery Lidl
    July 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Lidl USA: What Went Wrong And What It Can Do To Recover Brittain Ladd , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Lidl opened its first stores in June 2017 to much fanfare. One year later, Lidl has failed to live up to the hype surrounding its arrival in the U.S. (Photographer: Benjamin Boshart/Bloomberg) Aside from
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  • Meal Kit Industry
    July 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods flipped the meal-kit industry upside down; celebrity spokesmodels, football stars help sell vegan dinners Celebrities like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel Chrissy Teigen are drawing new clients with branded kits and recipes. Amazon hasn’t even begun offering meals to its more than 100 million Prime members and
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  • Simple Ingredients
    July 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Making fancy food from simple ingredients Janet Forgrieve Janet Forgrieve/SmartBrief Simple ingredients, authentic recipes and transparency were major themes at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City last week. The Specialty Food Association’s annual event featured companies and brands of all sizes, from startups to big names, that stressed the beauty of simple ingredients from
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  • Questions Shoppers Ask
    July 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Five Questions Shoppers Ask About The Food They Buy Jul 09, 2018 By: David Fikes, Vice President, Consumer/Communication Affairs and Communications, Food Marketing Institute The equation of what it means to eat well is different for every consumer. For a few it remains a simple calculation of cost of the product plus the convenience of
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  • Competing Against Amazon
    July 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How To Compete With Amazon? Create An In-Store Customer Experience That Rivals Theirs July 08, 2018 Amazon is the company retailers love to hate. Amazon’s arms continue to weave and curl around your customers. And while shoppers shop at both Amazon and local businesses or department stores, the fact is any trip saved by shopping
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  • Customer Service Lessons
    July 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    7 customer service lessons from the best Uber driver ever This Toronto Uber driver has maintained a 4.99 rating after driving nearly 5,000 passengers. When I climbed into his car, I found out why. [Photo: Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images] BY NEIL PASRICHA6 MINUTE READ I’ve probably taken an Uber two or three times a day for the past
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  • Amazon vs Walmart
    July 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon And Walmart: Digital Native VS Physical Presence   Greg Petro , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Walmart and Amazon are competing in nearly every facet of their businesses. I’ve written about some areas recently including their approaches to innovation and the evolving role of the merchant within their organizations. Another area that’s a heavy focus for
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  • Semantics of supply chain
    July 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Semantics of Supply Chain Kevin O’Marah , CONTRIBUTORI cover supply chain management, technology, and global trade Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. My 80-year-old Prussian father-in-law loves to hear stories about how supply chain impacts economics, society and the environment. As a former Morgan Stanley investment banker, he knows something about business and appreciates the
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  • Amazon Go
    July 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon Go seen as welcome grocery option But not all Americans would embrace cashier-free retail concept, survey says Russell Redman 1 | Jul 02, 2018 Though Amazon.com Inc. is just getting under way with its Amazon Go stores, a new study finds that U.S. grocery shoppers are open to the cashierless retail concept. Nearly 75% of 1,000
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  • Trojan Horse: Instacart
    July 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Trojan Horse: Will Instacart Become A Competitor Of The Grocery Retailers It Serves?   Brittain Ladd , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. InstaCart employees fulfill orders for delivery to customers. Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg True story: Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, is famous for using the phrase “steal shamelessly” when it came to
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  • Lidl ReEvaluates
    July 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    One year later, Kroger rival Lidl’s US expansion has fallen short Enlarge Lidl started opening U.S. stores a year ago, but its growth has been slower than first expected. DAVID KEITH | LIDL US By Steve Watkins  – Staff Reporter, Cincinnati Business Courier 5 hours ago A year ago, the grocery world was abuzz as German deep-discounter Lidl
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  • Sustainability
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  • Retail Delivery
    July 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How we see the future of retail delivery – and what this means for logistics © Nullplus By Brian Bourke, vice president, marketing at SEKO Logistics  04/07/2018 Consumer attitudes are changing, consumer shopping behaviours are changing and technology is changing. And they’re all about to come together to change the face of retail delivery as we
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  • Buc ee’s
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    We visited a convenience-store chain with a Texas cult following, and we were amazed by what we found Hollis Johnson and Kate Taylor   2h Buc-ee’s is a sprawling roadside destination. Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Buc-ee’s is a convenience-store chain with a cult following across Texas. The chain serves as a super-sized highway pit stop complete with “world-famous” bathrooms, branded
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  • Bananas
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How ripe should a banana be? A new snap that has gone viral on Instagram shows a bunch of bananas, all at different levels of ripeness. They are all labelled from numbers one through 15, with 1 being the most under-ripe and 15 being the most over-ripe. The image, which has more than 4,700 likes, asks people to pick
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  • Titans of China Tencent
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Titans Of China Series – Volume 1: Tencent Jul. 2, 2018 12:10 PM ET Investing City Summary Tencent’s ecosystem of internet businesses is absolutely incredible. The financials are a thing of beauty which indicates the strength of the businesses. While a possible risk is that the company could get away from its core competencies, right
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  • Titans of China
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Titans Of China Series – Volume 2: Alibaba Jul. 3, 2018 2:15 PM ET | Investing City Summary Alibaba has an incredible flywheel similar to Amazon. However, the business models of these two companies are fundamentally different. Alibaba is still a strong business with great financials that make this a great company for a long-term
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  • Future Grocery Automation in Canada
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    A sneak peak at the future of grocery automation in Canada By David Brown  |  June 28, 2018 In the growing battle for Canada’s online grocery shopping dollars, a new name joined the fray early this year as a powerful ally of Sobeys—and they’re bringing robots. Sobeys announced in January an agreement to bring Ocado Group’s
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  • Digital Forward
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    Consumers embracing ‘digital forward’ stores, but beware of glitches AUTHOR Dan O’Shea PUBLISHED July 2, 2018 Dive Brief: More than 80% of 1,033 consumers surveyed by technical software and support provider Boomtown said they have suffered from a technical glitch while visiting a retail store or restaurant, and 28% said such negative technology experiences would result
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  • Vertical Farming
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Is Vertical Farming Really the Future of Agriculture? Indoor, LED-lit growing operations produce food without soil or sunlight — but scaling up could prove difficult by Steve Holt  Jul 3, 2018, 3:06pm EDT A vertical farming setup from farm.one Photo courtesy of farm.one This story was originally published on Civil Eats. By now, the images of shelves full of
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  • Amazon Go
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon will open a second automated store in Seattle—and this one is much bigger [Photo: SounderBruce/Wikimedia Commons] BY SEAN CAPTAIN1 MINUTE READ Amazon wowed the internet back in 2016 with its vision of a cashier-free store, Amazon Go, where you could just grab what you want and get an auto-tallied and auto-paid bill, courtesy of computer vision and other
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  • New Era Amazon/Whole Foods
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    New Era at Amazon’s Whole Foods Grates on Some Suppliers, Employees 7-2-18 10:13 AM EDT | Email Article By Heather Haddon and Laura Stevens Amazon.com Inc. has infused Whole Foods with its efficient, data-driven ethos in the year since it bought the natural grocer. But not all Whole Foods employees and suppliers are happy about that. Suppliers say they
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  • Emerging Technology
    July 2, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Emerging technology and supply chain: Breaking through the hype By VIVEK SONEJA, GLOBAL HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN AT ANAPLAN . Jul 02, 2018, 8:01AM Gartner has coined a plethora of colorful terms for their Hype Cycle methodology. Here’s one that sounds especially relevant: the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” If the practical benefits of new technology fail to make
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  • Emerging Technology
    July 2, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Emerging technology and supply chain: Breaking through the hype By VIVEK SONEJA, GLOBAL HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN AT ANAPLAN . Jul 02, 2018, 8:01AM Gartner has coined a plethora of colorful terms for their Hype Cycle methodology. Here’s one that sounds especially relevant: the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” If the practical benefits of new technology fail to make
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  • Ocado vs Amazon
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Suddenly This Surprising Company Is Beating Walmart and Amazon at Grocery Delivery Who would have thought that Kroger would be able to beat Walmart and Amazon at their own game? By Peter EconomyThe Leadership Guy@bizzwriter While many grocery stores — from Safeway to Publix to Whole Foods — have offered to deliver food to your home
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  • Hello Fresh
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Inside Story of How HelloFresh Clawed Its Way to the Top HelloFresh blew past 100 competitors to become the No. 1 meal-kit company on the planet. The German startup is winning–but not by playing nice. By Burt HelmEditor-at-large@burthelm Dominik Richter (left) and Thomas Griesel built a $2.3 billion public company funded by hundreds of millions
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  • Blockchain: Food Industry
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart-Led Blockchain Effort Seeks Farm-to-Grocery-Aisle View of Food Supply Chain The grocery giant, together with Nestlé, Dole and others, wants to set new industry standards on food tracking By Kim S. Nash Jun 25, 2018 1:05 pm ET 5 COMMENTS A Food Trust trace of a shipment of strawberries in early December 2017 shows that they
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  • Danone Food Investments
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Why Danone plans to buy up to 25 food startups AUTHOR Patti Zarling PUBLISHED June 25, 2018 Dive Brief: Danone Manifesto Ventures, an investment fund set up by the French food giant, plans to acquire 20 to 25 start-up companies by 2020, Reuters reports. The New York-based Danone investment arm, started in 2016, has spent
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  • Amazon vs Walmart
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Amazon beat out Walmart in a deal for a small pharmacy startup — and it shows just how intense the rivalry’s gotten Lydia Ramsey and Dennis Green 2h Daniel Becerril/Reuters Amazon just signaled its intent to get into the pharmaceutical business through the acquisition of a startup called PillPack. The deal came just a few months after Walmart was reported
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  • Vertical Farms
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    US (TX): Vertical farm introduces chemical-free produce line Eden Green Technology, a next generation vertical farming company, has unveiled ‘Crisply’, a locally grown, freshly picked produce line. Eden Green Technology’s Crisply produce, which is non-GMO and pesticide-, herbicide- and chemical-free, can be found in Walmart stores beginning in Texas next month. “We are elated to
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  • Fast Food Restaurants
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Here’s the State With the Most Fast-Food Restaurants in All of America Jun 29, 2018 | 1:28 pm By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper If you’re eager to eat in a hurry, you’ve got more quick meal options in certain states than in others No matter which state you live in, from Alaska to Hawaii and beyond, there’s no shortage of
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  • Where are the Drivers
    June 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Where are the drivers going? Look no further than the warehouse June 30, 2018 Chad Prevost (PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK) You’ve probably heard by now. As the nation faces a historically low level of unemployment, trucking companies are doing what economists have been saying firms need to do to attract—and then retain—workers. They’re hiking pay to higher and higher
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  • Kroger Driverless Delivery
    June 28, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Kroger to bring driverless cars to grocery delivery Kroger is partnering with autonomous car company Nuro to introduce driverless cars to its grocery delivery. Kroger has made a number of investments toward expanding its digital and online delivery business. “Last mile delivery” is one of the hardest feats in the delivery of fresh food. Lauren
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  • Amazon/Pill Pack
    June 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon just acquired a little-known startup that mails medicine to your door, and it sent pharmacy stocks into a frenzy — here’s how PillPack works Charlotte Hu 57m PillPack founders TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen. Their startup was acquired by Amazon. PillPack AMZN Amazon.Com 1,677.94 18.94 (+1.10 %) DisclaimerGet real-time AMZN charts here » PillPack, a digital pharmacy
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  • Driverless Grocery Delivery
    June 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Driverless Grocery Delivery Leave a reply BRIEF Driverless grocery store ready to roll out pilot in two markets AUTHOR Alicia Kelso@BGbunster PUBLISHED June 28, 2018 Dive Brief: Robomart, a self-driving mobile grocery store first unveiled in January at CES, is ready to launch its pilot program in Santa Clara and Alameda, California, in the fall.
