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  • Walmart, Target, Walgreens to pilot FedEx delivery robot
    March 14, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart, Target and Walgreens are among a group of retailers working with FedEx Corp. to test a robot for last-mile delivery of online orders. Called the FedEx SameDay Bot, the wheeled, shoulder-high autonomous delivery device will enable retailers to accept small-shipment orders from nearby customers and bring the items directly to their homes or businesses
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  • Amazon secures London retail space for checkout-free stores
    March 13, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon has secured central London retail space for its checkout-free Amazon Go food stores concept, The Grocer reported, in what would be the company’s first expansion of its automated convenience shops outside the United States. Selling food in physical stores is a key strategy of the world’s top online retailer as it tries to win
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  • Walmart, Google-backed Deliv end online grocery partnership
    March 12, 2019 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    Walmart Inc and logistics firm Deliv pulled the plug on a key same-day grocery delivery partnership, dealing a setback in the retailer’s race against rival Amazon.com Inc to deliver groceries to customers’ homes. The world’s largest retailer began bolstering its partnerships with third-party courier firms to reach consumers in 100 U.S. cities last year, after
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  • IBM 5 in 5: Five key technologies set to disrupt the food supply chain
    March 11, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    With earth’s population set to exceed eight billion within the next five years, IBM has looked at five key technologies and how they will radically transform the food supply chain. IBM will present its 5 in 5 at a Science Slam held at the site of IBM’s biggest client event of the year: Think 2019 in San Francisco.
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  • Why Kroger is teaming with Microsoft
    March 8, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    The Kroger Co. announced on Monday that it was teaming with Microsoft to help create the grocery store of the future with digital shelves, price tags and advertisements. Cincinnati-based Kroger and Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft are rolling out the technology to two pilot stores in Ohio and Washington state. According to CNN, Kroger wants to give
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  • What You Need to Know about AI in retail
    March 7, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Artifical intelligence is poised to transform retail, according to Symphony RetailAI Chairman and CEO Pallab Chatterjee. His firm has developed a framework to identify, activate and realize the benefits AI can bring to retailers’ assortment, promotions, category management and supply chain decisions. 

  • Canadian Grocer Sobeys Rolling Out E-Prescribing Service Across All Stores
    March 6, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc. is rolling out an e-prescribing service chain-wide following a successful test in nine locations across three provinces. PrescribeIT, said to be Canada’s only national not-for-profit e-prescribing service, will come to all Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons, Foodland and IGA retail pharmacies across the country over the next two years. Sobeys is
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  • Robots are helping Sedano’s Supermarket gather your groceries faster
    March 5, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    The robotic system is on a roll, summoning a plastic bin stocked with your Cheerios. Next, the string beans you asked for go on the assembly line. The machine tells a worker how much of each item he needs to bag. This new system at Sedano’s Supermarket fills online orders lightning fast — 60 items
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  • Why Blockchain Will Be Used to Improve Distribution Food Safety, Quality, and Traceability
    March 4, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    With the passage of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) comes the final rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods. Combined with the FSMA Preventive Control rules designed to establish food safety requirements throughout the food supply chain, serious documentation challenges face the food logistics sector. Food distribution is increasingly complex.
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  • Inside the Delivery Derby
    March 1, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Consumer-centric grocers have little choice but to play in delivery, where demand is growing and the potential rewards are big. But many are hedging their bets with creative partnerships to conquer the elusive last mile. Shed no tears for the N4 Tap Room. The subterranean pub and restaurant in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood quietly closed
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  • Walmart going high-tech to add efficiency to its supply chain
    February 28, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

