Category Archives: Business/Economy

Food Blogs Indicate Healthy “Substitution” Trend — The Packer

Food blogs are featuring recipes that incorporate healthier ingredients for comfort foods: “The bloggers proved that what’s popular isn’t one type of food, preparation or trend, but an overall interest in utilizing more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthier diet,’ Full Tilt managing partner Heidi McIntyre said in the release.” Popular recipes include Healthified Sweet Potato Casserole, Creamy Cauliflower Broccoli Cheese Soup, and Thyme Mashed Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic.“ Supplier Takeaway Is someone on your team monitoring relevant...

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Third-Party Delivery Services and Retailers — RetailWire

  An analyst looks at how partnering with third-party delivery services affects grocers and their consumer relationships: “Instead, some large chains — perhaps Whole Foods most notably — allow branded third parties, such as Instacart, Shipt, Google Express and Amazon Prime Now, to enter their stores and pick-and-pack customer orders for delivery to the customer. That former grocery customer is now placing their order on a third-party site and having service provided by the third-party. They are effectively becoming that...

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Amazon Lowers Free Shipping Minimum — Engadget

  Amazon has lowered its free shipping minimum for non-Prime members, likely in response to Walmart’s decision to offer free shipping on all orders over $35: “Amazon likely raised the minimum last year in response to rapidly rising logistics costs. Simply put, it couldn’t afford to hand out gratis shipping as freely as it had in the past. Either Amazon got those costs in check, or it’s willing to take a financial hit to prevent Walmart from luring away customers....

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Moosejaw Negotiates With Brands Following Acquisition — OutsideOnline.com

Some Moosejaw suppliers are interested in having their brands appear on Walmart.com: “‘Discussions are taking place on a brand-by-brand basis,’ says Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford. ‘The premium brands will stay on the Moosejaw platform, but some of our vendors have expressed a surprising willingness to be considered for Walmart.com.’ Moosejaw carries dozens of the best-known brands in the industry, including Patagonia, CamelBak, and Yeti. (Unfortunately, Comerford wouldn’t mention which brands they were talking to or which brands they consider premium.)“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers...

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More Analysts Weigh in On Walmart Earnings Expectations — MarketWatch

More analysts are weighing in on what to expect from Walmart’s upcoming earnings announcement: “Buckingham Research Group believes that, with retail undergoing a move to e-commerce that ‘will end with a much smaller number of players,’ Wal-Mart will be one of the companies to hang on because of its size, customer base, and its systems.“ Resources for Walmart Suppliers Simple Step to Big Growth: Powerful Mentoring Courses for Walmart Suppliers Podcast: The 8th & Walton Conference Call – Episode 4

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New Labels Aim to Combat Food Waste — Triple Pundit

  More on how “use by” labels can be modified to save consumers money, reduce food waste: “Confusing terms such as ‘better if used by,’ ‘expires on’ and ‘enjoy by’ have one common thread – they all help contribute to massive food waste all over the U.S. The reality is that most foods are safe and edible well past the date stamped on the package, as in a few days or even several weeks – especially that box of pasta...

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U.K. Prices Impact Retail Sales — NWAHomepage.com

Increased prices are being blamed for a drop in the U.K.’s retail sales: “Sales dropped by 0.3% last month, compared to a 0.9% increase expected by analysts. The bad news didn’t stop there: the ONS also said that retail sales dropped by 2.1% in the month leading up to Christmas, a steeper decline than previously thought. Kate Davies, a senior statistician at the ONS, said that higher fuel and food prices are to blame for the slowdown. Sales were down...

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What is a “Guilt Free” Food? — DenverPost.com

Pepsi and other retailers are using “healthy” label claims as a way to sell snack and convenience food and beverages to consumers: “For PepsiCo Inc., the definition of “guilt-free” is broad. The maker of Doritos, Tropicana and Gatorade considers products falling under that term as those with “positive” ingredients such as grains, fruits and vegetables. That would include its Naked beverages, which can have more than 400 calories and 50 grams of sugar from fruits per bottle, and Quaker products,...

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Clorox Crowdfunds a New Brand — AdAge.com

Clorox brand SoyVey decided to raise funds via a Kickstarter to help launch a partnership with a new brand: “As of Feb. 16, close to the end of their effort, Three Jerks and Soy Vay had raised more than $28,000 in pledges from 715 people. But as Mr. Simons sees it, “It’s less about we don’t have the cash. That was way low on the priority list.” The idea was to help foster a mindset of running as “entrepreneurial and...

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Walmart Continues Omnichannel Focus — Business Insider

  Business Insider offers analysis of Walmart’s ongoing omnichannel efforts: “Focusing on omnichannel could help Walmart remain a top competitor in the retail industry. Walmart has been pushing to grow its online presence — its third-party site, Walmart Marketplace, added 8 million inventory items in Q3 2016, bringing the company’s total online offerings to 19 million.“ Supplier Takeaway What is your team doing to keep up with Walmart’s march toward being a truly omnichannel company? Resources for Walmart Suppliers Walmart Fiscal...

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