Author Archives: Kim Ann Zimmermann

About Kim Ann Zimmermann

Gro­cery Head­quar­ters’ man­ag­ing edi­tor, Kim Zim­mer­mann has been with GHQ since Feb­ru­ary 2007. Her main respon­si­bil­i­ties include edit­ing as well as writ­ing fea­tures and news items about equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy. She has been in business-to-business pub­lish­ing for most of her 25-plus-year career, which spans pub­li­ca­tions and web­sites cov­er­ing retail, tech­nol­ogy and con­sumer goods. Kim is a New Jer­sey native and a grad­u­ate of Glass­boro State Col­lege (Rowan Uni­ver­sity), with a degree in communications/journalism.

Grocers checking out POS options

With IBM exiting the POS business and stores getting smaller, supermarkets are eyeing new equipment for the checkout lane. Grocers looking to update their … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

A darker shade of green

Equipment manufacturers and retailers are kicking their sustainability efforts up a notch by focusing on new technologies and comprehensive energy-saving strategies. While saving the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Signing on

Grocers are capturing consumers’ attention and saving time and labor with digital signage and other in-store media. Hand-written paper signs touting prices or promotions … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Dazzling décor

Grocery Headquarters’ annual design showcase… Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

No longer one or the other

It used to be that if supermarkets wanted to save energy they had to sacrifice merchandising prowess and possibly sales. The old rule was … Continue reading

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Points of Light

Retailers are taking a shine to LEDs, expanding use to almost every part of the store. Bright lights, big savings. That is the mantra … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Chilly forecast

Supermarkets are revamping their refrigeration systems with eco-friendly refrigerants and more efficient configurations and components. As supermarkets look to lessen their impact on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Safety Equipment at the Ready

When ensuring the safety of the food supply, pallets, shelving and sanitation systems take on prominent roles. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Food Safety Basics

When I embarked on the research for my story on food safety equipment for our July issue, I fully expected people to talking about … Continue reading

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Self-made to order

Self-service kiosks, along with equipment for food preparation and presentation, keep things moving in the deli and bakery departments. On a Sunday afternoon, the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Breaking out of the box

With a triangular addition at the front, Grand Food Center gained a showcase for its fresh produce and floral departments. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Cooked— and cleaned—to perfection

Retailers are looking for cooking equipment that is easy to use and simple to clean. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

POS Shakeup

It wasn’t a surprise when IBM exited the POS market earlier this month—Greg Buzek at IHL Group called it one of the worst kept … Continue reading

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Behind the Looking Glass

Grocers are adding doors, LED lighting and other energy-saving features to refrigerated cases. At home, consumers keep yogurt, milk and cheese in the refrigerator, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Caught in the act!

Retail theft remains high but grocers are using some reliable crime stoppers such as cameras and public view monitors in new ways. Shoppers struggling … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

The Language of Supermarkets

It is a habit I have had for quite a while and one I cannot seem to shake. I have a tendency to ask … Continue reading

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Lasting impression

The parking lot and store vestibule offer supermarket customers clues about what to expect on the rest of their shopping trip. If shoppers see … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Soups satisfy

Industry observers say consumers and retailers are embracing the value proposition of fresh soup offerings. They further suggest that the primary reasons for growth in this category is that fresh soup represents value for the money, while offering a convenient meal solution. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Shout about it!

Having just completed a story about LEED certification, I am probably more aware than the average shopper when it comes to energy-saving equipment in … Continue reading

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LEEDing the way to sustainability

Many supermarkets are making an effort to use sustainable materials, and an increasing number are getting their projects certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Quality at any price-point

Even when they aren’t paying to dine among celebrities at one of his Spago restaurants, Chef Wolfgang Puck doesn’t want customers to be disappointed … Continue reading

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An eye on design

Satisfying the consumer is first and foremost as supermarkets focus on designs that enhance the shopper experience. Space is a precious commodity, especially for … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Coupon Crazy

I have an old college friend who would almost qualify for the show Extreme Couponing.  He searches for coupons far and wide—newspapers, websites, you … Continue reading

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3PLs lend a hand

As the Beatles song goes, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” The same can be said for grocers as they … Continue reading

Cracking the code

Those funny little squares that look like Rorschach tests (QR codes) have been struggling to find a purpose for while. They have a lot to … Continue reading

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