                      This July, a Walmart supply chain first is coming to Colton, CA. A newly built, 340,000-square-foot high-tech consolidation center will be the first in Walmart’s supply chain to receive, sort and ship freight. This automated technology will enable three times more volume to flow throughout the
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  • Why Kirkland private label is key to Costco’s business
    February 27, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    New York (CNN Business)Costco’s house brand, Kirkland Signature, is even bigger than you might think. Last year, it raked in nearly $40 billion, an 11% increase from 2017. That’s more than JCPenney and Macy’s combined. Kirkland’s sales also beat out Campbell Soup, Kellogg, and Hershey put together. Kirkland, which Costco sells for at least 20% cheaper
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  • Amazon-owned Whole Foods scraps smaller 365 store expansion
    February 26, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Whole Foods CEO John Mackey told employees the grocery chain will not open new Whole Foods 365 stores anymore, according to an internal email reviewed by Yahoo Finance. The existing 12 stores, the newest of which just opened in Atlanta in December, will remain in business. Mackey said the main reason behind the strategy shift
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  • Walgreens Tests Digital Cooler Doors With Cameras to Target You With Ads
    February 25, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers. The refrigerator and freezer doors act as a digital merchandising platform that depicts the food and drinks
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  • Ahold Delhaize rolling out robots at all Giant, Martin’s stores
    February 22, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores announced the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores. Marty, a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services
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  • Cannabis food, drinks to be 2019’s hottest dining trend, top chefs say
    February 21, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    DENVER – Sprinkled on donuts, mixed into milkshakes or infused into olive oil, make no mistake: Cannabis is coming to a kitchen near you. Chefs across the country say cannabis-infused food and drinks are the top two dining trends they expect to see unfold in 2019, although we’re not talking about food that will get you
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  • Cold Storage Evolves to Meet Global Demands
    February 20, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Food safety, energy efficiency, labor constraints and changing consumer demands are driving significant changes in the cold storage sector. Despite the disparate levels of sophistication between cold chains in developed markets versus those in emerging ones, the common goals are generally the same: maintain food safety standards and protect brand reputation, reduce operating costs, and
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  • Walmart taps Udelv for latest driverless car tests to deliver groceries
    February 19, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart is expanding its tests of driverless cars as a way to get online grocery orders to shoppers’ homes more quickly. The big-box retailer is now piloting a program to use Udelv autonomous-driving vans to deliver fresh groceries in Surprise, Arizona. “We want to make sure we stay on the cutting edge of grocery delivery by
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  • Kroger and Microsoft Develop Futuristic Grocery Store
    February 18, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

                          The supermarket chain and technology giant are using the cloud to make it faster to navigate the grocery aisles and pick up online orders. By Matthew Boyle and Dina Bass Kroger Co. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces to bring the ease of online shopping to brick-and-mortar grocery stores. Kroger,
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  • Grocery delivery company Instacart is now valued at $7bn
    February 14, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocery delivery company, Instacart, announced that it has raised $600mn during its latest funding round, led by D1 Capital Partners. The investment raises Instacart’s valuation to $7.6bn, up 75% in six months. Instacart said that it expects to use the new capital to further its expansion in the North America market, to boost awareness of
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  • Walmart’s grocery warehouse worker of the future will have a STEM background
    February 13, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    As the grocery arms race in the U.S. continues to heat up, Walmart (WMT), the world’s largest retailer, is betting on a new high-tech distribution center that will rely on STEM workers and tech systems to move more product to store shelves. Walmart will soon break ground on a distribution center in Shafter, California, that
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI) WILL BE PRESENTING AT HIGHJUMP ELEVATE 2019 – MARCH 3-6, 2019 – SAN ANTONIO, TX
    February 12, 2019 / No Comments / Blog,Events,News

