Feature image: By 2026, $700 billion in annual spend, or 41%, is expected to shift away from traditional grocery.  And much of that spend may go into online, supercenters, club and discount channels. Pick your retail partners carefully, as there will be a tremendous amount of disruption, especially in grocery.  This visual and additional content about it is contained in the Visual Dataset.

Platform Updates Summary

COVID-19 Event

There is significant dislocation that hit this week in the U.S. with the COVID-19 virus.  I am feeling those effects in a big way with several of my businesses and projects.  Effects vary from person to person and business to business, but here’s a few things I am doing to help manage and learn from this event.

Patience and understanding

Everyone is under stress and strain and managing as best as they can.  And it is not just work stress, but personal stress associated with things like having to work from home, managing kids out of school or trying to shop for groceries and other essentials when stores are cleaned out and there are lines to get in.

Realize that things may grind to a halt with my businesses for a time here, which may be followed by pains on restarting things and getting back to normal.

Don’t let this pain go to waste

What can I learn from this event to better prepare for the future?  I have a few risk analysis tools and frameworks to help think through risks like COVID-19 in Section 1 of University. .

Opportunities

Are there opportunities being created that I can take advantage of?

Customer Behavior Changes

Might this event change my customers or target market behavior for which I need to adjust?

Data-Driven Retail Growth Strategy

I have a workflow posted to which I want to draw people’s attention.  It is a way to think about growing in retail based on geographic data.  See it here.

New Articles

I created a new category on Inspiration and added posts.

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University Updates

All updates are recorded in the Changelog:

  • Section 7, Resellers: Evolution of Retail – added to this section with retail observations and impact on growth strategy

Knowledgeboard Updates

New submissions:

Data Platform Updates

  • We are continually adding in new records based on our research.

Calendar Updates

See Calendar for details.

  • Open office hours scheduled as follows:
    • Thursday, March 26, 10:00 am.

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