Tribute To Trader Joe’s Founder, A Pioneer Who Changed The Way We Shop For The Better

If this is your first time registering, please check your inbox for more information about the benefits of your Forbes account and what you can do next! Joe Coulombe was a forward-thinking entrepreneur when he launched Trader Joe’s in 1967. He passed away on Feb. 28 at his home in Pasadena, not far from the popular chain’s very first store. We salute his mission to make grocery shopping less of a chore. Here’s a few reasons we appreciate the man who launched TJ’s. Coulombe was reading a book called White Shadows on the Seven Seas when he came up with the nautical theme for his first store. The staff still wears Hawaiian shirts and occasionally will don a festive lei, handing the fragrant flower necklaces out to commemorate the opening of new stores. According to the company’s excellent backstory on its website, the original crew members were charged with being “traders on the culinary seas”. That mission includes offering tasty morsels to shoppers, possibly enticing them to buy the latest featured products. Yes, we’re going to give that time-honored practice a place in the shopping hall of fame and credit to Trader Joe’s for being on the forefront of that delightful diversion. C...

Coronavirus causing sales jumps, online price gouging

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting consumer behavior and creating problems on third-party marketplaces. According to data from omnichannel commerce platform Bloomreach, during the week of Feb. 23-29, revenue sales for masks increased 590% from the week prior. Other products receiving substantial week-over-week bumps in revenue sales included hand sanitizers (420%), Clorox/Lysol wipes (184%), canned food (183%), disinfectants (178%), bottled/packaged water (78%), hand soap (33%), and toilet paper/paper towel (26%). Bloomreach pulled this global sales data (with a strong U.S. showing) from its customer base, which includes 250-plus retailers.  In addition, a recent survey from First Insight demonstrates consumers are changing some shopping behaviors as a result of the coronavirus, with generational variations. Overall, 35% of respondents have cut back on spending in preparation for the impact of the coronavirus, with millennials (40%) and Gen Z (41%) cutting back the most compared to baby boomers (23%) and Gen X (36%). A little more than one in five (22%) of respondents say they are buying more products in anticipation of the spread of the virus, with grocery leading as the t...

Got a hot new product for Spring/Summer 2021 that you want to get it in front

Got a hot new product for Spring/Summer 2021 that you want to get it in front of retailer buyers and the rest of the outdoor industry? Give us all the details and you could earn a coveted spot in The Voice in our highly-curated, crème de la crème product pick section, The Voice 50. We get hundreds of submissions, but only the most exciting and innovative products earn a spot in TV50. That’s why retail buyers come here first to find out what’s new for the season.  Alert: You do not need to be exhibiting at Outdoor Retailer to be considered for coverage, but the product must be new and launching this spring (2020) to make the cut. We’ve made it fast and easy to submit your stuff for consideration. And because the buying season is revving up fast, we need your entries no later than Monday, April 29, 2020. Got a hot new product for Fall/Winter 2020 that you want to get it in front of retailers and the rest of the outdoor industry? Give us all the details and you could earn a coveted spot in our highly-curated, crème de la crème product pick section, The Voice 50. Alert: You do not …read more Are you launching the coolest product in the land for F19? If so, we...

New products and more at Iowa Pork Congress | News, Sports, Jobs

-Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson Ag Property Solutions of Emmetsburg was in attendence at the Iowa Pork Congress held last week in Des Moines. The company released their new product catalog during the show. DES MOINES – Touted as North America’s largest winter swine trade show and conference, the Iowa Pork Producers Association held the 2020 Iowa Pork Congress last week, Jan. 22 and 23 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. In addition to daily seminars and the youth swine judging contest the Iowa Pork Congress also featured over 300 exhibitors with some using the event as an opportunity to release and showcase their new products. Ag Property Solutions of Emmetsburg used the venue to launch their new dedicated parts and equipment division and product catalog. “We have our first release, volume one of our product catalog,” said Michelle Kubat, marketing manager for Ag Property Solutions. “We’ve always had product, but we have not promoted it within one division.” -Messenger photo by Kriss Nelson The 2020 Iowa Pork Congress featured over 300 exhibitors. Several of those used the event to release new and innovative technologies onto the marketlace. According to Kubat, Ag Propert...

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find

Bike riders love ‘new’ – new bikes, new kit and new products. But sometimes we find a product that we like, that works for us, and we don’t really want to change things up, especially when it comes to personal aspects such as hydration.Asked to review another new hydration product not so long after I spent a month drinking a brand that I liked enough to take it to France on a recent trip for Bicycling Australia, I wondered…really? Can there be anything better than this? What could be different about PREPD? Then I spent some time chatting with Nathan Hocking and his team and learnt a thing or two about this new product. Namely, it isn’t a hydration drink, but actually a hydration enhancer. So that idea is very new. It meant I didn’t have to quit drinking the product I had decided was ‘my’ hydration drink. I could still have it, but add PREPD to my before and after exercise regime.The theory was that PREPD, which tastes like a very nice fruit smoothie (the mango and passionfruit Prime is taken six to 12 hours before training or racing while the equally as flavoursome strawberry and kiwi Recover is taken straight afterwards) works with other forms of hydration in my body (including...

From in-store butter churning to grilled cheese competitions, the Illinois grocer offers a one-of-a-kind store experience

From in-store butter churning to grilled cheese competitions, the Illinois grocer offers a one-of-a-kind store experience for customers. Niemann Foods CEO Rich Niemann repeated three words when describing its Harvest Market store in Champaign, Illinois to Grocery Dive: entertaining, informative and local.  The three words point to major trends customers are looking for from a grocer these days, but that many struggle to achieve. But Niemann Foods has hit the mark right from its launch and the momentum is picking up with its new stores. Customers frequently go to Niemann Foods’ Harvest Market for the entertainment and local selection, including a butter churning station, games, new featured products, local beer and wine selection at its bar lounge and a grilled cheese competition at its Farmhouse restaurant.  The retailer uses Kilgus’ sweet cream, from a local family farm not too far from Champaign, to create its in-house butter. It then uses the byproduct to make buttermilk and uses the same buttermilk to craft buttermilk biscuits in the in-store bakery. The bakery then delivers some of the biscuits to its Farmhouse restaurant.  The full-service restaurant’s s...