    Keith Swiednicki International (KSI)  will be presenting Back to the Future –  Supply Chain Benchmarking Highlights at the Highjump Elevate 2019 conference in San Antonio, TX March 3-6, 2019. Elevate 2019 is your opportunity to come together with like-minded businesses to collaborate and learn more about the technologies that elevate your business. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, product
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  • PepsiCo rolls out campus snackbots
    February 12, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    PepsiCo just became the first major food and beverage company in the U.S. to deploy snack delivery robots on a college campus, according to a press release. The company rolled out the snackbots at the University of the Pacific. The delivery robots were created in collaboration with San Francisco Bay Area-based company Robby Technologies. Pepsi will supply the
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  • Walmart’s newest high-tech warehouse will automatically load pallets
    February 11, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart’s new warehouse in Shafter, California, will be a tech-enabled fresh and frozen grocery facility that stores and retrieves items and loads pallets automatically, according to a company blog post. The new facility, set to open in 2020, will be able to process 40% more cases than a traditional perishable distribution center. Associates will use technology from vendor Witron
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  • How Supply Chain Digitalization and Data Helps Prevent Costly Recalls
    February 7, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Recalls are something that food brands plan for but hope to never experience. They are an important public safety issue, but they also have a significant economic impact as well. At best, a product recall is a benign mistake that causes little more than aggravation and inconvenience for a few angry customers. At worst, the
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  • Nestle Plans Vegan Push With No-Meat Burger, Purple Walnut Milk
    February 6, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Hold the ground chuck: Nestle SA sees the future in a meat-free burger made from soy and wheat protein. Soon you may be able to wash it down with purple walnut milk or a spirulina latte. The Swiss company is gearing up for its biggest push yet into the booming vegan market: the Incredible Burger, to be
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  • MIT predicts blockchain to become mainstream this year – Walmart begins using system
    February 5, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Blockchain technology and adoption is about to explode. This is the prediction of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Technology Review, which expects blockchains to become commonplace this year. The Review sees 2019 bringing a serious amount of adoption of the technology, while, at the same time, asserting that blockchains will become “boring.” According to the Review,
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  • How Whole Foods competitor Thrive Market plans to beat Amazon
    February 4, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

      As the transformation of Whole Foods under Amazon ownership continues, competitors in the health food market are stepping up to the plate. In an effort to better compete with the online retail giant, Thrive Market, an online grocery store for natural and organic packaged foods, is expanding into new categories, offering more member perks
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  • Fresh Grocery Tracking System Launches in China
    January 31, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Chinese fresh grocery e-commerce platform Yiguo Group launched an order-based tracking system to increase transparency of fresh food logistics and food safety. China Daily reports that Chinese fresh grocery e-commerce platform Yiguo Group launched an order-based tracking system to increase transparency of fresh food logistics and food safety. The company aims to build the traceability of
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  • Hannaford ‘techs out’ a new concept store
    January 30, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Hannaford wants to use technology to make in-store shopping an interactive experience, according to the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. The Scarborough, Maine-based supermarket chain, operated by Ahold Delhaize USA, is testing new features at a Portland that are designed to promote certain product categories while making shopping easier and more convenient. Those features include digital
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  • Green Zebra Aims to Become the C-Store of the Future
    January 29, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

                                          Lisa Sedlar, founder and CEO of Green Zebra Grocery, is creating a more curated grocery experience by pulling from different retail concepts with a vision of changing the way people shop for food. The Portland, Ore.-based
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  • Cool Trends in a Cool Space
    January 28, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Americold offers a unique perspective on the current state of the industry. Recently, Carl Fowler, Americold’s senior vice president of regional accounts, shared his insights on key trends shaping up in the cold chain. Given its rank as the world’s largest temperature-controlled 3PL, Americold offers a unique perspective on the current state of the industry
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  • Subway partners with Postmates, Grubhub to offer food delivery to 9,000 US locations
    January 24, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    By creating partnerships with Postmates, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and DoorDash, the world’s largest sandwich chain hopes to tap into a bigger consumer base. Subway has franchises in nearly 26,0000 US locations and so the firm hopes that a new delivery offering will help to strengthen sales. “We’ve been testing delivery with Subway for quite some
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  • Here’s how Amazon plans to reach even more customers
    January 23, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon is planning on expanding its Whole Foods Market empire in hopes that it will reach more people. The Seattle-based company announced that it aims to add bricks-and-mortar locations to suburbs and other areas where the organic grocer is adding more customers since it was bought by Amazon last year, according to Bloomberg, which cited a
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTL (KSI) ATTENDING PROMAT 2019 APRIL 8-11, 2019 – CHICAGO, IL
    January 22, 2019 / No Comments / Blog,Events,News,Uncategorised

