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Cale Guthrie Weissman

  • JUN 08, 2020

    Why Instacart is focusing on acquiring smaller grocery partners

    Instacart just announced a deal with C&S Wholesale Grocers that represents 3,000 smaller stores. It's part of the delivery apps strategy to focus less on the bigger grocery players and more on the independent mom and pop ones that don't have the capital to build out their own e-commerce program. Instacart isn't the only platform vying for this piece of the grocery pie, and it remains to be seen whether these businesses are enough for the digital services to become sustainable.

  • JUN 05, 2020

    Everything you need to know about how the retail experience is about to change

    Modern Retail spent a week looking into all the changes needed for stores around the country to reopen. Much of it involves guesswork, because no one knows what shoppers will want in the next few months. Neither do we know if the coronavirus will have a second wave. Taking this all into account, here's a rundown of all the biggest changes on the horizon.

  • JUN 03, 2020

    With new payments and shipping features, Alibaba continues push into US

    Alibaba unveiled new features for its U.S B-to-B platform, including flexible payments terms and expanded shipping options. It's a small move in a growing SMB war. Platforms like Alibaba, Amazon, Shopify and even Google and Facebook are all trying to woo more small businesses on their platforms. There's no clear winner yet, but all are unveiling new offers to bring in more customers.

  • JUN 01, 2020

    How Williams Sonoma’s digital bets made it a coronavirus winner

    Williams-Sonoma recorded e-commerce comps exceeding 31%. While the numbers are big, they're not terribly surprising. The home goods company has invested in digital programs for years -- beginning as far back as 1998. Now, those bets are paying off. What's more, Williams-Sonoma invested more in new digital tools when the coronavirus first hit. Compared to other big retailers, these results show when digital investment really pays off.

  • JUN 01, 2020

    Global green shoots: How retail around the world is beginning to re-emerge

    Global retail markets are beginning to reopen. The question remains whether consumers are ready to go back into public. With lockdown restrictions now being eased by some governments, small green shoots of recovery are beginning to emerge. Modern Retail and Glossy reporters took a (virtual) trip around the globe to see where shopping is beginning to restart and if shoppers are ready to spend money once again in the real world.

  • MAY 29, 2020

    Retail sampling likely won’t be the same again

    Many retailers and companies rely on people testing out their products. But with social distancing in place and many stores closed, that gets much more difficult. For some, it may mean sampling is completely off the table. For others, it means introducing new operations and safeguards that were never thought of before.

  • MAY 28, 2020

    How King Arthur’s digital strategy has evolved during the nationwide flour boom

    King Arthur's flour has been flying off the shelves -- both in grocery stores and digitally. The company has seen record website traffic and its DTC sales have doubled. To deal with this influx, the centuries-old flour brand has had to quickly adapt. Modern Retail spoke with its vp of marketing about how King Arthur's digital strategy has shifted and what the future of flour sales will look like.

  • MAY 26, 2020

    The store of the future is coming this summer. Here’s what it looks like.

    Stores are slowly reopening, but they are about to look very different. Fewer people will be inside and the technology will be used to perform easy tasks. We took a look at all of the facets required to rebuild the retail experience. While some of it may look similar to before, a lot of thought is taking place. Come on in and take a look.

  • MAY 21, 2020

    Inside Clorox’s accelerating DTC strategy

    CPGs are currently in a mad dash to solidify their DTC strategies. Clorox has been building out its team for the last year and half. It's both launched new brands and focused on building out more direct sales strategies with older ones. The company's vp and general manager of DTC spoke with Modern Retail about the company's strategy, and how it's recently been accelerated.

  • MAY 20, 2020

    Despite profit hit, Home Depot proves out its digital bets

    Home Depot saw a huge revenue spike this past quarter -- as well as many more customers utilize its digital offerings. This is a long time company for the home improvement retailer. It has spent many years bolstering its digital infrastructure but hadn't yet seen the fruits of those labors. We now see why the investment paid off.

  • MAY 19, 2020

    How JCPenney’s e-commerce strategy ultimately faltered

    JCPenney was once an e-commerce leader. Then the department store made a series of strategic missteps. During its most recent quarterly earnings report, the company posted $3.4 billion in sales, an 8% decrease from the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, the company owes $4 billion in debt. Now, it's filing for bankruptcy. How did JCPenney get here? Looking at its failed digital strategy helps illuminate some bigger systemic problems.

  • MAY 18, 2020

    Pet food startups are capitalizing on the new shelter-in-place lifestyle

    People are sheltering in place and they're also adopting pets. As a result, pet food startups have seen a huge boom over the last few months. This tracks with other bigger players shutting their doors and seeing shipping delays. While things begin to normalize the question remains whether these new entrants will be able to keep momentum.

  • MAY 13, 2020

    Retailers are trying to develop frameworks for reopening safely

    Some of the big owners of retail space have announced their reopening plans. They involved newly-crafted protocols that have never been tested before. While other retailers are taking it slowly, all are trying their best craft a proper reopening strategy. Here's a look at how some are working together and what it takes to develop a true list of best practices.

  • MAY 12, 2020

    Despite trying to grow DTC business, Under Armour is still struggling

    The athletic apparel brand reported dismal earnings this past quarter. While much of this had to do with the coronavirus outbreak, its faltering DTC strategy isn't helping matters either.

  • MAY 11, 2020

    How ceramics brand East Fork transitioned to a pre-sale only model

    2020 was the year East Fork ceramics planned to become profitable. Now, that's likely no longer on the table, but the company is using a new model to better handle its balance sheet: pre-sales. Now, new product lines will all be for sale before they're manufactured, as a way to get capital in as early as possible.

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