On Earth Day 2019, the challenges that our environment is facing are more prominent than ever. The modern news cycle keeps us aware of every imminent threat to the health of our planet, and it can be overwhelming to consider the far-reaching consequences of every action we take.
As a member of the grocery industry, we’ve chosen to use this day to focus on a key issue that our community is contributing to, and has the power to change: food waste.
The rules of retail are changing – and you’re probably tired of hearing about it.
Customer loyalty used to be a given if you were located in a typical suburban area. Shoppers weren’t able to easily access your competitors, and yours was the store that happened to be on their drive home. Now, customers are just a few clicks away from their material desires (including grocery items!), and many industry experts have predicted the fall of brick-and-mortar retailers.
If we could look into a crystal ball and predict upcoming retail trends, well, we probably wouldn’t be here writing this blog post.
Though we don’t have psychic abilities, we do have the power of research on our side. After spending time with some of retail’s most influential experts at National Retail Federation’s Big Show 2019, we are fairly certain of the direction that retail is headed this year.
The world of retail is ever-changing. With each year comes a new host of strategies and tactics to consider, new ways to understand consumer thoughts and purchasing habits, and new technology that sets out to make us more efficient and effective.
The one event that sets the stage for the upcoming year in retail is the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, which just concluded its 2019 event. While we took away many lessons about how grocers should adapt to changes within the world of retail, there were a few overarching takeaways that we wanted to call out that affect the entire industry.
The annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show is a prime opportunity for grocers to come together, share knowledge, and ideate on growing trends and ways to capitalize on them in the upcoming year. Executives from some of the world’s largest retailers take the stage and share their expertise, providing attendees and exhibitors with enough takeaways to spur strategic decisions throughout the year, and create products, campaigns, and content that inspires consumers and drives industry innovation.
In 2019, supermarket professionals need to keep up with news, research, and best practices from their fast-changing world more than ever. We’ve assembled the top industry publications for grocery professionals and listed them here in one place, with some helpful notes on each and a subscription link to help you get the news you need….
This post is excerpted from our latest eBook, The Impact of Expired Products on Supermarket Sales & Shopping Behavior: A 2018 Survey Report. Despite potentially serious implications for supermarkets, the lack of solid research examining the connection between expired food and shopper behavior has largely left supermarkets in the dark about what shoppers do when…
Just about every industry is trying to figure out how millennials stand to disrupt traditional norms and buying habits––including the grocery and broader retail world. For grocers looking to orient themselves within the broader supermarket and retail environment in 2018, we’ve gathered recent industry data to highlight the trends that are most likely to solidify…
The fusing of grocery stores and restaurants into hybridized “grocerants” is a trend that’s sticking in a world where most food trends vanish almost as soon as they arise. In short, grocerants are the result of the quickly blurring line separating restaurants and grocery stores––two businesses that both serve hungry customers. Today, the average store…
While Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market has a lot of grocers wringing their hands, new data from Gallup suggests the vast majority of Americans aren’t ready to do their grocery shopping online in 2017. The Gallup survey, conducted in July 2017, shows 9% of Americans say they order groceries online at least once…