    April 8-11, 2019 – McCormick Place – Chicago, IL KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTL. (KSi) will be attending ProMat conference in Chicago, Illinois. ProMat is the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America. Manufacturing and supply chain professionals come to find the latest solutions to move their business forward as the industry’s leading innovators showcase their latest manufacturing,
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  • Betting on Supply Chain Digitisation: Why It’s Your Competitive Advantage?
    January 22, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    By DALE BENTON Supply chain digitisation is already showing significant impact for those willing to invest. According to a recent KPMG survey, the investment in intelligent automation will reach $232bn in 2025, compared to $12.4bn today. The reasons: digitisation can enhance the customer experience, improve efficiencies by eliminating manual processes, and foster new operating or business
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  • San Francisco Store Could be Amazon Go’s 1st True Rival
    January 21, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    By Randy Hofbauer While it’s currently in the process of expanding to such cities as Chicago and San Francisco,Amazon Go isn’t the only grocery-shopping option in the United States employing a “just walk out” model: A new concept store in San Francisco is showcasing similar grocery technology available for retailers from Zippin, a technology startup based in the city. Zippin’s checkout-free
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTL. PARTICIPATING IN NGA SHOW 2019 – FEB. 24-27, 2019 – SAN DIEGO, CA
    January 18, 2019 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN THE 2019 NGA SHOW – FEB. 24-27, 2019 IN SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA. NGA Show has been the place where independent grocers gather for over 30 years, connecting supermarket retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support
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  • Kroger Launches Voice-Assistant Ordering for Grocery Ecommerce
    January 15, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    By Randy Hofbauer The Kroger Co. is furthering its efforts in contextual commerce by adopting voice-assistant technology for ordering groceries online. Customers can interact with their Kroger Grocery Pickup cart via an action in the Google Assistant voice app – which can be accessed through iOS, Android and Google Assistant devices, Kroger Technology announced on its LinkedIn
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  • 2019 Outlook: The Year Grocers Make the Shopping Experience Mobile-Centric
    January 15, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    By Kat Martin “Mobile apps are the epitome of blurring the lines between physical and online shopping,” says Tory Gundelach, VP of retail insights at Kantar Consulting, in Boston. “Shoppers are no longer willing to accept one experience in store and a different experience online, and apps are one of the best ways to bridge that gap.” In
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  • Walmart Leads Online Grocers in Pickup, But Must Boost Subscription Ordering to Gain on Amazon
    January 14, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    By Randy Hofbauer – 01/03/2019 Mega-retailer Walmart has proven itself to lead the grocery industry when it comes to click-and-collect, but it shines far less when it comes to subscription and repeat ordering for groceries – an area Amazon dominates – posing a significant opportunity, according to new research from Packaged Facts. According to the Rockville, Md.-based market
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  • Amazon Go could become $4 billion business
    January 11, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Analyst says cashierless retail concept “could be a game changer” The sales opportunity for Amazon Go cashierless stores could top $4 billion by 2021 if reports on the high-tech retail concept’s expansion bear out, according to an RBC Capital Markets analysis. In a research note, RBC estimated average annual sales of $1.5 million apiece for
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  • Top 50 logistics conferences to attend in 2019
    January 11, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    As the world’s economy continues to evolve and expand, so does the way we do business, particularly, the complex logistics with which companies use to deliver their goods. As new technologies and innovation are always on the horizon, logistics and supply chain leaders are always on the lookout for opportunities to connect with and learn
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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSI) PRESENTED AT FMI MIDWINTER EXECUTIVE CONFERENCE JANUARY 24-27, 2019 – MIAMI, FLORIDA
    January 10, 2019 / No Comments / Events,News

