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  • 1/23/2024

    FMI Appoints New Board Members


    FMI, the Food Industry Association, elected new members to its board of directors at the association’s January meeting. The new directors further build on FMI’s commitment to a broad representation of the supplier and retailer/wholesaler communities within the association’s leadership.

    “The food industry is on the cusp of momentous change, with new technologies poised to alter the way food businesses operate,” FMI president and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said in a media release. “FMI is proud to welcome these esteemed individuals from both retailer and supplier companies to our board of directors to lend their perspectives and expertise as we seek to navigate these changes together. I’m confident that the addition of these industry leaders to our board will further strengthen our ability to carry out our strategic vision, embrace change and take advantage of new opportunities before us.”

    New Directors (three-year term):

    • Joe Fantozzi, president, chief operating officer, Allegiance Retail Services, Iselin, New Jersey
    • Tony Hoggett, senior vice president of worldwide grocery stores, Amazon, Seattle
    • Joel Rampoldt, CEO, Lidl U.S., Arlington, Virginia

    Chairman’s Appointees (one-year term):

    • Bruce Brown, chief customer officer, WK Kellogg Co, Battle Creek, Michigan
    • Tom Flocco, CEO, Pete and Gerry’s Organics, Monroe, New Hampshire
    • Dana McNabb, chief strategy & growth officer, General Mills, Golden Valley, Minnesota
    • Carrie Sander, chief customer officer, Kellanova, Battle Creek, Michigan
    • Terry Thomas, chief growth officer, Flowers Foods, Thomasville, Georgia

    “Even as we witness incredible technological change that will drive greater efficiencies for our businesses, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing communities with safe, nourishing food," added Brian George, FMI chair and Alex Lee president, chairman and CEO. "FMI’s new directors are shining examples of industry leaders who have the courage to embrace innovation and the resolve to always put the customer first.”

  • 1/22/2024

    Albertsons Seeking Diverse Brands


    Albertsons Cos. has opened its annual application process for diverse-owned suppliers, as of Jan. 22. 

    The Albertsons Cos. Supplier Diversity Program is designed to discover, support and give diverse-owned suppliers the opportunity to expand their business with Albertsons and its banner stores.

    Qualifying suppliers include small and mid-size businesses that are at least 51% owned, controlled and operated by women, Black, indigenous and people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans or people with disabilities who can offer products that appeal to the varied preferences of Albertsons’ customer base, according to the company.

    “At Albertsons Cos., we are committed to providing opportunities for diverse entrepreneurs and businesses to successfully grow their brands and sell their products on our store shelves,” Monique Lanaux, group vice president and chief diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging officer, said in a media release. “Through our Supplier Diversity Program, we are building an inclusive culture in our stores that values diversity and reflects the many communities where we live and serve.”

    Qualifying suppliers interested in having their products considered can submit their application online here by Feb. 2Suppliers who are selected to meet with the Albertsons team will be notified by Feb. 16, and appointments will be scheduled for early April.

    The Supplier Diversity Program also works closely with diverse business owners to overcome challenges and various barriers including access to working capital. Through Albertsons Cos. continued partnership with C2FO, diverse-owned brands can receive early payment terms on approved invoices.

    Last year, nearly 500 businesses submitted applications for the Supplier Diversity Program and more than 60 diverse-owned brands were selected to meet with the Albertsons’ merchandising team. As a result, six brands — Blue Elephant, Catalina Crunch, Mr. Kooks, Partake Foods, Radius and Watcharee’s — were added to the more than 200 certified diverse suppliers already selling their products nationwide at Albertsons stores including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco and Shaw’s.

  • 1/8/2024

    Brands Help Ace Hardware Promote Las Vegas Flagship Reopening


    Van Marcke Trade Supply's Ace Hardware will celebrate the grand reopening of its flagship store in Las Vegas with a special event taking place Jan. 12-14. The weekend event will engage the local Las Vegas community with activities, including:

    • Grilling demos with tasting samples: Hosted by vendors such as Big Green Egg, expert chefs will showcase the latest in outdoor cooking technology and offer samples.
    • Grand-opening deals: Deals span a range of products, including home improvement essentials and tools. 
    • Power tool demonstrations: Shoppers can explore the latest innovations from Stihl and other brands as they conduct live demos and provide insights into their products.
    • Vendor showcase: Shoppers can interact with representatives from various brands, such as Benjamin Moore, Big Green Egg and Stihl, who will be on-site hosting demos and providing product information.
    • Giveaways: Shoppers will have the opportunity to win prizes, including a Weber Spirit II E-210 Grill, Milwaukee M18 Fuel Cordless 2 Tool Combo Kit and a EGO Power Plus Battery String Trimmer.

    "We have been hard at work and are thrilled to welcome the community back to our newly renovated store. The grand reopening is a celebration of our commitment to providing quality products and exceptional customer service. We invite everyone to join us for a weekend of fun, learning, and fantastic deals," Melissa Dominguez, store manager at Van Marcke's Ace Hardware, said in a media release.

  • 1/8/2024

    Bold Strategies Names New CEO

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    Bold Strategies, a commerce growth services agency, has made its chief revenue officer its next CEO. 

