News Briefs

02/23/2022

Lowe’s Pilots Same-Day Delivery via Instacart

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Online grocery platform Instacart and home improvement retailer Lowe's have partnered to pilot same-day delivery in as fast as one hour. Shoppers can now have approximately 20,000 Lowe's items, including small home appliances, building supplies, light fixtures and garden and outdoor essentials delivered from the store to their door. Same-day delivery via Instacart is initially available from Lowe’s stores in Boston and Charlotte, with plans to expand in the coming months.Lowe's is the first dedicated home improvement partner available on the Instacart marketplace, according to a news release from Instacart, referencing a growing consumer need as both home improvement product purchases and demand for online delivery.

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02/23/2022

Frank Mayer Introduces Cash Recycling Kiosk

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Kiosk and display manufacturer Frank Mayer and Associates recently added the Gateway kiosk to its line of standard self-service kiosks. The new unitprovides a bill payment option for companies looking to offer automated cash payment and recycling. The Gateway accepts EMV contactless cards and cash payments, and it dispenses exact change. “As a whole, self-service technology provides multiple benefits centered on convenience and ease-of-use,” said Mike Mayer, president at Frank Mayer and Associates, in a recent news release. “But the specific advantage of a bill payment kiosk is providing a variety of payment options to customers at accessible locations.” A recent blog from Frank Mayer and Associates detailed the five most common self-service kiosk types.

02/23/2022

Vistar Media Adds Digital Retail Displays to Inventory

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INEO Tech Corp., a digital advertising and analytics solution provider for retailers, has partnered with Vistar Media to make all of the digital display screens in the INEO Media Network accessible on Vistar's programmatic advertising platform. The agreement allows brands and marketers who utilize the Vistar Media platform to purchase INEO's advertising inventory of targeted, analytics-based retail advertising locations at the front entrance of retail stores.

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02/23/2022

Nielsen Launches Diverse Media Program, Report

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Nielsen has launched a Diverse Media Equity program designed to elevate the visibility of diverse-owned media companies with advertisers and agencies. The initiative includes measurement of diverse-owned media historically excluded from investment, funding for certification fees of diverse-owned media, as well as the market research company’s first report on diverse-owned media reach and audience profiles.

The first iteration of Nielsen’s “Diverse-Owned Media Audience Reach and Profiles” report highlights the power of viewership and listenership of diverse-owned media, spotlighting the influence in smaller local markets where Black-owned television stations reach as much as 41% of all adults and Black-owned radio reaches more than 1.2 million people 12 and older, according to the release. 

Some highlights from the diverse audience profiles show increasingly intersectional reach with local audiences:

  • Hispanic-owned local TV reaches 61% of viewers 18+ in markets ranked 101+ where they are present including 24% of Asian Americans, 33% of Black Americans and 39% of Hispanic viewers.
  • Asian American-owned local TV stations, where they are present, in markets 1-48 reach more than 200,000 adults 18+.
  • Native American-owned radio reaches nearly 800,000 listeners across the U.S. with listeners spending almost seven hours a week on average in metros ranked 51-100.
02/17/2022

Colgate Launches Recyclable Packaging

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Colgate-Palmolive is rolling out its recyclable toothpaste tube in the U.S. with updated, limited-edition packaging to help get the word out. The tubes, which are made with the same plastic used for milk and detergent bottles (high density polyethylene), clearly communicate a “Recycle Me!” message and symbol. The limited-edition graphics will appear on select Colgate Optic, Colgate Cavity Protection, Colgate Max Fresh and Colgate Total Whitening SKUs, while Colgate plans to transition the rest of its toothpaste tubes to be recyclable by 2023, according to a news release from the manufacturer.

02/11/2022

Kroger’s Leadership Changes

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Mark Tuffin, senior vice president of retail divisions at Kroger, will retire April 1 after more than 26 years with the company. Tuffin will be succeeded by Kenny Kimball, current president of the Smith's division.Tuffin joined Smith's in 1996 and was named VP of merchandising in 1999. In 2009, he was promoted to VP of transition, leading an organizational restructuring of the Kroger enterprise's then 18 retail divisions. Tuffin moved back to Smith's in 2011 to serve as president before taking on his current role leading retail divisions in 2014.Kimball joined the company in 1984 as a courtesy clerk in the Smith's division and has climbed his way up the ladder, being promoted to group VP of retail operations before being named SVP of sales and merchandising in 2009, and eventually serving as president of the division since 2016.In his new role, Kimball will oversee several retail divisions across the organization and, in the interim, also have responsibility for the Smith's division.