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Amazon’s Alexa Turns One & Adds Voice Activated Enabling of Skills (Apps)

Does anyone think this makes sense?  Yes Amazon is all about customer centricity and simplifying things for its customers, but absent Alexa having voice security to only respond to a

Shoppers

Older Households are Fastest Growing and Largest Opportunity for Food Retail Prepared Foods and Dine In Programs

In updating Charts and Tables for some of the standard views of Spending by Age Group from the BLS data to support two key points about consumer drivers of change for retail:

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Fairfield County Giving Day

TODAY! Today March 10th is Fairfield County Giving Day. I know, one of the richest areas of the USA, but there are real needs to support. Some of my favorites

Exclusive & Private Brands

ALDI Finally Takes Credit – Its time to give them more

Aldi is finally taking credit cards, and as you review this retailer it is time more analysts and industry participants give them credit for their competitive prowess. Aldi has been

Retail Disruptors

Amazon Dash Launches Exclusive Co-Developed Products with Brita

Amazon, just off a week of launching private label fashion, this week has launched a co-developed “smart” IOT connected Brita Infinity Pitcher from the Clorox Company. The device uses Amazon Dash Replenishment connectivity

Store of the Future

Ahold’s bfresh Urban Small Concept Store – Store of the Future?

I finally had a chance to visit the new bfresh Euro-style grocery store from Ahold. This two store chain (second store in Boston Metro, a third store on the way)  is

Shoppers

Taking Your Brand Direct to Customers Can Be a Free Lunch

With the transformation in retail and consumer products, with power shifting to consumers, with influence fragmenting, and retailers concerned about their own survival and brands, it is imperative for Consumer brands

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Amazon Rumored to Shake up UK Grocery with Acquisition of Ocado

Ocado, the £1,2 billion pure play ecommerce grocery player in the UK, with platform partnerships with Wlm Morrison and looking for more, might be finding itself in a new partnership,

Retailers

Walmart Gets More Decisive with Store Portfolio

Closing less than one percent of your square footage, especially when your announced CapEx plans will add more than that in new stores should not be big news but with

Shoppers

Jet Increasing Discounts to Hold On – Not Getting Finer Points of Their Offer

JET.Com has come out of the urgent delivery cycle of the holidays where their slow shipping model for non core items (where they are not the real seller) doesn’t fit

Retail Disruptors

Alibaba CEO Outlines 2016 Growth Strategy

  With all the turmoil in the Chinese Market – both financial and consumer. Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang has stepped up and announced a shift in direction from developing China’s

Retail Disruptors

Amazon Leads Shopper Expectations for Flexible Fulfillment

It seems with each announcement from Amazon’s Seattle Headquarters that they are either expanding its digital offering of movies and original serial shows or expanding availability of  faster and faster

Retail Disruptors

Amazon’s New Marketplaces to grow in 2016

Amazon and digital retail in general seems to have hit the inflection point where shopper adoption, frequency and purchases grew faster in 2015 than 2014. 40% YoY growth on Cyber

Retail Disruptors

Amazon’s 2015 Vendor Enhancements to Improve 2016 Sales

Amazon in 2015 basically hit a trifecta for growth. First engaging more shoppers in ecommerce and in particular its Amazon Prime memberships, then expanding with new segmented marketplaces like the

Retail Disruptors

Facebook to Update on 2015 Results

Will Facebook continue to outgrow the other digital advertising platforms? What of its usage trends, especially with Millenials?  This will be interesting. Facebook will host a conference call to discuss

Welcome [Back] to Retail Performance Solutions

After 7 years as a founder,  essentially working full time building and eventually selling RetailNet Group, I have returned to focus on building Retail Performance Solutions as a platform for thought leadership