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Amazon may open 2,000 branded grocery stores by 2026
Amazon plans to launch 20 experimental AmazonFresh grocery stores by the end of 2018 and grow to as many as 2,000 in the next 10 years, according to company documents. The company will test different formats and features including a members-only program, drive-thru pickups, and in-store kiosks during the pilot phase.
More on strategy: Business Insider
How tech will shape holiday marketing, shopping
Retailers are looking to technology for a marketing edge this holiday season. Yesmail Interactive’s Jason Warnock expounds on four emerging and promising trends: virtual reality, visual feedback, encouragement of customer reviews paired with new technologies and in-store personalization via mobile.
Top four trends: Marketing Land
Dads Feel Neglected By CPG Advertising
While dads are under the impression that they share the majority of household responsibilities — including shopping — they believe that CPG ads are marketed to them very rarely. The study also finds that 41% of dads switched brands when they became a parent or in preparation for becoming a parent, and that dads spend 15% more than mothers on household supplies per shopping trip.
Millennial fathers not like parents, wives: Media Post
Office Depot launches Black Friday deals before Halloween
Office Depot is rolling out holiday deals early, launching Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions on its website and in its retail stores the day before Halloween. Research shows that consumers are starting their shopping early in what could be a record-breaking holiday sales year.
Too early? Retail Dive
Safeway to acquire G&G Supermarkets in California
Safeway has sealed a deal to buy California-based G&G Supermarkets, a two-store family-owned chain, for an undisclosed amount, the companies said. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year, and Safeway will retain all 250 staffers at the G&G stores in Santa Rosa and Petaluma.
Terms of the sale were not disclosed: The Press Democrat
NRF: US consumers slow spending as election nears
Election ads are pushing aside traditional holiday retail spots, and 43% of consumers say they’re spending more cautiously amid election concerns, according to an NRF survey. “Once the election has passed, we anticipate consumers will pull themselves out of the election doldrums and into the holiday spirit,” said NRF CEO Matthew Shay.
More: Media Post
Facebook shares mobile-first tips for omnichannel retail
As omnichannel retail matures, mobile has become an important channel for connecting digital and physical consumer experiences. At Retail’s Digital Summit, Facebook Director of Product Marketing Maz Sharafi shared insights from the social network’s own mobile-first journey and some considerations for omnichannel retailers.
Enhancing omnichannel: National Retail Federation
Campbell’s investing $32M in San Francisco company set to launch in 2017
Campbell Soup will invest $32 million in Habit, a food startup that delivers nutrition suggestions based on an individual’s personal profile and goals, then delivers tailor-made meals to their doors. Habit, which will launch in 2017, also provides nutrition and wellness coaching on a one-on-one basis.
Positioning Campbell Soup for the future: BizJournals
Slideshow: Texture front and center in Hershey innovation
Forthcoming innovation from the Hershey Co. is all about texture. At the 2016 NACS Show, the Hershey, Pa.-based company highlighted new products that combine crunchy, crispy, smooth, creamy and chewy components to deliver a multisensory eating experience.
Slides & commentary: Baking Business
Whole Foods tries Purple Carrot meal kits; other grocers interested
Whole Food Market has partnered with Purple Carrot to sell a smaller version of the startup’s vegan meal kits at its Dedham, Mass., location. Ahold USA has rolled out meal kits at two stores in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., and Kroger expressed interest in pursuing them in the future, connecting with a startup movement that is estimated to see $1.5 billion in sales this year, according to Packaged Facts.
A single meal for two people cost $19.99: Reuters
Engaging the ‘entertaining’ shopper through total store connectivity
Not all shopping trips are created equal. Some are of the weekly stock-up variety, while others are quick trips for purchasing just a few items. And then we have the entertaining shopper, the individual whose mission is to select products for a special occasion, such as a holiday get-together, a family event or maybe just having friends over to watch a sporting event.
In addition to in-store cross-merchandising through displays and messaging, utilizing otherchannels and techniques — such as suggesting meal pairing options and sharing recipes on social media — is also an excellent way to engage shoppers.
Nielsen assisted research: Super Market News