                        January 24-27, 2019 National Doral Miami – Miami, Florida     Keith Swiednicki International (KSI)  will be presenting the 4th Annual Supply Chain Benchmarking Study Results to the FMI Wholesale Committee at the 2019 FMI-Midwinter Executive Conference in Miami, Florida.The FMI Midwinter Executive Conference is a premier, invitation only senior executive event which
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  • What to expect from the CPG industry in 2019
    January 10, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

                            Forced price hikes and focus on omnichannel experience are among forecasted trends from Acosta. The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is rapidly evolving, and a new year will usher in even more changes. Acosta, a sales and marketing agency in the CPG industry,
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  • Walmart gets Back to the Future of grocery shopping
    January 9, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Walmart has created television commercials for Walmart Grocery Pickup and promoted the service in other ways, but with the service now available nationally and growing in both popularity and to even more locations this year, the company is kicking off 2019 with its biggest and first-ever cross-platform national marketing campaign for Walmart Grocery Pickup. The
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  • Why Amazon Can’t Continue To Be ‘The Everything Store’
    January 9, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is growing tired of selling products referred to as CRaP, which is short for “Can’t Realize a Profit.” Originally designed to be “The Everything Store,” Amazon prided itself on being able to offer products that met the needs of customers globally. Unfortunately for Amazon, not all products are profitable to sell due to
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  • Health Canada releases draft regulations for edible cannabis products
    January 8, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    New rules will place restrictions on cannabis-infused alcohol products and packaging By The Canadian Press  |  December 21, 2018 Canadians won’t be allowed to buy cannabis-infused booze when other marijuana-laced “edibles” become legal next fall, under new rules the federal government proposed Thursday. The regulations say cannabis-infused alcoholic products would not be permitted in Canada,
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  • What to Expect in Grocery Technology in 2019
    January 7, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Grocers have long been the laggards in the retail technology game. That’s understandable, given the channel’s longtime traditional nature, narrow margins and reluctance to make huge investments in risky areas. Take a look at what’s happened over the past year, however, and you’ll see that grocers have made tremendous strides and are laying the foundations
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  • PepsiCo testing self-driving robot delivery
    January 4, 2019 / No Comments / Blog

    Soda and snack maker is looking for fast convenient ways to reach more of its customers By The Associated Press  |  January 03, 2019 Forget vending machines, PepsiCo is testing a way to bring snacks directly to college students. The chip and beverage maker says it will start making deliveries with self-driving robots on Thursday
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  • Kroger selects Cincinnati for its first automated customer fulfilment centre
    December 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By MARCUS LAWRENCE American grocery juggernaut Kroger has selected its hometown of Cincinnati for its first automated customer fulfilment centre (CFC), powered by British ecommerce firm Ocado’s advanced tech capabilities Announced in a 19 November press release, Kroger’s first automated CFC, or “shed”, will be a high-tech automated facility augmented with digital and robotic technologies to
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  • How China is shaping the future of retail
    December 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

                  By Gina Acosta – 11/16/2018 Neil Stern, a senior partner with McMillanDoolittle, gave a riveting breakfast presentation at the Private Label Trade Show about the next big trends in the retail industry. A decade ago, global retailers looking for inspiration on how to market to the next generation of consumers
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  • The Payments Revolution
    December 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

