In the business of problem-solving

Another day, another momentous Amazon headline. It was reported yesterday that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase have combined to form an unlikely team of healthcare superheroes. According to the New York Times, over 150 million Americans receive health insurance … Continued

Whole Foods Takes 365 Stores East

With all the recent Amazon doings – the official launch of Amazon Go, the ongoing saga of the second Amazon Headquarters (who will get the final rose???), and rising Amazon stock values – one topic has largely escaped notice.  Whole … Continued

Schwimmer for Skittles

Has anyone been typecast worse than David Schwimmer? It really doesn’t matter what he does, it seems he’ll forever be recognized from his role in “Friends.” But as the national attention turns to the Super Bowl, one brand is giving … Continued

No cashiers, no checkout lines, no problems? Amazon Go is a go.

In a time where brick-and-mortar stores are doing everything they can to counter the convenience of online shopping – floor sensors to track shopper steps, touch-screen dressing room mirrors, and online grocery delivery just to name a few – Amazon is celebrating another launch … Continued

Looking for an advertising Lyft

I’ll drink to that!  In fairness, I’ll drink to just about anything. Lyft – the second largest ride-sharing company in the US – is teaming up with Chicago’s Baderbrau Brewing on Five Dollars Off Star Lager.  In a test being rolled out … Continued

Year in Review: 2017 Private Label Promotions

With so many momentous shifts in grocery retail in 2017, it is difficult to pick just one development that characterized the industry last year. Many would fairly point to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods, which has and will continue to … Continued

Are you ready for the Super Bowl (commercials)?

These guys are lovin’ that Doritos commerical. It’s hard to believe that NBC is going to make $5 million for every 30-second spot during the Super Bowl this year. That is about $168,333 per SECOND of air time. Ad Age’s Datacenter calculated … Continued

Walmart To Close 63 Sam’s Club Locations

ICYMI: Yesterday, Walmart unexpectedly announced plans to close ten percent, or 63, of its Sam’s Club locations throughout the country, with some stores actually closing as early as Thursday.  The retailer plans to convert a portion of those stores into ecommerce fulfillment … Continued

Hitting the Holiday Target

As we get further away from the 2017 holiday shopping season (HSS), many retailers are starting to report their sales numbers from the key shopping period and throughout all of 2017. Yesterday Target announced that their same-store sales jumped 3.4% during the … Continued

Five Things to Know Ahead of CES 2018

Kicking off tomorrow until the 12th of January, The Consumer Electronics Show is one of the most popular and innovative conferences of the year. CES is a global platform for consumer electronic brands to come together and show off their most … Continued