Amazon Echo and the Rise of Smart Speaker Shopping

With 50% penetration among U.S. households, more than 80 million Prime members, and the recent acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon’s continuous expansion is upending the world of retail. And now, even their technology itself is poised to change shopping behavior. Amazon Echo …

Halloween: It’s Not Just about the Candy

It’s not a shock that candy sales ramp up in October for Halloween, just like they do in December for Christmas, in February for Valentine’s Day, and in March or April for Easter. “But I don’t sell candy,” you say. …

Lidl in America: An Early Read

On June 15, 2017, Lidl made its much-anticipated U.S. debut as nine stores opened their doors to customers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Already the largest discount grocery chain in Europe, the Germany-based grocer is expected to shake …