"Lidl Acquires Best Markets"​

Is This A Shift From "New Build" Back To Acquisition For Major Retailers?

It's always better to have the option or opportunity to sell a retail location with competition building. Most supermarket retailers would rather have the option to sell than just have a major player move into the same marketing area and destroy your valuable supermarket asset.

So that is the positive...the negative becomes another major player comes into greater volume in an already over serviced New York retail food marketplace. The growth of Lidl would seem to be quicker and the danger larger to conventional retail supermarkets.

Conventional supermarkets who are already facing a shrinking center store presence will now erode even quicker.

For Best Markets this would appear to be a lifeline. Best Markets had solid supermarket competition form all sides. The ability to generate profitable growth for Best Markets had all but dried up as it has for most of the smaller conventional retailers in New York.

Not of any fault of Best Markets, the New York marketplace seems the intersection of so many aggressive big box retailers.

Could This Be A Conventional Supermarket Retailers Opportunity?

Conventional grocers now within the Lidl marketing area almost anywhere could well have been awarded an unusual opportunity. While Lidl remains serious competition the focus for Lidl will be one more attuned to grocery and less towards perishables.

Should Lidl take this model of acquisition rather than new build today's supermarket retailers may find new value in some older and often overlooked brands.

Recently Brookshire acquired many Winn Dixie locations. Should this trend continue and perhaps expand to other growing supermarket organizations this will present new options. While competition is never good news we would all rather see a competitor enter the marketplace giving the independent financial options not seen for some time.

Many have asked why I choose to write about what I see in the supermarket industry today and my ideas. At Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife we believe great ideas and the resulting branding will give new life and direction to any company. So for that reason we chose to open the discussion.

Yes, I understand I probably misspelled something or butchered the English language in a few places, the goal however was to open your minds to new ideas. 

Joel Albrizio, President Bad-Adz Digital, Bad-AdzVideos.com, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lidl-acquir...

Sprouts..."Delicious Information"​

Sprouts Farmers Markets...Delivering Delicious Information Digitally

Sprouts Farmers Market Understands How We Read & What We Want To Read About!

When we dig deeper into marketing and what does and doesn't work we first must better understand today's customers reading habits. Twenty five years ago on a Sunday morning the Sunday newspaper ruled the morning read.

"The Sunday Newspaper Was King"

When we would first awake on a Sunday morning we wandered to the front door. Hopefully the paper boy or girl had carefully placed our most valuable weekend treasure, the Sunday newspaper between the front door and the screen door. 

The coffee was brewing by the pot, not in a k-cup and you could smell that fresh coffee everywhere in the house. We sat with our coffee and what was to be the next hour or two engulfed by what all of this newsprint was about to tell us.

What we never realized reading the Sunday newspaper, that more than educated we were entertained. We had all of this information in what amounted too information a mile wide and an inch thick.

What Is Information A Mile Wide & An Inch Thick?

The Sunday newspaper had a lot of what interested the majority of us in capsule form. We could better understand almost anything from world news to today's sports in what amounted to results. not lots of details but here are today's results.

The car of the week was just that, "The Car Of The Week" with a short article with little information describing this as a car in a few tidbits of information about this car.

"How We Acquire Information Has Changed"

What Sprouts Farmers Market understands and annunciates with all of its communication and web site is how we expect to receive information has changed. With these lifestyle changes Sprouts has changed the way they will now deliver information.

Today's reader and shopper wants to be fed information constantly. When readers go to the web they go first and foremost for information. Then once a follower or better yet a customer Sprouts is there with the content you will search for meals as we like them today.

So today's reader interested in a car on Sunday morning would go to a search engine on their cell phone. They would read about the car of interest and once finished would find another article and another article until they had consumed all that they cared to read about this vehicle of interest.

That said this information is more than entertainment and is in fact information fed to us just the opposite as the Sunday newspaper. The information is not a mile wide and an inch thick, it is an inch wide and a mile deep. This is how we have some to read today. Differently where we expect more detail.

Sprouts Farmers Markets delivers information a mile deep. Ad specials, organics, recipes, unique approaches to healthy living and on and on.

Sprouts understands we want to better understand what we eat, where it came from and perhaps even how to prepare a new meal idea just a little quicker.

So if we came to the web for information and that information was healthy meal planning, Sprouts Farmers Market had a story we would not only enjoy, but perhaps employ.

Marketing Is Storytelling...Tell Your Story!

Marketing is about storytelling. As retailers we need to present the facts in a digestible and attractive format describing who and what we are as a supermarket resource to the consumer. Telling your story is likely to open the doors as a trusted resource. 

