Product Sourcing

A 2019 Forecast for the CPG Industry
January 11, 2019 at 11:54 am

The start of a new year brings with it consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry trends, as well as the continuation of several 2018 developments. With e-commerce, we’ve started to see brands typically available exclusively online, like meal kit services, begin to move selectively into brick-and-mortar spaces or partner with established retailers to grow the reach…

Vision for the Future: Zenni Optical's Plan for Owning the Online Eyewear Category
January 7, 2019 at 11:10 am

In episode 177 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the 2018 conference in Las Vegas, Bai Gan, chief product officer at Zenni Optical, an online eyewear retailer, discusses the brand's growth from humble beginnings (i.e., selling products out of the founder's garage) into a leading seller of prescription glasses and sunglasses. Zenni Optical currently owns…

Vitamin Shoppe Launches Vendor Incubation Program
July 31, 2018 at 11:11 am

The Vitamin Shoppe is looking to facilitate the discovery of new brands and innovative products through a vendor incubation program. Launchpad, as the Secaucus, N.J.-based retailer has dubbed the program, is meant to introduce emerging products and brands to shoppers through its relationships with vitamin and supplement brands, the company said in a press release. The…

Commitment to Social Responsibility Makes Indigenous More Than Just a Fashion Brand
July 30, 2018 at 10:09 am

In episode 156 of Total Retail Talks, Matt Reynolds, co-founder and president of Indigenous, a retailer of organic, fair trade and sustainable fashion, discusses the brand's commitment to being socially responsible, steps it has taken to be more environmentally conscious, and the business benefits associated with this approach.

Brands Must Adapt to Rising Consumer Expectations
June 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

The prevalence of e-commerce giants has completely changed consumer buying expectations. Apparel, fashion and retail companies are all feeling the effects of the shift toward unified commerce and the pressure to deliver on consumer demands. Going beyond shipping, fulfillment and customer experience, consumers are looking closely at how a product is made, and making purchase decisions…

Retailers Wary of Impact That China Tariffs Will Have on Their Businesses
May 29, 2018 at 12:56 pm

The Trump administration said on Monday that it would proceed with plans to impose a series of punitive trade-related measures on China in the next month, intensifying pressure on Beijing as trade talks between the countries continue. The White House said in a statement that the United States would move ahead with its plan to levy…

Private-Label Products Need Standardized Identifiers to Succeed in E-Commerce
April 30, 2018 at 9:45 am

Store brands have been around for decades, but until recently they were often perceived as lower quality than national brands. Today, retailers like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Kroger are able to offer private-label products that match big brands in quality while maintaining lower prices. As a result, according to a new Nielsen report, store…

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Retail Needs a Brand-New Invention
April 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the world embarked on a journey toward connectivity and collaboration. The invention and burgeoning popularity of the internet brought together people from around the globe in both personal and professional spheres. Today, technology is still evolving and social platforms have continued to meet the increasing need for in-the-moment communication…

Blockchain in Full Bloom
April 18, 2018 at 11:48 am

April showers bring May flowers. And for online floral retailers, May flowers mean Mother’s Day, one of the biggest sales events of the year. Like a fine Swiss watchmaker, floral retailers determine shipping prices, and precisely when orders need to occur to ensure on-time arrival to surprise and delight that special mom in their life.…