More CPG Disruption – Cannabis Industry

As of January 1, 2020 cannabis is legal for recreational use in the following states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Alaska, Wyoming, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, and now Illinois. Illinois legalized medical use in 2014 and since then the industry has been on a rollercoaster ride. Cresco Labs recently went public Green Thumb Industries went public on […]

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Amazon Kicks out Instacart

Notice the buzz at your local WFM recently? Any chance you might have got run over by a millennial jammin’ to Drake while picking up groceries in the (already packed) aisles? Well, those days are soon over. According to a WFM professional, Instacart will not have all of the luxuries come February, 2019. With Amazon’s […]

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8000 Starbucks Stores Closed, May 29th

This is your friendly reminder that Starbucks will be closing 8000 US stores on Tuesday, May 29th for employee racial-bias training: This means a couple of things…. 8000 stores and 175,000 employees will NOT be serving coffee. Retail consumption measurement numbers will be skewed for May, including Memorial day promotions will be off based on […]

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Retail Innovation Misfires: WMT’s Closed Investment & TGT’s Jump from AWS

Recent strategic moves by some of the key US retailers continue to prove that the CPG industry is fragmented and in need of a “re-boot“. Walmart recently reported that they are making investments in technologies to support their mission to compete in the cloud market.  The first investment was in chip technology by Nvidia, Walmart Taps […]

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The CPG Industry is Disrupted and in Need of a “Cultural Re-boot”

The Consumer Packaged Goods and Retail industry is fragmented and disrupted.  Consumer’s behaviors have changed.  There are new entrants in the market.  Industry CEOs have goals of innovation, growth, and efficiencies, but they cannot achieve these goals without a “cultural re-boot”.  Industry leaders need to shift to being more open, innovative, and willing to collaborate […]

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The Solution to the Fragmented Retail/CPG Industry

The Challenge The Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods industry is undergoing a historic evolution.  Industry CEOs are continuing to focused on growing their brand, reducing costs, building new partnerships, and looking to mergers & acquisitions as the means to compete and move their business forward.  The challenge is that the majority of these CEOs are […]

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Amazon Slashes Whole Foods Prices to Compete Against Walmart and Kroger

Amazon recently implemented a new pricing plan at their newly acquired Whole Foods stores that includes up to 43% price slashing. According to Bloomberg, examples include: the cost of organic Fuji apples have dropped from $3.49/LB to $1.99/LB the cost of organic avocados dropped by eighty cents This move is a strategy to put more […]

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Google & Walmart – UNITE!

Very interesting move this week in the retail space. Marc Lore, ex-Jet.com innovator and now Walmart ecomm chief, orchestrated a partnership with Google to offer Walmart products on Google Express, Google’s online shopping site. The intent is to collaborate to compete against rival Amazon. The idea is that by joining forces Walmart can focus on […]

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Forrester Research names Google Cloud the leader in Insight PaaS

Forrester Research, a leading analyst firm, recently named the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) as the leader in The Forrester Wave™: Insight Platforms-As-A-Service, Q3 2017.  This analysis looked at eight different vendors and determined that… “Google Is A Leader….Google was the only vendor in our evaluation to offer insight execution features like full machine learning automation with […]

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STOP THE MOVEMENT, JUST ACCESS THE DATA! – PART 2

Wow! I posted the first, initial part of this series a few weeks ago…the response and progress has been fabulous. Here are a few examples….. A handful of people have reached out and asked to actively participate in this collaborative project. This has pushed us to put some specific project goals and open source tooling […]

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