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4/25/2018

Meal delivery service DoorDash has launched a partnership with Walmart to deliver groceries to customers' doors, initially in Atlanta. The test is an important step in DoorDash's plan to branch out beyond meal delivery, according to Chief Operating Officer Christopher Payne, who said "meal delivery is really a small sliver of what we're working on."

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4/25/2018

Target has a deal to sell an exclusive version of the first cookbook by celebrity HGTV home remodeling expert Joanna Gaines, with additional recipes that won't be found in other versions of the book. Target's relationship with Gaines began with the launch last fall of the Hearth & Hand home goods line and expanded this month with the rollout of Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint products.

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4/25/2018

Kim Kardashian West's KKW Fragrance division will debut a new scent called KKW Body next month in a bottle that's shaped like the celebrity's body. Kardashian West talks about her rise as a reality star and dishes on what it's been like to build a beauty business.

4/25/2018

Cherries are a powerful driver of sales in the produce department, generating up to 10% of total weekly sales while in season, and consumers have been buying them in larger quantities. "The big thing about cherries with retailers is it is truly about the only seasonal item left," said Dick Spezzano, president of Spezzano Consulting Service.

4/25/2018

Ocado is looking to drive greater efficiencies with technology ranging from self-driving trucks to machine learning, but the company hasn’t lost its focus on the customer. Co-founder and CEO Tim Steiner shares strategies and a vision for the future of food retail -- and moving from an evolution to a revolution.

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4/25/2018

The new FMI Finding the Profitable Path to Your Digitally Engaged Grocery Shoppers: Free Executive Workbook 2018 helps companies think through their organizational structure, partnerships and strategy. Gather your team and plan your route. Download the free workbook.

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4/25/2018


The shift to digital purchasing of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) is not only pervasive, it's all-inclusive. It's being driven by a diverse set of consumers, not just by millennials or the most affluent shoppers. Presented from the perspective of the independent operator, listen to speakers from Nielsen and FMI discuss how to create an omnichannel-ready organization.

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4/25/2018

The modern CIO needs to be a champion for change. Winning retailer and manufacturer strategies, supported by strong tactics, will require investment in three key enablers of change and growth. People, and the corporate culture that guides them, will be the lifeblood of the transition required to ready an organization for the digitally engaged food shopper. Learn how you can leverage the accelerators and overcome the inhibitors to omnichannel success.

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4/25/2018

Amazon is rolling out its service in 37 cities that will deliver purchases to the cars of Prime customers. Customers with late-model GM or Volvo cars can download an app that lets Amazon delivery staff open the car to place packages inside.

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4/25/2018

Grocers do well in customer loyalty rankings when employees are invested in company success and good service, Bryan Roberts writes. This is particularly true in chains such as Wegmans and Publix where the company is privately owned and works to keep staff members well-compensated and engaged, he writes.

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