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.

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  • 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.
  • Posted on: 07/25/2018

    Kroger’s 90-day terms have CPG suppliers seeing red

    This is another poke in the eye from big grocers to CPGs. Unless and until CPGs take off the gloves and fight back against aggressive retailer tactics (private label, aggressive discounting, etc.), retailers will continue to have their way with CPGs.
  • Posted on: 07/24/2018

    Kellogg urges retailers to cater to ‘brick & order’ shoppers

    Thinking about a bifurcated offline-online world is a roadmap to poor customer experience. The opportunity for retailers is to think holistically about simplifying their customers' lives. Why not let customers simultaneously order their packaged groceries and their fresh, prepared dinner -- all in one order? Why not enable customers to simultaneously order their packaged groceries and a smart, complementary selection of "endless aisle" products that get fulfilled from a logistics facility? Retailers need to broaden their thinking about the role they can play in simplifying and improving customers' lives.
  • Posted on: 07/18/2018

    Will Kroger’s new app make customers healthier than those who shop at rivals?

    Kudos to Kroger for giving their customers a tool to live healthier lives. Kroger will certainly get smart from watching whether and how their customers use this app. I've been a fan of a similar app -- Fooducate -- for a long time, so this app itself is not breakthrough, but I do like how this app ties to and rates actual purchases, even retroactively for eight weeks. Kroger continues to separate themselves from the competitive pack with their frequent releases of new technology offerings.
  • Posted on: 07/17/2018

    Walmart and Microsoft team up to slow Amazon’s roll

    Walmart and Amazon are competing to win consumer loyalty and consumer dollars. This Microsoft-Walmart announcement may demonstrate that there are alternatives to Amazon Web Services for cloud storage, but I don't see this announcement changing the Walmart-Amazon competition for the consumer.
  • Posted on: 06/21/2018

    Are Stitch Fix and Trunk Club toast?

    As a Prime member, can't I always order items and then return the ones I don't want? Is the only difference now that I pay after the fact instead of upon purchase and then getting refunds upon return? This seems like mostly a marketing/cosmetic wrapping around the way many Prime members already shopping. This doesn't mean that the presence of Amazon in the space won't harm Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, though the personal shopper components of those businesses, driven by data, are differentiators vs. this Amazon offering.
  • Posted on: 06/18/2018

    Microsoft exploring checkout-less technologies

    My highly unscientific research -- i.e. talking to numerous friends -- confirms that many consumers are happy to still shop in stores but that 0 percent of consumers like waiting in checkout lines. The more legitimate tech players with viable cashier-less solutions, the merrier.
  • Posted on: 06/11/2018

    Are retailers short-changing national grocery brands?

    Another dynamic to this conversation is how an increased focus on private labels will continue to erode the traditional retailer-CPG relationship and the accompanying trade dollars that have always gone with that relationship. As retailers continue to compete against the CPGs who have always supported those retailers, and as e-commerce tools become more available and economical for CPGs to sell direct to their consumers, how does the newly fragile retailer-CPG relationship play out?
  • Posted on: 05/31/2018

    Retailers ready to battle card companies over one-click payments

    Frictionless commerce is, as it should be, becoming all the rage. Retailers should embrace any technology that simplifies how their shoppers can shop, whether they develop it in-house or leverage third parties.
  • Posted on: 05/30/2018

    MealPal brings subscription savings to lunch

    Simplicity plus discount is a compelling consumer combination, so I think this will continue to grow. With all the action in the food delivery space, however, I wonder about the longer-term defensibility. But with enough traction, maybe someone will buy them.
  • Posted on: 05/29/2018

    Publix pulls political funding amid anti-gun protests

    We live in highly politicized times, in which information is readily available and transparent. If corporations are not prepared to deal with the consequences of their political donations - not a foregone conclusion, as some corporations are happy to take political stands and live with the consequences - then don't make the political contributions in the first place.
  • Posted on: 05/23/2018

    New organic grocery concept is an educational experience

    The grocery world - even within the organic store segment - is largely commoditized from a product standpoint. Plus, many grocers are growing their online ordering capabilities, further commoditizing the grocery experience. One major differentiation opportunity is the in-store experience other than the actual products. The organic segment plays well to the in-store opportunities, as organic consumers are hungry for knowledge, education, recipes and experiences. Maybe Market 5-One-Five can do for this segment what REI has done successfully with their in-store classes and experiences within the outdoor adventure and camping retail segment.
  • Posted on: 05/15/2018

    Target sees stores as key to meeting its distribution challenges

    For some period of time, it makes sense for Target to leverage the valuable asset of its nationwide footprint. Over time, it's hard to imagine that Target won't transition their e-commerce fulfillment to mix-use stores (sections designated for e-commerce pick and pack) to manual warehouses to robotic warehouses. Once e-commerce sales reach some threshold, having store employees walk the store simply becomes inefficient, not to mention a nuisance to actual shoppers.
  • Posted on: 05/07/2018

    Trader Joe’s and Barneys launch podcasts

    Kudos to Trader Joe's and Barneys for trying new initiatives to connect with consumers. As early movers in the corporate podcast space, I see these efforts being successful (whatever success measures each company has set). The key will be having information that is genuinely relevant and interesting to their respective consumers. I think these two companies have that, but not all do. Personally, heck yeah, I want to know what Trader Joe's has planned for the online world.
  • Posted on: 05/02/2018

    Whole Foods to become a Prime perk for Amazon’s customers

    I'm curious if this program converts Prime members who are not current Whole Foods shoppers to become Whole Foods shoppers, but I am confident that it will result in generous, and likely unnecessary from a marketing standpoint, discounts to the 75 percent of the Whole Foods customers who are Prime members. But it's Amazon, so who cares about inefficient marketing spend?

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