Campus Spotlight: Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Retail Management


At Toronto’s Metropolitan University, A Focus on Making Retail Careers Stand Out, Again

May 29, 2024
By Mike Wilkening, Communications Manager, ARC (CMA | SIMA)

As an association serving retail, CPG, and technology providers, we’re keenly interested in the future of our industry. And while we believe AI will play an ever-increasing role in the success of […]

Optimizing Your Retail Floor Planning Takes a Global View


Floor Planning Optimization, Demystified 

May 21, 2024

By Eric Bachrach, RELEX Field Strategist

The one-size-fits-all approach to floor planning of the past is obsolete. Retailers recognize that store layouts should be flexible and adapt to changing customer behaviors and market trends. Seasonal changes, promotional events, and new product launches are all catalysts for layout adjustments.

Strategic floorplan optimization […]

Ten Industry Trends to Watch, With The Stories Behind Them


Spring 2024 Retail/CPG Trends: Impulse Purchasing is Down & High Rents Persist, But At Least Those Y2K Fits in Your Closet Are Back In-Style

May 15, 2024
By Mike Wilkening, Communications Manager, ARC (CMA | SIMA)

Our industry must be aware of so much data, so many trends. It seems impossible to get a handle on it […]

How AI Can Put Category Managers in The Driver’s Seat


The Ultimate Power Couple: How AI & Expertise Are Transforming Category Management

May 14, 2024

By Harmonya 

The discipline of category management was built from decades of hard-won skills, methods, and intuition of experienced experts. These seasoned teams own the crucial responsibilities of optimizing product assortments, drawing and delivering planograms, informing promotional plans, and much more.

Their […]

Walmart’s Big Private Label Bet


Walmart’s ‘bettergoods’ is a nod to shifting tastes, shrinking wallets

May 7, 2024

By Phil Lempert, SupermarketGuru, Consumer Trend Tracker, Food Trends Editor, NBC’s Today, and Author

Walmart’s largest food private brand launch is 20 years is focused on higher quality, what they deem “trend forward” and chef-inspired foods with most […]

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