Supermarket Sainsbury's has rolled out a new advertising spot starring a slew of real home cooks who dance happily around the kitchen while preparing food. The spot, which ends with the tagline "#fooddancing is living well," is the first spot in an advertising campaign that will include multi-channel ads and a music video.
Fastenal reported a 3.2% increase in daily sales for December, with an overall sales gain of 2.7% for the fourth quarter. Profit increased by 2.6% for the quarter.
Business-to-business e-commerce sales are growing, with mobile purchase rates up 22% in 2015 from two years earlier, says Alyssa Hanson of Thinkwrap Commerce. This article offers advice for distributors on how to optimize their online inventory and how to think about competitive threats.
E-commerce, operational efficiency and system adaptability are among the most powerful factors driving growth in the global warehouse automation and control market, Clint Reiser writes, citing an ARC Advisory Group study.
Britain's exit from the European Union would end its role as part of the single European market, Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday, changing the rules for UK retailers that import, export and employ people from other EU countries. It's vital that the country strike new trade deals that don't drive up prices for consumers, said Helen Dickinson, CEO of the British Retail Consortium.
Sales at China's 50 biggest retailers dipped in 2016 for the third consecutive year, but they were up 5.1% in December over the same month in 2015. Analysts predict a further recovery this year, and efforts by retailers to integrate in-store and online retail are expected to fuel higher sales.
Fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff will team with venture capital firm Quotidian Ventures to launch an incubator program to help fund new retail technology companies. The effort, which was announced at Retail's BIG Show, will start with an investment in data platform 42 Technologies, which works with fashion companies.
Kohl's is looking to small, gradual changes to improve the shopping experience, Chief Technology Officer Ratnakar Lavu said at Retail's BIG Show. The changes, which include revamping its app to make in-store purchases easier and adding the capability to help shoppers find what they're looking for in physical stores using mobile devices, are meant to increase innovation while maintaining stability, Lavu said.
Several online retailers are filling vacant spaces in malls, establishing physical presences and setting up sites for order pickups and returns. Malls are also seeing more pop-up stores and showrooms from companies including Amazon, Facebook and Google.
Hy-Vee is rolling out a program to bring lower-priced, less-than-perfect fruits and vegetables to its 242 stores across the Midwest. Four to six ugly seasonal produce items will be available in the retailer's Robinson Fresh's Misfits displays.
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