As a consumer, it has been fantastic to see how the grocery retail industry has evolved over the past year, making the necessary changes to keep up with the ever-changing demands their shoppers. Not only have they made great strides to improve existing store footprints, but grocery retailers are now taking a cue from their fellow retail peers and are working to make the entire shopping experience more fun, engaging, and most importantly – more convenient. Can I get a show of hands for those of you who now take advantage of either curbside pick-up or home delivery of your groceries? Chances are, the majority of you are indeed raising your hands.
In the last few years, a major priority for retailers has been focused on integrating their omnichannel services by allowing customers to try, buy, and return items in the mix of ways that are most convenient to them. Much of this work, of course, has been driven by technology. As we enter into a new year, many of our customers are again turning to technology to enhance their store experience.
For more than 30 years, B&H Photo Video has been the “go-to” place for the best prices and service for photographic, audio, video, computer and home entertainment. In fact, its New York superstore is the largest non-chain photo and video equipment store in the US.
After an exciting 2017, we couldn’t wait to get 2018 started. As is the case every January, there’s no better way to kick off the new year than with NRF Retail’s Big Show. At this year’s conference, we saw plenty of amazing technology and had an incredible time meeting new people and showing off our latest and greatest ESL developments.
When it comes to the retail industry, we can all agree on the importance of ensuring customers are able to get what they want, when they want it – a goal that is critical in this day in age. Looking at the name, it’s clear that convenience retail stores have always strived for this exact goal. While most shoppers don’t give much thought to convenience stores until they need to go to one, the convenience store’s prime purpose (in addition to offering fuel services) is to be a quick, one-stop shop for essential goods like drinks, hot and cold food or other household items like aspirin or toothpaste.
As Displaydata (and the rest of the retail world) prepares to descend upon the Javits Center in New York, we wanted to take a minute to recognize the city’s flourishing retail sector. New York City – often hailed as the number one shopping destination, is full of retail stores of all sizes and persuasions. It’s no wonder that the NRF hosts its annual “Big Show” every year in the Big Apple.
In just over a month, we’ve seen three very powerful and destructive hurricanes devastate communities in Texas, Florida and several Caribbean islands, not to mention the most recent earthquake in Mexico. But, out of these disasters, we’ve seen lot of good news and plenty of examples of humanitarian efforts, especially by corporate America. Notable retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, Target, HEB, Kohl’s and so many more have opened up their purse strings to help those impacted by the storms. To ensure that supplies were delivered where they were needed most, Home Depot and Lowes have already sent thousands of truckloads to its stores in the path of the hurricanes.
We’ve all been there as consumers. Many of the labels on food products include verbiage such as “sell by,” use by,” and “expires on” – confusing us and often leaving us no choice but to toss out perfectly safe food for fear we might be endangering our families with spoiled food. To combat this, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree have recently introduced the Food Date Labeling Act that will standardize food date labeling in the US.
Everyone’s pretty much addicted to their smartphone these days – especially tech savvy shoppers. As our infographic shows, 90% use their phones in-store and 52% do so to check competitors’ prices and look for reviews.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that core retail sales in February (not including food, auto, building materials and fuel sales) rose 0.1% following a January rise of 0.8%. The numbers, of course, show us that Americans participated in the act of “retail therapy” only slightly more in February than they did in January – but what is the real story? Let’s take a closer look.