                      Big changes are afoot in the payments landscape, and grocers will need to stay on top of the trends to keep customers satisfied. By Rebecca Harris  |  November 27, 2018 How will you be paying?” It’s a question shoppers at the check-out have been asked for
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  • Grocers transforming themselves to adapt to shifting consumer demands
    December 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    A man leaves a Loblaws store in Toronto on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Canadian grocers doubled down on transforming themselves into destinations for time-strapped shoppers this year, ramping up delivery options, acquiring meal kit companies and adding in-store eateries. Shifting consumer demands and tech titan Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market are pressuring grocers
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  • Whole Foods Market’s top 10 food trends for 2019
    December 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Snacking will take a turn toward the fancy, according to Whole Foods Market. Pacific Rim flavors, eco-conscious packaging, faux meat snacks and new varieties of hemp-infused products are among the food influences expected to take off in the next year, according to Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market’s top 10 food trend predictions for 2019. The
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  • Kroger And Ocado Plan To Build First Automated Robot Warehouse In Ohio
    December 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Kroger and Ocado announced they would build their first automated robot warehouse in Monroe, Ohio. The $55 million investment will bring 410 new jobs to Monroe, a suburb north of Cincinnati. Kroger and Ocado will use the warehouse as a customer fulfillment center (CFC) and plan to open 20 similar facilities. Kroger and online grocery
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  • Sustainability, health, and convenience will drive food and drink trends in 2019: Mintel
    December 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Report predicts what types products will gain momentum in the year ahead By Chris Powell Increased consumer demand for sustainability, products that address growing interest in healthy aging, and a desire for restaurant-quality, ready-to-eat products will shape food and drink trends for the coming year, according to a new report from Mintel. Evergreen consumptions Sustainability
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  • Lidl just grew its footprint by 45%; acquires 27 Best Market stores
    December 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Lidl is reigniting its expansion in the United States by acquiring a regional grocer in the Northeast. Lidl announced Friday that it is acquiring 27 Best Market stores in New York and New Jersey. The move allows Lidl, whose assortment is 90 percent private brands, to expand its regional presence and enter a new market
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  • Why the future of bricks-and-mortar lies in private label
    December 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By Lawrence Aylward Allan Noddle describes the current state of retail grocery as “the age of chaos and disruption.” But all the turmoil could be a wonderful thing for the private industry, said Noddle, the former president of Ahold USA and Daymon Worldwide, who was the keynote speaker at the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s third-annual CEO-Only Seminar on
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  • The Next Generation of Food Trade Associations Has Arrived
    December 6, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Over the past couple of years, we have seen a dramatic shift in our industry’s trade associations: GMA losing many of its largest members; FMI shuttering the nation’s largest supermarket trade show; NGA selling the majority of its annual show to a U.K.-based trade show operator; and other associations struggling as their membership fades due to consolidation. But that doesn’t mean
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  • The eight global foodservice trends to capture in 2019
    December 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Plant-based food becoming “mainstream” trend in foodservice, Technomic says By David Henkes, Technomic  Globally, foodservice continues to see strong growth; in 2018 the top 25 foodservice markets grew at a collective rate of 5.7% in value, and 2.8% in real terms, with consumers spending US$3.3trn in those countries. Emerging markets like China, the Philippines and Malaysia are
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  • Supermarkets Are Ready for a Redesign
    November 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Amazon/Whole Foods effect could revolutionize the conventional grocery store format By Phil Lempert  There has been significant reporting recently on how Amazon and Whole Foods Market have affected the grocery business. Some pundits suggest that while Amazon Prime members are getting a break on prices, for the most part the average American still finds the chain’s prices
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  • Loblaw lets shoppers scan as they go
    November 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

                      The grocery giant introduced new tech that turns smartphones into checkout scanners By David Brown  |  November 23, 2018 Loblaw began testing new self-serve technology that effectively turns smartphones into checkout scanners, allowing people to scan their groceries as they shop. “This is just one way
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  • Canada’s CEOs talk real change (not fads) at Thought Leadership
    November 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Corporate culture and lexicon are some of the areas that can benefit from change, say industry execs By Kristin Laird We often hear the industry is going through unprecedented change and most of these conversations revolve around technology and its impact on foot traffic. These are the changes that make headlines. But it’s a change of
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  • Shoppers Willing to Pay More for Food at the Holidays: Survey
    November 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