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  • State of Logistics 2018
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    State of the Logistics Union 2018 Logistics Costs as Percent of GDP Rise Modestly in 2017, though “Steep Grade Ahead”   What a difference a year makes. The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) is out with its 2018 State of Logistics Report, looking at 2017 data. The headline news: after declining in 2016
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  • Snacks
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    What is a snack, and how are snacking habits evolving? Hartman Group, SnackNation, weigh in… By Elaine Watson 26-Jun-2018 – Last updated on 26-Jun-2018 at 22:47 GMT SnackNation CEO Sean Kelly: ‘Millennials are combining 3-4 snacks to make meals, just like you’d build a plate with protein, veggies/fruits and grains…’ https://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Article/2018/06/27/What-is-a-snack-and-how-are-snacking-habits-evolving-Hartman-Group-SnackNation-weigh-in 2/4 If roughly half of
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  • Alibaba
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Alibaba Is A No-Brainer Jun. 26, 2018 12:20 PM ET Jae Jun Summary I am long Alibaba and plan to be for a long time as China and the world cannot function without Alibaba. Alibaba.com is an international and domestic monopoly. Alibaba has permeated through China’s way of living and is continuing to grow across
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  • Supply Chain Sustainability
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart and Tesco join leading companies in scaling up supply chain sustainability By JAMES HENDERSON . Jun 26, 2018, 6:45AM The world’s largest retailer, Walmart has been joined by three more of the top 20 retail companies – CVS Health, Target Corporation and Tesco – in collecting data from suppliers to reduce environmental risk and cut carbon emissions
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  • Conagra Buys Pinnacle
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Conagra buying Pinnacle Foods for $10.9B in cash and stock AUTHOR Christopher Doering@cdoering PUBLISHED June 27, 2018 Dive Brief: Conagra Brands is buying Pinnacle Foods for about $10.9 billion in cash and stock, the maker of Healthy Choice and Marie Callender’s said in a statement. Pinnacle Foods’ shareholders will receive about $68 per share, including $43.11 per share in
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  • Grocery Spend Great Britain
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocery spending increases Published Wednesday 27 June 2018 10:58 am Spending on groceries reached £27.1 billion in the 12 weeks to 17th June – 2.1 per cent up on the same period last year, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel. All the major players, except Sainsbury’s, increased sales, with the biggest increases coming from Ocado,
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  • Top Issues
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The top issues keeping food manufacturers awake at night By JOHN D’ARCY, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR AT NEWTON . Jun 27, 2018, 4:48PM  The food manufacturing industry is a complex, globally connected network. This means it’s inevitable that the sector will consistently face ever-evolving challenges. Some expected and consistent, such as evolution in food trends, others which were unlikely to be predicted
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  • Future of the Store
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Eleven Things Retailers Just Said About The Future Of The Store Nikki Baird , CONTRIBUTORI focus on the digital consumer’s impact on retail.  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. An Ikea AB store sits beyond agricultural fields where the Europacity shopping and leisure complex, developed by Auchan Holding SA and Dalian Wanda Group Co., is planned
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  • Farmers Suicide
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Farmers in America are killing themselves in staggering numbers “Think about trying to live today on the income you had 15 years ago.” That’s how agriculture expert Chris Hurt describes the plight facing U.S. farmers today. The unequal economy that’s emerged over the past decade, combined with patchy access to health care in rural areas,
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  • Supermarket Share
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Supermarket Share Loss Stabilizing, FMI Report Shows Annual study reveals supermarkets are stemming the loss of their ‘primary’ store statusBy Jon Springer on Jun. 26, 2018 Photo courtesy of Thinkstock, charts courtesy of FMIAfter a decade of decline, the supermarket’s role as shoppers’ primary store has stabilized even as shopping trips continue to fragment among more channels
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  • Kroger Payments
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger’s 90-Day Payment Policy: Produce Industry Reacts By Randy Hofbauer – 06/26/2018 The Kroger Co. has introduced a new requirement for all suppliers, including those to its produce business, making them commit to new 90-day payment terms. The produce industry, as a result, is condemning the change. Kroger Co. is enacting the change to smooth its cash conversion
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  • Demographics
    June 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Let’s Revisit The Story Of America’s Economic Future, As Told By Demographics Jun. 25, 2018 2:50 AM ET  Summary The prime age cohort is the most important age group for GDP growth. The U.S. population pyramids show decades of stable prime age population. This knowledge can be invested right now for the long term. Now
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  • Walmart China
    June 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    First Look: Walmart debuts ‘smart’ grocery store concept in China BY MARIANNE WILSONJune 14, 2018 Walmart has opened its first small-format Walmart Supermarket, in Shenzhen, China, with five additional locations planned for the country by year-end. The new store is designed to deliver an integrated online and offline experience, with an emphasis on fresh foods, fast
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  • Trucking Problem
    June 25, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Shippers Caused the Truck Driver Shortage Posted by Steve Banker on  June 19, 2018   · No Comments Land O’Lakes Chief Supply Chain Officer, Yone Dewberry, told an audience at eft’s 3PL and Supply Chain Summit in Atlanta in on June 6th, “We’ve created it” (the truck driver shortage). “As an industry” (shippers), “we’ve done this to ourselves.” Land O’
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  • Fresh Thyme
    June 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Enters Pittsburgh with 2 Locations Specialty retailer signs 3rd Western Pennsylvania lease in Cranberry TownshipBy Meg Major on Jun. 21, 2018Fresh Thyme Farmers Market made its market debut in Pennsylvania earlier this month when it opened its first two stores in suburban Pittsburgh in Bridgeville and Pleasant Hills. The Downers Grove, Ill.-based specialty
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  • Competition in North Carolina
    June 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger closings in Raleigh-Durham highlight competitive flux Move consolidates business in the region, while bolstering position against hard discounters Russell Redman 1 | Jun 22, 2018 The Kroger Co.’s decision to pull its namesake banner from the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., market reflects a situation playing out elsewhere across the country, industry observers say. Grappling with the expansion of
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  • A Fish Story
    June 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    US imported more seafood in 2017 than any prior year PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The United States imported more seafood last year than at any point in its history, and the nation’s trade deficit in the sector is growing, federal data show. The U.S. imported more than 6 billion pounds of seafood valued at more
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  • Decline of Independent Retailers
    June 24, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    SpartanNash CFO: Decline of independents “overblown” Food distribution customers show resilience in changing market Russell Redman 1 | Jun 21, 2018 While players have come and gone amid the disruption in the retail grocery sector, SpartanNash Co. Chief Financial Officer Mark Shamber sees independent supermarkets holding their own. “I think the expected death of the independents has
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  • SNAP/Work
    June 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Will strict requirements for SNAP recipients become law? AUTHOR Megan Poinski@meganpoinski PUBLISHED June 22, 2018 Dive Brief: The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the farm billThursday afternoon by a slim 213-211 margin, according to many sources. The bill provides rules and funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, farm subsidies, expanding foreign trade and encouraging
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  • Instacat
    June 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Instacart creates ‘Instacat’ to make online shopping more like the real thing JUNE 21, 2018 by Kerry Flynn The bodega cat is a familiar figure to any New York City resident. Now, Instacart has made its own version of the feline friend for grocery delivery users. Instacat (yes, Insta-cat) is a new browser extension for Google Chrome launching
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  • Walmart Best Supply Chain
    June 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Manufacturers think Walmart and Kroger manage supply chains best AUTHOR Kate Patrick@katepatrick_ PUBLISHED June 19, 2018 Dive Brief: The top three retailers with the best supply chain management according to manufacturers are Walmart, Kroger and Costco, respectively, according to the 2017 Kantar-Retail Powerankings report. The rankings remained largely unchanged from 2016, apart from Publix, which
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  • Kroger/Ocado
    June 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger Eyes Rapid Rollout for Ocado By Jon Springer on Jun. 21, 2018 Photo courtesy of Ocado The Kroger Co.’s recently hatched partnership with British e-commerce company Ocado will provide flexibility for the retailer to adjust how it fulfills online shopping orders depending upon consumer demand, company officials said in a conference call discussing quarterly earnings. Kroger earlier this
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  • Kroger Payment Policy
    June 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Does Kroger’s new payment policy conflict with PACA? Jun 20, 2018 by Tom Karst Western Growers has sounded the alarm over a letter from Kroger to fresh produce shippers announcing the company’s standardized payment terms of net 90 days. The letter, which Western Growers linked to on its website, said the new payment terms, applied to “all
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  • High Produce Scores
    June 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    We all know Wegmans is a favorite, but who else scores high in produce? Jun 21, 2018 by Pamela Riemenschneider I’m sure every retailer out there – except Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans – is feeling a little like Jan Brady right now with yet another naming them some version of of “America’s Favorite Grocer.” Say it
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  • US Food Safety
    June 22, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Trump looks to consolidate U.S. food safety under single agency The policy is one of the few areas in which the current President is at one with his predecessor, Barack Obama, who tried and failed to create a federal food safety body. THE STRANGE CASE OF U.S. FOOD SAFETY: Trump picks up where Obama left
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  • Millennial Dining Habits
    June 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Millennial dining habits could spell trouble for food companies AUTHOR Cathy Siegner PUBLISHED June 22, 2018 Dive Brief: As food delivery apps and online ordering proliferate, the trend may eventually lead to significantly fewer people cooking at home. According to a UBS report cited by Business Insider, online food delivery may eventually comprise 10% of the
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  • Out of Stocks
    June 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Out-of-stocks could be costing retailers $1T AUTHOR Daphne Howland@daphnehowland PUBLISHED June 22, 2018 Dive Brief: Retailers are missing out on nearly $1 trillion in sales because they don’t have on hand what customers want to buy in their stores, according to a study of about 600 households and several retailers conducted last month by IHL Group. Shoppers
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  • Blockchain Beyond the Hype
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value? By Brant Carson, Giulio Romanelli, Patricia Walsh, and Askhat Zhumaev Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value? Article Actions Share SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON LINKEDIN SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON TWITTER SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON FACEBOOK EMAIL THIS ARTICLE SUBSCRIBE Companies can determine whether
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  • Wegmans Again
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Wegmans Still Best-Loved U.S. Supermarket: Study 06/20/2018 Wegmans, which recently opened a store in Chantilly, Va., has come in first for the third time in Market Force’s annual study Arguably to no one’s surprise, Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans Food Markets has once more been crowned America’s favorite grocer in an annual consumer study of 12,800-plus shoppers conducted
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  • Millennials Cooking Less
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Millennials are cooking less and less, and it could cause a crisis for America’s biggest food companies Mary Hanbury Jun. 20, 2018, 10:34 AM Online food delivery is in a period of rapid growth. Shutterstock Home cooking could soon be a thing of the past, according to a new report by UBS. Platforms such as Uber Eats have
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  • Amazon Effect
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon’s Whole Foods deal has sent some retailers into the waiting arms of Google Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has rattled the grocery industry, leading to a spate of ecommerce deals. However, it has also brought new business models and partnerships for Google. As one former Google employee puts it: the Whole Foods deal was
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  • Truck Orders
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Truck orders are up but it may not all be for capacity expansion Whether solid Class 8 truck orders are for fleet expansion or replacement remains a big question in trucking circles  By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · June 21, 2018 While the general consensus when it comes to sizing up the current state of the trucking
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  • Reality Gaze Tracking
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Looking Through Your User’s Eyes With Virtual Reality Gaze Tracking Alice Bonasio , CONTRIBUTORI cover the intersection between business and immersive technologies Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Tobii VR Analytics tool Eye-tracking technology is nothing new in itself, but it is gaining rapidly both in scope and popularity as immersive virtual experiences become more widely
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  • Starbucks Closes Stores
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Starbucks triples store closures in the U.S. AUTHOR Daphne Howland@daphnehowland PUBLISHED June 21, 2018 Dive Brief: Starbucks will shutter about 150 U.S. company-operated stores, triple its historical average of 50 closures a year, which the company on Tuesday warned will result in a slightly lower growth rate in net new company-operated stores. The move is part of
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  • Experiential Stores
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    DEEP DIVE 22 experiential stores NYC has to offer Whether you’re in town for pleasure or business, make time to peek inside these concept and flagship stores. AUTHOR Corinne Ruff@corinnesusan Cara Salpini@CaraSalpini PUBLISHED June 21, 2018. Whether you’re in Manhattan for pleasure or business, there are dozens of experiential stores to check out. Some double
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  • Food Culture
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Five Takeaways from Hartman’s ACT Food Culture Forecast Once again this year, the recent Hartman’s ACT Food Culture Forecast 2018 event in Miami Beach navigated today’s complex culture of eating and drinking occasions. The summit is an experiential, educational platform focused on culture as the pathway for companies to understand the broader contexts that create
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  • Leadership
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Leadership in a changing world Date : 20 June 2018 Sustainability & Strategy Manager Alan Hayes considers how the role of leadership is changing in the food and grocery industry, and how we can use leadership within supply chain to increase agility. Messy change I was reminded recently by a colleague that change is difficult in
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  • Trader Joe’s Customer Experience
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Trader Joe’s rates high in customer experience, reports study Grocer leads all multichannel retailers in Forrester ranking Russell Redman 1 | Jun 20, 2018 Trader Joe’s ranked first among multichannel retailers in Forrester Research’s 2018 U.S. Customer Experience Index. Based on a survey of more than 110,000 U.S. adults, the Forrester CX Index aims to measure and
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  • Lidl Effect
    June 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    NEWS>RETAIL & FINANCIAL Study: Lidl store openings bite into competitors’ sales Existing grocers feel impact more in fresh, less in center store Russell Redman 1 | Jun 20, 2018 When hard-discount grocery chain Lidl brings its low prices to town, incumbent supermarkets need not panic. A study by Catalina finds that while a Lidl store opening siphons
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  • Best Restaurants
    June 20, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    The 50 best restaurants in the world in 2018 Alison Millington 1h  80,236 FACEBOOKLINKEDINTWITTEREMAILCOPY LINK Fancy a taco from Mexico City?City Foodsters via Flickr The best restaurants in the world have been revealed — and some serious bucket list-worthy eateries are on the list. The winners of the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 awards were announced
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  • JD.com Shopping Festival
    June 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    JD.com’s 618 Shopping Festival Wrap-Up: Record-Breaking Sales at ¥159.2 Billion, Strong Threat from Tmall KEY POINTS JD.com registered a record-breaking ¥159.2 billion (US$24.6 billion) in sales during its 618 Shopping Festival held June 1‒18, an increase of 37% year over year. On June 18, sales of mobile phones on JD.com reached 10,000 units in eight
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  • New Retail Playbook
    June 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The New Retail Playbook: Reimagining the Store E-commerce won’t kill retail stores but will challenge them to changeBy Nicole Peranick on Jun. 19, 2018 If you build it, there is no guarantee they will come. The new retail playbook calls for retailers to rethink the four walls of the store and create a destination for shoppers. As e-commerce
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  • Hub by Amazon
    June 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon rolls out Hub delivery lockers to apartment buildings across the country Brian Heater@bheater / Yesterday  Comment Hub by Amazon has been around for about a year now. The company introduced its package delivery lockers for apartment dwellers with little fanfare, as it no doubt worked out some of the kinks in the process. This morning, it seems,
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  • Power of Foodservice
    June 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    FMI Revisits The Power Of Foodservice As Home-Prepared Dinners Decrease Date: June 20, 2018 in: Association News, Category News, Deli/Prepared Foods, Foodservice@Retail, Home Page Slider, National Leave a comment Lakeland, Florida-based Publix is a retailer that has cultivated a strong reputation for its deli and prepared foods, whether fresh-made sandwiches, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken or grab-and-go items like these. By 4 p.m.,
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  • 2018 Digital Top 10: By the numbers
    June 20, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    2018 Digital Top 10: By the numbers 1. Amazon                           $7.3 billion                            +17.8% over 2016 2. Walmart                          $2.6 billion 
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  • Amazon Private Label
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Deep Dive: Slicing and Dicing Amazon’s Private-Label Offering KEY POINTS In this report, we take an exclusive deep dive into Amazon’s US private-label offering, using a detailed, proprietary dataset collating information on nearly 7,000 such products. Apparel dominates Amazon’s US private-label offering: there are almost 5,000 private-label products across men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and
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  • Zara
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Zara stocks up on AI, big data, analytics partnerships and investments AUTHOR Alex Hickey@its_ahickey PUBLISHED June 18, 2018 Dive Brief: Zara is incorporating artificial intelligence, automation and big data into its business strategy and supply chain in a bid to stay ahead of competitors, reports Reuters. The fashion retailer is hiring talent from startups and partnering with
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  • 5 States Receive F for Logistics
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF 5 states get an ‘F’ for logistics health AUTHOR Nicole Ault PUBLISHED June 19, 2018 Dive Brief: Five states — Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Rhode Island — received a failing grade for logistics industry health in Conexus Indiana’s annual Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card for the United States, released this month. For those
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  • Best Grocery Stores
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    These are the best grocery stores in America, according to shoppers Mary Hanbury, Business Insider Jun. 17, 2018, 4:31 PM Wegmans stores, like this one in Charlottesville, Virginia, offer a ton of variety.Hollis Johnson Wegmans has been voted the best grocery store chain in the United States for the third consecutive year, according to Market Force
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  • Apeel Sciences
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    A Bill Gates-backed edible coating makes avocados last twice as long — and it’s coming to Costco   Leanna Garfield Katlin Svik, MSc, Apeel’s Director of Emerging Markets.Apeel Sciences A food-tech startup called Apeel Sciences debuted its avocados at every Costcoand Harps Food Stores location in the US. Apeel has created an invisible, edible coating that food suppliers
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  • Meal Planning
