Featured insights and store visits from North America

North America retail outlook 2022

We highlight five trends set to shape the food and consumer goods retail market across North America in 2022. 

How the checkout is changing the store

Discover four factors impacting selling space at the front of store and the opportunities to drive impulse sales. 

Amazon brings ‘Just Walk Out’ to Whole Foods Market

Following plans announced by Amazon last year to launch its ‘Just Walk Out’ technology in two Whole Foods Market stores, the first has opened in Washington, D.C.

Inside Food Basics’ urban discount format

Discover how Metro has evolved its discount format to better meet the needs of urban shoppers in Canada's largest city.

In-store in the US: a snapshot of current priorities

We highlight 10 in-store initiatives we've spotted following our recent visits to stores in the USA and the opportunities to learn from.

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With no real desire to create another term or label in the retail industry, and anyway p-commerce has already been bagged as participatory commerce, the Groceryshop event in Las Vegas this week cemented a view that has been fermenting in my mind for a while that we are on the cusp of a new era of personalised commerce.

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We look at how Walmart is partnering with a range of companies to enhance its retail media opportunities through expanding its social commerce presence. Taking advantage of social commerce growth Walmart’s retail media business, Walmart Connect, is set to pilot new programmes with a range of ‘Innovation Partners’, including TikTok, Snap and Firework. This will enable advertisers to reach sh...
We review Sobeys’ first quarter performance and the outlook for the year ahead as it continues to advance its ecommerce, value and loyalty initiatives. Q1 key numbers Total sales increased 4.1% to $7,938m Same-store sales, ex-fuel, increased 0.4% Excluding fuel, gross margin increased 63 basis points Net earnings flat (-$1.0m) Final year of Project Horizon The retailer s...
Following a successful pilot, Walmart Canada is planning a nationwide roll out of its AI (Artificial Intelligence) solution for on-shelf availability. Technology will reduce out-of-stocks The technology was developed by Focal Systems, a San Francisco based company that specialises in retail automation. It uses a network of shelf-edge cameras to automatically detect availability issues (e.g....

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Presentations

08/09/2022
Find out how retailers and brands helped shoppers prepare for 2022’s back-to-school season amid the cost of living crisis. We review four areas, including meal options, school uniforms / clothing, classroom supplies and hygiene and personal care products.
08/09/2022
Discover how Amazon has adapted its core urban convenience format for a suburban location.
17/08/2022
Retailers and suppliers are operating in the most complex environment for decades.
12/08/2022
A guide to the retailer and its operations today. Updated to include latest information on performance, strategic developments, marketing initiatives, key personnel, and must-see stores.
08/08/2022
The US is a challenging market for discounter Lidl. We visited two stores opened in 2022, to see how Lidl is gaining momentum in the market through its in-store offering.

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