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View from the aisles: Retailer news

View from the aisles: Retailer news

News and trends down the chain, from consumer habits to retailer trends, have implications for supplement manufacturers across the country. In this Topic category we keep an eye on key developments in the dietary supplement retail space. 

The Vitamin Shoppe ups competition in digital space with launch of Spark Auto Delivery

Keeping up with the age of automation, brick-and-mortar retailer The Vitamin Shoppe launched Spark Auto Delivery, a service in which consumers can subscribe to products to be shipped to their...

ZSS Skincare gets distribution with GNC amid ‘growing traction of nutricosmetics market,’ says brand's president

This coming October, beauty-from-within supplements by ZSS—short for Zea Skin Solutions—will hit brick-and-mortar shelves for the first time through a partnership with supplement retailer GNC.

Canadian brand NU LIFE Therapeutics enters US market with The Vitamin Shoppe partnership

NU LIFE Therapeutics, a 50-year old Canadian brand, will enter the US market for the first time through an exclusive partnership with The Vitamin Shoppe.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market could help push more shoppers to ecommerce

Only 9% of US consumers currently buy groceries online, but the Amazon/Whole Foods deal already is generating incremental interest in buying egroceries, according to a new consumer survey.

GNC CEO: ‘Amazon is not a death knell for brick-and-mortars, but a great advertising platform’

Amazon is not a threat to brick-and-mortar retailers but an opportunity to be put in front of countless new consumers, says Bob Moran, CEO of GNC in a recent earnings...

China probe hangover, functional foods failure depress Usana's earnings

An internal investigation into business practices in China has taken some of the air out of the balloon of Usana Health Sciences, as the company’s stock price declined after an...

FOOD INNOVATION FORUM HIGHLIGHTS: ‘At the heart of all successful brands over the last 4-5 years is the idea of simplicity…’

From why Facebook is a great way to garner consumer insights on a budget, to why inviting chefs to your focus group could help invigorate and speed up your innovation...

Jet acquisition helps fuel Walmart's surge in online vitamin sales

Walmart, not Amazon, was the driver of a 20% increase in online vitamin sales in 2016, according to research firm TABS Analytics.

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Vitamin World revamps online commerce infrastructure

Retailer Vitamin World has partnered with Visionet Systems to transform its digital commerce infrastructure, with a strong focus on seamlessly integrating their online channel, brick-and-mortar stores and backend supply chain...

'Amazon has moved squarely onto the turf of traditional supermarkets and poses a much more significant threat,’ says analyst as ecommerce giant pays $13.7bn for Whole Foods

While TABS Analytics founder Dr Kurt Jetta argues that Amazon is effectively ‘raising the white flag’ when it comes to food e-commerce by coughing up $13.7bn to buy a bricks...

The Supplement OWL product registry goes live

The Supplement OWL (Online Wellness Library) has officially gone live, with 51 Brand Names and 2,576 labels already in the product label database.

CVS to institute new testing requirements for dietary supplements

As part of a corporate makeover, CVS Pharmacy says it intends to institute new standards for the dietary supplements it sells that will include specific testing requirements.

GNC’s Q1: ‘Customers are coming back to our stores’

Shares in GNC rose Tuesday after its first quarter results beat Wall Street's expectations. The improvements were linked to the company’s One New GNC model that introduced a new pricing...

No longer a ‘startup’: Bulu Box goes from samples to subscriptions

With its core business of sending boxes of health food and dietary supplement samples to consumers’ doorsteps, Bulu Box has enjoyed 300% revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. It's staff...

Amazon jumps into supplement space with the launch of ‘Amazon Elements’ line

Online retailing giant Amazon is dipping it’s toes in the waters with its own private label dietary supplement line. But the giant’s toes may cause waves instead of ripples and...

Vitamin Shoppe & Dr Tieraona Low Dog partner for consumer & employee holistic health training

Vitamin Shoppe announced a new partnership with natural medicine expert Tieraona Low Dog, MD, to produce multimedia for its online shops, as well as design a training program for brick-and-mortar...

RangeMe adds 1,000 new suppliers a week

LuckyVitamin: Product discovery is a messy process; it's a combination of art and science

18 months after its US launch, online product discovery platform RangeMe is adding 1,000 new CPG suppliers a week as more high-profile retailers use it to identify and compare new products.

NPA shrinks board with new bylaws, expands membership categories

The Natural Products Association has approved a bylaw change that will shrink the size of the group’s board from 22 to what the group’s CEO calls a more manageable nine....

To prep for April public launch, Supplement OWL site gets a few tweaks

The Supplement Online Wellness Library (OWL) website has been updated to include easier data input instructions, streamlining the data population process for the first industry-wide registry of finished products.


Has Whole Foods lost its mojo?

As natural and organic goes mainstream, Whole Foods’ differentiator is, well, not that different from the rest of the market anymore, says one retail analyst.

What’s on NutraIngredients-USA's 2017 Editorial Calendar?

From immune support to deep dives into sports nutrition, personalized nutrition, botanicals, omega-3s, probiotics, pet supplements, and more, Nutraingredients-USA’s 2017 editorial calendar of special editions spans the hottest trends in...

Crio Bru and Vitamin Shoppe’s unpredictable partnership expands the consumer reach of each

On the surface, the recent expansion of Crio Bru’s brewing cocoa into the nutritional supplement retailer Vitamin Shoppe may not appear to be a logical fit, but the limited arrangement...

NPA launches SSCI with GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart & Whole Foods onboard

The Natural Products Association has officially launched the Supplement Safety and Compliance Initiative (SSCI), with some of the largest retailers of natural products and supplements involved.

GNC to overhaul in-store experience in bid to halt sales slide

Supplement retailing giant GNC will hit the reset button on its customer experience by closing all of its corporate-owned stores for one day next week to install new checkout terminals...

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Vitamin Shoppe expands across LATAM

Supplement retailer The Vitamin Shoppe has opened its first two franchise stores in Paraguay, and has also expanded its presence in Panama and Guatemala.