Brick Meets Click’s Bill Bishop retires due to health issues


Brick Meets Click co-founder and chief architect Bill Bishop, one of the grocery retail industry’s top experts for decades, has retired effective immediately.

Based in Barrington, Illinois Click brick encounter said Bishop’s retirement was due to “serious and continuing health issues.” The strategic consultancy, which focuses on the impact of digital technology on food sales and marketing, made the announcement on Friday. Bishop is a regular Supermarket News donor.

“As most of you know, Bill (left picture) had a long and successful career in the grocery industry doing work he loved, and became good friends with many people along the way,” Brick Meets Click said in an email. mail. “He is very grateful for all of your friendship and support over the years. Unfortunately, Bill’s ability to communicate with anyone outside of immediate family is quite limited. Your positive thoughts, wishes and prayers are much appreciated by Bill and the Bishop family during this difficult time.

Early in his career, Bishop served as vice president of research at the Supermarket Institute, which later became the Food Marketing Institute (FMI). In 1976, he founded Willard Bishop Consulting in Chicago and conducted major studies on new store formats, pricing strategy, direct store delivery and loyalty marketing. He also helped found the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council (CCRRC) focused on supermarkets and the NACS/CCRRC focused on convenience stores.

In 2011, Bishop co-founded Brick Meets Click with Steve Bishop, who serves as its managing partner. The company analyzes the forces at work in food and grocery retail and, through services and thought leadership, provides guidance to help industry stakeholders navigate the changing food retail ecosystem and leveraging disruptive business innovations, e-grocery, big data and digitally connecting with customers at new formats and hard discounters.

Bishop was inducted into the Private Label Hall of Fame in September 2020 in recognition of his contributions to the growth of the industry. He has also served on the boards of Western Grocer Raley’s and The Food Institute. His background includes a doctorate in agricultural economics and marketing from Cornell University, and he taught marketing channels at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


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