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MCA & Date Check Pro Announce North American Partnership

Pinpoint Software Inc. and MCA (Merchandising Consultants Associates) announced a strategic North American Partnership to help grocery retailers and manufacturers better manage product expiry dates in-stores. Madison, Wisconsin – November 18rd 2020 Pinpoint Software, Inc., provider of the leading expiration date management solution for grocery stores, Date Check Pro and MCA (Merchandising Consultants Associates), a…

How to Eliminate Shrink This Holiday Season

Like other retailers, grocers and supermarkets find the holidays to be one of the most prosperous seasons of the year. But with more store traffic comes greater pressure to protect store assets and prevent loss. Along with more sales, the holidays also bring a dramatic increase in property crimes and theft including shoplifting. Larger U.S….

COVID-19 Friendly Micro-Experiences for the Holidays

In January of 2021, experiential marketing tactics, affectionately known as Micro-Experiences, were taking the retail world by storm across all industries. It was widely understood that the way to bond with your customers, both prospective and recurring, was to provide a meaningful and memorable in-store experience. With the coronavirus pandemic taking a worldwide stage in…

The Top Expired Product Culprits Per Category

For shoppers, there’s nothing worse than opening up your fridge and finding that your recently-purchased groceries have already gone bad. For grocers, there’s nothing worse than losing a customer due to failing to provide the freshest food. While expired shrink can come from any department, the following products are the top culprits of expired shrink…

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…

Online Grocery Sales Dip for First Time Since COVID-19

According to the most recent Brick Meets Click + Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey, grocery e-commerce orders for pickup and delivery have finally hit a decline after four months of continuous growth in response to fear of in-store shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The August 2020 e-commerce grocery sales totaled $5.7 billion, an approximate 20%…

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…