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  • [New] Nestle is in talks with other retailers, and plans to expand into major grocery chains and convenience stores in 2022. Food Dive
  • [New] A new recycling icon with the website address will soon appear on milk jugs at retail stores across California as a reminder to consumers to recycle the jug in their local curbside recycling program.
  • [New] The backlogs at Chinese factories and ports are causing disruptions at retailers and ports in the United States and Europe.
  • [New] The disruptions of supply chains in the United States, as well as the shortages of products on retail shelves and the price inflation being felt by U.S. consumers, are worsened by an inability to get products and inputs out of China.
  • [New] Even though there is a high level of fanfare about the extra early promotions, consumers should start their holiday shopping now given the meaningful supply issues retailers could run into later in the year. CNBC
  • [New] U.S. retail sales grew again in September despite industry and shopper concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant, supply chain disruptions and rising inflation. Supermarket News
  • [New] New data from Microsoft indicates that retail industry and advertising best practices have changed over the last two years, indicating growing e-commerce adoption and shopping that will begin earlier than ever. Search Engine Land
  • [New] Frontline retail employees can assist customers in bridging digital and physical channels, which would help create a seamless omnichannel experience and could play a key role in increasing customer usage of digital functionalities. McKinsey & Company
  • [New] Retail sales increased again in September as worries about the COVID-19 delta variant pushed consumer spending toward merchandise rather than services like dining, entertainment or travel despite supply chain disruptions and inflation. National Retail Federation
  • [New] The infusion of cash will speed the opening of 600 primary care practices at Walgreens stores by 2025, and 1,000 by 2027. Healthcare Dive
  • [New] There is a subset of large retailers that are healthy and doing well, but there's a big set of retailers that are struggling and, as a result, marketing will play out big in 2021. Retail Touchpoints
  • [New] In the wake of a pandemic that increased online shopping penetration, and continues to create acute labor shortages, Ocado is hoping retailers will be drawn to the tech-driven efficiencies of its platform amid pressure from e-commerce giants like Amazon. Modern Retail
  • [New] With the expectations that the supply chain disruptions and shortage of containers and ships will continue through 2021's holiday season, and possibly well into 2022, retailers are continuing to seek alternatives to maintain the flow of merchandise from Asia. The Maritime Executive
  • [New] The current generation so-called stablecoins are not being used for mainstream payments on a significant scale but cautioned that greater participation by retail investors could give rise to broader financial stability issues through an erosion of trust in the financial system.
  • [New] Toy retailers are warning of Christmas shortages and higher prices as the boss representing UK ports played down concerns about supply chains, saying there is no need to panic. ITV News
  • [New] 95% of purchases will be made online by 2040, and online shopping already accounts for 13% of retail sales in the U.S. alone in 2021 with lower ratios and even higher growth potential in other parts of the world. Portada
  • [New] As digital embraces the world of NFTs, retail holds the key to exclusivity and creates a fear of missing out on real-life customer experiences. The Retail Bulletin
  • [New] Because affordable goods are top of mind for many, 90% of consumers will shop at a mass merchandiser, 73% will shop at an online retailer like Amazon or eBay, and nearly 30% will shop at a department store. Hotel News Resource
  • [New] DFS, Britain's largest sofa retailer, has warned about higher prices and a doubling of waiting times for customers as supply chain bottlenecks take their toll. The Telegraph
  • Greek retailers and FMCG suppliers expect sales to rise 0.7% in the second half of 2021, compared to the corresponding period last year, while sales for the full-year are expected to be 0.8% higher. ESM Magazine
  • The funds raised will be used to strengthen technology, ramp up brand marketing, and open retail outlets across India. ETRetail

Last updated: 21 October 2021