Author Archives: Len Lewis

About Len Lewis

Len Lewis a regular contributor to Grocery Headquarters and editorial director of Lewis Communications, Inc.

Sounding Board: Sending smoke(less) signals

By eliminating tobacco sales, CVS is doing more than just dropping a category. It is redefining the drug store. There is an old saying … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Re-examinging self-checkout

It seems that once again we’re about to be embroiled in one of those age-old arguments about how far we can push customers into … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Zeroing in on shoppers

Via a free app, iBeacons can send messages to shoppers, in-store, about new products, promotions and special pricing. You have just spent a few … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

The re-urbanization of America

With more consumers living in cities, retailers need to rethink their merchandising efforts. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Sounding Board: Securing security

Security breaches may not be the fault of retailers, but more often than not consumers will view retailers responsible. The massive pre-holiday data breach … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Avoiding the toxic employee

The only thing worse than a toxic work environment are the toxic employees who create it. As if there are not enough things keeping … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: A new frontier?

Though still in it is infancy, 3D printing may present ways for brick-and-mortar stores to compete with online competitors. Being somewhat of an oddball … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Preparing for the worst

The recent terror attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has domestic retailers thinking more about store safety.  I got an interesting question via … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

Its The Little Things That Matter

Do we really need big data? I hate to ask this question since I make my living writing about the value of data analysis … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Under a watchful eye

Data brokers make the National Security Agency surveillance programs look like a kid with a clipboard. From the time you are born, until the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Catering to the younger generation

We always hear about supermarkets fighting fast feeders for share of dollars. So, why not have both? That’s exactly what Rewe is trying out … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: German engineering

German retailer Lidl is once again making overtures to the U.S. market. I find it heartening that there are those who still pursue the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Feeding the shark

Amazon’s foray into fresh groceries poses a potential threat to traditional grocers. If there is one truism in retail it is that customers always … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns

Drugs and Deli

Just when you think you’ve seen very format and store combination, something new crops up. My wife and I were traveling in Mexico recently … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Red Apple to Big Apple

Do retailers like John Catsimatidis have the experience and wherewithal to serve in public office? You have to wonder why anyone in his or … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns

A Shout Out to Big Brother

Sometimes, you have to be grateful that Big Brother is watching! Yesterday, I get a call from the security and fraud department at Ticketmaster … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Taking proper precautions

In the wake of recent violence, retailers need to be more aware of the ways to increase safety for customers and employees.  There is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns

The healthcare conundrum

The pending introduction of Obamacare raises plenty of questions for the supermarket industry. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Sounding Board: Betting on the sandwich

The sandwich, along with a creative promotional program, can generate significant incremental revenue from multiple departments within a store. As James Beard, author, chef … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Columns

Serve… and Protect

So, this guy walks into a supermarket…! Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it? Only this time it’s deadly serious—or could have … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: A closer look at “Obamacare”

As the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act approaches, retailers are going to have to make some tough decisions. By this … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Columns

Still Making it in America

I’ve been wondering lately, when exactly did the term “Made in America” become obsolete? Contrary to some opinions, it hasn’t. In fact, American made … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Consulting the stars

Should retailers look toward astrology when making business decisions? In this economic climate, why not? “When the moon is in the Seventh House And … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns

Investing in food

If you’re wondering where the next crop of entrepreneurs, or in this case eater-preneurs, is being grown for the food industry, you might want … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: The FDA’s watchful eye

The FDA now has teeth and if retailers are not careful, they might just get bit. It is that time of year when the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns