As we close out another week, my man and I will do what we do every Friday night these days: We convert our house from office back to home, often in silence, shutting off the news and the work week, allowing the kitchen to temporarily reclaim the counter it loses each week to my standing desk. We wind down with our drink of choice, fade into the weekend, and then sometime Sunday evening, we do the whole thing in reverse. The weekend has to be different, we say. We’ll tune back in on Monday.
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.
Welcome to the second of our two-part series on the changing state of CPG and grocery. Last week we discussed the unique challenges manufacturers are currently facing as the relationship between consumer, retailer, and manufacturer all undergo radical shifts.
And with Kroger and Microsoft’s new partnership, the enemy’s name is clear: Amazon.
It’s a pretty good time to be dropping a market research retail industry report. We are in the midst of the yearly retail bonanza that is the holiday season, and news of traditional retailers either rebranding and rebounding or simply failing to adapt litter business blogs (yes, including this one). Meanwhile, upstart digital-only retailers seemingly emerge every day to bring new challenges to brick-and-mortar’s doorstep.