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The Prophets of Aisle Six is the first online reality series focusing on innovation in the food retail industry. In this episode, Jose Gomes, dunnhumby's North America Managing Director, travels to the downtown Cleveland store of Heinen's Fine Foods. Jose meets with Tom and Jeff Heinen, co-owners and brothers, and learns how they are evolving their grandfather's mission of delivering excellent customer service. With 23 stores in Northeast Ohio and the greater Chicago area, and a 90-year legacy, Heinen's is proving that being a small retailer can be an advantage when it comes to data.

In this series, dunnhumby tours the globe and speaks with some of the world's greatest brands, exploring their biggest challenges and how they are using customer data science to meet those challenges.


dunnhumby's Prophets of Aisle Six, Episode 1: Raley's Supermarkets

The Prophets of Aisle Six is the first online reality series focusing on innovation in the food retail industry. Join Jose Gomes, dunnhumby's North America Managing Director, in this season premiere as he travels to Sacramento to visit with executives from Raley's Supermarkets, a prominent grocery chain with more than 120 locations in California and Nevada, and learns more about the company's unique mission to help customers make more healthy eating decisions. Jose is joined by Raley's CEO Michael Teel, COO Keith Knopf, and Wellness Evangelist, Emmie Satrazemis, as they discuss how they're leveraging customer data science to make the company's mission come alive in a way that's both effective and sustainable.

In this series, dunnhumby tours North America and speaks with some of the world's greatest brands, exploring their biggest challenges and how they are using customer data science to meet those challenges. Check back next time as we head to Cleveland to see what the Heinen's team is up to.

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Retail leaders must objectively understand how their business currently considers Customers before trying to set a more Customer-centric direction and focus. There are some formal assessment methodologies, like dunnhumby's Retail Preference Index (RPI) and Customer Centricity Assessment (CCA), which offer detailed evaluations of a business' capabilities, strengths and weaknesses based on Customer perceptions (RPI) or global best practices (CCA).

The approach outlined below is not intended to replace these formal tools; rather, these observations are intended as a kind of 'toe in the water' to help retail leaders form early hypotheses and points of views. These are rules of thumb, heuristics culled from global experience. Later, leaders might use these observations to informally check progress from time to time as a way of assessing whether the "program in the stores matches the program in our heads".

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As we reach the final months of 2020, it's impossible not to reflect on what an unprecedented year it's been. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, so many facets of business have been dramatically impacted. Industries such as travel, hospitality, and restaurants have experienced dramatic declines and halting recoveries, while on the opposite end of the spectrum, home improvement, real estate, and digital businesses have boomed as the population seeks safety, having shifted office work and recreation to their homes.

The retail sector has experienced both of these extremes, with some seeing strong sales while others have been forced into bankruptcy and liquidation.

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