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Issue 04-17-2017

Disruptive change is industry’s new norm

Disruptive change is industry’s new norm

The established order in mass market retailing has been shaken in recent years by the emergence and increasing prominence of Amazon and other e-commerce alternatives to brick-and-mortar stores. Online merchants continue to make inroads in one category after another — everything from books, (the foundation of Amazon’s business) and home entertainment to apparel and groceries.

Food safety: those who want to win will need to invest

Food safety: those who want to win will need to invest

The headlines just keep ­coming: “ConAgra Agrees to Pay $11.2 Million in Salmonella Outbreak” “Two People Die After Eating Raw-Milk Cheese Made in New York State” “Brazil’s Largest Food Companies Raided in Tainted Meat Scandal” “3,300 Children Hospitalized After Food Poisoning” And those are just in the last few weeks. Concurrent with the ongoing deployment

Power of store can be leveraged for omnichannel success

Power of store can be leveraged for omnichannel success

Traditional mass market retailers are in an interesting position for establishing success in an omnichannel retail environment. By default, physical stores are an integral part of their business model, with digital channels being complementary, not foundational, elements. This has been thought to put these traditionally physical retailers at a disadvantage. However, in one very prominent