amazon go

 Everything you want to know about Amazon Go.  Amazon Go is a new kind of store featuring the world's most advanced shopping technology. No lines, no checkout – just grab and go! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazon_Goand here is the You Tube video:     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrmMk1Myrxc​

point of view

 Point-of-view from Chain Store Age regarding online offerings and the impact to margins.  The Grocery Industry is under pressure/ https://www.chainstoreage.com/finance-0/kroger-and-entire-u-s-grocery-sector-hurtling-towards-a-day-of-reckoning/​

cvs and aetna

 The CVS Aetna Merger is still up in the air – a $69 Billion deal. President of the AMA, Barbara McAneny said in a statement released by the group, “The AMA has come to the conclusion that this merger would likely substantially lessen competition in many health care markets, to the detriment of the patients.”Larry Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO, countered by saying, “The combined company will be well-positioned to reshape the consumer health care experience, putting people at the center of health care delivery to ensure they have access to high-quality, more affordable care where they are, when they need it.”     Time will tell… https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/health/cvs-aetna-merger-antitrust.html​

49% of the ecomm market

 Amazon, which pioneered digital shopping, now commands a whopping 49% of the U.S. e-commerce market, boasts an e-commerce operational model and distribution network that is unrivaled at retail.  However, Walmart is 3 times bigger than Amazon, but has plans to take a chunk of the U.S. e-commerce market. https://www.forbes.com/sites/barbarathau/2018/12/18/7-amazon-obsessed-retail-     predictions-for-2019/#33e28e3d4b66​

design leaders weigh in

 Design leaders at Microsoft, Google, Ideo, Pentagram, Gensler and others weigh in.We are at a turning point regarding technology saturation and design will become ever more important to truly deliver what the consumer needs and wants. https://www.fastcompany.com/90281299/the-9-big-design-trends-of-2019​

sulfate free shampoo

 Proctor & Gamble’s beauty brand, Herbal Essences announced that it has formulated two new sulfate-free botanical shampoos.  These two new formulations meet the Environmental Working Group’s stamp of approval for verification. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an American activist group that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants and corporate accountability. EWG is a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)).    https://www.ewg.org/​

more pets

  The Pet Industry in the U.S. is larger than the Toy Industry at $43B and growing.  Humans have adopted anthropomorphism toward their pets - the attribution of human characteristics or behavior to an animal – and pets are now part of the family.An unintended consequence is that there is a rise of undesirable dog behavior. https://www.thesprucepets.com/anthropomorphism-1118402​

pets

 We humans love our pets!  Human and Pet Food trends tend to go hand-in-hand – see what is next for 2019… https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/7692-top-5-human-food-and-pet-food-trends-for-2019?v=preview​

cbd? what's that?

 Lots of Cannabidiol (CBD) products at this summer’s NACDS.  Why is this Hemp-derived product so popular? CBD is not addictive and does not cause a high. It appears there may be numerous health benefits according to Harvard Medical School.  https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476​

amazon and whole foods

 The industry is over the shock of Amazon purchasing Whole Foods, however changes continue with consolidation of the grocery industry.  Most recently, Schnucks, headquartered in St. Louis, MO with 29% of the market is buying 19 Shop N Save stores from Supervalu. https://progressivegrocer.com/top-50-grocers-amazon-8th-place-while-rest-industry-restrategizes-reshuffles​

it's just different

 Selling to Millennials is different than selling to Boomers.  Here are 11 Helpful Tips – one Tip is that Millennials are an extremely socially conscious generation – they purchase products from company’s that Give Back.  Another tip is that Millennials expect quick turn around on communication – not 2 days – but 15 minutes! https://www.asicentral.com/news/how-to/may-2016/11-tips-for-selling-to-millennials/​

manufacturers need brokers

 It works both ways, manufacturers need brokers to gain entry to talk with category buyers at retailers.  This article has great tips for the manufacturer to be prepared for a discussion with a retailer. https://www.thebalancesmb.com/finding-a-food-broker-for-your-business-1326142​

kudos to dollar general!

 Kudos to Dollar General!  Healthy eating is hard to find in rural and urban food deserts. Dollar General is helping by adding 250 “better for you” food choices, including Good & Smart private label products. “Our core customer is always a little bit behind the curve”, CEO Todd Vasos said at a conference earlier this year…” Better for you” is starting to emerge as a trend. https://storebrands.com/dollar-general-now-better-you​

brand promise

 Siegel+Gale’s annual “World’s Simplest Brands” study found that those companies that consistently deliver on their brand promise with simple, clear intuitive experiences. 55% of people will pay more for simpler experiences.  Check out the list: https://www.supermarketnews.com/consumer-trends/amazon-costco-lead-us-retailers-simple-brands-index​

kroger likes the uk

 Kroger seems to like UK – based companies. The Dunnhumby joint venture was certainly successful. Kroger is now joining forces with Ocado, a U.K.-based company with global ties and advanced digital and robotic capabilities Through the new deal, Kroger increased its existing investment by 5% in a subscription rights agreement, bringing its total investment to more than 6%. https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/kroger-to-open-first-high-tech-fulfillment-center/​

grab and go

 More merging of channels – drug and grocery.  It is all about gaining consumer trips and added value and profit. Offering Home Chef Express meal kits at Walgreens is a new twist for drug chain – trending “grab and go” meals. As the Kentucky pilot stores get off the ground, Chicago-area shoppers already are seeing some of the fruits of the partnership, with 65 Walgreens stores carrying Home Chef Express meal kits. Walgreens will offer three Home Chef Express meal kit options, rotating recipes on a bi-weekly basis during the pilot. Each meal serves two and starts at $8.50 per serving, the companies said. https://www.drugstorenews.com/retail-news/walgreens-kroger-expand-pilot-partnership/​

amazon and target?

 Interesting article about Amazon purchasing Target.  Not a bad idea.  As the U.S. brick-and-mortar business shifts to online retailers, this 360-degree omni-channel approach could spread the net for Amazon. They would gain a premium shopper, and pick-up outlets for Amazon products.  The Whole Foods buy-out seems to be working….https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/amazon-target-deal-could-still-happen-analyst-explains-why-2018-12-1027792438​

meat free?

 Meat-Free to the Extreme?  As the growth trend continues in plant-based dining, Technomics reports seeing companies put policies in place to ban meat consumption on-site and to incentivize employees not to order meat when they dine out. Here are 7 key trends for 2019 from Technomics: https://www.technomic.com/newsletters/technomics-take/7-key-trends-  2019​

functional foods

 Functional foods continue to be one of the top health food trends of today.  Turmeric, Karkade (Hibiscus), CBD (Cannabidiol) will rise in popularity. See 10 more trends from Winsight Grocery Business: https://www.winsightgrocerybusiness.com/retailers/11-trends-will-shape-grocery-2019​

voice continues to grow

 Juniper Research predicts that a majority (55%) of U.S. households will have a device like Amazon Echo or Google Home as soon as 2022.  As voice continues to grow in popularity, we’ll see it assist consumers, improving efficiency around ordering groceries and delivering to their fridge. For more Grocery Retail predictions for 2019 from Chain Store Age, copy and paste into your browser: https://www.chainstoreage.com/technology/grocery-retail-2019-five-predictions/​

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