Category Archives: Business/Economy

Whole Foods Shutters a Washington 365 Store — RetailDive.com

Whole Foods has closed one of its 365 stores in Washington: “Some 29% of millennial dollar store consumers earn over $100,000 annually and accounted for about 25% of sales at those stores, much of it to no-name brands of common household items, according to market research firm NPD’s Checkout Tracking. Store brands also represent an avenue for customer loyalty, but last year analysts warned that 365 stores could compete too closely with Whole Foods itself.“ Supplier Takeaway: Was 365 Too Little,...

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Analysts: Private Brands Essential to Retail Growth — New York Post

Analysts continue to support private labeling as a key to retail brand growth: “Sales of private brands at big chains like Walmart, BJ’s, Dollar General and Target grew 4.6 percent last year compared to the 1.1 percent increase for national brands, according to the Private Label Manufacturer’s Association.“ Supplier Takeaway: More Proof that Private Label is Hot We’ve posted a lot about the importance of private label brands and here is another article that’s singing the same song. If you...

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Measuring Retail Immunity Against Amazon — Quartz

Some retail industries are still flourishing in spite of Amazon’s dominance: “Last month, Morgan Stanley Research surveyed investors at its “Amazon Disruption Symposium,” asking which consumer sectors the survey-takers thought would take the longest for Amazon to “materially disrupt.” The most popular choice was dollar stores.” Supplier Takeaway: Pockets of Opportunity Keep an eye on those industries that Amazon hasn’t been able to dominate. There may be untapped potential for your company in these markets. Resources for Walmart Suppliers Fashion...

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Report: Amazon Wants to Enter the Athletic Wear Market — Bloomberg.

  Bloomberg reports that Amazon is looking to establish its own athletic wear line: “Amazon has previously ventured into private-label fashion, offering office clothing, jackets and dresses under names like Goodthreads and Paris Sunday. But pushing into activewear would bring fresh competition to some of the world’s biggest athletic brands.” Supplier Takeaway: Athletic Wear and Athleisure is Hot Just as consumers are concerned about transparent labels and healthier foods, they also want to “dress the part” by wearing attractive, functional...

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Slim Jim Offers “Upscale” Snack — FoodDive.com

Slim Jim has announced the development of new clean label meat snacks: “Each new meat snack will contain at least 10 grams of protein, and have no artificial colors or flavors, and no added MSG. The three flavors introduced in the launch are Smokehouse Original, Thai Style Chili and Memphis Style BBQ.” Supplier Takeaway: Resistance is Futile When Slim Jim decides to debut a “healthy” option, its time for all food suppliers to take notice. You may not have to...

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Sears Canada Seeks Permission to Liquidate — CBC.ca

  Sears Canada appears to be closing up operations entirely: “Sears Canada said that if it gets court approval to begin the process, it expects that liquidation sales at its stores would start no earlier than Oct. 19 and continue for 10 to 14 weeks.”   Supplier Takeaway: Is This the End for Sears? Analysts have been making dire predictions about Sears for a long time now. Is the potential shutdown of Canadian operations another indicator that this once-mighty retail chain is on...

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Made-in-USA Saves the Day for “The Taco Plate Guy” — Focus on Suppliers

Here’s a clip from Focus on Suppliers which ran on October 7th, 2017. Our guest was Hugh Jarratt, founder of Jarratt Industries, but better known around town as “The Taco Plate Guy.” How Does Made-in-USA Help Suppliers? Hugh:  The best story I would have is this past year we were able to add the Double Dipper to our Walmart business. The Double Dipper is a bowl my wife came up with.  So our mod fill was on the first of...

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Will “Clean Meat” Take Off ? — Supermarket News

As concerns about animal welfare and the environment climb, so has the demand for “clean meat,” including that which has been grown in labs: “‘There’s a global demand for protein that’s increasing every day as the middle class gets bigger in other countries,’ Thompson-Weeman continued. ‘The first thing that they add to their diet is more protein [which is] frequently from animal products. So having other options in the marketplace that help us meet that demand, there’s no issue with...

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Walmart Projects 40 Percent Increase in E-Commerce Sales — Reuters

Walmart is planning on a huge increase in e-commerce sales next year: “The retailing behemoth reiterated its focus on its e-commerce business at its annual investor meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. It has started offering free two-day shipping and plans to roughly double the locations for shipping online grocery orders and slash the number of physical stores.“   Supplier Takeaway: Walmart Mainstreams Omnichannel E-commerce is no longer a sideline for Walmart. Instead, Walmart is branding itself as a truly omnichannel retailer....

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Will Coke Zero Sugar be a Game Changer? — FoodNavigator-USA.com

Coke eventually realized that the “Coke Zero” label was confusing customers. After a bit of clarification, the product has been relaunched: “The company relaunched its Coke Zero product earlier this summer after internal research showed that consumers didn’t realize that zero meant sugar or calorie . ‘We’re adding the iconic red Coca-Cola disc to the Coke Zero Sugar black package design to make it look more like Coca-Cola. We’re also featuring ‘zero sugar’ text to emphasize this Coca-Cola choice does not...

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