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Just-in-Time Meal Planning Impacts Food Retail Strategy By Charlie Baggs – 06/19/2018 Food retail shopping is evolving as consumers increasingly look for meals and menus over stock-ups. Basket size gets smaller, shopping trip frequency goes up and the items in the cart increasingly come from perimeter fresh departments. It’s shopping for dinnertime. We are witnessing the emergence
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  • Amazon/Whole Foods
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon-Whole Foods, 1 Year Later: 4 Grocery Experts Share Their Insights 06/18/2018 On June 16, 2017, ecommerce behemoth Amazon shook the grocery industry by announcing something completely unexpected: Its agreement to purchase the struggling natural grocer Whole Foods Market. What was anticipated, however, was the Seattle-based company’s eventual entrance into the grocery market, as it already had fundamentally
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  • Supply Chain Software
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    10 technologies that will reshape SCM software By Kelly Thomas | From the Quarter 1 2018 issue  1 Comment 1342 Today’s supply chain management software can’t keep pace with the continuous change that’s challenging business models almost across the board. Together, 10 key technologies could solve that problem and enable the cutting-edge capabilities companies will need in the
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  • Supply Chain Risk
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    New Snapshot on Supply Chain Risks Provided by Atradius A stronger U.S. dollar and higher U.S. interest rates are increasing risks in general for U.S. multinationals operating across emerging markets.  By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor · June 19, 2018 Atradius, a trade credit insurer based in London, recently released a report titled “Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Performance
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  • XPO/Nestle Partnership
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    XPO and Nestlé announce partnership for U.K.-based digital warehouse of the future The 638,000 square-foot ‘warehouse of the future’ will mainly be occupied by Nestlé for its consumer packaged goods and as a testbed environment for XPO technology prototypes. By Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · June 18, 2018 XPO Logistics, a Greenwich, Conn.-based global provider of freight
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  • State of Logistics
    June 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Carriers ‘take the wheel’ in gaining upper hand in freight transport, pricing, says SoL report As most shippers can tell from their rising freight bills, carriers have taken advantage of a seller’s market in transportation as the confluence of a strong economy, surging demand and labor and capacity shortages is causing multiple pain points for
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  • Office to the Streets
    June 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Getting down and dirty with logistics 3PL sends office workers out into the world of trucks, ships, and forklifts. By DC Velocity Staff  0 Comments Employees of the Cleveland-based freight forwarder and third-party logistics company United World Line (UWL) have their hands full managing their customers’ global freight. But most never get a chance to get
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  • Ecommerce Reshapes Cities
    June 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    E-commerce to “reshape our cities” June 18, 2018News With e-commerce turnover increasing by 10-15 per cent per year, there is an ongoing structural shift in retail supply chains. From being a relatively predictable behaviour in respect to place and time, shopping has become far more complex and offers new challenges to urban planners, retailers and
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  • Alibaba Investments
    June 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How China’s Alibaba Is Winning Over Hong Kong And Taiwan — Startup By Startup   Ralph Jennings , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, Jack Ma shares his experiences and vision of an entrepreneur at Waseda University on April 25, 2018 in Tokyo. (Photo by Jun Sato/Getty Images) Nearly 400
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  • Trucking Rates Increase
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Trucking Rates Increase Leave a reply BRIEF Trucking rates for produce jump $1,000 ahead of Roadcheck AUTHOR Shefali Kapadia@skapadiaDC PUBLISHED June 11, 2018 Dive Brief: Trucking rates for fresh produce rose by as much as $1,000 in some regions of North America, The Packer reported, in the week leading up to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International
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  • Kids and Food
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Want Your Child To Eat (Almost) Everything? There Is A Way MARIA GODOY FacebookTwitter Fabio Consoli for NPR Experts will tell you that if you want to raise a kid who eats just about everything, you should feed them what you eat — assuming you’re eating a varied, healthy diet. It’s what most cultures have
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  • Alibaba
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By The Numbers: Should You Buy Alibaba Stock? Jun. 17, 2018 3:46 AM ET Andres Cardenal, CFA Summary Alibaba is a widely profitable business growing at full speed. Valuation reflects aggressive growth expectations, but the stock is not overvalued when considering the company’s quality and long-term potential. Rising earnings expectations are driving the stock price
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  • C Suite Concerns
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Issues of concern in the C-suite signal significant changes in food and beverage Photo: Adobestock 06.12.2018 By Keith Nunes KANSAS CITY — The connectedness of the global economy, the consumer’s shifting perception of health, e-commerce and data management are all issues of importance to the chief executive officers of food industry companies. But of greater concern
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  • Danone
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Danone sets sights on becoming catalyst in food revolution Photo: Groupe Danone 06.13.2018 By Eric Schroeder PARIS — Groupe Danone wants to be a catalyst in the food revolution. To do so, the Paris-based company needs its brands to perform as activists, said Cécile Cabanis, executive vice-president and chief financial officer. “(Our brands) must sharpen, and
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  • Walmart/Drones
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart To Use Drones In Stores To Provide Better Customer Service Shep Hyken , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Photographer: Timothy Fadek/Bloomberg You walk into your local Walmart. There may be someone to greet you at the door, yet as you make your way down the aisle, you realize you need help. Within moments
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  • Building Trust
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Research Shows The Quickest Way To Build Trust With Your Employees Mark Murphy , CONTRIBUTORI solve the “people pain points” that keep leaders awake at night. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Shutterstock One of my studies, called How To Build Trust In The Workplace, surveyed more than 7,000 people all about why people do, or don’t,
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  • Tackling the Plastics Problem
    June 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How technology can help tackle the plastics pollution crisis Alice Bonasio , CONTRIBUTORI cover the intersection between business and immersive technologies Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The Lush Lens App in the Milan Naked Shop Retailers are under increasing pressure to cut down on unnecessary packaging, and some shops are showing what a plastic-free, tech-enabled
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  • Surface Transport Strains
    June 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    ‘Unprecedented’ demand strains US surface transport William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Jun 15, 2018 6:26PM EDT Interested in sharing JOC.com content? Please view our current Copyright and Legal Disclaimer information, as well as ourFrequently Asked Questions to ensure proper protocol is followed. For any questions, contact the Customer Support team at our Help link. Several factors — expected and unexpected — are
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  • Maglev Delivery
    June 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    JD.com looking at high-speed maglev delivery network chinaplus.cri.cn | Updated: 2018-06-15 10:36 A simulated photo of underground maglev tunnels for delivering packages, as proposed by JD.com. [Photo/thepaper.cn] Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com is looking at developing magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology as part of its future plans to build smart logistics networks. JD.com has signed a
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  • Fast Growing CPG companies
    June 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    What the Fastest-Growing CPG Companies Do Differently JUNE 14, 2018By Peri Edelstein , Krishnakumar (KK) S. Davey , Aman Gupta , Seth Marcus , Jim Brennan , andCara Loeys     This article describes the sixth annual study by BCG and IRI of US growth leaders in the consumer packaged goods industry Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies in the US once again found growth a challenging proposition in 2017. Growth in measured channels, defined as
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  • Trade Wars/Walmart
    June 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart Could Become Casualty Of Trade War Jun. 14, 2018 1:29 PM ET Zoltan Ban Summary With a global trade war increasingly likely, Walmart may be particularly exposed. Most of its suppliers are from China, so products it is importing may be hit by tariffs. As a low-cost retailer, Walmart may be less able to
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  • Logistics Developments
    June 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    This Week in Logistics News (June 9 – 15) Posted by Chris Cunnane on  June 15, 2018   Iceland’s largest online marketplace is set to expand the number of drones it flies across Reykjavik to make home deliveries. Aha, an Iceland-based company launched an initial trial last year with Israeli company Flytrex to deliver food and other items to
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  • Blockchain Possibilities
    June 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Definitive List Of (Current) Blockchain Possibilities In Retail Nikki Baird , CONTRIBUTORI focus on the digital consumer’s impact on retail.  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Shutterstock Whether you believe in bitcoin or not, whether you think blockchain is a panacea or folly, you can’t deny that there is just an immense amount of activity
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  • Sparkling Water
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Spindrift CEO on quenching consumer thirst for sparkling water and real ingredients After initially being turned down by major retailers, Bill Creelman now expects as many as 25,000 stores will carry his product by the end of the year. AUTHOR Christopher Doering@cdoering PUBLISHED June 14, 2018 Few signs pointed to success for Spindrift, a Massachusetts
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  • Grocery Prices
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    BRIEF Low price growth signals tight financial times for grocery AUTHOR Megan Poinski@meganpoinski PUBLISHED June 14, 2018 Dive Brief: Food prices inched forward in May compared to a year ago, but the rate of increase wasn’t quite as high as it was in April, according to Winsight Grocery Business’s report on new federal government statistics. According to charts
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  • RT Mart/Alibaba
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  • Lidl Impact
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocery Stores Have A Lidl Problem Jun. 14, 2018 9:29 AM ET  Ian Bezek Summary German hyperdiscounter Lidl entered the US market to so-so reviews last year. However, a new consumer study finds that Lidl is having striking success. Lidl has major growth plans. This could hit grocery store stocks, and also consumer staples and
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  • Moving to a plastic free planet
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Moving towards a plastic-free planet is ‘an evolution, not a revolution’ By Niamh Michail 14-Jun-2018 – Last updated on 14-Jun-2018 at 14:49 GMT A myriad of solutions are needed to make plastic food packaging more sustainable, said top brass at Ekoplaza, Ikea and Futamura last week. “In some cases we need to completely break free,
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  • RTC vs Cardboard
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Reusable plastic boxes generate less environmental impact than single-use cardboard boxes Reusable plastic boxes generate 25% less environmental impact than single-use cardboard boxes in the distribution of fruits and vegetables in Spain. This is true in five of the six environmental impact categories analyzed by the comparative study of the different distribution options for fruit
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  • Shipping Bananas
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The importance of eliminating ethylene in banana shipments Ethylene is a hormone in the form of gas produced naturally by all vegetables. The accumulation of this gas causes the accelerated maturation of these perishables and, therefore, leads to a loss of quality and a decrease in their useful life. There are also free pathogens in
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  • Ecommerce Growth
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    These 6 Countries Are Booming in E-commerce Among the 28 largest internet companies in the world, 11 are e-commerce businesses. Per Statista, Global retail e-commerce sales are forecasted to reach $2.77 trillion this year. Consider that 62 percent of the world’s 7.2 billion population already owns a mobile phone, and by 2019, over 5 billion
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  • RT Mart/Alibaba
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Alibaba Digitizes 100 RT-Mart Stores with New Retail Solutions Retail Asia Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. today announced a New Retail makeover for 100 RT-Mart stores, offering Chinese customers a seamless experience, whether they’re shopping online or offline. The hypermarkets, operated by Sun Art Retail Group, include 41 stores in eastern China and others in small
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  • Warehouse Automation
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Warehouse Automation Global Market Update Posted by Clint Reiser on  June 13, 2018   · No Comments ARC Advisory Group released its updated Warehouse Automation & Control (WAC) market study last week. This research is an evaluation of the market with detailed analysis of the 2017 base year and a five-year forecast through 2022. I would like to take this opportunity
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  • Technology will not reduce jobs
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    TECHNOLOGY & AUTOMATION Technology Will Redefine Not Reduce Manufacturing Jobs Technologies like robotics, ML, and AI may substitute specific tasks previously carried out by humans, allowing employees to focus on more value-added tasks. MH&L Staff | Jun 13, 2018 Things aren’t as dire as they appear. Human beings will still find employment even as automation-enabling technologies – e.g., robotics,
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  • Home Depot
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Home Depot Opening 170 Distribution Facilities By 2023 Tuesday, 12 June 2018 11:08 Home Depot plans to spend $1.2 billion over the next five years to improve its delivery and supply chain capabilities, according to The Wall Street Journal. The retailer will open 170 distribution facilities across the U.S., allowing it to reach 90% of the population in one day or
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  • Digital Transformation
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Digital transformation spending to soar past $1trn in 2018 By JAMES HENDERSON . Jun 13, 2018, 7:32AM Worldwide spending on the technologies and services that enable the digital transformation (DX) of business practices, products, and organisations is forecast to be more than $1.1 trillion in 2018, an increase of 16.8% over the $958 billion spent in 2017. DX
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  • Smart Label
    June 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    ISSUES & TRENDS SmartLabel reaches critical mass in stores GMA, FMI kick off awareness campaign for grocery shoppers Russell Redman 1 | Jun 12, 2018 Consumers’ desire to know more about the groceries they buy has driven a sevenfold increase in products using the SmartLabel since early last year, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and
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  • Grocery Gripes
    June 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocery Gripes: Supermarkets With the Most and Least Complaints The happiest customers look for fast checkout, clean stores, and local produce By Tobie Stanger June 13, 2017 What drives supermarket shoppers round the bend—figuratively and sometimes literally? Apparently, it’s a lack of checkout lanes. That’s what we learned from a recent survey of 50,218 Consumer
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  • Kroger Exits RD
    June 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger Mid-Atlantic to Exit Raleigh-Durham 06/13/2018 The Kroger Co.’s Mid-Atlantic division is planning to exit the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., market on or about Aug. 14, closing all 14 locations in the area. The division of the Cincinnati-based grocer decided to sell all of its locations in the highly competitive North Carolina metro following a “thorough evaluation of the
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  • Mobile Consumers
    June 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Mobile consumers want an easier shopping experience   Daniel Keyes     15m Business Insider Intelligence forecasts that mobile commerce (m-commerce) payments will make up 7% of US retail sales in 2023, accounting for $387 billion, up from 2% and $105 billion in 2017. Companies will need to boost mobile conversion to cash in on this growth,
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  • Independent Grocers Struggle
    June 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Independent grocers optimistic despite slow growth for 2017 AUTHOR Patti Zarling PUBLISHED June 13, 2018 Dive Brief: The National Grocers Association and FMS Solutions released their annual “Independent Grocers Financial Survey,” which found independent grocers saw sales decrease 0.6% in 2017 compared to the year before. Despite the decline, the numbers are an improvement
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  • Attracting Drivers
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Good Salary, Sense of Adventure Drawing New Drivers to Trucking A student trains with a simulator as part of the Hawkeye Community College CDL program. (Hawkeye Community College via YouTube) Tom Clark says desk jobs he has worked in the past have involved 50- and 60-hour workweeks, not including daily preparation and commutes. So to
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  • UNFI
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    UNFI Q3 Sales Rise on Booming Demand for Natural Foods; Guidance Puzzles Investors Sales gain to Whole Foods’ channel was biggest jump in 7 years, but accounting change confusion sinks stock.By Jon Springer on Jun. 07, 2018 Photo by WGB StaffBooming demand for the better-for-you products it distributes—particularly from its largest customer, Whole Foods Market—continued to boost
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  • Canadian Trade
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    One map shows why Trump’s trade fight with Canada could end in disaster Bob Bryan President Donald Trump talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Women’s Entrepreneurship Finance event at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017.Evan Vucci/AP President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a
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  • Men do more shopping
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    More Men are Doing The Everyday Shopping Men are making quick trips to the store, buying clothes online and influencing household purchases. How well does your brand know how to engage him? Our research reveals key behaviors of today’s shopping man, and how some brands are talking to them. He may not ask for directions
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  • Million Dollar Palate
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Meet ‘the Million-Dollar Palate’ Behind a Flood of New Foods From a lab at Oregon State, Sarah Masoni works with companies big and small to create flavors, develop products and market them. ImageSarah Masoni at the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University in Portland. “She’s an evil genius,” one client said. “In a good
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  • Recycling
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Blue bins overflow with Amazon and Walmart boxes. But we’re actually recycling less Elizabeth Weise Published 10:00 AM ET Fri, 8 June 2018USA Today Getty Images A worker packs customer orders at the Amazon fulfillment center in Romeoville, Illinois. Walk down the street on garbage day in many towns, and evidence of our love affair
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  • Mid Year Analysis
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Supply Chain 2018 Mid-Year Analysis: What’s Happened and What’s Still to Come AS WE ENTER THE LAST HALF OF 2018, COMPANIES WILL CONTINUE TO TURN TO TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE EFFICIENCIES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BEGIN ADDRESSING INDUSTRY CONSTRAINTS SUCH AS THE ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE MANDATE, TARIFFS, DIESEL PRICES, HIGHER RATES, CAPACITY CRUNCH, AND THE
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  • Upgrade Logistics Backbone
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    China’s Alibaba and JD.com invest billions in drones and robots to upgrade logistics backbone of e-commerce empires China’s courier industry has boomed with the rise of e-commerce – investment in new logistics technology is aimed at reducing delivery times even further PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 June, 2018, 8:07am UPDATED : Sunday, 10 June, 2018, 9:15am
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  • Little Hema
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    China’s first “Little Hema” supermarket open for business The Retail Study reports that the new fresh produce retail company Hema, daughter company of the Alibaba Group, has partnered with RT-Mart. Together they opened China’s first hybrid retail test store “Little Hema” in Suzhou. This store is different from Hema Fresh Produce. The logos are also
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  • Salmonella Pre Cut Melon
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    US: Eight states warned against pre-cut melon due to salmonella As of June 9, 2018, 60 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Adelaide have been reported from eight states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from April 30 to May 28. Out of 47 people with information available, 31 have been hospitalized. No deaths
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  • Apple Fries
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    US: French fries made out of fruit Granny Apple’s Fries at Legoland California serves fries made from fruit. On busy days, the stand goes through approximately 1,500 green apples. Once the apple slices are pulled from the fryer, they’re rolled in cinnamon and topped with fresh whip cream. As reported on thisisinsider.com, it’s like having an