Once as retailers we become trusted resources we have lessened our reliability on price alone. Retail sustainability comes from the value proposition as a combination of service, quality & price.

The more the customer is serviced and trusts your supermarkets quality the more price will become just one of many successful calls to action.

Check out Sprouts Farmers Market and their go to market strategy: 

https://www.sprouts.com

Let me know what you think.....

Many have asked why I choose to write about what I see in the supermarket industry today and my ideas. At Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife we believe great ideas and the resulting branding will give new life and direction to any company. So for that reason we chose to open the discussion.

Yes, I understand I probably misspelled something or butchered the English language in a few places, the goal however was to open your minds to new ideas. 

Joel Albrizio, President Bad-Adz Digital, bad-AdzVideos.com, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/sproutsdeli...

Publix...Hot Price VS. Trusted Retailer





Why Do We Give The Turkey Away On Thanksgiving...Could Companies Like Publix Rely On "Brand" To Carry The Day?

If you have not picked that "Right Price" on the fresh or frozen turkey yet this will become your dilemma in the next day or two. 

Frozen or fresh? A name brand or "Grade A" for a hot price? What price will the big box come out at for Thanksgiving? How about the specialty meat store and their always great fresh brand?

We have all tried so many different brands, fresh or frozen year in and year out. We spend so much time on agreeing how much to loose to be in the Turkey Price" game and for what?

If we are successful on that great turkey price and have a few fresh or frozen options we will have simply achieved becoming the king of the ultimate category killer.

"What Are The Options To A Hot Turkey Price.....Instill Trust?

Trust, so overlooked in the daily marketing equation but integral in building sustainable retail food sales and their resulting profits. As retailers we could and likely should concentrate throughout the year on marketing programs that build trust. With a trusted retail food location we can overcome some of this price deterioration.

During the holidays customers tend to lean most on the retailer they trust. Does the lowest price alone on a turkey instill a lasting trust? We think not.

Stop and think for a second how much your retail food location will spend on how many category killers and on how many weeks per year. The unique perishable item for that week that must be priced really hot.

"Trust & The Value Proposition Trump Hot Pricing Alone"

In the end trust will allow for a reasonable value proposition. A trusted retailer at a reasonable price will win that price battle every week. So if we are to rely on trust which is simply "Branding" we need to work on this every week to become effective.

Buying retail food business with just the proverbial lowest price never works long term. A trusted brand with a competitive price is an obstacle we must present to our retail food competition.

Allow your marketing focus to be about a great story....your story. So make it a great story and you will not rely on just price. In closing lets think for a few minutes about all of those great retailers who always had that hot price that are no longer there....That said, something could be wrong with that strategy.

Sustainable retail food sales growth run parallel with time spent on "Branding & Trust" centered on trust as the core value. When we think about branding & trust Publix more than almost any other retail comes to mind. Lets not solely follow the competition look to the industry leaders and how companies like Publix build and then tell their story.

Many have asked why I choose to write about what I see in the supermarket industry today and my ideas. At Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife we believe great ideas and the resulting branding will give new life and direction to any company. So for that reason we chose to open the discussion.

Yes, I understand I probably misspelled something or butchered the English language in a few places, the goal however was to open your minds to new ideas. 

Joel Albrizio, President Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/publixhot-p...

Skipping Ads..Skipping Retail Sales

"We Live In An Age Of Immediacy...Digital Is Real Time"

Whether your the inspirational genius for Amazon Prime or the local neighborhood grocer, retail today is real time....period. 

So many retailers believe in skipping ads on those predictable off weeks while the big boxes coupled with the internet gurus pound away "real time" 52 weeks per year.

Advertising Perishables "12" Days In Advance?

Do we really understand ten to twelve days in advance what the right price on turkeys will be on Thanksgiving? Is the consumer going to purchase "Fresh" items 12 days in advance?Likely, the customer will not.

Does it make sense to skip an ad and leave the retail sales door open to the competition? Again, likely it does not.

Grocers for generations have lost a fortune in search of dominant perishable pricing on items like turkeys on Thanksgiving. So to save marketing dollars and offset those expensive markdown losses many retailers will skip one of the ads.

This Becomes The "Proverbial Two Week Ad" Retail Sales Bomb

Lost in the dollar savings translation is the loss of retail sales. Valuable top line sales that cover overhead costs and help to reduce shrink throughout all of our perishable departments. The very retail sales that could cover some of those huge holiday markdowns.

As decision makers we must acknowledge the cost of print distribution coupled with the inability to make accurate retail pricing decisions ten to fifteen days in advance of the sale. This is where the savings lies to remain in touch with the consumer, your customer.

