As of July, the Google Play store and the Apple App Store each offered more than 1.5 million apps for download, according to Statista. There’s pretty much an app to make just about anything easier and more convenient.
The biggest change to the retail environment in recent years isn’t something retailers have done; it’s the growth of shopper-driven mobile connectivity. Recent research indicates a large majority of consumers have used, or plan to use, quick response (QR) codes to get more information on products and access offers via their smartphones.
Conversion of stores to supercenters affects mass merchandise statistics. Once featuring large stores selling primarily hardlines with a dash of grocery, leading mass merchandise retailers, including Target, Wal-Mart and Kmart, have converted so many stores to supercenters that the traditional mass merchandise channel fell more than 5 percent...
The January 2016 issue of Beverage Industry includes a cover story on our Bottler of the Year, as well as articles about juice smoothies, RTD cold-brew coffee, and supermarket growth. Check it out today!