KitchenAid Professional Series Stand Mixer on Sale Today

We are headed full steam into the baking season—from Thanksgiving pies to Christmas cookies, and maybe even a little Chanukah challah—if you’ve got baking ambitions of your own, there’s no better sidekick than a powerful stand mixer and the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is Best Buy’s Deal of the Day. That means you can get the machine for a cool $300 if you act fast (one day sale!). For reference, that’s $200 off Best Buy’s retail price and cheaper than anywhere else we found this model online. The KitchenAid Professional 600 series is one of the brand’s most powerful machines and this sale price might be a perfect time to upgrade your current model or to knock out some early holiday shopping. The KitchenAid® Professional 600Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is a powerhouse kitchen appliance, especially when you bring in attachments that turn this is into a pasta-maker, meat-grinder, veggie spiralizer, and more. As a mixer it’s big and strong enough to churn out 13 dozen cookies in a single batch (!) with 10 speeds of whipping, kneading, and mixing power.Buy Now I have read and agree to CBS Interactive’s Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Video Services Policy. I under...

Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin to be Featured on the Podcast “Off Script with Trish Glose” This Wednesday OTC Markets:HEMP

Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE – Hemp, Inc. (OTC PINK: HEMP), a global leader in the industrial hemp industry with bi-coastal processing centers, announced today Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin will be featured on the 72nd episode of Off Script with Trish Glose on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. The host of the podcast, Trish Glose, spoke at length with Perlowin to discuss his unique background, his passion for the environment, supporting eco-friendly products and the small family farm – essentially touching on the events in his life and motivations that culminated in his founding of Hemp, Inc. The interview provides a thorough overview of Perlowin’s more than 50 years in the cannabis industry, including when he smuggled in more than 500 thousand pounds of cannabis to the West Coast. In addition, Perlowin discusses his advocacy efforts, including supporting organizations such as Keepers of the Wild Nature Park, a nonprofit animal sanctuary. “The story of how I got my foot in the cannabis industry is not one that has been told for quite some time, so I am excited for others to learn about my past and what led me to go from the aptly nic...

Zacks.com featured highlights include: Universal Forest Products, Fossil, Hibbett, China Petroleum and Principal Financial

Chicago, IL – September 11, 2019 – Stocks in this week’s article are Universal Forest Products UFPI, Fossil Group FOSL, Hibbett Sports HIBB, China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. SNP and Principal Financial Group PFG. When considering valuation metrics, price-to-earnings ratio has always been the obvious choice. This is because calculations based on earnings are easy and come in handy. However, price-to-sales has emerged as a convenient tool to determine the value of stocks that are incurring losses or are in an early cycle of development, generating meager or no profits. While a loss-making company with a negative price-to-earnings ratio falls out of investor favor, its price-to-sales could indicate the hidden strength of its business. This underrated ratio is also used to identify a recovery situation or ensure that a company’s growth is not overvalued. A stock’s price-to-sales ratio reflects how much investors are paying for each dollar of revenues generated by the company. If the price-to-sales ratio is 1, it means that investors are paying $1 for every $1 of revenues generated by the company. So, it goes without saying that a stock with a price-to-sales below 1 i...

TikTok’s new ‘Hashtag Challenge Plus’ lets video viewers shop for products in the app

TikTok, the short-form video platform favored by young adults and teens, has launched a new feature that allows users to shop for products associated with a sponsored Hashtag Challenge, without leaving its app. These sponsored challenges are Gen Z-friendly marketing campaigns where users are prompted to post videos of them using a product — like showing off favorite outfits from Uniqlo or Guess, for example. Or they might participate in some sort of manufactured viral trend, like singing favorite Disney songs ahead of a Disney-themed episode of American Idol. The new e-commerce feature, called Hashtag Challenge Plus, adds a shoppable component to the hashtag. In addition to creating and viewing videos featuring the brand’s sponsored hashtag, a separate tab features an in-app experience where products from the campaign can be purchased within TikTok itself. Last week, Kroger was the first brand to try out the new feature, according to a report from AdWeek. While not exactly a company that exudes youth appeal, Kroger found a way to reach TikTok’s young adult audience through their hashtag campaign. In partnership with four TikTok influencers — Joey Klaasen, Cosette Rinab, Mia Finn...

FEATURED: AC Group to expand services beyond Kigali | The New Times

AC Group Ltd, a Rwandan tech firm providing smart transport solutions, last week unveiled new innovations that are expected to ease transport for passengers traveling to remotest parts of Rwanda. The new innovations were among the advancements and solutions that AC group showcased at their booth on the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit. The firm known for its convenient payment solution, Tap &Go cards, is expanding its services beyond Kigali. Giving insights into the latest innovations in transport, Buchana said that passengers are going to have a new experience with the launch of a new App which will ease the ticket booking process and improve clients’ convenience. “Based on our customer feedback and Rwanda’s vision to create a broader cash-light economy, we decided to start the expansion of Tap&Go upcountry. The unveiled new Application will enable intending travelers on public transport system to book their tickets online. After booking online, passengers are sent receipts with a QR code and can board a bus from anywhere they are” explained Buchana. The passengers will also be able to purchase tickets from agents as well as from a web platform. The ticketing o...