This is especially specific to those category killer holiday perishable items. That said, we must become "Real Time" retailers. E-mail, web sites, Facebook, Instagram. Choose the channel you trust but real world real time you will not be printing it.

While Facebook will often be critiqued for information sharing, it is difficult to argue Facebook has the goods on consumer habits and your demographic information. Your potential customers information especially valuable to you.

Real time demographics that as grocers we need utilize to operate efficiently. If we are to compete we need to better understand how real time will become real sales geographically within our marketing area.

Try some of these digital sales channels and have fun. Great sales translate into retail fun.

Many have asked why I choose to write about what I see in the supermarket industry today and my ideas. At Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife we believe great ideas and the resulting branding will give new life and direction to any company. So for that reason we chose to open the discussion.

Yes, I understand I probably misspelled something or butchered the English language in a few places, the goal however was to open your minds to new ideas. 

Joel Albrizio, President Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/skipping-ad...

Safeway Drives Digital Awareness

End The Big Box Advantage..."Touch Customers Digitally & Often"

Safeway Believes They Must Touch Digitally & They Do!

Today retail food is much like every other form of sales. Every retail market segment whenever possible sells food...every retailer from CVS, Walmart down to your local gas station...anytime possible they sell food.

Online there is every possible option for home delivery imaginable.

The most effective form of selling is learning to teach the customer to buy. That sounds a little odd it is really the only effective way to grow retail food sales consistently? However, while never quite that simple, developing a "Special" retail food destination will build retail sales.

If the customer is ready to buy, understands his or her options and at that time the supermarket retailer delivers on the desire to purchase sales will occur. There is no marketing channel that serves immediacy better than digital.

In most cases when the retailer delivers his or her digital ad we already know what the competing prices are and on exactly what products.

Now we immediately present a number of quality specials digitally to the consumer and we have begun the process of teaching the customer to buy.

How About An eMail Blast With A Recipe Video Inserted?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nxDSzL6UZw

"Now We Can Help The Shopper With "How To Cook Recipe Videos"

Retail food has changed over the years and to understand the customer we must all change. Both in the way we think and what we pass on to the consumer. The customer is digital.....period. Everyone is always on their cell phone. So send them the ad with the items on special within a recipe video.

Once thinking digitally and delivering the ad via eMail, today's merchandising program can be easily divided in to two areas of retail offers, center store & perishables. 

A seven day merchandising program for "Center Store" can be deployed along with a base perishable program. Now the supermarket retailer can choose a 3 or 4 day period to employ perishable specials.

Perhaps a "3Day Sale" for a holiday weekend like Labor Day or any 3 or 4 days of the retailers choosing.

"Multiple Shopping Visits Build Sales With the Same Customer Base"

Give the consumer what they will need for quick "grab and go" in week perishable offers and select the weekend or "3" day sale for that second visit to the supermarket that week.

So with that and many more "What Day Do We Run The Sale" options now the supermarket retailer must move toward "Storytelling"

"We All Shop The Store We Like Best Or Trust...Tell Your Story"

Storytelling is not some fictional approach to what your supermarket is all about. Storytelling is just that, telling your story. This gives both the retailer and the customer a chance to better understand just who this retailer is.

For the retailer, we all now have the opportunity to articulate what the supermarket is all about. If your not happy with your story when you really take a closer look, change your story and improve upon your value proposition.

When your regular customer shops another retailer on a given week what will they miss....Tell them. 

The customer with your now refined story better understands why he or she would likely want to shop your retail location verses the competition. Now you have told them in your own words. Give the customer a definable difference and all of the reasons to shop your store.

Good Luck....It seems the competition just keeps getting tougher.

Many have asked why I choose to write about what I see in the supermarket industry today and my ideas. At Bad-Adz Digital, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife we believe great ideas and the resulting branding will give new life and direction to any company. So for that reason we chose to open the discussion.

Yes, I understand I probably misspelled something or butchered the English language in a few places, the goal however was to open your minds to new ideas. 

Joel Albrizio, President Bad-Adz.com, PreparedFoodPhotos.com & Adlife.com 

Follow Me On Twitter @joelalbrizio or right here on LinkedIn!

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"Surprise...UNFI Acquires Supervalu"

"Surprise...UNFI Acquires Supervalu"

UNFI & Supervalu...A Complex Coming Together leaves The Industry Wondering...Why These Two Companies...Why Now?

Is This Union An Incredible Opportunity Or Just the Loss Of Another Grocery Wholesaler?

