Food retail news and one culinary news story made the top five most-read stories this week in SmartBrief on Food & Beverage, with a story on ALDI‘s new higher-end store prototype taking the top spot. The Germany-based discount supermarket chain is trading its no-frills style for a neater look and cafe that will sell fair-trade coffee and fresh smoothies. Almost 1,900 stores will be converted to the new prototype over the next three years.
Rounding out the rest of the top five stories was Whole Foods‘ announcement that the first 365 store set to open in California in a couple weeks will include a robotic kiosk called teaBot. The kiosk is one of several tech touches the retailer will launch with the new concept, including a wine app called Banquet created especially for the store. (read more…)
The retail industry is facing major shifts and changes as mobile devices get smarter and consumers incorporate them further into their daily lives. From shopping to seeking out product information, consumers turn to their smartphones and other mobile devices more than ever. However, there are still some traditional holdouts in the retail environment. One of those holdouts, according to a report from RetailMeNot and Placed, is the coupon.
But today’s coupon usage looks very different from how it looked in the past when coupon clipping and printed circulars were commonplace. Today, more than 42% of consumers use mobile apps to find coupons, while about 35% use print media, according to the report. The report touched on some overall points that have also shown up in SmartBrief’s coverage of the food retail, consumer packaged goods and restaurant industries. We took a look at the report and broke down some of those points that have been covered throughout our newsletters over the past weeks:
Mobile apps are the most common place for consumers to search for coupons
According to the report, 59% of consumers use digital channels when looking for coupons, and 42% use mobile apps. (read more…)