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AMERICAN RETAIL

Retail and Decor news from around the country

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DENVER — More than 100 emerging brands will be featured at Pop Up Grocer when the monthlong retail concept opens Sept. 30 in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. Colorado-based businesses include Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha and Byte Bars, alongside national brands including Christie’s Chips, The Hampton Grocer and Courtside.

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Historically, the first signs were three-dimensional representations of a trade or of what was being sold. For better visiblity, they extended out from a wall they were attached to. Think of the three balls pawnbrokers used and the red and white striped barber's pole.

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These days, products on the grocery shelves and items on menus in fast food and fast casual restaurants usually have some sort of health label. However, a new study finds that most customers do not pay much attention to them.

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Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is dropping its pandemic-era mobile app that allowed shoppers to scan and bag items during their shopping trip. Developed in 2019 and ramped up during the height of COVID-19 safety protocols and practices, the retailer’s Scan app is being discontinued after Sept. 18 due to shoplifting losses.

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Murals are different from all other signs in that they are organically connected to the architecture in which they exist.  Both walls pictured above have murals printed by Off The Wall. The black and white mural on the back wall is obvious. Not so obvious is the closer one printed to look like brick and stone. Wood is also a popular mural background.

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Food costs spiked 11.4% over the past year, the largest annual increase since May 1979, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Americans browsing the supermarket aisle will notice most food items are far more expensive than they were a year ago. Egg prices soared 39.8%, while flour got 23.3% more expensive. Milk rose 17% and the price of bread jumped 16.2%.

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As the consumer’s end-of-summer plans merge with back-to-school shopping and preparation for the fall, retail foodservice is preparing to meet their needs.

Carl Cappelli, vice president of sales and business development for Schwenksville, Pa.-based Don’s Prepared Foods, has kept an eye on the flow of consumer behavior throughout the pandemic. He noted an increase in foodservice sales through the summer as the attitude toward the pandemic has relaxed among many.

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Signs are the most efficient and reliable workers a store can have. They wait patiently to communicate with customers and do so from the moment they walk through the door, and then they are always there when a shopper looks up in search of what they want to buy next.  The Ravitz family wanted to take this traditional role of signs one step further, and Off The Wall is proud to have been the decor company they chose to collaborate with

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Curbside pickup is gaining ground. According to a report by Incisiv, 85% of shoppers increased curbside pickup orders compared to the pre-pandemic rates.

Interestingly, click and collect or BOPIS (Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store) had already been around. Still, it was generally restricted to larger retailers, such as Walmart, which led the curbside pickup market.

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Supply chain shortages. The COVID-19 pandemic. The acceleration of digital retail. Over the past three years, all have changed what the average grocery shopper buys — and how they buy it. Record high inflation (the CPI rose by 9.1 percent in July 2022), along with projected subsequent price increases, will only spur additional shifts and behavioral transformation among grocery shoppers.

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Checkout stands and lights are the last contact customers have with a store until the next time. The design and fabrication in these areas of a store should never be an afterthought

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Curbside pickup is gaining ground. According to a report by Incisiv, 85% of shoppers increased curbside pickup orders compared to the pre-pandemic rates.

Interestingly, click and collect or BOPIS (Buy Online, Pick Up In-Store) had already been around. Still, it was generally restricted to larger retailers, such as Walmart, which led the curbside pickup market.

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The ever-shifting patterns of what people love to eat make exploring food trends for 2022 a thrilling prospect.

If 2020 saw the rise of home delivery and 2021 brought a return to dining out, what might food trends for 2022 have in store for home cooking, popular ingredients, beloved beverages and beyond?

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Aisle markers are handy.  Imagine roaming the rows of products in a supermarket without them.

But these way-finders should have the deeper function of imprinting your brand in customers' minds as they look up where to find corn flakes or olive oil.

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The supermarket of the future will need to inspire customers and improve their overall experience. Upgrades could include superior fresh-food offerings, food courts, gastronomic areas, and cooking classes. Each of these features will need to be combined with expert advice; this will be labor-intensive and, therefore, expensive. 

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 It has already begun. According to LTK, a global influencer marketing platform, Back To School purchases began in June but will rev up at the end of July. It states that convenience will be crucial as “shoppers adjust their behaviors due to rising inflation and inventory shortages.”

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As part of its strategy to expand its presence in Pennsylvania following a successful year of growth and transformation, Giant Food Stores has partnered with Off The Wall Company to renovate various stores in Pennsylvania.

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As high inflation persists – and as the second straight quarter of gross domestic product contraction signals a looming recession – new market research confirms that shoppers are changing up long-held buying habits.