Research Perspective and Analysis: E-Commerce: Friend and foe

At the onset of the pandemic, grocery e-commerce jumped forward about five years on its natural growth trajectory. It was the full growth trifecta: more people, more trips and greater spending online. Fresh produce partook, but not to the same extent as center store grocery — a gap that still exists. Across all food and […]

Tesco opens first checkout-free supermarket in London

Imagine walking into a supermarket, getting all of your groceries and simple leaving without being forced to go through a queue. Tesco has done it. The retail giant has unveiled its first ever checkout-free store in at its High Holborn location in central London, giving its shoppers who utilize the Tesco.com app the chance to […]

What if Instacart Becomes a Retailer?

Multi-channel retail: standing still is not an option

Originally printed in the September 2021 issue of Produce Business. My eldest son, William, is a student at Cornell University. He attends The Hotel School, which is a part of the SC Johnson College of Business. This year, he moved off campus into his own apartment. One of the reasons he looked forward to this is […]

Want To Help The World While Helping The Industry? Reduce Online Out-Of-Stocks

Finding better ways to market and sell fresh produce online

The produce shelves of today’s retail stores are filled with innovative produce items, which offer flavor and convenience, new eating experiences and more. From new varieties of apples and grapes to innovative fresh-cuts and packaged items, one would think that this explosion of innovative activity would have led to substantial increases in produce consumption. Yet, […]

Covid app ‘pingdemic’ blamed for empty supermarket shelves

A rise in the numbers of British food supply workers being forced to self-isolate is being blamed for empty supermarket shelves, as shoppers become alarmed to find shelves and fridges empty. A surge in workers being alerted by the National Health Service (NHS) Covid app on their phones has hit industries hard because workers have to stay at […]

UK retail food and grocery market growth to slow sharply

In its annual retail food and grocery market forecast, IGD predicts that the growth in 2020 will slow this year and the next, as shoppers economize and the foodservice industry reclaims sales. The unprecedented 8.5% growth last year is predicted to drop to 1.7% in 2021 and then to 0.9% in 2022. This sharp decline […]

Report: Amazon expected to eclipse Tesco as top UK retailer by 2025 as online grows

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According to a new report released by Edge Retail Insight, Amazon will overtake Tesco as the UK’s top retailer within the next four years. Though Tesco’s current sales are nearly double that of Amazon’s (£64bn compared with £36.3bn in 2020), the newer retailer is quickly gaining ground on its competitor. Edge by Ascential, whose research […]

Using Social Media To Affect Produce Buying Decisions

Originally printed in the April 2021 issue of Produce Business. The influence of social media ballooned during 2020, fueled by the pandemic and consumer habits. “As the importance of social media continues to grow, a brand’s relevancy will be largely determined by its social relevance,” says CarrieAnn Arias, vice-president of marketing for Naturipe in Salinas, CA. “Ultimately, these […]