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  • Meatless Products
    June 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    A Stampede of Meatless Products Overrun Grocery Store Meat Cases Furious cattlemen see the meat section as their turf, a private reserve of steaks and chops with one thing in common—a butchered animal carcass Plant-based patties are grilled alongside beef patties. TERRENCE ANTONIO JAMES/TNS/ZUMA PRESS By Jacob Bunge and Heather Haddon June 10, 2018 1:53 p.m. ET
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  • Clean Label
    June 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Special report: The many facets of a clean label Photo: Adobestock 06.04.2018 By Donna Berry   10 CHICAGO — Just when product developers thought they had gained an understanding of consumers’ expectations of clean label — simple ingredients, nothing artificial and minimal processing — plant-based foods started becoming more popular. In many instances, plant-based foods defy clean
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  • Store associate role changes
    June 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The role of store associate is changing, retailers and brands better take notice June 8, 2018 Photo by iStock.com By Marc Gingras, CEO and founder of Foko Retail In an IBM commercial from 2006, a shadowy man in a trenchcoat combs the aisles of a local supermarket, stuffs products in his pockets, before a security
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  • Amazon Owns Categoies
    June 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    Amazon owns more than 90% market share across 5 different product categories [Report] Reports from Kleiner Perkins’ Mary Meeker and e-commerce data firm Jumpshot underscore Amazon’s growing e-commerce power. Amy Gesenhues on May 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm Amazon is eating the world. Two recent reports illustrate just how much. In her anticipated annual Internet Trends report, released
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  • Consumers Don’t Like Supermarkets
    June 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Nearly half of consumers wouldn’t mind if their supermarket closed AUTHOR Patti Zarling PUBLISHED June 8, 2018 Dive Brief: A 2018 International Loyalty Study found 12% of Americans have switched their main grocery store during the past year. It also found nearly 40% of all consumers said it would not matter to them if their
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  • Dia and Go
    June 10, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Store of the Week: Dia & Go The evolution of discount stores from their original roots of selling extremely narrow ranges of largely private label items in stores that could be generously described as austere continues apace. As a lot of the focus inevitably falls on the global discount titans Aldi and Lidl, it is
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  • Hong Kong Logistics Hub
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Alibaba’s Cainiao to lead $1.53bn investment in Hong Kong logistics hub By JAMES HENDERSON . Jun 08, 2018, 4:00AM Cainiao, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s logistics business, has announced it will lead a joint venture investment of $1.54bn into a new logistics centre in Hong Kong, Reuters has reported. Located at Hong Kong Airport, the centre will form part of a
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  • Checking out new developments
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Going on safari…in North America Date : 01 June 2018 So far this year we’ve moved between the east and west coasts of North America hosting study tours for international retailers. We focused on providing inspiration for format development, tracking the latest ecommerce initiatives and showcasing new food-to-go concepts. Discover five stores that captured the attention
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  • Lidl and Young Consumers
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Lidl Winning With Younger Consumers: Survey 06/07/2018 Despite a disappointing performance in the United States to date, Lidl still resonates with younger shoppers in particular, according to an Oliver Wyman survey Since entering the United States last year, Lidl, long Europe’s leading hard-discount grocer, is having a significant effect on grocery consumers here, despite an underwhelming
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  • Dollar General Scan and Go
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Did Dollar General Just figure Out Scan and Go By Jamie Grill-Goodman – 06/08/2018 As retailers try to speed up checkout for shoppers, many are experimenting with adding scan & go mobile apps to improve the customer experience. Kroger is adding its new “Scan, Bag, Go” technology to 400 stores in 2018. Macy’s will expand mobile checkout to most of its
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  • Forecasting
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Forecasting: Let’s Start by Asking the Right Questions By Lora CecereMay 1, 2018Supply Chain, Supply chain planning Ten calls.  They are all starting to sound the same. Here is the storyline: “We implemented SAP APO, and we now know its limitations. We have tried SAP IBP and are not impressed. Since SAP is not investing in improving
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  • Incrementalism
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Provoking the Industry to Move Past Incrementalism By Lora CecereJune 7, 2018market-driven value chains, metrics that matter, New technologies Definitions: Provocateur. A person who or thing which provokes; a challenger, instigator, inciter, irritator; (in later use) specifically = “provocateur.” Incrementalism. Movement by degrees. Known by gradualism.    I am tired. For the past month, I have been working
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  • Driver Turnover
    June 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Driver Turnover Rises at Large Truckload Carriers June 7, 2018 Turnover has increased at large truckload carriers, decreased at small truckload carriers and remained realtively low at less-than-truckload carriers. HDT File Image The turnover rate at large truckload carriers increased in the first quarter of 2018, reflecting how fleets are struggling to retain and recruit
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  • Top 3PL
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Top 50 US and Global Third Party Logistics Providers (3PL) in 2017: Collaboration Is Now Paramount As the e-commerce juggernaut creates more complexity for today’s logistics managers, finding the right mix of 3PLs with the essential integrated services has never been more important. Experts agree that this is a shared journey with new rules of
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  • Walmart Technology
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    7 ways Walmart is innovating with technology From new mobile apps for both customers and employees to robots on the store floor, Walmart is using tech to best the competition. AUTHOR Laura Heller@lfheller PUBLISHED June 7, 2018 Walmart has stepped up its innovation game in the past two years since the acquisition of Jet.com and
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  • Daimler Electric Trucks
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Daimler just unveiled an electric truck to take on Tesla’s Semi Mark Matousek 2h  1,367 Daimler’s Freightliner eCascadia will have half the range of a Tesla Semi.Daimler Daimler unveiled two electric trucks on Thursday, one of which will compete directly with Tesla‘s semi-truck, the Semi. The Freightliner eCascadia will have a range of 250 miles and be able
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  • amazon echo and prime
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Is Amazon Echo About To Leverage Prime Into The Stratosphere? Jun. 5, 2018 5:43 PM ET Gary Bourgeault Long only, research analyst, portfolio strategy, media (6,639 followers) Summary Consumer packaged goods sales soared 29 percent on Amazon after customers buy Echo. Users should be even further embedded into the Amazon ecosystem. Expected ongoing growth in sales
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  • Private Label
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Private Label: Big, Pervasive, and Growing  PRABHATH NANISETTY  MARCH 30, 2018 One of the most common requests we get from our clients centers around private label: Who is buying it? How will it affect my brand? Does it affect shopper loyalty? Given the widespread interest, we decided to take a deep dive into private label, leveraging InfoScout
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  • Retail Growth
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Retail Growth Found in POS ‘Blind Spots’ By WGB Staff on Jun. 06, 2018 Photo by WGB StaffA consumer shift toward nontraditional channels of trade such as online retailers and discounters has accompanied a decreased visibility into market trends, according to a new report. An omnichannel consumer panel study conducted by Infoscout indicates sales declines among traditional
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  • Why Brands Matter
    June 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    National Brands Remain Critical for Retailer Success Acosta study finds strategic mix of both national and private label brands are key for the most successful retailers.By WGB Staff on Jun. 06, 2018 Photo courtesy of PixabayAn effective brand strategy plays an increasingly strong role in sustained success for retailers, according to top-line findings from Acosta’s newly released
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  • 6 Trends
    June 4, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    1. Better-for-you Snacking   Healthy snacking highlights will include better-for-you snack bars, twists on seltzers and sparkling coconut water that can even be used as a cocktail mixer. 2. Alcohol-infused Foods and Flavors   According to Kroger, the rise in craft brewing has inspired unique flavor combinations, and has also influenced culinary creations with spirits and wine. Wine-infused steak sauce
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  • Walmart’s Urban Strategy
    June 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart’s New Urban Strategy: ‘Pomegranates’ and Text Messages Jet and Jetblack promise innovation for city shoppersBy Jon Springer on May. 31, 2018 Photos by WGB StaffLong since resigned to the notion that its flagship brand is a bit of a mismatch for big-city shoppers, Walmart will use a newly refocused Jet.com—and a high-tech, luxury-focused little sister called
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  • Meal Kits
    June 3, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    3 Ideas About the Future of Meal Kits The segment is being redefined with more fine-tuning and overhauls set to followBy Erik Thoresen on May. 30, 2018Seven months after Albertsons’ acquisition of meal kit company Plated, The Kroger Co. followed suit with the acquisition of meal kit competitor Home Chef, with plans to add meal kits to its brick-and-mortar shelves.
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  • Pay UP
    June 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Pay up: Companies confronting the driver shortage one dime at a time June 02, 2018 Maria Baker Despite national unemployment rates sitting at an “18-year low of 3.8 percent,” the so-called driver squeeze continues to make headlines in 2018, marking it “a pretty rowdy year in wages,” according to Gordon Klemp, president of the National Transportation Institute (FreightWaves, The
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  • Trucking Insights
    June 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Real talk from real leaders: What industry insiders are saying about conditions right now June 03, 2018 Donald Broughton, chief market strategist, FreightWaves To protect the anonymity of our sources we have removed the names and identifying facts about their companies, but we believe investors will still find great value in what these industry influencers had
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  • Organics Grow
    June 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The influence of organic food and beverages is growing Photo: Food Business News 05.29.2018 By Keith Nunes KANSAS CITY — The market for certified organic food and beverage products in the United States continues to enjoy a robust rate of growth. Given the organic category’s small size, representing only 5% of U.S. food and beverage sales, it
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  • Shippers Challenges
    June 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    2018 – So far, two distinct markets for shippers Gary Ferrulli, chief executive officer, Global Logistics & Transport Consulting | Jun 02, 2018 12:48PM EDT There have been stark contrasts this year in actions taken by transportation providers and the impacts on ocean carriers, truckers, and shippers. Ocean carriers either totally misjudged the impact of rising fuel costs, or
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  • Albertsons Premium Line
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Albertsons expands private label offerings to include new premium line AUTHOR Krishna Thakker PUBLISHED June 1, 2018 Dive Brief: Albertsons is introducing a line of premium products called Signature Reserve to its private label portfolio. The line will start with a range of ice cream flavors that will be carried by all Albertsons-owned stores across the
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  • Lobster Logistics
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Tangier Lobster’s winning strategy — a logistics plan ensuring freshness Chris Barnett, Special Correspondent | Jun 01, 2018 3:39PM EDT Interested in sharing JOC.com content? Please view our current Copyright and Legal Disclaimer information, as well as ourFrequently Asked Questions to ensure proper protocol is followed. For any questions, contact the Customer Support team at our Help link. Nova Scotia-based Tangier Lobster
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  • Customer Service Techniques
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    3 Customer Service Techniques That Can Skyrocket Your Store Sales June 01, 2018 The one common denominator when it comes to retail sales is…people. And how those people interact with each other. I call it being brilliant on the basics. Retail has always been about people – how you get them to take action on the
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  • Ruby Chocolate
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF FDA’s definition of chocolate excludes new ruby variety AUTHOR Cathy Siegner PUBLISHED June 1, 2018 Dive Brief: Barry Callebaut can’t market its new ruby chocolate product in the U.S. since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t consider it chocolate, according to ConfectioneryNews. The Swiss chocolatier has asked the agency for a temporary marketing permit allowing it
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  • Ecoli and Romaine Lettuce
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    E. coli claims 4 more lives; growers promise changes CDC reports 197 sick in 35 states with more infections expected; FDA still searching for source BY CORAL BEACH | JUNE 2, 2018 More people are sick, more people have died, and more states are reporting E. coli infections in an ongoing outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. As the
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  • Discounters Slow Growth
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    UK march of discounters Aldi and Lidl abating, say analysts Any slowdown in the rate of new store openings would be positive for rivals The dicsounters have improved their fresh ranges and offer higher-quality products in an effort to lure middle-class customers For over five years, Aldi and Lidl have rubbed salt into the largely
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  • Blockchain in Retail
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Blockchain could take off in retail Daniel Keyes   May. 31, 2018, 10:08 AM The retail industry will reach a “tipping point” within the next five years that will see blockchain heavily tested across use cases, which will lead to significant adoption of the technology, according to a report from Deloitte. The report suggests that businesses that
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  • Alibaba investing in logistics
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Alibaba pouring billions into Chinese logistics network Nicholas Shields   May. 30, 2018, 12:15 PM Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba is leading a $1.38 billion equity investment in domestic parcel courier ZTO Express alongside Cainiao, Alibaba’s own logistics subsidiary, according to TechCrunch. After the investment, which the firms expect to finalize in early June, Alibaba, Cainiao, and
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  • Produce Theft
    June 1, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    BRIEF Report suggests produce theft at self checkouts could be widespread AUTHOR Patti Zarling PUBLISHED May 31, 2018 Dive Brief: Shoppers in the United Kingdom, as in other places, have found a way to scam supermarket self-checkout stations, according to The Independent, often typing in codes for cheap carrots in place of expensive avocados, for example. “I was
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  • Walmart JetBlack
    June 1, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Walmart Paints it Jetblack: Will It Work? Neil Stern , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Click and Pickup at Walmart in Orlando As the excitement of Walmart’s annual meeting dies down this week, it is pretty clear that the company is making a concerted attempt to court a more upscale consumer. The new website
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  • Costco
    June 1, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Sneaky ways Costco gets you to buy more Alyssa Pagano and Áine Cain 0m Costco is a wholesale retail store known for its great bargains. It offers food samples, cheap gas, and sale items to attract customers and make their shopping experiences worthwhile. But strategies like these also encourage customers to stay longer and spend more. Following
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  • Microchips for Truck Tires
    June 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    Michelin Introduces Microchips to Make Truck Tires Smart Michelin North America Inc. Michelin, the French tiremaker that also publishes the eponymous restaurant guide, is betting on a future paved with chips — microchips, that is. By the end of this year, every Michelin truck tire will be equipped with electronic sensors to collect information about
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  • Bristol Farms
    May 31, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Food Hall Concept is a Winner for Bristol Farms By Jim Dudlicek – 05/30/2018 The Woodland Hills store team includes (from left) Luis Vasquez, manager of merchandising; Kristina Tessel, manager of service; Ali Dungarwalla, store director; Carina McLaughlin, marketing manager; and Jack Clayton, manager of perishables Delivering a “theater of food” experience is the goal of Southern
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  • Personalized Nutrition
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    Personalized nutrition could improve consumers’ quality of life AUTHOR Caroline Macdonald PUBLISHED May 31, 2018 Dive Brief: Personalized nutrition could be an effective way to tackle health problems associated with an aging population, Ingredients Network reports. Research has found people are more likely to follow dietary guidelines if they are tailored to their own specific needs,
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  • Peapod
    May 31, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Peapod Enhances Mobile App, Website for Blind, Visually Impaired Shoppers 05/31/2018 As grocers continue building omnichannel capabilities to make shopping easier for everyone anywhere at any time, Peapod has now made sure its digital platforms are fully accessible to blind consumers. The Chicago-based ecommerce grocer’s mobile app and website now comply with Americans With Disabilities Act regulations, in
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  • Walmart China
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    Walmart’s New High-Tech Supermarket The Lempert Report: Retailer’s new small-format China store could challenge Aldi and AmazonBy Phil Lempert on May. 30, 2018 Walmart has opened its first small-sized, high-tech supermarket in Shenzhen, China, and it could be an Aldi and Amazon Go challenger. The store will stock more than 8,000 items, ranging from stir-fried clams to fresh fruit, 90%
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  • Ecoli Outbreak
    May 31, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Effects of E.coli Outbreak in Lettuce Ripple Through U.S. Food-Supply Chain Tainted lettuce is off the market, officials say, but prices have dropped by more than half and some growers have left acres of romaine to rot Production of romaine lettuce has shifted to California farms, and growers there supplied retailers and restaurants seeking to
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  • Health Foods
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    In large quantities, health foods can do more harm than good Cara Rosenbloom, The Washington Post Published 9:09 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2018 IMAGE 1 OF 64 Foods that are nutritious for you can also revert to not being good for you — if you’re the type to overdo a good thing. Items such as brown rice or tuna can cause
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  • Online Sales
    May 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Online sales still account for less than 10% of all retail sales   Prachi Bhardwaj   In the two decades since Amazon streamlined the e-commerce process, most retailers have followed suit with an online point of sale option, seeing no other way to compete. As a result, about 70% of Americans (230 million) will make
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  • Shrink
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    BRIEF Shrink cost retailers $100B last year AUTHOR Dan O’Shea PUBLISHED May 29, 2018 SHARE IT  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Loss of inventory due to shoplifting, employee theft or other errors collectively cost retailers almost $100 billion worldwide, or about 1.82% of global sales, last year, according to the Sensormatic Global Shrink Index from Tyco
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  • Home Delivery
    May 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How Home Delivery and Fresh Foods are Changing Refrigerated Transport April 17, 2018 • by Deborah Lockridge Morgan’s home grocery delivery body is designed for smaller delivery vehicles. Photo: Morgan Corp. The way Americans get their groceries is changing. According to Statistica, U.S. online grocery sales amounted to about $14.2 in 2017 and are expected to rise to nearly $30
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  • Canadian Grocery
    May 29, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Grocery industry is stable despite ‘a couple black eyes,’ expert says SIAL conference session delves into the industry’s hot topics By Kristin Laird  |  May 09, 2018 During a conference session at SIAL in Montreal last week, Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the faculty of management at Dalhousie University, sat down with Paul Uys, senior director
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  • Pareto’s Law
    May 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    What Is the 80/20 Rule? How the Pareto Principle Will Supercharge Your Productivity Written by Caroline Forsey @cforsey1 The other day, my friend asked me why I was buying another pair of yoga pants. “Why do you need another? You pretty much only wear the same two, anyway.” It was true. I have at least ten
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  • Planning Meals
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  • Leadership Skills
