Author Archives: Len Lewis

About Len Lewis

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

Sounding Board: Adventures in Retail

Consumers want shopping today to be a treasure hunt, not a chore. On the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and rising 32 stories above … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns

Recognizing The Daily Table

Once in a while I get to congratulate someone on a great idea, a great success or a great career in an industry I’ve … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Respect-ability

Mutual respect between managers and employees can only be accomplished through building relationships and trust. There is an old saying—“What goes around, comes around.” … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

Farmer’s Fridge

Just when you thought things were settling down on the small store front—along comes Farmer’s Fridge. Well, it isn’t exactly a store and won’t … Continue reading

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Championing Social Issues

Examining the intersection between retailing and social issues. To quote Madonna—the singer not the biblical figure—“Think before you speak.” A rather odd posting for … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

A good employee can be hard to find

Walmart’s decision to increase its starting wages could be the first step in retaining valuable employees.  Welcome to Wage Wars! The recent announcement by … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Keep on truckin’

The growing popularity of various types of food trucks and street foods can provide insight into to what consumers are interested in preparing at … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Simplifying Food Safety

It’s not unusual for lame duck presidents, politicians and even some industry executives to tilt at a few windmills. President Obama may be doing … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Independent aspirations

The environment independent grocers create for shoppers is often more important than price. It is that time of year when consultants, reporters and pundits … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Retail’s Power Players

I remember a time—not all that long ago—when you couldn’t pick up a publication without reading about Walmart as the ultimate power player and … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: The “Silver Economy” can be golden

Older consumers still have plenty of influence and spending power. It is Sunday morning and I am in my office listening to the radio—yes, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns

Martha Stewart At It Again

America’s “Domestic Diva” is at it again. Word is that Martha Stewart is opening her own café in New York’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood-and other … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Future payment

Younger generations are moving away from credit and debit cards and toward mobile payment options. I was at an FMI meeting some 35 years … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Cashing out

The spate of data breaches has consumers rethinking their payment methods. There is a hot new payment system that is immune to data breaches, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Gunning for a solution

For retailers, gun laws raise many questions and very few answers. It is Sunday morning and the supermarket is filled with parents and kids. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Corporate shopping

Done properly, investing in smaller chains and independents can do wonders for the big guys. What do you do when you are shopping and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Communication breakdown

What retailers and suppliers hear from each other seems to lose something in translation. “Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns

Disruptive Innovation

It’s time to decide—Are you disruptive influence or just being disrupted?  Hopefully the former since these seem to be the true innovators—the gamechangers in … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: What’s in a name?

Figuring out what to call the next generation may turn out to be easier than marketing to them. There is a new game in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sense on the Dollar

If you listen closely, you can hear the sounds of lawyers and government watchdogs salivating. It’s about a potential merger between the two big … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Diamond in the rough or fool’s gold

Some call click-and-collect the new wave of retailing. Others see it as three of the most dangerous words in the retail lexicon. Click-and-collect was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Cuban import makes good

Fidel Castro forced the successful Navarro drug chain out of Cuba, and it has become South Florida’s benefit. It is not your typical rags-to-riches … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

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