Grocery Shopping 2.0

With the opening of its first physical supermarket, the online giant Amazon is about to disrupt retail once again. Innovations like automatic checkouts and the resulting benefits such as no waiting lines sound promising in a business world where time is money. Although the ultimate launch is delayed, the race for future market shares is…

Essen mit Doktor Freud – Iss dich glücklich !

Es klingt unglaublich und doch ist es wahr, unsere Ernährung beeinflusst tatsächlich unser Seelenheil. Sie prägt uns je nach Intensität nur für ein paar Stunden, ein paar Monate oder aber unser ganzes Leben. Unsere Essgewohnheiten bestimmen zu einem nicht unerheblichen Teil unser Verhalten in Bezug auf Stress und Problembewältigung. Die Nahrungsaufnahme ist eine unserer wichtigsten…

Fridges talking to Drones

Lately we reported that in today’s struggle to attract customers and fight off threatening competitors, firms have started to come up with ideas how to better serve consumers and save them time. Others went even one step further and have tried to come up predictions of how the future of retail and convenience stores could…

CEO Miha Kampuš travelogue – Bangkok Phu Nan Coffee

As a European I know the convenience food culture in the Western world quite well. Asia culture, on the other hand, is quite new to me what regards convenience food. The impression I got at an airport in Bangkok was unusual. On one side, you find a nice range of freshly cut fruit, a very…

(Un-)Healthy Convenience Food

“There is no way I can eat healthy in convenience stores.” Since people link it with fast food and no effort of preparing it, one of the biggest remaining concerns about convenience food is the perceived violation of their healthy diet. Frank Beard picked up this misbelief and wanted to test it. Due to his…

CEO Miha Kampuš travelogue – Milano Souper Natural

Right in the heart of Milano you find a tiny convenience store offering a small range of food to go. It is impressive how the owners run the shop in a straight way and turn the limited options into their main value proposition. A few dishes but everything is organic, natural and home-made. The business…

Convenience Hub Gas Station

We have addressed the current disrupting changes in the food retail sector several times already, be it e.g. with reports about academic discussions  or about studies conducted by important industry stakeholders. The players in the business have already recognised the threats, but also possibilities imposed by innovative competitors and developments in consumer behaviour. One such…

Problemkind Kaffeebecher – bald Geschichte?

Auszug aus einem ganz normalen Tag irgendwo in Österreich: Morgens schnell aus dem Haus geeilt und beim Bäcker nebenan einen starken Espresso to go geholt. Während in der Firma der Computer hochfährt, schnell am Automaten einen heißen Becher Kaffee gezogen. Die Mittagspause wegen des schönen Wetters nach draußen verlegt und beim Fast Food Diner ein…

Disrupt Food Industries

How fundamentally retail is on the verge of change right now can be seen not least of all in the increasing focus and response of business, but also the academic sector. New trends show up roughly on a weekly basis, and this is the reason why representatives from both sides met for a discussion with…

The Rise of Private Labels

What do we associate with Austrian retailer brands like Clever or S-Budget? The more price-sensitive consumers among us have been using them for years and appreciate their value for money. Recently, however, grocery chains like REWE and SPAR have been diversifying their set of own products into more premium areas. Just think of SPAR “enjoy”,…

Trend oder Trash – Die Food Trends 2017

Bei meiner Recherche über aktuelle Food Trends ist mir Eines aufgefallen… Trend ist Trend! Soll heißen, inzwischen kann jeder Food Blogger, Mediziner, Möchtegern-Gastronom oder Otto-Normal-Verbraucher einen neuen Trend kreieren. Dabei muss man über kein spezielles Wissen verfügen, sondern einfach nur genug Follower haben. Es ist schwer, sich im Dschungel dieser Trends zurecht zu finden. „Man…

CEO Miha Kampuš travelogue – Milano One Block Down

Since I am a big fan of concept stores I am happy to see that more and more of these store combinations pop up everywhere. Milano One Block Down in the heart of the Italian metropolis combines the flair of two Italian traditions – food culture and clothing. Although these two topics might not usually…