    May 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    7 Leadership Training Skills To Make Your Store More Successful May 27, 2018 Management has the ability to make or break a team of retail employees. Too strict and few will want to work for the leader, too lax and the store can become the wild west with everyone doing their own thing. Here are seven skills
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  • Antibiotics in Meat
    May 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Antibiotics in Meat Could Be Damaging Our Guts The F.D.A. banned the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals last year. One organic cattle farmer is sure the ban is being flouted. Sandy Lewis at his farm in upstate New York.CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times By William D. Cohan In 2015, Sandy Lewis, a small-time
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  • Chlorine Washing Poultry
    May 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Chicken safety fear as chlorine washing fails bacteria tests British microbiologists find that American technique at heart of Brexit trade row does not kill listeria and salmonella Jay Rayner Sat 26 May 2018 09.00 EDTLast modified on Sat 26 May 2018 17.00 EDT  The British Poultry Council has accused the US of trying to ‘offload food of higher risk’
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  • Campbell’s
    May 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Campbell Soup CEO abruptly leaves, company plans strategic review of portfolio AUTHOR Christopher Doering@cdoering PUBLISHED May 18, 2018 Dive Brief: Campbell Soup said Friday morning that Denise Morrison, CEO since 2011, abruptly decided to retire. She will be replaced by Keith McLoughlin, who joined the company’s board in 2016, as CEO on an interim basis. Anthony DiSilvestro, the company’s
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  • Shoplifting
    May 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Nation of shoplifters: the rise of supermarket self-checkout scams You’re not a thief, are you? Perish the thought. But when it comes to self-checkout tills anyone can make a ‘mistake’ Alex Moshakis  @alexmoshakis Sun 20 May 2018 05.03 EDTFirst published on Sun 20 May 2018 04.00 EDT  Bar code bandits: supermarkets like the machines because they can hire fewer
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  • Walmart
    May 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Walmart e-commerce growth rebounds AUTHOR Corinne Ruff@corinnesusan PUBLISHED May 17, 2018 SHARE IT  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Walmart reported Thursday that U.S. comparable sales increased 2.1% in the first quarter, just beating a forecast of 2% by Thomson Reuters but falling short of Cowen’s predicted 2.4% growth. Comparable traffic rose 0.8% from the year-ago quarter,
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  • Sainsbury/Asda
    May 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Why The Sainsbury / Asda Merger Is Necessary But Not Sufficient May 17, 2018 4:00 AM ET | 4 comments  |  About: J Sainsbury plc ADR (JSAIY), JSNSF, WMT John Kingham Dividend investing, value, large-cap, newsletter provider UK Value Investor (915 followers) Sainsbury (OTCQX:JSAIY, OTCQX:JSNSF), Asda (NYSE:WMT) and the other large UK supermarkets are currently engaged in an all-out price
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  • Shoppers World
    May 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Hershey Unveils ‘Shopper’s World’ Retail Report Guide aims to help grocers build physical and digital consumer experienceBy WGB Staff on May. 17, 2018. In a bid to help grocers build a digital and physical retail experience around the shopper for a total commerce approach, The Hershey Co. released its second “In a Shopper’s World” report days ahead of the National Confectioners Association’s 2018 Sweets
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  • Kroger/Ocado
    May 17, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger, Ocado Strike Exclusive Deal for U.S. Online Grocery By Jon Springer on May. 17, 2018. In a deal described as a “huge opportunity to redefine the grocery experience,” Kroger on Thursday said it had come to an exclusive agreement with innovative British retailer Ocado to implement its e-commerce technologies in the U.S. for the first time. Ocado utilizes
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  • Ocado
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    UK grocer Ocado’s technology is so successful, it’s selling it to other grocers Katie Evans | May 15, 2018 Inside look at the inner workings of its fulfillment center where robots rule. U.K.-based online grocer Ocado Group PLC’s technology team of roughly 1,000 employees has been plugging away at making technology advancements for more than nine years. And
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  • Robots in the DC
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Warehouse robotics are catching on, but to a limited scale AUTHOR Edwin Lopez@EdwinLopezT37 PUBLISHED May 15, 2018 Dive Brief: Warehouse robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) may be in the spotlight as supply chain cost-savers, but a recent survey by eft and Teknowlogi suggests the technologies are still in an experimental phase. Roughly 46% of the 104
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  • No cash at Restaurants
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Will Cash Become A Thing Of The Past At Restaurants? Andrew Rigie , CONTRIBUTORI represent restaurants and nightlife venues in NYC.  Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Colorful stack of credit cards and shopping gift cards. Macro with extremely shallow dof. I’m sure you’ve visited a store and seen a sign that says ‘$10 Minimum for
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  • Retail as a service
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    DEEP DIVE To survive the apocalypse, retailers must think of retail as a service AUTHOR Kate Patrick@katepatrick_ PUBLISHED May 15, 2018 Eft’s Head of Retail, Priyanka Asera, kicked off the D3 Retail Supply Chain Summit’s theme telling the story of how she waited 12 weeks for a cream leather couch, only to call the furniture company
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  • Amazon Go Expands
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon Go’s cashier-less stores are coming to Chicago and San Francisco 4 No word on when the stores will be opening yet By Chaim Gartenberg@cgartenberg  May 14, 2018, 5:56pm EDT Image: Amazon Amazon Go is heading to Chicago and San Francisco, according to a report from The Seattle Times, marking the first expansion of the online retailer’s cashier-less grocery store
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  • Food Transparency
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Food transparency drives growth in fresh departments IRI, FMI share trends driving sales of fresh food Deanna Pogorelc | May 14, 2018 The perimeter of the grocery store has outpaced growth in other food and beverage departments over the last four years, say analysts at market research firm IRI and the Food Marketing Institute, and transparency has
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  • Behavior Disrupts Grocery
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    4 Behavioral Declines Set to Disrupt Grocery in 20 Years By Eddie Yoon – 05/11/2018 Growing up in Hawaii, one realizes quickly that swimming in a pool is vastly different from swimming in the ocean. In a pool, a pretty good swimmer can go wherever they want and doesn’t worry about much except for the other swimmers
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  • Supermarkets Support Farm Sustainability
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Supermarkets Can Play A Role in Farm Sustainability The Lempert Report: Programs that provide suppliers with advice from agricultural experts can enhance grocers’ produce sectionsBy Phil Lempert on May. 11, 2018 While decades of rising consumer demand for organic food has reduced the agricultural use of prohibited substances such as pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, U.S. food retailers have struggled to develop
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  • Fairway Goes Fooding
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Fairway ‘Goes Fooding’ in New Marketing Campaign Retailer to host first-ever food festival in NYCBy Natalie Taylor on May. 10, 2018Emerging from a tumultuous period of bankruptcy and restructuring, Fairway Market has launched a new marketing initiative, branded as not just a grocery store but also “the place to go fooding.” The New York-based retailer will debut its new
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  • Target Flow Center
    May 15, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Target Tests Retail ‘Flow Center’ for Faster, Nimbler Distribution Retailer’s supply strategy aims to reduce inventory in store back rooms, create more space for online fulfillment The company hopes to send shipments to stores more frequently and in smaller lots tailored more precisely to demand rather than shipping big cases of products. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG NEWS By Jennifer
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  • Red Lobster and Waffles
    May 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Red Lobster and Waffles Casual dining chains are responding to shifts in consumer behavior in uneven ways. ImageThe lobster and waffle special from Red Lobster, artfully arranged.CreditAndrew Scrivani for The New York Times By Jordan Lebeau May 12, 2018 My interest was piqued by a promoted tweet and fueled by dietary nihilism. Red Lobster had announced
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  • Walmart Shift Global Strategy
    May 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart shifts global strategy to battle Amazon US retailer looks to invest in other companies, rather than operate stores overseas Walmart has reset its international playbook as it battles Amazon for supremacy in global shopping © FT montage / Bloomberg The day after announcing a record-breaking $16bn investment in Flipkart, Walmart’s chief executive Doug McMillon
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  • Braspberries
    May 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Braspberries, Blueberry-Stuffed Raspberries, Are Very Real Braspberries, Blueberry-Stuffed Raspberries, Are Very Real Fruit brand Driscoll’s is bringing Justin Timberlake’s berry creation to the grocery store. Play Mute 0:08 / 0:42 Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Share Fullscreen × Fruit brand Driscoll’s is bringing Justin Timberlake’s berry creation to the grocery store. MIKE POMRANZ May 10, 2018
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  • Meal Solutions
    May 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Chicago-area Grocer Sunset Foods Launches Chef-Created Meal Solutions 05/11/2018 Family-owned Chicago-area grocer Sunset Foods has introduced its own line of chef-prepared meal solutions under the Quick and Easy brand. Time-starved, on-the-go shoppers can pick up solutions from any of three categories: Hot & Ready, Heat & Eat, and Prepare at Home. The solutions are made under the
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  • Private Label
    May 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Private Label Isn’t What It Used to Be By Matt Sargent – 05/11/2018 Trader Joe’s stores focus largely on private label, contributing to the growth of such products Private label isn’t what it used to be. Grocers are no longer filling the gaps in their shelves with generic products, they’re making way for exclusive private label brands.
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  • Frozen Food
    May 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Here’s Why Frozen Food Is Having an Unlikely Boom By Jessica Gentile | Published on Friday, May 11, 2018   Millennials have been accused of killing everything from napkins to Applebee’s. But there’s one surprising industry they’re helping to revive–frozen food. According to a report in Bloomberg, for the first time in five years this market is growing, with annual U.S. frozen
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  • Food Safety Issues
    May 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    People are the secret weapon in the war on foodborne illnesses BY CORAL BEACH | MAY 11, 2018 CHICAGO — Even though more foodborne illness outbreaks are being detected than there were a few years ago, state and federal officials say significant progress has been made in the fight for food safety. Technological and scientific advances such as
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  • Technology Innovations
    May 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    ANALYSIS Six technological innovations and start-ups that will drive the retail sector MOBILE11 May 2018by Sasha Fedorenko Technology is driving retail, both online and in store, but what are the seven key technologies and why do you need them? StartUs, a start-up and innovation scouting network has analysed more than 8000 start-ups and identified six key
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  • Amazon Home
    May 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon is showing what it’s like to have a home completely controlled by Alexa Amazon is working with Lennar to demo model homes that can be controlled by Alexa. Customers who visit the new “Amazon Experience Centers” can see how Alexa can control thermostats, shades, lights and more. Apple has taken a similar approach, and
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  • Automation: Ocado
    May 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    WELCOME TO THE AUTOMATED WAREHOUSE OF THE FUTURE How British supermarket Ocado is using robots to make online grocery shopping faster By James Vincent@jjvincent  May 8, 2018, 7:01pm EDT SHARE They call it “the hive,” or “the grid.” Or sometimes just: “the machine.” It’s a huge structure that fills a warehouse on the outskirts of Andover, a
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  • Canadian Grocery
    May 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The increasingly bleak outlook for Canadian grocery storesEmpty grocery stores could be a sign of the future as grocery stores struggle to make profits and consumer preferences for more choice and services, including online shopping, evolve. Clark Y Retail food prices are not moving much these days. They are barely higher than last year, with a modest increase
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  • Finding Drivers
    May 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Finding Drivers and Higher Costs Are Issues Keeping Supply Chain Leaders up at Night May 08, 2018 By: Pat Walsh, Chief Business Development Officer and Vice President, Supply Chain, Food Marketing Institute The backbone of any sustainable supply chain relies on a performing and reliable transportation network. Those who lead in the supply chain will
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  • Food Safety Issues
    May 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    It’s here, get used to it Social media can make or break a food company; it’s all in the details and what’s done with them BY CORAL BEACH | MAY 10, 2018 CHICAGO — A billion people can’t be wrong, right? As it turns out, when it comes to food safety its doesn’t matter if they’re wrong. Once
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  • Cooking at Home
    May 9, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Survey Sheds Light on Who Is Cooking at Home The Lempert Report: Iowa resident appeared to avoid eating out the most.By Phil Lempert on May. 09, 2018Artisola, a fresh-pasta brand, surveyed 2,000 Americans and found that just 27% cook at home every single day. The Artisola State of Home Cooking Survey highlights also include: 68% of Americans cook
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  • Amazon in 9th Place
    May 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Top 50 Grocers: Amazon in 9th Place While Rest of Industry Restragizes, Reshuffles By Jim Dudlicek – 05/07/2018 (Editors’ note: This is part one of a four-part series updating daily this week) It’s easy to think that the word “disruption” has been overused in descriptions of the transformation that’s taking place in the food retailing industry. But
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  • Retail Profitability at Amazon
    May 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Is Amazon Finally Getting Serious About Retail Profitability? Steve Dennis , CONTRIBUTORI write on the reinvention of retail in the age of digital disruption Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Amazon reports blockbuster sales and earnings. There seems little doubt that Amazon.com AMZN -0.47% is crushing it and Macy’s is flailing. So who has the best profitability? Well, it’s
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  • Trader Joe’s Insights
    May 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Trader Joe’s execs are revealing the grocery chain’s secrets in a new podcast — here are 11 of the most surprising facts Jessica Tyler Trader Joe’s got its name in 1967.Jessica Tyler/Business Insider Trader Joe’s has developed a cult following for its wide selection of relatively affordable products. The grocery chain has launched a new podcast where
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  • Meal Kits
    May 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Albertsons: 80% of customers want meal kits in store AUTHOR Jeff Wells@JeffWellsWH PUBLISHED May 8, 2018 Share it Dive Brief: Internal research by Albertsons reveals that 80% of its customers say they want meal kits in stores, according to Pat Brown, the chain’s vice president of strategic business initiatives, in an interview with CNBC. He
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  • Transparency
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    How Private Label Can Tackle Transparency By Kathleen Furore on May. 08, 2018According to the Ingredient Confusion Study conducted by Label Insight Inc., 83% of consumers feel confused at least some of the time about ingredients listed on food package labels, and 60% say they trust the brand less when they see ingredients they don’t recognize or find confusing.
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  • Impact of Technology
    May 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How technology is shaping the future of food retail Emily Crowe April 30, 2018 Pixabay In an ever-changing retail environment, grocers and online food retailers are constantly innovating and utilizing technology to ease the consumer shopping journey. They’re also finding ways to use technology to streamline business operations. From smart shelf labels to the use
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  • Impact of NAFTA
    May 8, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    $15.8B Loss if U.S. Exits NAFTA: Study By Kat Martin – 05/08/2018 If the United States exits NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the near-term cost to retailers would be a nearly $15.8 billion loss, according to the study “How NAFTA Affects U.S. Retail,” released by global strategy and management consulting firm A.T. Kearney in partnership with Food
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  • Top 50 Grocers
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    Top 50 Grocers: How Amazon’s Entrance Has Led to Unprecedented Omnichannel Ramp-Ups By Randy Hofbauer – 05/08/2018 (Editors’ note: This is part two of a four-part series updating daily this week) Look through this year’s Super 50 list, at the end of this piece, and from the start, you’ll see the same familiar names in the same places:
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  • Walmart/Flipkart
    May 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart Beats Amazon in $15 Billion Flipkart Battle By Saritha Rai May 4, 2018, 3:16 AM EDT Updated on May 4, 2018, 5:38 AM EDT Workers sort packages at a Flipkart Online Services Pvt office in Bengaluru.Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg The board of Flipkart Online Services Pvt has approved an agreement to sell about 75 percent of the company to a
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  • Dioxin Analysis in Food
    May 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    FSIS set to begin dioxin analysis of U.S. meat, poultry BY NEWS DESK | MAY 4, 2018 Federal agencies are set to begin a year-long testing program on U.S. beef, pork and poultry to measure the levels of a highly toxic group of chemicals called dioxins, which are best known for their use in Agent Orange and other
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  • Supply Chain Salaries
    May 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Average salary for supply chain professionals $85,210 in 2017 By JAMES HENDERSON . May 04, 2018, 6:23AM APICS’s inaugural annual survey reveals a healthy outlook for those employed in supply chain, with wage increases and high job satisfaction reported across the profession. Key findings reveal the average salary for supply chain professionals in 2017 was $85,210. In addition,
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  • In car delivery service
    May 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon’s in-car delivery service: gimmick or game-changer? JONATHAN REEVE 7 hours ago Amazon has received a lot of publicity for its latest home-delivery innovation in the US. Prime customers with compatible digital locks can now have packages delivered directly to to the trunk of their parked car. As with most things Amazon, the move has
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  • Alexa
    May 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF ‘Alexa, make grocery shopping easier’: How voice-activated technology can disrupt the industry AUTHOR Alicia Kelso@BGbunster PUBLISHED May 1, 2018. Dive Brief: Voice-activated technology is swiftly making its way into retail channels and, driven by Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, could disrupt how consumers shop for groceries. According to research analyst Josh Cummings, data shows that
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  • Sprouts Outlook
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Sprouts Trims Outlook on Sagging Produce Prices Q1 sales and profits soar but weak inflation worries marketBy Jon Springer on May. 03, 2018As it turns out, inflation may not be coming to the rescue after all, based on details provided by two publicly traded retailers’ most recent financial results for the new fiscal year. In what could be
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  • Online Grocery Forecast
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Online grocery forecast: What’s impacting how far and fast it will grow May 2, 2018; 22:56 pm by David Bishop Online grocery spending will continue to increase according to Brick Meets Click’s newest sales forecast for the U.S. Topline: We project online as a percentage of total grocery sales will climb from under 5% at the end
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  • AB goes Nitrogen
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Anheuser-Busch Orders 800 Hydrogen-Electric Powered Semi-Trucks from Nikola Motor Company After bantering a “major fleet announcement” a few weeks’ ago, Nikola Motor Company broke the news today that Anheuser Busch will deploy up to 800 Nikola trucks starting later this year as part of a broader emissions-free vehicle plan that will result in the company
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  • Metro Canada
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Metro Inc. – Poised For Growth Apr. 29, 2018 1:05 PM ET | 4 comments  |  About: Metro, Inc.A (MTRAF), Includes: EMLAF, LBLCF, NWTUF Brandon Park-Lee Summary Valuation of the company suggests that Metro is currently undervalued, trading at a roughly 3% to 34% discount to its implied value. Metro has been able to maintain its strong financial fundamentals over
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  • Marks and Spencer My Favourite
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Marks & Spencer launches new “My M&S Favourite” campaign 3 May 2018 | by The Retail Bulletin Running in over 1,000 M&S stores, the “My M&S Favourite” campaign involves M&S staff wearing personalised badges showing details of their favourite M&S products. The campaign will be supported with shelf décor where staff recommendations are also displayed.
