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Jon Polin

Cofounder and President, StorePower
Jon Polin is Cofounder and President of StorePower, Inc., the leading supplier of digital tools to the grocery industry. Prior to StorePower, Jon started, the go-to online market for natural and organic products, which was sold in 2016. Prior to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Jon cut his teeth in consumer marketing roles at Fortune 500 companies: The Clorox Company and Capital One. He started his career selling Frosty Malts and sodas as a vendor at Wrigley Field and shed a few tears after the Cubs lifted their 108 year World Series curse. For more information, visit:
  • Posted on: 06/24/2019

    REI scraps mail order catalog to publish a magazine

    In today's multichannel world, every touchpoint a retailer offers to consumers - stores, websites, magazines - serves the role of a catalog. I like this move by REI to use a magazine to inspire a consumer lifestyle that then sends the consumers to a store or site to buy the products that support the lifestyle.
  • Posted on: 04/03/2019

    Okay Google, how can you help grow Walmart’s online grocery business?

    This current iteration of voice ordering is cute, but ultimately not convenient for buying more than one item. Consumers will not have patience to have to agree to selected product by brand and price for each item. Voice grocery ordering will only really scale when the consumer can speak an entire list and then edit final selections with the aid of a screen that displays their cart visually.
  • Posted on: 02/11/2019

    Are apps and voice assistants the keys to e-grocery adoption?

    Voice ordering is a game changer -- in theory. Today, given the dialogue required per product (confirmation of size, price, etc.), voice does not add significant convenience for buying more than one to two products. Only in a bi-modal environment in which voice inputs lead to an editable checkout screen will voice become a viable mechanism for ordering a full shopping list.
  • Posted on: 11/13/2018

    Do grocery stores have a customer engagement problem?

    I agree that offering solutions, not just food, is a great way to drive engagement. Grocers are at the center of consumers' health/nutrition journeys and can be a key navigator of these journeys if they think more about offering solutions, not just food. In many ways, grocers are most responsible for weakening their own customer engagement. After spending decades building those customer relationships, many top grocers are now handing those same customers to third parties such as Instacart and Shipt. While Instacart and Shipt have cool solutions for consumers, why are grocers cooperating in handing over their customers to these third parties?
  • Posted on: 11/12/2018

    Why do Millennials love private label groceries so much?

    I don't think it's that Millennials actively love private label products as much as it's that branded manufacturers have failed to adapt their products and their marketing to appeal to Millennials. As long as private label products simply offer an alternative to branded CPG that is high on perceived quality and value, these private labels can ride a trend.
  • Posted on: 10/18/2018

    Will rising costs throw a wrench in e-commerce operations?

    Margins in most e-commerce businesses are painfully low. This new double whammy can't help. Given the already low margins, retailers will not be able to absorb the rise in costs, so one constituency will have to pay up -- consumers. One company that may not be hurt by this is the company who's spent 20 years convincing Wall Street that profitability does not matter ...
  • Posted on: 10/17/2018

    New c-store concept is high-tech inside and out

    Like any good concept, this is not intended for everyone. It's intended for a younger, health conscious, environmentally concerned consumer. For that audience, this sounds great. It could probably only work in a small number of cities for now, and Denver is one. I am excited to keep any eye on this.
  • Posted on: 10/16/2018

    ‘Frictionless’ is the annoying word of the year

    Not only is "frictionless" not clear to retailers, I'm not sure old school retailers are clear on who their own customers are and what those customers really want. Two years ago I sat across from a CMO of a grocery chain who said to me, "My customers like me just the way we are. They're not looking for me to change." That chain declared bankruptcy six months later. I fear they are not the only chain greatly misreading their customers' wants and needs.
  • Posted on: 10/15/2018

    Shopify opens a storefront to support its online merchants

    The exposure that Shopify merchants get if they are featured in the physical store is great, but the main benefit is the feeling of companionship that Shopify is creating. Being an entrepreneur is lonely. Everything Shopify does to build a sense of community among their entrepreneurial merchants is good for the merchants and solidifies the merchants' loyalty to Shopify.
  • Posted on: 10/03/2018

    Will the Kroger/Walgreens pilot lead to something really big?

    The convenience and cost of getting groceries to the consumer are critical to the ultimate success of multichannel grocery. Leveraging ubiquitous retail pickup points, a la Walgreens, is smart of Kroger and a way to drive incremental foot traffic to Walgreens. No surprise to see that the grocer making this initiative happen is Kroger, further demonstrating how much faster and bolder Kroger is than their competitors.
  • Posted on: 09/17/2018

    Are grocers shortchanging flexitarians?

    The only reason I see for grocers to resist the plant-based movement is that it is easier to always do (or sell) what you have always done (or sold) than to adapt. When Tom Hayes, CEO of Tyson Foods recently said, “If we can grow meat without the animal, why wouldn't we?” that should have further signaled to the grocery world that attitudes toward traditional meat consumption are certainly changing. While some conventional carnivores will only eat real animal meat, flexitarians are open to plant-based alternatives.
  • Posted on: 09/13/2018

    Analyst: Whole Foods’ lower price claims are mostly ‘noise’

    Whole Foods has always been premium priced, and that never seemed to hurt its customer loyalty. Amazon, while amazing in many areas, is also rarely the cheapest buying option. What surprises me here is not that Whole Foods prices haven't dropped since the merger but that 49 percent of consumers have the perception that they have.
  • Posted on: 09/05/2018

    Can Kroger turn Cincinnati into an alt-Silicon Valley?

    Today if I'm a smart, innovative software engineer I'm not likely to say to myself, "I want to go work for a giant supermarket." So kudos to Kroger taking steps to build its reputation as an innovator. Smart move. But to suggest that Kroger and University of Cincinnati are approaching alt-Silicon Valley status? Not quite.
  • Posted on: 08/21/2018

    Do CPGs need their own voice for Alexa?

    Creating a brand voice is a cute idea, but it is only one small piece of the necessary brand strategy when it comes to voice assistants. Until brands have a clear reason for consumers to buy their brand via voice AND make it economically and logistically feasible for consumers to do so, brand voice is nothing more than a cute marketing gimmick.
  • Posted on: 08/06/2018

    Walmart looks to automate grocery pick-up

    Systems like Alphabot are the (very near) future of online grocery. Retailers who have been growing their online grocery have been smart to focus more on growth than profitability to date but, now that online grocery demand is proven and growing, it is time to improve the unit economics. Systems like Alphabot are the way to do so. That being said, there is still much to be done to improve the front-end customer experience and a few cool technologies emerging to make the customer ordering process faster and easier.
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