    Darcy Ramler was appointed to the company's top role, succeeding founder Allan Peretz. He will transition to executive chairman and work closely with company leaders on strategic priorities.

    Ramler, known for her transformative leadership in major apparel companies and significant contributions to growth at Walmart, Target and other major retailers, brings extensive expertise in commerce strategy to her new role. Her unique perspective and track record in business expansion will help propel further growth for Bold.

    "I'm excited to step into the CEO role at Bold," Ramler said in a news release. "Our talented team will continue to harness and help redefine the ever-evolving landscape of digitally influenced commerce as we build a future that's as Bold as our name."

    Ramler has been a pivotal figure in Bold's journey, Peretz said in the release. 

    "Her exceptional strategic insight and dedication over the past three years have been fundamental to our growth," he said. "I am excited to witness her guide Bold and our clients into an innovative and successful future."

    Ramler said she will carry with her the invaluable lessons learned under Peretz’s mentorship.

    "His visionary leadership and innovative mindset have been instrumental in shaping both our company's path and my personal growth," Ramler said in the release.

    Bold was listed on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies for two consecutive years. In 2022, the organization secured a $2.3 million investment. Its clients include startups like Lemi Shine and Kudo and established brands such as Bayer and GoGo squeeZ.

    Peretz founded the company in 2016.

  • 12/18/2023

    Manscaped Rolls Out to Tesco Stores Across U.K.


    Men’s grooming brand Manscaped has launched in Tesco stores across the U.K. after a successful debut at Tesco in Ireland. 

    As Manscaped’s second retail partner in the U.K. — joining pharmacy and health and beauty retailer Boots — Tesco will stock an assortment of the brand’s grooming tools and formulations in 337 locations across the U.K. and online at

    “Tesco Ireland was our first European brick-and-mortar retailer, and our debut was met with great success,” Catherine Cronin, vice president, retail, said in a media release. “We are thrilled to build on this and bring our best-in-class products to hundreds of locations in the United Kingdom. Tesco is a market leader for good reason; it is a reputable and well-trusted name that has served the U.K. for over 100 years.”

    The selection of Manscaped’s core collection now available in-store and online at Tesco U.K. includes:

    • The Lawn Mower 4.0 – A fourth-generation groin and body hair trimmer featuring SkinSafe technology, an LED spotlight, wireless charging, waterproof design and a travel lock.
    • The Essentials Kit 3.0 A kit including The Lawn Mower 3.0 trimmer and Crop Preserver anti-chafing ball deodorant.
    • Crop Preserver ball deodorant – An anti-chafing lotion with aloe vera.
    • Crop Cleanser groin wash – A gentle wash featuring a prebiotic-infused formula with vitamin E, aloe and menthol.

    San Diego-based Manscaped was founded in 2016 and has since rolled out globally in 39 countries via DTC and on Amazon in more than 100 countries. In the U.S., the brand’s retail partners include Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Walgreens and Men’s Wearhouse.

  • 12/5/2023

    Zitcha, Broadsign Partner to Drive In-Store Retail Media

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    Zitcha and Broadsign have teamed up to integrate the Broadsign out-of-home (OOH) programmatic advertising platform with Zitcha’s retail media platform. 

    The collaboration was forged to help retailers “maximize and monetize” in-store digital display networks and enable advertising partners to view and book available in-store inventory and review campaign performance alongside the retailer’s other media channels, according to a media release.

    The companies say the combination of technologies enable a retailer and its advertising partners to develop more holistic on- and off-site marketing strategies and leverage the retailer’s first-party data for more effective customer targeting and attribution reporting. 

    The integration arrives as 80% of shopping still happens in-store, according to research from the National Retail Federation (NRF). And, U.S. retail media spending is on the rise — with projections for it to increase from $31 billion in 2021 to $61 billion by 2024, according to eMarketer.

    [Read: Marketers More Enthusiastic About Retail Media, Report Finds]

    “The potential of in-store retail media is huge and yet still relatively underutilized by retailers and brand advertisers,” Troy Townsend, CEO, Zitcha, said in the release. “We think the ability to run in-store screens and report on transactions, similar to other marketing channels, is going to be a game changer for brands looking at how they spend their OOH budgets.”

    “Out-of-home and retail media are colliding, and we’re thrilled to be working with Zitcha to break down barriers to a more holistic retail media advertising experience,” added Adam Green, Broadsign senior vice president of strategy. “Our joint efforts will help retailers and advertisers reap the benefits of omnichannel advertising across retail media network inventory, including in-store displays. The new integration will allow them to reach audiences on the path to and now also at the point of purchase, while simultaneously providing a simpler way for retailers to monetize their in-store display networks.”

    Broadsign works with retail giants globally — including Auchan, Ahold Delhaize, Coles and Woolworths — to scale, manage and sell digital and static OOH inventory through automated software, intelligent campaign tools, network operations and programmatic advertising.

    Zitcha brings together a retailer’s onsite, offsite and in-store media assets to create a scalable omnichannel retail media platform for brands. The platform combines data-driven campaigns with reporting and walled gardens.

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