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    Marks & Spencer launches new “My M&S Favourite” campaign 3 May 2018 | by The Retail Bulletin Running in over 1,000 M&S stores, the “My M&S Favourite” campaign involves M&S staff wearing personalised badges showing details of their favourite M&S products. The campaign will be supported with shelf décor where staff recommendations are also displayed.
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  • Walmart/Asda
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart Got a Lot More Than $10 Billion From Asda Investment By Matthew Boyle April 30, 2018, 2:48 PM EDT Updated on May 1, 2018, 9:35 AM EDT  Retailer’s ranks are peppered with executives from the U.K.  Asda’s ideas have helped transform Walmart’s online presence Sainsbury CFO Says Asda Deal `Very Focused’ on Competing With Amazon Kevin
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  • Infinite Game
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Playing the “Infinite Game” in Grocery Retail April 27, 2018 Brittain Ladd Mercatus invited industry analyst and commentator, Brittain Ladd, to share his views on the seismic shifts affecting the grocery retail landscape. In this blog series, Brittain details the steps traditional grocery retailers can take to prepare themselves by digitally transforming the way they do business
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  • In Store Experience
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The In-Store Experience 2018 APRIL 30, 2018HOW DO YOUR CUSTOMERS FEEL WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT YOUR STORE? Are they happy, engaged and calm? Or are they stressed out, frustrated and confused? Our latest report will show you how to create a one-of-a-kind experience for your shoppers, starting when they walk through your doors and lasting
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  • A&P Brands
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    A&P Brands Sold to Mystery Buyer By Jon Springer on May. 01, 2018 Three years after its last stores shut down, remnants of the once-great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.—including the A&P, Waldbaum’s and Food Basics brand names—have been sold to a buyer whose identity has yet to be revealed. Hilco Streambank this week said it brokered the sale
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  • Robots and AI
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Supply Chain News: What Counties are Most Ready for Robots and AI?   New Study from The Economist Ranks South Korea on Top, US in Ninth Place May 2, 2018 SCDigest Editorial Staff We are in the early stages of a new era of automation. Which countries are best positioned to take advantage of these
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  • Ocado/ICA
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Ocado is embarking on a new partnership in which it will supply its online shopping and delivery technology to Swedish retailer ICA. FOOD & DRINK Ocado signs new partnership with Sweden’s ICA 2 May 2018 | by The Retail Bulletin With around 1,300 stores across Sweden, ICA has a market share of around 36% and
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  • Robots Kroger Dairy
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Robots ensure maximum freshness for Kroger’s Denver dairy May 2, 2018 A fully automated storage, handling and order processing system supplied to US grocery retail giant, The Kroger Co., has secured the benefits of enhanced product freshness, increased efficiency, reduced errors, lower costs and full product traceability. A robotic handling solution from Cimcorp processes orders
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  • Farm Boy
    May 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Farm Boy’s Jeff York talks automation and real estate at RCC event Customer service a key focus as the fresh food grocer continues to grow By Kristin Laird  |  April 25, 2018 It’s no secret that Farm Boy has its sights firmly set on growth in 2018 and beyond. With 26 stores already stretching across
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  • Can’t Raise Prices
    May 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Why can’t grocery retailers and manufacturers raise prices? AUTHOR Cathy Siegner PUBLISHED April 30, 2018 Share it  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Even though the economy is continuing to improve, unemployment is down, consumer attitudes are becoming more positive and inflation is creeping up, grocery chains still aren’t keen to raise prices, according to Bloomberg.
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  • Digital Transformation Challenges
    May 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Digital transformation underway for half of companies, at war with old vs. new tech schools AUTHOR Samantha Ann Schwartz@SamanthaSchann PUBLISHED April 25, 2018 Share it  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Only 37% of organizations’ digital transformation is led by their CIO, according to a 2018 Forrester report. A chief digital officer often takes the
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  • New Ideas for Food
    May 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    New twists on old ideas defining the future of food Photo: Farmer’s Fridge 05.01.2018 By Donna Berry   8 CHICAGO — Corporate executives, capital investors and financial advisers in the food space gathered on April 19 to hear food and beverage industry experts and entrepreneurs discuss the changing dining landscape and the future of food. The
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  • Picking Technologies
    May 1, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Picking technologies: When inaccuracy leads to lost customers The true cost of a mispick is measured in service levels—and by a dwindling customer base when consumer and B2B buyers turn to sources that get orders right. By Victoria Kickham  0 Comments Most organizations understand that mispicks can add up to big losses—in money, time, and labor—but
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  • Supply Chain IOT
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    Is Your Supply Chain Stuck in the Bermuda Triangle? Thanks to data and the IoT, the industrial shipping journey needn’t be fraught with uncharted waters and black holes. Dagny Dukach | Apr 30, 2018 It’s 2018. You can track your pets, your car, and even your pizza as it’s delivered from the oven to your doorstep. And
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  • 100% Robot Workforce
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    Chilling Or Thrilling? JD.com Founder Envisions A ‘100%’ Robot Workforce Jon Bird , CONTRIBUTORI write about the new retail reality; what it means and what’s next Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. “I hope my company would be 100% automation someday … no human beings anymore, 100% operated by AI and robots.” That’s Richard Liu’s audacious
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  • Voice Activated Devices Disrupt Grocery
    April 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    M Perspectives: Voice-Activated Devices Set To Create Disruption In Grocery Sector Apr. 29, 2018 6:19 AM ET  Summary The US grocery market, accounting for 20% of retail spending, is set for a major shakeup as Amazon makes the sector a strategic imperative to boost revenues from Prime members. Voice-activated personal assistants could power a revolution
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  • Walmart/Sainsbury
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    Walmart and Sainsbury’s announce combination of Sainsbury’s and Asda, Walmart’s wholly owned UK business Mon April 30, 2018 2:10 AM|Business Wire|About: WMT BENTONVILLE, Ark.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Walmart Inc. (WMT) (“Walmart”) and J Sainsbury plc (“Sainsbury’s”) today announce the combination (the “Combination”) of Sainsbury’s and Asda Group Limited (“Asda”), Walmart’s wholly owned UK retail subsidiary (the “Combined Business”). At a
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  • Food Trends
    April 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Two trends transforming the food industry Photo: Habit Food Personalized, L.L.C. 04.27.2018 By Monica Watrous MIAMI — Personalized wellness and conscious consumption are two of the biggest trends affecting the food and beverage marketplace over the next few years, said Davey McHenry, vice-president of Consulting Services at The Hartman Group. Technology has elevated the importance of
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  • Walmart Blockchain
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    Walmart Is Getting Suppliers to Put Food on the Blockchain By Camila Russo April 23, 2018, 3:18 PM EDT From A shopper looks at produce at a Wal-Mart store in Rogers, Arkansas. Photographer: Beth Hall/Bloomberg Walmart Inc. is getting suppliers to put food on the blockchain to help reduce waste, better manage contamination cases and
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  • Kroger losing price advantage
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    Reports indicate Kroger is losing its ‘fresh’ pricing advantage AUTHOR Jeff Wells@JeffWellsWH PUBLISHED April 26, 2018 Dive Brief: Price checks conducted by Barclays in Nashville, Tennessee, found that Kroger has ceded its pricing advantage in perishables to two key competitors: Walmart and Sprouts Farmers Market. When comparing a basket of 117 items, representatives from the
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  • Winners and Losers
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    Winners and losers in the food retail landscape Photo: Adobestock 04.26.2018 By Monica Watrous MIAMI — Today’s consumer food purchases span a continuum of transactional to experiential. Successful retailers, manufacturers and food service operators will offer a balance of both extremes, said Christina Bowden, senior director of Consulting Services at The Hartman Group. The food retail
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  • Romaine Problems
    April 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Letter From The Editor: Romaine, Reform and Revive BY DAN FLYNN | APRIL 29, 2018 OPINION The purpose of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) is the prevention of foodborne disease. We’ve invested billions of taxpayer dollars and thousands of years of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) professional time since 2011 to make that so. When foodborne
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  • Amazon to your car
    April 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon can now deliver packages directly to your car — here’s how it works Dennis Green Apr. 24, 2018, 8:55 AM Amazon can now deliver packages directly to your car if you own a specific model with available features and live in one of the 37 cities the service is available.Amazon Amazon can now deliver packages
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  • Goya
    April 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Meet Goya: One of America’s Oldest Hispanic-Owned Food Companies BYSUZETTE LABOY APRIL 29, 2YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN THAT ONE OF AMERICA’S OLDEST FOOD COMPANIES IS BEST KNOWN FOR ITS CANNED BEANS AND PACKAGED RICE VARIETIES. For more than 80 years, Goya Foods has been one of the leading Hispanic-owned food companies in the country. Its products are rooted in the
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  • Logistics IT Market
    April 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    2018 Top 100 Logistics IT Market Research Survey 4 April 27, 2018 | Jason McDowell Tags: Logistics I.T., Logistics, Technology , Logistics Solutions Providers, Supply Chain Inbound Logistics surveys the supply chain technology market to evaluate the latest trends and uncover the most innovative providers in their respective fields. Logistics technology research used to focus on a variety of siloed software solutions,
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  • Floral Supply Chain
    April 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The logistical dance that gets all those flowers to market in Europe…and elsewhere April 28, 2018 Dean Croke, chief analytics officer, FreightWaves PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK Imagine 2,000 trucks being loaded within a 4-hour window at three locations in the Chicago area for overnight delivery by 6 a.m. to cities as far away as Denver, Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia,
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  • LTL goes Strong
    April 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    LTL industry seeing strongest growth in nearly 10 years, C.H. Robinson chief says Wiehoff says LTL demand goosed by more small shipments moving in “middle-mile” service between DCs. By DC Velocity Staff  0 Comments The less-than-truckload (LTL) industry is experiencing its strongest growth in nearly a decade, with manufacturing and e-commerce activity pushing LTL carriers to
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  • Amazon FBA Program
    April 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Study: Amazon’s FBA Onsite program poses a threat to 3PLs Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) Onsite may also help firm negotiate lower rates with parcel carriers, Armstrong & Associates says. By DC Velocity Staff  0 Comments As e-commerce colossus Amazon.com Inc. continues to roll out new logistics service offerings to support its rapid growth, one of those services, called
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  • AH Looks At AI
    April 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Ahold Delhaize Partners Abroad for Artificial-Intelligence Research 04/27/2018 International grocery company Ahold Delhaize is working to increase its focus on the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, joining the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) to open its first laboratory. ICAI, which officially launched at Amsterdam Science Park in the Netherlands, is focused on joint development of
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  • Food Lion Buys 4 Bi Lo Stores
    April 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Food Lion to Buy 4 South Carolina Bi-Lo Stores By Jon Springer on Apr. 27, 2018 Food Lion has entered into a transaction to acquire four South Carolina Bi-Lo leases from Southeastern Grocers. The stores, which are expected to do business under the Bi-Lo banner until the deal closes in late May, are located in Myrtle Beach (1241 38th
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  • Alibaba Blockchain
    April 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Alibaba launches blockchain pilot to fight food fraud INTERNET RETAILING 11 hours ago TAGS: #ALIBABA#BLACKMORES#FONTERRA Alibaba Group is embarking on a pilot project to increase supply chain transparency for Australian and New Zealand products that are sold on its Tmall e-commerce marketplace in China. Launching in Auckland on Thursday, the Food Trust Framework uses blockchain
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  • M&S Beef Supply Chain
    April 27, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    British retailer M&S launches beef traceability campaign British retail giant Marks and Spencer has announced a new campaign that “shines a spotlight” on its beef traceability standards. STANDARDS: M&S ensures their beef comes from where they say it does through DNA testing M&S claims to be the only national retailer that can trace every piece of
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  • Waitrose Attacks Plastics
    April 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Waitrose Donates £1 Million In Bag Levy Funds To Tackling Plastic Waste Published on Apr 27 2018 10:00 AM in Retail tagged: UK / Waitrose / plastic bag levy / Plastic Waste UK retailer Waitrose has announced it will donate £1 million from carrier bag levy funds to tackling plastic pollution. The retailer will donate £500,000 of the funds to the Commonwealth Marine Plastics Research and
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  • Farm Boy
    April 27, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Farm Boy sows seeds for store in Oakville Co-CEO says residents have been asking for a store in the Oakville area By Monday Report on Retailers staff  |  April 19, 2018 Farm Boy’s Ontario expansion continues, with plans to open this fall at Oakwoods Centre in Oakville—part of a vision to open up to 50
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  • Direct to Consumer Sales
    April 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kellogg’s Advises CPGs to Begin Direct-to-Consumer Sales   By Pat Lenius     Store-based consumer packaged goods companies need to incorporate online direct-to-consumer (D2C) sales strategies to retain their competitive edge, says the senior director of  eCommerce for the Kellogg Company.   “It is our duty to ensure that we make D2C great,” said Chris
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  • Jewel Osco
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Jewel-Osco Revamps Urban Store to Better Serve Chicago Neighborhood 04/20/2018 Progressive Grocer’s April 2018 Store of the Month, Jewel-Osco of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, offers meal solutions, fresh produce and a cozy hangout for commuters and high-rise residents. Watch the video below or read the full story here.