The most realistic view point is obviously this makes one less independent grocery wholesaler available to the retail supermarket community. However, is this the beginning of a greater good for retail food? Perhaps different programs available to a healthier lifestyle oriented consumer?

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"Circular Paper Prices Rise Again"

"Circular Paper Prices Rise Again"

"Look Who Just Received A Paper Increase....All Circular Paper Grades Continue To Rise In Price"

Where are paper prices going and why? The newsprint and coated paper markets have gone wild for the last year but especially the last six months. There are many factors but common sense tells us the following…

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"Whole Foods...Whole New World"

"Whole Foods...Whole New World"

"The Organic Grocer Digitally...Amazon & Whole Foods"

How can Whole Foods enjoy this new found success? Whole Foods has leaped generations forward through the support of the overwhelming buying power of Amazon and all that Amazon understands digitally.

"Amazon Touches The Consumer Digitally...Successfuly"

It was not all that long ago anyone might have said how can Amazon change the playing field so abruptly? Digital prowess. no doubt Amazon has all of the cash any retailer could ever hope for. That said, the retailer must still be successful reaching the consumer….

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MyWebGrocer..."Slippery When Wet"

MyWebGrocer..."Slippery When Wet"

Supervalu Replaces MyWebGrocer With Instacart...A Major Shift In Retailer Confidence!

"Less Effective Outdated Home Shopping Solutions Coupled With Successful Phantom Stock Lawsuits By Employees Plague MWG"

A Once Successful Management Team...Now Managing A Mess"

The online shopping and home delivery space has become more competitive than ever. Today the once successful MyWebGrocer now faces new found competition from almost every imaginable home delivery solution. Competition with seemingly more effective programs and technology who better understand both the retailer and the consumers needs…

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Bad-Adz - Sample E-mail

Bad-Adz is the source of one-of-a-kind content. From all original photography and videos to unique marketing emails, we strive to deliver that content to our customers every day.

This email is a sample of the kind of email content that we provide for our customers:

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Federal Court Says No To Sharing?

Federal Court Says No To Sharing?

The Following article gives an interesting overview with regards to the sharing of intellectual property in todays highly competitive supermarket marketing landscape.

"Digital Marketing Unchallenged For Marketing Funds"

It would seem at this juncture, digital marketing is unchallenged when looking for retail sales growth and is the baseline for marketing spends. The CPG community has found as has most national politicians digital marketing has no rival for overall effectiveness and immediate results…

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Best Market....What Defines Best?

Best Market....What Defines Best?

Best Practices....Best Principles....Best Products....What Defines Best? 

For many years myself and a wonderful group of talented creative types like myself have fostered an environment of creative services named Adlife & Bad-Adz. Our image library PreparedFoodPhotos.com is focussed on prepared food images intended to brand either Adlife or Bad-Adz private clients. This is the core competency all three companies rely on for sustainability.

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The Art Of Instacart

The Art Of Instacart

"Same Day Grocery Home Delivery...Perfected"

We live in an age where grocers from coast to coast are looking to compete in the onslaught of the digital marketplace and how best to deliver grocery essentials. Most food retailers are just that, food retailers. So how does this retailer decide how best to furnish his or her customers needs while trying to compete in the price, customer service and quality game?

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Tired "Brands" In The Wrong Hands?

Tired "Brands" In The Wrong Hands?

What really happened was so many little things that just never were important enough to address and so each company simply ran out of time.


Here are three different brands that had all of the talented executives, all of the financial opportunities and all of the time in the world. That said, each just never got it together. It has been said so many times that in the Unites States we look at the next quarter and not the next quarter of a century.

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Bad-Adz Introduces Mini-Recipe-Video

Bad-Adz Introduces Mini-Recipe-Video

By Joel Albrizio, President, Bad-Adz Digital Marketing & Adlife

"Bad-Adz Digital...Introduces A Vendor Program Opportunity Building Sales"

Retail food must understand today the casual dining offers are one of the retailers biggest competitors. If todays "Millennials" could be given the information to cook they would.

The generation the food retailer requires to grow retail sales to reach success in a large part does not understand how to cook....So let's show them.

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It’s Time to Jump on the Digital Bandwagon

It’s Time to Jump on the Digital Bandwagon

By Brittany O’Connor, Digital Marketing Manager, Bad-Adz Inc.

For those of you who still rely on printed mailers to tell your story, we’ve got news for you: the majority of those mailers are going to directly in the trash instead of your customers’ hands.

Now, I know that statement is quite disheartening but the goal here is to try and save you from wasting your hard-earned dollars. Put your money where your ROI is! And on that note, welcome to digital marketing and advertising!

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