The Cheesecake Factory, everybody’s favorite ‘everything under the sun’ casual dine-in, is going fast casual, rolling out a piloted pan-Asian fast casual concept in a tony Los Angeles suburb. The new location, called the Social Monk (more on the name and the monk later) will look to capitalize on food service and fast casual trends, and when an avowed leader of the casual dine-in segment is jumping into the fast casual life raft, it merits some contemplation (yes, that is a monk joke).
“You can feel it in the streets, on a day like this, that heat, it feels like summer.” That’s right, from Gambino’s lips to our ears, it’s that time of year again; dig into the closet, unpack your seersuckers and white linen pants: summer is almost here!
Amazon Prime is getting faster, recently announcing a new 1-day delivery standard rolling out in Q2 of this year. This is a big deal, which is sure to heighten consumer’s expectations across omnichannel, increase the cost of doing business online, and change retail’s competitive landscape.
Grocers can’t wait to go green, and not in the environmentally-friendly sustainable way we all think. No, grocers are hot to trot when it comes to cannabis.
The cannabis industry, though becoming more accepted and mainstream every day, remains shrouded in uncertainty and even taboo. This obscures the many ways the industry will, and indeed already is, shaping retail, manufacturing, grocery, c-store, and food service.