  • Starbucks China
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

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  • Returns
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Karin Bursa  Executive Vice President Logility Supply Chain Comment With more than 25 years of experience in the development, support and marketing of enterprise software solutions, Karin is able to provide provoking perspectives including market-shaping events, end-user perspectives and technical reviews. She is a widely quoted source on the evolution of the supply chain, frequent
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  • Alibaba car vending machine
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Alibaba’s car vending machine in China gives free test drives to people with good credit scores 7 Cat-themed with free three-day test drives for people with scores of 700 or better By Thuy Ong@ThuyOng  Mar 26, 2018, 9:02am EDT SHARE Photo: Alibaba Alibaba and Ford signed a deal to form a partnership last year that would see
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  • Chinese Food Retailing
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Chinese tech’s move into food retailing: What should we learn from Alibaba, Tencent and JD? March 25, 2018; 22:56 pm by Bill Bishop It would be a mistake for those of us who work in food and grocery retail not to take a good look at China for signs of developments that will shape the future of
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  • Food Photoworthy
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Instagram famous: Why grocers should make their food photo-worthy AUTHOR Alicia Kelso@BGbunster PUBLISHED April 24, 2018 Dive Brief: Retail consulting firm Brick Meets Click suggests that grocery retailers looking for ways to improve the in-store experience and drive traffic should “consciously” focus on building displays for Instagram. By making a food display “grammable,” grocers have
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  • Maximizing KPI ‘s
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Maximizing KPIs May Not Be Supply Chain Cure-All THE STRATEGIC SOURCEROR  ON TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2018  PROCUREMENT NEWS, What does it take to create a top-quality supply chain experience? Companies’ logistics leaders are becoming increasingly important to their organizations’ strategic direction and effectiveness, but success is not guaranteed. The stakes are high and, in the years ahead, a performance
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  • Shell Starship
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Photo: Shell Shell Starship has arrived at Sonoma Raceway. Futuristic Shell Starship truck prepares to take off across country This next-generation Class 8 truck was designed and built by Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co. with the aim of demonstrating what is possible in reducing energy demand in freight transportation. American Trucker staff | Apr 25, 2018The
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  • Supervalu
    April 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Supervalu to Sell Shop ‘n Save, 8 Warehouses By Jon Springer on Apr. 24, 2018Supervalu is seeking to sell its Shop ‘n Save retail divisions, and has entered into a sale-leaseback for eight of its warehouses. The moves in part reflect the influence of an activist investor that has been pressuring the Minneapolis-based wholesaler to show improved returns, although the company said
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  • Food Innovation
    April 23, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Food, innovation and resilience in the face of climate change A horse is reflected in its flooded field just south of Mount Vernon. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times) Originally published April 19, 2018 at 7:00 am Updated April 19, 2018 at 10:52 am Washington food and wine producers are used to natural weather variations, but things are
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  • Amazon Grocery Growth
    April 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon’s New Grocery Gains Show Shoppers See it Like Other Grocers 04/23/2018 Amazon’s grocery sales grew by nearly 50 percent in quarter one of 2018, and consumers are starting to see the ecommerce giant like any other grocery store, according to a new report from One Click Retail. Amazon’s grocery sales saw an increase of more than
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  • Mergers and Acquisitions
    April 23, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    From efficiency to innovation: The evolution of food and beverage M&A Companies used to merge to eliminate competition, but today they are driven by wanting to save money, expand their business, or sell the next greatest thing. AUTHOR Megan Poinski@meganpoinski PUBLISHED April 23, 2018 With mergers and acquisitions an ubiquitous part of the food and
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  • Walmart/Flipkart
    April 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart Close to $12 Billion-Plus Deal for India’s Leading Ecommerce Company Flipkart The deal, if completed, will give Walmart a substantial foothold in an emerging market of 1.3 billion people, and while the Arkansas-based company is the world’s largest retailer, it has struggled against Amazon as consumers migrate to online commerce, India is the next
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  • Americas Best Supermarkets
    April 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    America’s Best Supermarkets for 2018 Ranking FULL STORY LIST VIEW AUTO SCROLL ON  OFF istockphoto.com America’s Best Supermarkets for 2018 Most of us frequent supermarkets on a weekly basis, if not more often. We head in, shopping list in hand, and re-stock any kitchen or household supplies that may be dwindling. From fruits, vegetables, dairy, and proteins to
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  • Sprouts vs Whole Foods
    April 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    We visited the grocery store chain that’s an alternative to Whole Foods — here’s why it’s better Tanza Loudenback Whole Foods and Sprouts both use Instacart for grocery delivery.Tanza Loudenback/Business Insider Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market are health food stores with locations all over the US. Both grocers sell mostly natural or organic products and
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  • Uberization of Trucking
    April 22, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Uberization Of Trucking A white paper outlining the prospects for and challenges to the introduction of Uber-like tools into the truck market.  The paper delineates the limited market for such devices and presents the likely competitive response of incumbent market making participants in the field, namely the brokers. Who needs it? Most of the market
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  • A Look at the Trucking Industry
    April 22, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Surprising data on trucking industry in Klaskow, Tucker webinar April 22, 2018 John Paul Hampstead   Owner-operator employment growth far outstripping larger fleets Last Thursday William Cassidy, senior editor for trucking at the Journal of Commerce, moderated a webinar with Lee Klaskow, senior analyst for freight transportation at Bloomberg Intelligence, and Jeff Tucker, CEO of the
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  • Retail Defaults
    April 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Retail defaults are at an all-time high — here are all the bankruptcies and liquidations so far in 2018   Hayley Peterson 10 US retailers have already filed for bankruptcy or announced liquidations.AP/Charles Krupa Retailers are filing for bankruptcy at record-high rates. Nine West, Claire’s, and The Bon-Ton Stores are among the companies that have filed for bankruptcy so
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  • Smart Speakers
    April 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    1 out of 5 US homes with wifi now have a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo   Zoë Bernard   Smart speakers have been a hot ticket item in recent years. Products by Amazon, Google and Apple, which allow consumers to play music, order food and get news just by talking to the device, have already experienced a
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  • J&J Supply Chain
    April 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF J&J reshaping its supply chain around therapies of the future AUTHOR Jacob Bell@realjacobbell PUBLISHED April 19, 2018 Dive Brief: Tucked into its first quarter earnings presentation, Johnson & Johnson disclosed plans to revise its supply chain to better serve future products. “Looking forward into the future we need more of some newer technologies — like
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  • Driver Accidents
    April 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    SAFETY Vehicle accidents cost companies $57B in 2017 Employers have opportunities to reduce the number of accidents among their mobile employees dramatically by expanding their driver risk management approach beyond basic Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) checks Fleet Owner Staff | Apr 20, 2018 Motus unveiled new research around driver safety in the workplace in recognition of Distracted
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  • Uber Eats
    April 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Uber Eats is the fastest-growing meal delivery service in the U.S. But GrubHub is still by far the biggest food delivery company. By Rani Molla@ranimolla  Apr 18, 2018, 3:50pm EDT Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Rodale Uber Eats is the fastest-growing meal delivery service in the U.S., bringing in nearly as much newcustomer revenue as GrubHub. People are
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  • Keeping Grocers Up at Night
    April 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    What’s Keeping Grocery Execs Up at Night – and How They are Responding: Annual Report By Jim Dudlicek – 04/18/2018 (Editors’ Note: This is part four of a five-part series updating daily this week) As grocery retailers attempt to better cater to younger consumers, they’re apparently concerned with having the appropriate workforce to keep them on the right path.
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  • Wegmans Reduces Food Waste
    April 20, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Wegmans steps up push to reduce waste Zero Waste program rolls out to additional stores Russell Redman 1 | Apr 19, 2018 Wegmans Food Markets is extending its Zero Waste initiative, unveiled last year, to more of its stores. The regional supermarket chain said yesterday that its Pittsford, Ithaca and Alberta Drive, N.Y.; Westwood, Mass.; and Allentown,
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  • Click and Collect
    April 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Pure-play not likely the way in online grocery Amazon faces stiff competition from traditional retail players Russell Redman 1 | Apr 19, 2018 U.S. consumers are taking a cross-channel approach to online grocery shopping in which brick-and-mortar retailers are holding their own versus pure-play e-tailers, a CoreSight Research survey finds. Of U.S. adults who have bought groceries
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  • Future for Food Retailers
    April 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    What is the Future for Retailers? We have talked before on our blog about the disruptive force of technology. Innovations are transforming every industry, whether it’s utilities, oil and gas, finance or even sport. While these bring huge opportunities to boost efficiency, transparency and trust, particularly in terms of bringing more openness to dealings between companies and their suppliers, technology is
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  • Publix Policies
    April 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Beards Are Growing at Publix Employees are hopeful as test expands to new regionsBy Jon Springer on Apr. 19, 2018Publix Super Markets has expanded a test that allows male store employees to have beards, a move that comes as competition for workers heats up industrywide and perks from higher pay to new uniforms are being offered to retain and attract staff. Some stores
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  • Amazon Letter to Shareholders
    April 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

      Exhibit 99.1   To our shareowners: The American Customer Satisfaction Index recently announced the results of its annual survey, and for the 8th year in a row customers ranked Amazon #1. The United Kingdom has a similar index, The U.K. Customer Satisfaction Index, put out by the Institute of Customer Service. For the 5th time in a
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  • Amazon Most Shopped Grocer Online
    April 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Online, Amazon is Most-Shopped Grocer, but Walmart Wins for Traditional Trips 04/18/2018 Amazon is by far the most-shopped online retailer for groceries, but Walmart still holds a “confident lead” over brick-and-mortar competitors in the ecommerce space, new research from Coresight Research reveals. Some 59 percent of online grocery shoppers surveyed said they purchased products from Amazon in the past year,
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  • Grocers Food Waste
    April 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocers’ Food Waste Efforts Miss the Mark Report finds nine of top 10 chains don’t publicly report their total food wasteBy Natalie Taylor on Apr. 17, 2018It’s no secret—America has a food waste problem, and according to the latest report by the Center for Biological Diversity and the “Ugly” Fruit & Veg Campaign, grocery stores are the
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  • Infrastructure Fix on Hold
    April 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Trump’s highly touted infrastructure dream nixed for this year Infrastructure is an early casualty of Washington’s fixation on the November mid-term elections. Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and others are signaling that Trump’s $200 billion federal infrastructure plan is all but dead for this year. By John D. Schulz · April
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  • Amazon Great for Brick and Mortar
    April 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Developer: Amazon ‘great’ for brick-and-mortar retail BY MARIANNE WILSONApril 16, 2018 The founder and CEO of upscale real estate company Caruso has a somewhat contrarian view when it comes to Amazon. In an appearance on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley ,” Rick Caruso addressed the so-called “Amazon effect” and shared his belief that the online retailer has actually been “great” for brick-and-mortar
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  • Who Shops for Groceries
    April 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Who Shops Where for Groceries—A Look at US Grocery Store Demographics KEY POINTS Our top takeaways from our recent analysis of survey data on US grocery shoppers include the following:  Nonspecialist retailers account for three of the four most-shopped retailers for groceries: Walmart is in first place, Target is second and Costco is fourth. Kroger
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  • World’s Largest Wawa
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    World’s Largest Wawa Set to Open in Philadelphia Courtesy of Wawa It won’t look like your average convenience store. ADAM CAMPBELL-SCHMITT April 13, 2018 In case you missed the festivities earlier this week, Thursday, April 12 was Wawa Day, the regional convenience store’s anniversary celebration during which customers can snag a free cup of coffee. In
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  • Supply Chain 4.0
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The impact of Industry 4.0, future trends and dealing with natural disasters By MARK SPENCE . Apr 15, 2018, 4:00AM Hans-Georg Kaltenbrunner, VP Industry Strategy for Manufacturing, EMEA at JDA Software discusses the impact of Industry 4.0 on the digital supply chain, future trends and dealing with natural disasters As technological innovation and creativity continues at pace, the
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  • Taking Care of Customers
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Oracle’s Modern Customer Conference Provides Plenty Of CX Lessons Shep Hyken , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Oracle Modern Customer Experience 2018 Just back from Oracle’s Modern Customer Experience conference in Chicago. I always enjoy these conferences where experts from many different companies share their experiences and examples. What is the modern customer experience? The way I
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  • Partnerships
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    More retailers turning to grocery partnerships to boost traffic AUTHOR Alicia Kelso@BGbunster PUBLISHED April 9, 2018 Dive Brief: Karstadt, a German department store chain, plans to open an Aldi in its Hamburg location, according to Forbes. It is the latest example of a non-food retailer adding a grocery presence. Walter Loeb, who wrote the piece, said this
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  • Efficient Amazon
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Under Amazon, Whole Foods Is In Danger Of Becoming Efficient  George Anderson , Contributor Whole Foods’ new 365 store, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY – Photo: RetailWire Amazon.com, if nothing else, is about change, and there has been plenty of that and more surely to come at the acquired Whole Foods organic grocery chain. In a recent move,
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  • World’s Rarest Steak
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Olive Wagyu, The World’s Rarest Steak, Is Being Sold In The U.S. For The First Time   Christina Liao , CONTRIBUTOR Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Olive wagyu striploins If you haven’t heard of olive wagyu, you’re not alone. Considered to be the rarest steak in the world, only about 2,200 heads of this specific
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  • Hiring Truck Drivers
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Trucking hires have improved, but the industry will have to compete harder April 15, 2018 Ibrahiim Bayaan, chief economist, FreightWaves (PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmailDiggStumbleUponReddit One of the key themes within the trucking industry over the past several quarters remains the shortage of available drivers to carry increased demand for freight. The combination of stronger economic growth, demographic shifts, and
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  • E Coli Outbreak
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Linked to Arizona Producers Apr 13, 2018 | 4:27 pm By Holly Van Hare Editor If you’ve recently purchased any romaine, the CDC recommends you throw it out A nationwide E. coli outbreak has now spread to 11 states, with 35 total reported cases. As of now, no deaths have
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  • Store Fresh Produce
    April 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    How to Store Fresh Produce So Fruit, Vegetables, and Herbs Last Longer By Jen Wheeler | Published on Saturday, April 14, 2018   We’ve all felt the guilt, shame, and disappointment of letting fresh fruit and vegetables languish in the fridge or on the counter until they’re old, wilted, and even rotten, right? Sometimes it’s because we forgot what we bought, or
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  • Giant Eagle
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Giant Eagle lands big savings through software overhaul By consolidating multiple TMS systems into a single platform, the regional grocery chain cut IT costs and revved up its transportation operations. By Ben Ames  0 Comments As supermarket chain Giant Eagle Inc. can attest, when it comes to software, more isn’t always better. Sometimes, you can accomplish
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  • Spanish Opportunity
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Spanish in the US: An Opportunity for Marketers [Infographic] by Laura Forer  | April 13, 2018 More than 40.5 million speakers of Spanish reside in the US, making it the country’s second most common language, according to an infographic by MotionPoint.In the infographic, the company, provider of a turnkey solution for multilingual websites, explores the opportunities that the presence
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  • Bulk Nation
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    NEWS>ONLINE RETAIL Bulk Nation opens online store Specialty bulk food retailer gains nationwide reach Russell Redman 1 | Apr 12, 2018 Specialty bulk food chain Bulk Nation has made its online retail debut. The Tampa, Fla.-based grocer on Wednesday went live with an Internet store, accessible through BulkNationUSA.com. To mark its e-store’s grand opening, Bulk Nation is
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  • Quest for Quality
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The quest for quality in fresh-food retailing By Raphael Buck, Daniel Läubli, and Nora Ottink The quest for quality in fresh-food retailing In fresh foods, quality is critical—but hard to define and measure. Here’s how retailers can make the quality investments that yield the highest returns. Just a few years ago, European consumers in search of high-quality fresh
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  • Decoding the Supply Chain
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    DA: Decoding the modern supply chain By MARK SPENCE . Apr 13, 2018, 10:49AM As technological innovation and creativity continues at pace, the potential ramifications for businesses and their supply chain are huge. Therefore, building a roadmap for effective performance as well as developing the ability to diversify, adapt and react will all become cornerstones of success within
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  • Drones for inventory
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Why Geodis is pushing automated drones into warehouses AUTHOR Barry Hochfelder@barryhoch21 PUBLISHED April 12, 2018 Dive Brief: A completely automated warehouse inventory solution, developed by French companies Geodis and Delta Drone, will be fully operational by the end of 2018 after a successful trial period, according to a Geodis press release. Industrialized production of the solution
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  • Improving Cash Flow
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Show me the money, ASAP!: interview with Richard Piontek Speeding up cash flow is as important today as it was 20 years ago. Richard Piontek and eCapital are using today’s tools to get the job done. By Mark B. Solomon  0 Comments Much has changed, and continues to change, in the transportation world. But one immutable
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  • Walmart Expands
    April 13, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    N Walmart eyes bigger share in Texas, Florida U.S. store openings, remodels also to include tech-driven services Russell Redman 1 | Apr 12, 2018 Bolstering its presence in two of the country’s most populous states, Walmart has earmarked $477 million to open and remodel more than 90 stores in Florida and Texas over the next year. By
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  • Freight Marketplace
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    XPO Launches Freight Marketplace for Shippers April 12, 2018 SHARING TOOLS        |PrintSubscribe 0 XPO Connect is an online freight marketplace that is designed to give shippers visibility across freight modes. Image: XPO Logistics XPO Logistics has introduced a cloud-based freight marketplace called XPO Connect that is designed to give shippers visibility across freight modes to improve
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  • Heinen’s
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Inside the most beautiful store in America By Mike Troy – 04/10/2018 When Cleveland-based Heinen’s Fine Foods opened a store in an old bank building three years ago it wasn’t the type of move a larger company could or would have made. However, the small family owned Heinen’s chain is able to move faster and
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  • Produce Pallets
