A new app from Dollar General allows mobile users to scan their items and pay while avoiding checkout lines. The DG Go app, for now available for use in just 10 stores, emails users an immediate receipt and applies any saved coupons automatically.
Walmart US revealed that it will move Chief Marketing Officer Tony Rogers to the newly created position of chief member officer at Sam's Club. Rogers said the challenge appealed to him, in part, because Sam's Club is a bit of an underdog in the marketplace, a rarity for a Walmart division.
A startup company is working with some Costco and Harps stores to provide avocados that stay ripe for twice as long, thanks to an added coating. Apeel Sciences is applying plant material as a protective layer that extends the window of ripeness, with the advantage of reducing product spoilage for the grocer.
Coca-Cola's Sprite brand is the third-ranked soft drink in the world and maintains its momentum by always working to expand its consumer reach points, according to an analysis by Kantar Worldpanel. "In the US, where it gained the most CRPs globally, Sprite increased penetration amongst younger consumers -- recruiting basketball star LeBron James to drive awareness," Kantar said.
As I walk around the perimeter of the grocery store today, I see several key areas of focus that are starting to pay off for retailers.
One of these areas is meat. It's one of the most important factors in primary store choice and channel switching, and getting it right requires a keen understanding of how it fits within larger shopping trends, including health and wellness, convenience, transparency and technology. Learn more insights from April's Power of Meat webinar.
The other area is transparency -- the shopper's desire to know more about where their food comes from and how it was made. I see many new initiatives with retailers being consistent across departments, as well as transparency and social alignment crossing categories.
Learn more from IRI thought leaders Sally Lyons Wyatt and Chris DuBois as they teamed up with me on the first two of five webinar recordings from the Top Trends in Fresh series:
- IRI and FMI Top Trends in Fresh: Through Consumers' Eyes
- Top Trends in Fresh Foods: Transparency & Social Strategy and Cultural Alignment
I hope you also find our new Best Practices for Health and Wellness in Fresh Department resources helpful. The supermarket is continually evolving to meet the needs of consumers and there are currently several forces at work driving store-wide changes, making this an opportune time to embrace health and wellness at retail, especially in the fresh departments.
Vice President, Fresh Foods
FMI has intensified its investment in emerging food and beverage brands with a subscription-based online community that offers education, mentoring, nurturing and access to sources of capital. The Emerge program will help resolve complex industry issues with a key objective of helping these brands grow sustainably by expanding their distribution and enhancing their operations, financing and sales.
The Emerge community will host mentors, offer education, manage supportive outreach and provide access to investors. If you are interested in serving as a mentor or on the Retail Advisory Board, please contact us.
According to the Power of Foodservice at Retail 2018 report, 86% of shoppers are aware of meal kits, but only 22% have used them. Additionally, more than 30 million households say they would consider trying a meal kit in the next six months, according to Nielsen. One clear opportunity for food retailers is that 51% of shoppers are interested in their primary store offering their own kits. Learn more about meal kits and other foodservice at retail trends in the 2018 Power of Foodservice at Retail report.
The entire food chain must be equipped with detailed records for each ingredient shipped to a store in order to effectively trace products and reduce the burden of foodborne illness. FMI co-hosted the Traceability in a Global Food System webinar to help retailers better understand the social, economic and geographic impact of food traceability programs. A key takeaway was learning about the various tools available to help the entire food industry determine their return on investment when implementing these comprehensive programs.
National Family Meals Month is about to enter its fourth year, and the party continues to grow. There are currently 179 companies that have celebrated in some form over the last three years, and that participant list is expected to grow in breadth and depth this year. The FMI Foundation has once again curated the best-in-class examples of how companies have celebrated National Family Meals Month, and this information is available in the Best Practices and Excellence in National Family Meals Month™ Programming guide.
Google is launching a partnership with France's Carrefour Group that is intended to propel a digital transformation for the grocer, including the creation of an innovation lab and sales through Google Assistant. "It allows us to accelerate our digital evolution and get a head start in deploying the omnichannel approach we want to offer our customers," said Alexandre Bompard, CEO of Carrefour.
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