      According to Accenture’s 12th Annual Holiday Shopping Survey, which for the first time included questions related to food shopping, quality is important, and consumers will pay more for it. Six in seven food shoppers (86 percent) identified quality as “important” or “very important.” Additionally, consumers are also likely to “trade up” when shopping for food at
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  • Ahold USA Tests Robots to Detect Hazards, Out-of-Stocks
    November 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Ahold USA is testing a new type of robot that strolls the store checking shelf stock and tags, and scanning for floor hazards that may cause someone to slip or trip, according to news site PennLive.com. The slender, gray robot, named Marty, is developed by Lexington, Ky.-based Badger Technologies, and is being tested in a
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  • This Is How China’s Largest Automated Warehouse Works
    November 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Located in Cainiao’s Future Park logistics complex in Wuxi, China, the warehouse uses 700 robots to streamline and speed up the order-fulfillment process. Read an in-depth story on Cainiao    

  • Marijuana Could Be the Next Emerging Category for C-stores
    November 27, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    The marijuana industry is expected to hit $50 billion by 2026. LAS VEGAS — There is a hot new category that could usher in huge opportunities for convenience stores. The bad news: It is not legal in all states and certainly not legal at the federal level. That being said, marijuana has the potential to turn
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  • LIDL US to Acquire Best market
    November 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

     Deal extends discount grocer’s market reach into metro New York Russell Redman 1 | Nov 16, 2018 Lidl US is planting its foot squarely in the metropolitan New York market. The deep discount grocer, the U.S. arm of Germany-based Lidl, said Friday that it plans to buy 27 Best Market supermarkets in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Lidl US to acquire Best Market
    November 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Deal extends discount grocer’s market reach into metro New York Russell Redman 1 | Nov 16, 2018 Lidl US is planting its foot squarely in the metropolitan New York market. The deep discount grocer, the U.S. arm of Germany-based Lidl, said Friday that it plans to buy 27 Best Market supermarkets in New York and New Jersey.
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  • Amazon Go Stores Poised to be a Ruthless Competitor
    November 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    By Phil Lempert  Technology-based ultra-convenience could turn retail and foodservice upside down. You’ve already heard how Amazon plans to open as many as 3,000 Amazon Go stores over the next three years—and while there is little doubt that the c-store operators are nervous—fast-food joints like McDonald’s and Burger King have every reason to be scared as
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  • SpartanNash Buying Martin’s Super Markets
    November 26, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

                          SpartanNash Co. has reached an agreement to acquire Martin’s Super Markets Inc., the family-owned and -operated Midwest independent grocer, in a deal that will expand SpartanNash’s corporate retail footprint into the adjacent markets of northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. South Bend, Ind.-based Martin’s operates 21 independent
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  • World’s Largest Hydroponic Farm to Open in Dubai
    November 25, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Facility will grow massive quantities of leafy greens using minimal water, land By Phil Lempert  A new indoor vertical farm in Dubai is a collaboration between Emirates Flight Catering and U.S.-based vertical farming and sustainable technology platform Crop One Holdings. Each company has invested $40 million to create the world’s largest hydroponic farm. The farm, a 130,000-square-foot
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  • Schnucks Expands In-Store Autonomous Robot Pilot to Free Up Associates’ Time
    November 24, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Midwest grocer Schnuck Markets is expanding its pilot of autonomous robots that spot out-of-stocks, detect incorrect prices and help optimize planograms, among other tasks, to at least 15 of its stores, aiming to free up time for employees to perform other tasks. The deal continues Schnucks’ partnership with Simbe Robotics, which began piloting the Tally grocery
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  • Natural Products Could Help Extend Shelf Life of Produce Without Chemicals
    November 20, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