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Produce distributor turns pallets into a competitive edge Manufacturer uses display-ready, shared half pallets to eliminate product damage and customer complaints. By Josh Bond, Senior Editor · April 12, 2018 Melon 1, America’s largest watermelon shipper, ships its watermelons nationwide from packing sheds and other distribution points on the East Coast. Because freshness is vital and harvest dates
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  • Canadian Food Retail
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    CANADIAN RETAILERS SEE CONSOLIDATION, IMPORT GROWTH Tom Karst April 11, 2018 08:43 AM A USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report says non-grocery retailers in Canada, particularly Costco and Walmart, have gained market share in the last five years, accounting for 20% of the retail grocery market in 2016. ( Courtesy Walmart Inc. ) Wal-Mart and Costco
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  • Grocery History
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocery’s Boozy History Going to the grocery wasn’t always a chore. The history of grocery begins with a dealer who sold by the gross—that is, in large quantities at discounted retail prices. A grocer in medieval England was a wholesaler, and the name is derived from an Anglo-French word having the same meaning, groser. Grocer gained widespread use during the 14th century
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  • Fast Logistics Decisions
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Smart and Fast Logistics Decisions at the Depot This white paper shows why creating the best transport and logistics plan for your depot distribution is one challenge and being able to accomplish this quickly is another. By Quintiq March 28, 2018 When it comes to producing transport plans for your depot, the possibilities are endless. But
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  • Private Label Growth
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Nielsen: Private-label sales grew three times faster than national brands AUTHOR Cathy Siegner PUBLISHED April 12, 2018 Dive Brief: Within the past year, sales of private-label brands have surpassed those of manufacturers’ brands, according to a Nielsen report cited by Food Navigator. The most recent “Total Consumer Report” from Nielsen stated that after trading negatively in the last
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  • Key Issues in Supply Chain
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    ROI, worker shortage, and cybersecurity biggest barriers to adoption of next-gen supply chain technologies, Deloitte-MHI study says New report explores the trends and technologies driving next-generation supply chains and ways to break down the top barriers to adoption. By DC Velocity Staff Eleven technologies are combining forces to create next-generation supply chains that are digital,
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  • Marketplaces for global shoppers
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Marketplaces becoming popular among global online shoppers, UPS-commissioned survey says Consumers seeking different delivery options, survey finds. By DC Velocity Staff  0 Comments Online shoppers worldwide are buying more from international retailers and from “marketplaces”—third-party sites where multiple merchants sell their products—and are increasingly relying on digital devices and seeking different delivery options, according to a
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  • Top Logistics Companies
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Rankings Logistics 50 | Freight Brokerage | Dry Storage Warehousing | Refrigerated Warehousing | Dedicated | Ocean Freight | Airfreight Rank 2018 Rank 2017 Company Net Revenue (Millions) Gross Revenue (Millions) Employees 1 1 XPO Logistics Inc. 5,238 est 9,506 est – 2 3 UPS Supply Chain Solutions 3,252 est 7,981 – 3 4 DHL Supply Chain 2,415 est 4,390 est – 4 5 C.H. Robinson Worldwide
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  • Price War: Grocery Online
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Is a Grocery Price War Brewing? The Lempert Report: A study pointed out a narrow price gap among online grocersBy Rebekah Marcarelli on Apr. 11, 2018As the grocery industry struggles to find its next act by adding grocerants, dietitians, clothing boutiques and other services, a new report from Profitero may be a precursor to what comes next: a price
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  • Lucky’s Continues Growth
    April 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Lucky’s to Double Store Count With 20 Signed Leases Natural foods retailer to expand from Montana to FloridaBy Meg Major on Apr. 09, 2018Lucky’s Market plans to nearly double its store count from 28 locations to more than 40 within the next 18 to 24 months, announcing Monday that it signed 20 leases for new stores spanning from Montana to Florida. Beyond the
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  • Chicago Market
    April 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Chicago grocers ramp up hiring, while balancing online growth and brick-and-mortar upgrades Camrey Anderson, grocery team member, stocks drinks in a refrigerator at the new Mariano’s store in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood on Oct. 6, 2016. Mariano’s parent company Kroger announced Tuesday plans to hire for 11,000 positions nationally. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune) Greg
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  • Sprouts Food Retailer of the Year
    April 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Sprouts Named 2018 Grocery Business of the Year WGB proudly awards the fast-growing Phoenix-based retailer with its annual highest honorBy Meg Major on Apr. 09, 2018In salute of its admired efforts to bring healthy, affordable food to a growing number of communities, as well as its abilities to propagate its brand with a well-oiled, high-performing mix of
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  • Giant Adds Stores
    April 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Giant Food Stores Plans More PA Locations 04/10/2018 Giant Food Stores LLC has revealed plans to build six new stores, remodel two locations and open five new fuel stations in Pennsylvania, for a total capital investment of $70 million over the next two years. As part of its growth strategy, the Ahold Delhaize USA division will
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  • Warehouse Clubs
    April 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Why Warehouse Clubs Aren’t Facing an ‘Apocalyptic’ Decline By Howard Jackson – 03/29/2018 We’ve heard a lot about the retail apocalypse, and specifically, the impending doom for warehouse clubs. The story usually goes something like this: Virtually every warehouse club member has a Prime membership (this is true, as our own proprietary model indicates the number is
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  • Wet Rack
    April 1, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Is the Wet Rack Washed Up? Retailers dedicating greater shelf space to value-added salads, vegetablesBy Natalie Taylor on Mar. 30, 2018A decade ago, butchers were arguably the last thing shoppers ever expected to find in the produce department. Fruits and vegetables were stocked in sprawling, vibrant wet rack displays, and perhaps the only “grab-and-go” option was the
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  • Grocery Wars
    April 1, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocery Wars Turn Small Chains Into Battlefield Casualties By MICHAEL CORKERYMARCH 26, 2018 188 Photo After a career in groceries, Maribeth Druse still works part time at the Tops Market in Cooperstown, N.Y. “Who works in the same job for 44 years and gets a pension anymore?” she asked. “Nobody.” CreditAndrew Seng for The New York Times
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  • Fresh Direct
    March 28, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    I order my groceries from FreshDirect, the online grocery store that makes food shopping incredibly easy — here’s what it’s like. Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks. The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. FreshDirect Grocery shopping in New York
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  • Amazon Go
    March 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon Go VPs Share Big Challenges of Cashierless Concept By Randy Hofbauer – 03/21/2018 L-R: Dilip Kumar, VP of technology, Amazon Go and Amazon Books; Gianna Puerini, VP, Amazon Go; Jeffrey Dastin, technology correspondent, Reuters Opening a new grocery concept is tricky enough as it is, often requiring adjustments even after the ribbon is cut. Amazon isn’t
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  • Winn Dixie Files
    March 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Southeastern Grocers Embarks on Restructuring 03/27/2018 As expected, Southeastern Grocers LLC (SEG) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware to implement a pre-packaged plan of reorganization. The Jacksonville, Fla.-based grocer revealed earlier this month that it has entered into a restructuring support agreement with a group of creditors and its private equity sponsor regarding the terms
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  • Fresh Food
    March 28, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    New York, Philadelphia and Miami are 2018’s Best Cities for Fresh-Food Access Boston, Miami and Baltimore Had the Biggest Improvements in Fresh-Food Access since 2014; Oklahoma City, Colorado Springs and Indianapolis are Food Deserts, with the Least Access to Healthy Food Written by Jon Whitely on March 26, 2018      New York is the best city for
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  • Blockchain is everywhere
    March 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Blockchain is everywhere In its most basic form, blockchain technology is viewed as “an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value” according to Don Tapscott, co-founder and executive director at the Blockchain Research Institute. Technology in the News Blockchain is everywhere
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  • Whole Foods/Amazon
    March 28, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    With its purchase of Whole Foods, is Amazon’s goal to revolutionise food distribution? March 21, 2018 4.39pm EDT Author Isabelle Chaboud Professeur associé d’analyse financière, d’audit et de risk management, Grenoble École de Management (GEM) Disclosure statement Isabelle Chaboud does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that
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  • Customer Loyalty Programs
    March 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    L What’s next in customer loyalty? At Shoptalk, retailers trace the evolution of their loyalty programs and where they’re headed Michael Browne | Mar 22, 2018 While much of the digital discussion for retailers these days is focused on online shopping and delivery, customer loyalty programs are also very much part of the mix. Old-fashioned punch cards
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  • Robots are Coming
    March 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Albertsons Sees Digital Opportunity in ‘Inspiration, Activation, Transaction’ Retailer debuts digital marketplace for food and wellness productsBy Jon Springer on Mar. 20, 2018Technology is enabling Albertsons to inspire customers about food, and in partnership with suppliers, prompting them to buy, SVP of Digital Narayan Iyengar said during a presentation at Shoptalk on Tuesday in Las Vegas. That effort includes
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  • Robots are coming
    March 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Collaborative Mobile Robots Are Coming To Your Warehouse By: SupplyChainBrain 03.20.2018 A common question warehouse operators often ask themselves is: “what can we do to further increase productivity and efficiency?” For a while, this challenge has been met with Six Sigma methodologies to identify and eliminate waste in the process. However, one of the biggest
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  • Produce Butcher
    March 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Produce Butchers Play Important Role at Popular Grocers By D. Gail Fleenor – 03/20/2018 Customers are stepping right up to counters or kiosks and receiving personal attention with a new service: produce butchers. At least a half-dozen supermarket chains in the United States and Canada are now offering this service to customers who want to add fresh
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  • Motivating Others
    March 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog
  • DC Metrics
    March 21, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    DC Metrics: Change Is in the Air By: SupplyChainBrain 03.21.2018 People are our greatest asset. We’ve heard this – and similar sayings – for years. Now, however, leading firms are actually putting this into practice, and are reaping rewards for doing so. Going into 2018, people are still a critical link in the supply chain.
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  • Grocery OnLine
    March 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    RichRelevance Digital Grocery Survey Finds Amazon Takes Early Lead – But 60% of First-Time Shoppers Willing to Explore a New Grocer Online March 19, 2018 12:04 PM Eastern Daylight Time LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Shoptalk 2018 – RichRelevance, the global leader in Experience Personalization, today announced key findings from a new 2018 study that looks at consumer preferences
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  • Online Grocery Requires Dedicated DC
    March 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Online grocery CEOs: Using stores to fulfill orders is not the answer AUTHOR Jeff Wells@JeffWellsWH PUBLISHED March 20, 2018 SHARE IT  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Two leading online grocery CEOs offered pointed critiques of brick-and-mortar retailers’ efforts in the space during keynote speeches at the Shoptalk conference Monday in Las Vegas. Tim Steiner,
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  • Grocery Online
    March 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    NRF/Forrester Survey Shows Merging of Physical and Digital Retail March 14, 2018 11:22 AM Eastern Daylight Time WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Traditional and online retailing are increasingly intertwined as customers seamlessly shop across touchpoints and the industry uses both platforms to better serve them, according to the annual State of Retail Online studyreleased today by the National Retail Federation
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  • Grocery On Line
    March 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Study cites barriers to online grocery shopping Lack of trust in selecting fresh items, cost of delivery seen as deterrents Mark Hamstra | Mar 19, 2018 About 45% of consumers have ever shopped for groceries online, and 60% of those say they have rarely done so, according to a new survey from RichRelevance. The survey found that
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  • Lidl Advertising
    March 19, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    BRIEF Lidl goes for the wallet in new ad campaign aimed at grocery competitors AUTHOR Cathy Siegner PUBLISHED March 19, 2018 SHARE IT  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Lidl has debuted its first multimedia ad campaign highlighting what it calls the “bloated supermarket shopping experience” facing most U.S. consumers. The ads debuted on March 15
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  • Dollar General Adds Produce
    March 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF Dollar General will carry fresh produce in 450 stores by the end of 2018 AUTHOR Jeff Wells@JeffWellsWH PUBLISHED March 19, 2018 SHARE IT  POST  SHARE  TWEET Dive Brief: Dollar General is increasing the number of stores it remodels that include perishable items, the company noted during its recent earnings report. Of the 1,000 remodels Dollar
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  • Amazon Go Update
    March 19, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Amazon tracks repeat shoppers for line-free Seattle store – and there are many Jeffrey Dastin 3 MIN READ LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is tracking how regularly customers shop at its store without checkout lines in Seattle – and so far, the verdict is they keep coming back. FILE PHOTO: A sign for
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  • Sobeys to lead with Ocado
    March 16, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Sobeys feels pressure as Loblaw begins distribution of free gift cards after bread-price-fixing scheme Open this photo in gallery: A Sobeys grocery store is seen in Halifax on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS MARINA STRAUSS RETAILING REPORTER PUBLISHED 2 DAYS AGOUPDATED 1 DAY AGO Sobeys Inc. is starting to feel a pinch from
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  • Blockchain could save $$
    March 16, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BLOCKCHAIN COULD “SAVE LOGISTICS INDUSTRY MILLIONS” Posted by Ian Taylor | Mar 15, 2018 | Infrastructure, Innovation | 0  |      An industry consortium comprising AB InBev, Accenture, APL, Kuehne + Nagel and a European customs organisation has tested a blockchain solution which could “eliminate the need for printed shipping documents and save the freight and logistics industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually”. In essence, blockchain
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  • Salvation Army Food Store
    March 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The Salvation Army Is Opening Cheap Grocery Stores in America’s Food Deserts By Clint Rainey The group says a family of four should be able to eat “for under $10.” Photo: Salvation Army America’s latest grocery disruptor? It’s the Salvation Army. Baltimore today got the country’s inaugural location of DMG Foods (after the nonprofit’s motto, “Doing the Most Good”). Called
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  • Walmart Grocery Delivery
    March 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart’s Key to Unlocking its Full Online Growth Potential According to a Credit Suisse analyst, Walmart plans to hit a 40% US online growth target by 2019, and the company may have found a way to relieve its online growth concerns, as well as get it to its targets in the next two years. March
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  • Zara: Augmented Reality
    March 15, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Zara Deploys AR At 120 Stores Wednesday, 14 March 2018 16:09 Published in News Briefs LinkedInTwitterFacebookMore3 Tagged under Zara, ar, brandon rael, inditex, Zara will introduce augmented reality (AR) displays with a linked purchasing function at 120 stores worldwide beginning April 18, according to Reuters. Customers pointing their smartphones at in-store sensors or designated shop windows will be able to see
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  • Digital Retail
    March 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    More Digital Time Spent On Amazon Than Next Nine Retailers Combined by Joe Mandese  @mp_joemandese, Yesterday At a time when the marketing world is thinking increasingly about the value of consumer time spent with media, and the brands that are represented on it, new data released today by comScore reveals just how dominant the leader is in
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  • Future Big Rigs
    March 12, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    Futuristic Big Rigs Hit The Road As Waymo, Tesla, Uber Test Next-Gen Semi Tech Alan Ohnsman , FORBES STAFF   Waymo self-driving semis will start hauling loads for Google’s logistics operation in Atlanta this month. Alphabet’s Waymo is launching a robot truck project in Atlanta with Google, making clear that its plans for self-driving vehicle technology go beyond an on-demand
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  • Amazon Top Grocer
    March 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon will become top U.S. grocer by 2030, and Walmart should buy Costco to compete, former insider says BY NAT LEVY on July 12, 2017 at 7:38 am The Whole Foods Market on Westlake Avenue near Amazon’s Seattle campus. (Whole Foods Photo) If the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods goes through, Amazon could become the top grocer in the U.S.
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  • Supply Chain Terms
    March 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    6 Supply Chain Terms Creating the Buzz 0 March 12, 2018 | Gary Frantz Tags: Logistics, Supply Chain Word! Brush up on the latest supply chain and logistics terms so you can hold your own at the next industry conference. The business of logistics and supply chain has always been characterized by a full complement of interesting, unique,
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  • Ocado
    March 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Ocado has ‘need to know’ projects that even some staff don’t know about Oscar Williams-Grut Ocado’s iconic vans.Ocado Ocado is working on multiple top secret projects based on robotics, according to its CTO. Some projects are kept secret even internally to “protect our future,” CTO said. The company has publically talked about working on a
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  • Kraft Heinz Incubator
    March 12, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kraft Heinz launches new platform to ‘shape the future of food’ Source: Kraft Heinz Co. 03.07.2018 By Rebekah Schouten   28 CHICAGO — The Kraft Heinz Co. is launching Springboard, a new platform “dedicated to nurturing, scaling and accelerating growth of disruptive U.S. brands within the food and beverage space,” the company said. The Springboard platform
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  • New Food Stores
    March 11, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    What will new-built grocery stores look like in 2023? March 5, 2018; 22:56 pm by Bill Bishop << Previous  Recommend This Post 7 Many areas of online shopping have evolved and grown, but in most cases the in-store experience hasn’t changed much, especially in grocery shopping. Change is coming, however – and soon. We often hear retail
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  • Less than Truckload
    March 9, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    2018 Less-than-Truckload Market Expecting Substantial Growth Buoyed by surging demand, less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers are revving up for 2018, warning that tightening capacity means sharply higher rates in a new era of pricing. Less-than-Truckload Resources March 9, 2018 · By John D. Schulz · After nearly a decade of so-so profits, the $36 billion less-than-truckload (LTL) sector of the trucking industry
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI) FACILITATOR AT ROFDA SPRING CONFERENCE MAY 17-20,2018 – MANALAPAN, FLORIDA
    March 7, 2018 / No Comments / Events,News,Uncategorised

                                                                                  May 17-20, 2018 Eau de Palme Resort – Manalapan, Florida KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI)  attended the
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI APPOINTED TO ROFDA ADVISORY COUNCIL (RAC)
    March 7, 2018 / No Comments / News

            KEITH SWIEDNICKI has been appointed to the ROFDA Advisory Council (RAC). The purpose of the RAC is to provide ROFDA leadership with input, information and feedback representing the interest of ROFDA’s Associates and Suppliers in support of ROFDA’s mission. ROFDA (Retailer Owned Food Distributors Association) is a cooperative formed to facilitate and
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI) ATTENDED MODEX 2018 – APRIL 9-12, 2018 – ATLANTA, GA
    March 7, 2018 / No Comments / Events,News

              APRIL 9-12, 2018 – Atlanta’s Georgia World Trade Center – Atlanta, GA KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSi) attended MODEX 2018, the largest supply chain expo in North & South America. MODEX Supply Chain Conference brings together leading industry experts to provide attendees with the latest information on manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies
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  • Whole Foods/Amazon
    March 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Bit by Bit, Whole Foods Gets an Amazon Touch By Nick Wingfield March 1, 2018 ImageThe Whole Foods flagship store, in Austin, Tex., has many of the new changes Amazon has made to the grocery chain. CreditDrew Anthony Smith for The New York Times Some signs are subtle,