Samsung Electronics marketing executive Rebecca Hirst anticipates that smart home technology and voice interaction will go mainstream, which could be a "game changer for loyalty." Hirst notes that adoption has been slow to start, as there's a psychological hurdle to establishing these devices in the home, but she adds that once they're over that, consumers will be able to see the opportunity.
Giant Food is hoping its partnership with Peapod will help it compete in greater Philadelphia's growing market for grocery delivery. Giant By Peapod currently is third for delivery market share in the city, ranked behind Instacart and Walmart Online Grocery.
Chinese CPG brands are forging strong consumer connections by optimizing their digital capabilities in ways that US firms might consider emulating. By employing such strategies as advertising within popular social media apps, navigating across sales channels and innovating based on digital interactions, companies can reach consumers more efficiently.
Thrive Market has found success by bringing healthier food to the US middle class via delivery, offering an annual membership for $60 and wholesale pricing for natural and organic items. "It came down to really listening to the customer of what is the problem for someone who is middle class, middle America wanting to get healthy today," CEO Nick Green said.
About nine in 10 US shoppers visit discount or outlet retailers to save money as part of their shopping, according to a poll by the National Retail Federation. In the survey, 43% of shoppers said they visit discount grocers once per week, and 58% said they visit an outlet store at least once per month.
An initiative dubbed DRIVE -- Digital, Research, Informatics and Virtual Environments -- is focused on improving medical treatments for children using technology. Part of the project uses virtual reality to immerse children in a dinosaur-themed environment to keep them occupied as they're being treated.
Increased consumer confidence, low unemployment and a wide range of new products have led many consumer electronics distributors to be optimistic for the holiday season. Despite this, some report concerns that Chinese tariffs could cause an increase in prices.
US municipalities are debating what to do with recyclables, which have become less economical for processors because of China's restrictions on the quality of waste that can be exported there. "Smaller recycling companies aren't able to stay in business and are shutting down," said Richard Coupland, vice president of municipal sales at Republic Services.
Resellers of clothing including thredUP and Yerdle Recommerce are beginning to partner with apparel brands to sell unsold stock. The secondary retail apparel market represents about $20 billion annually and is growing, according to a thredUP report.
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