      Consumer demand for perfect, unblemished food is a major contributing factor to the growing problem of global food waste. More than 1.3 billion tons of edible food go to waste each year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization for the United Nations. A host of new washes and packaging solutions that use natural, chemical-free methods
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  • A Quick Guide to Distribution Center Optimization
    November 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Is your distribution center getting a little long in the tooth? If you’re involved in e-commerce, especially, the ever-higher consumer demand for household staples and premium products alike has probably brought new challenges and fresh opportunities. But if it’s been a while since you’ve taken a hard look at the layout of your facility and
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  • Kroger peers into its crystal ball to predict 2019 food trends
    November 18, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

      Kroger predicts that food trends in 2019 will focus on healthy, flexible eating styles.   From regional tastes to plant-based alternatives, the year ahead will focus on flexible eating styles. That’s the word from Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), which on Tuesday announced its top food trend predictions for 2019, determined by its team of new product
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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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  • KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED AT PRO*ACT / IFDA DSC – OCT. 28-30, 2018 – SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS
    November 1, 2018 / No Comments / Events,News

      October 28-30, 2018 – Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center – San Antonio, Texas KEITH SWIEDNICKI INTERNATIONAL (KSi) presented this year’s Supply Chain Pro*Act member survey results at the PRO*ACT  2018 OPS  meeting held in conjunction with IFDA – Distribution Supply Chain Conference  October 28-30, 2018 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. PRO*ACT
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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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  • FDA to identify retailers where recalled food was sold
    October 23, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Proposed guidelines aim to improve effectiveness of product recalls Russell Redman 1 | Sep 27, 2018 The Food and Drug Administration has proposed new food recall guidelines on when it will identify retailers where consumers may have purchased affected products. In draft guidance issued yesterday, the FDA said it will publicly disclose retail locations that may have sold
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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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  • ROFDA FALL CONFERENCE – NOVEMBER 8-11, 2018 – FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS RESORT – 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
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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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  • Recognizing Retail Foodservice as a Separate Channel
    September 19, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Recognizing Retail Foodservice as a Separate Channel To achieve the next level of growth, retail trading partners must adopt more strategic approaches to planning, brand development and more By Bill Pizzico on Aug. 24, 2018 The convergence of the traditional retail and foodservice distribution channels has created a game-changing third channel—retail foodservice—which has elbowed its way into
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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?
    September 10, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    September 10, 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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  • From Go-Getters To Achievers, Research Rattles Gen-Z Myths
    September 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    September 7, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    September 6, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    September 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    September 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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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  • Grocers should ensure they pop up on ‘near me’ searches.
    September 5, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    Rising ‘Near Me’ Searches Show Why Grocers Must Improve Their Search Engine Rankings By Randy Hofbauer – 08/27/2018 Progressive Grocer Magazine Late last week, on the way to meet some old friends in a neighborhood I haven’t visited in a while, I got a sudden craving for falafel. Almost instantly, I whipped out my phone, opened Google
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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
    September 4, 2018 / No Comments / Uncategorised

    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’
    September 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    September 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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?
    August 31, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    August 31, 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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  • 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
    August 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    August 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    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
    August 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    August 28, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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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  • Fresh Market
    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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  • Opportunities for Independent Grocers
    July 4, 2018 / No Comments / Blog,Uncategorised

    7 opportunities for independent grocers David Smith, president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, outlines areas in which grocers can win By Kat Martin for Progressive Grocer  |  July 04, 2018 David Smith, president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, shared seven big opportunities he sees for independent grocery stores, at a recent lunch hosted by
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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
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    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
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    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
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    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
    June 14, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

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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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  • Winning Share of Stomach
    June 2, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    BRIEF How grocers can win customers from restaurants AUTHOR Alicia Kelso@BGbunster PUBLISHED May 30, 2018 Dive Brief: Restaurant patrons typically define value as getting a fair price for generous portions of high-quality, flavorful food, according to Bret Yonke, manager of consumer insights at Technomic, writing in Winsight Grocery Business. He notes that value is a
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  • Albertsons Premium Line
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    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
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    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
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    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
    May 31, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    May 30, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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
    May 29, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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 and Spencer My Favourite
    May 3, 2018 / No Comments / Blog

    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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