Natalie Tatum

3 Overlooked Reasons Your Labor Costs Keep Increasing 

In a time where industry standards and strategies are changing almost weekly, labor costs continue to rise, bringing headaches to the minds of grocery industry leaders and management teams alike. Many grocers tend to think too big picture when it comes to finding solutions for increasing labor costs. In reality, some of the easiest ways…

The Best COVID-19 (and Beyond!) Signage for Grocers

The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the grocery and retail industry beyond measure. Among the many internal, operational, and physical changes is new in-store signage dictating social distancing requirements, one-way aisles, and other precautionary measures to keep shoppers safe.  Though grocery stores experienced a decline in in-store shopping visits with more consumers choosing to shop online,…

4 Grocers Setting the Bar For Employee and Community Appreciation

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, grocers far and wide are coming together to offer additional assistance and support to their associates and their communities. While some grocers have fallen flat by taking away benefits for their associates and programs that aid at-risk community members, others have shown us that going the extra mile…

Consumer Habits: The Pandemic Shopper

Six months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, grocery shoppers in the U.S. are still spending more on groceries each month while taking fewer trips to the store. In August, per trip spending increased by 6%, while trips were 11% lower in August of  2019.  “Our data scientists and advanced analytics teams…

Grocery Industry News: 6 Months Into the COVID Pandemic

There’s no way anyone could have predicted what 2020 could have in store. Much of the year has been consumed by the pandemic, which is now rounding out its six month.  The grocery industry has faced many changes, challenges, and adaptations in the past six months. Here are the top grocery industry stories by month…

How the Coronavirus Has Impacted the Digital Grocery Space

Since the pandemic made its way to the U.S. in mid-March, consumers have grown accustomed to their grocers adapting and changing at a much faster pace than the years before. In fact, before March, much of grocery innovation had remained the same for the better part of the last two decades.  However, with stay-at-home orders…

Blocking & Tackling: Principles, Policies, and Tactics for Crushing Shrink and Creating a Loss Prevention Culture

This week’s blog post is an excerpt from our eBook Blocking & Tackling: Principles, Policies, and Tactics for Crushing Shrink and Creating a Loss Prevention Culture.  The phrase “blocking & tackling” is commonly used to reference a commitment to excellence on the fundamentals of the game. While every loss prevention manager is aware of these…

How Imperfect Foods Doubled Demand During the COVID Pandemic

Since January of 2020, San Francisco-based Imperfect Foods has seen “more than a 40% growth” in its active user base, says VP of Merchandising Ed O’Malley. The food subscription service that currently serves 400,000 subscribers in 38 states says that its weekly order volumes have doubled, resulting in the company being on track to save…

Meat and Produce Sales Continue Double-Digit Growth

The coronavirus has impacted every industry in one way or another, some positively, and some negatively. The grocery industry has found themselves caught in the middle. While there have been challenges with changing the in-store landscape and experience, the grocery industry has seen record setting sales in many departments. It’s safe to assume that the…

The Meal Kit Industry’s COVID-19 Boom

The coronavirus pandemic has absolutely thrown a curveball at many different industries around the world. Everyone is adjusting to “the new normal” – a phenomenon that seemingly changes week to week. While restaurants have closed and grocery stores have mandated new in-store rules and regulations to keep shoppers safe, there is one industry that has…