The Vitamin Shoppe Partners with Innovative Product Discovery Platform RangeMe

The Vitamin Shoppe® (NYSE: VSI), an omni-channel, specialty retailer and manufacturer of nutritional products, has introduced RangeMe to its merchandise innovation and sourcing process. The new online consumer packaged goods (CPG) platform provides a streamlined process that will allow The Vitamin Shoppe’s category managers to be introduced to innovative products and brands that accommodate the […]

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Is Your Food Sustainable? The HowGood App Can Tell.

HowGood, a Connected Partner, uses its own research team and data sources, ranging from government agencies to nonprofits, to rate how sustainable a product is. Learn more about their process and new partnerships in the full article. See full article here >>

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3 Trends Shaping Halloween Shopping

According to weather analytics firm Planalytics, 2016 was the warmest Halloween nationwide since 1974. While balmy temperatures might have been good news for trick-or-treaters, it meant fewer consumers were in the mood for the seasonal items they typically purchase in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Read the full article here >>

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Unilever Joins Lazard Executive in Beauty Bakerie Investment

As a result of a conversation first started by a connected partner, CircleUp, Unilever has led a funding round in Beauty Bakerie, a cosmetics maker based in San Diego. They’re joining investors including Lazard Managing Director William Lewis and American Express Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Chenault. Read the full article here >>

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How Winter Weather Impacts Holiday Retail Sales

Understanding, planning for and managing these impacts enables retailers to better fulfill their customers’ needs and ensure the right product is in the right place at the right time. Planalytics has identified the weather factors that most influenced retail sales in Holiday 2016, as well as insights into what businesses can expect over the 2017 Holiday season. […]

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Fred Fox: Don’t Just Blame it on the Weather

Fred Fox is the founder and CEO of Planalytics, a company specializes in business weather intelligence — the study, development and commercialization of weather analytics. Bloomberg interviewed him on why this information is so pivotal to business strategy. Listen to the interview here >>

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Wal-Mart strikes back at Amazon voice-commerce push with Google partnership

Experts argue that it’s still early days for voice commerce, so even if there has been buzz around Alexa and the Echo products, there is room for others. Ryne Misso, Director of Marketing at Market Track, comments on how the new Google and Walmart partnership will impact this space. See full article here >>

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Brick and Mortar Retailers Fight Back

The rise of online-only competitors has left its scars on traditional retailers: six out of ten respondent companies have closed stores in the past three years. But as this Applied Predictive Technologies report reveals, there now exists a playbook of strategies that retailers can use to turn the tables. See full report here >>

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Q&A: HowGood’s CEO on how sustainability sells groceries

HowGood’s “Best,” “Good” and “Great” ratings tags appear on shelves in about 400 grocery stores nationwide — and their use is growing. The company has evaluated more than 250,000 products, ranking them in various sustainability-related categories — including where and how products are sourced, how they are produced, and how the manufacturer’s organization operates. Last month, CEO and […]

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Voice, mobile and e-commerce to drive healthy holiday shopping season

Even though 75% of shoppers say they plan to do the majority of their holiday shopping in physical stores, Market Track says mobile and e-commerce remain critical channels. See full article here >>

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