Do independent liquor stores need a rehab?

What can retailers learn from the Jet City Grocery failure and how might they apply it to their own fresh delivery initiatives? What does this mean for the viability of Jet.com as a standalone e-tailer, and what do you think Walmart’s long-term plan is for the Jet.com website/brand? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : As in most retail situations, it’s all about the experience. A good independent wine and liquor Read more…

Why did Jet.com’s fresh delivery service go stale in NYC?

What can retailers learn from the Jet City Grocery failure and how might they apply it to their own fresh delivery initiatives? What does this mean for the viability of Jet.com as a standalone e-tailer, and what do you think Walmart’s long-term plan is for the Jet.com website/brand? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : NYC is a very difficult place to navigate and deliver on the promise of same-day or Read more…

Private label foods need work

Where do you see the biggest opportunities for grocers to elevate their food private-label offerings? Does product innovation, quality, marketing, pricing or some other aspect stand out as the biggest shortcoming? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : Those retailers that are not focusing on private label are missing a great opportunity to make their stores more profitable but, more importantly, providing reasons why the customer looks to make their store Read more…

Kroger brings the farm closer to the table

Could you see in-store farms scaling across the country chain-wide for Kroger? What operational burdens might grocers have to consider before attempting this type of operation and how might it change relationships with produce suppliers? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : At first glance, this seems like a good idea as good quality produce is the reason shoppers will make a farmer’s market a destination on a Saturday as opposed Read more…

Will a hack ruin Macy’s Christmas?

Will news of the Macy’s data breach negatively affect its holiday sales performance? Does Macy’s need to take steps other than those already taken to deal with the public reaction and underlying weaknesses in its systems? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : Unfortunately this is a reality of online commerce. It is also a reality that it is the responsibility of the merchant to make sure that their systems remain Read more…

What will happen now that Five Below has gone above $5?

Is Five Below damaging its value proposition and shopping experience by selling products above $5.00? Does management need to be more transparent with its tactics or would the best move be to abandon the pricing shift? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : It is not realistic for shoppers, even those that are die-hard bargain hunters, to expect that tech and electronics/toys can be below $5. The fact that they are Read more…

Is the environment Amazon’s Achilles heel or opportunity?

Would Amazon benefit from doing more to minimize the environmental impact they profit from? If Amazon included an “eco-friendly” shipping option, informing shoppers of the reduced environmental impact of delayed shipping or combining items, would it make a difference? How likely is it that others would follow Amazon’s lead if it took such a step? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : Amazon must put its deep pockets to work to Read more…

Shoptalk makes a statement with a conference featuring only women speakers

What is your take on the significance of Shoptalk’s announcement? How would you rate the progress that retailers are making when it comes to recognizing, mentoring and rewarding female talent within their ranks? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : I think this is great and smart of Shoptalk to do this. I don’t necessarily agree that it is the “right thing to do” to “balance” what was traditionally done in the Read more…

Kroger to make fresh marketing start with a new logo, tagline and ‘Krojis’

What is your assessment of Kroger’s current competitive position? How will the chain’s new logo, tagline and marketing efforts affect its standing? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : This allows Kroger to maintain its leadership position in grocery and with its commitment to using data analytics to stay close to its shoppers. It is my hope that Kroger will lead other progressive grocers to understand ways in which to stay Read more…

Food halls drive mall traffic, not clothing sales

How can landlords and retailers deal with the exodus of apparel shopping to online stores from mall-based stores? Do you see food concepts as an important response to this challenge? Interactive Edge’s CEO, Zel Bianco comments, featured on RetailWire’s Braintrust : What if malls were designed to be more open – meaning you walk through the store to get to the food court? It has to be open and free flowing in order to be Read more…