Business News

Canada

Canadian Retail Outlook

I recently presented at a conference in Toronto, including an update on the outlook for retail and key retail growth drivers that retailers and brands need to attend to. The

Uncategorized

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 specific voice anything aloud saying “Alexa Enable [Fill in any capability app you wish] skill” and away she goes. As

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: As population segments age their spending at retail declines – even for food When you consider the economic challenges for

Top Reviews

Banner

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 in the states for some 40 years steadily gaining scale in new stores but more importantly evolving their offer and positioning to appeal to a wider breadth of shoppers. Their

Exclusive & Private Brands

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 to automatically track usage and reorder cycles for new filters to be delivered by Amazon. According to Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s Director of Amazon Devices  “Amazon is all about making our

Retail Disruptors

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 a great concept store for urban, on the go, shoppers. Mix at this store is upscale hipster, but with enough choices that anyone could be happy. It is run separately