The Shelf Talker
Research indicates that retailers have a long way to go to reach Merchandising 3.0
The biggest takeaway here is that 82% of respondents said they will focus on improving the in-store shopping experience for consumers over the next two years, without adding store associates.
More from Retail Merchandising Executives: Bizcommunity
Report: In-Store Shoppers Disengage From Social Apps
Retailers and brands are pouring billions of dollars into social strategies designed to influence the way shoppers interact with merchandise inside physical stores, but a new study by the in-store beacon platform inMarket shows that marketers focused too sharply on social media apps may be missing the mark.
BodyArmor Unveils New Products, Eyes 10 Percent Share of Sports Drink Category
Amid torrid growth in sales of its naturally formulated sports drinks, BodyArmor unveiled a slew of new products at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) show, held last month in Atlanta. The brand extensions, which include a new two-SKU line of low-calorie drinks dubbed BodyArmor “Lyte” and a line of electrolyte-infused bottled waters, were introduced as retail sales of BodyArmor continue to surge.
How Goya Turned Beans Into a Business Empire
Part of its success stems from an ability to adapt. As waves of Hispanic and Latino immigrants made their way to the U.S. after World War II, Goya saw an opportunity to bring them foods from their native lands. For example, Peruvians wanted “Aji Amarillo” or hot yellow pepper paste; Goya made it for them. Dominicans craved “habichuelas con dulce” or cream of beans with coconut; Goya put it in a can.
Capturing new generations of consumers: Fortune
McDonald’s to debut new Big Mac sizes
McDonald’s will offer a Mac Jr., a single-layer Big Mac that is easier to eat on the go, as well as a Grand Mac, a bigger Big Mac with two all-beef patties weighing a third of a pound. The new sizes are designed to entice customers who might want more, or less, Big Mac. McDonald’s said Thursday that the new Big Macs will be available later this month at restaurants in Florida and Pittsburgh. A national rollout is slated for early next year.
Pringles’ attempt at virality urges consumers to play with their food
The Kellogg Company’s Pringles potato chip brand is making an obvious play at viral content with its newest challenge, which directs customers to make a creation with its chips and capture it for social media. The creation is being called the Pringles Ringle, and is being promoted through the hashtag #PringlesRingle.
See it: MobileMarketer
SpartanNash Acquiring Parts of Caito Foods Service
Founded in Indianapolis in 1965, Caito Foods Service is a leading supplier of fresh fruit and vegetables to grocery retailers and foodservice distributors across 22 states in the Southeast, Midwest and Eastern United States. SpartanNash will acquire certain assets of Caito Foods Service and Blue Ribbon Transport (BRT), including Caito’s produce distribution and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables businesses, its newly constructed Fresh Kitchen facility for fresh-prepared foods, and Blue Ribbon’s logistics business.
Cost: Progressive Grocer
Exclusive: J.Crew Is Killing Its Bridal Collection
In its place, it will offer an expanded line of party and special occasion dresses starting this spring. When reached for comment J.Crew confirmed the shift in strategy after more than a decade in the bridal business. It jumped into the category in 2004; CEO Mickey Drexler told the New Yorker in 2012 that the idea came to him when he discovered that brides bought multiples of the same dress for their friends as bridesmaid dresses.
China’s High-End Retail Emporium
Sam’s Club has been pitching the foreign provenance of its house-branded items and selling them for less than what imports generally cost in China. “What they’ve done in China is a rebranding exercise using the fact that to Chinese shoppers, ‘imported’ is a badge for premium,” says Jack Chuang.
Much more: Bloomberg
The changing face of New York City’s grocery scene
Tally the losses, and it certainly seems as if the ground is shifting. Between 2005 and 2015, the city lost around 8 percent of its greengrocers — family-owned stores of less than about 7,000 square feet. About 300 such stores closed during that time, about a third of them in Manhattan, according to the Strategic Resource Group, a retail consultant.
Where did the Supermarkets go? NY Times