Author Archives: Len Lewis

About Len Lewis

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

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

Sounding Board: The numbers game

Both presidential campaigns were driven by data. What can retailers take away from this past election? November 6, 2012 will go down as a … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives

Sounding Board: A new dimension to grocery shopping

“Virtual” grocery aisles are popping up in train stations, airports and other venues. While it is mostly an international trend so far, are U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns

Retailers Ought to be Optimistic but Cautious

I’ve just come off an hour-long webinar extolling the virtues of the recovering economy and the outlook for 2013—a financial lovefest that also focused … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Basic Training

While many retailers use the end-of-year period to refocus their businesses, what does “back to basics” really mean? How many times over the years … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Pitfalls of mobile payment

Imagine you’re shopping the aisles of your local supermarket and you pass a guy using his mobile phone. A common sight, right? But this … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Letting go

Sometimes the best way to turn around a retail operation is to demolish it to make room for something better. There is finally proof … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Negative press

Supervalu has plenty of company in other industries as it struggles to prop up its brand in the wake of bad news. At a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The universal language of medicine

The pharmacy offers a great opportunity for retailers to attract—and interact with—a diverse customer base. Walk the aisles of any store these days and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns

The Panama Canal Expansion

I want you to keep one particular year in mind—2014! Given the state of the economy here and abroad it may be difficult for … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Greasing the wheels of commerce

While corruption in Mexico has dominated the news lately, it happens all over. How big a deal is a little bribery anyway?  There. I … Continue reading

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All The President’s Foods

Do politicians’ eating habits influence the products in the supermarket aisles? Now that we have officially entered the presidential campaign season, it is time … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns

Don’t Hold the Mayo

Everybody’s always looking for that teachable moment—especially when it comes to consumers. But one place that seems to have been overlooked, or at least … Continue reading

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Untapped Potential

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Wine consumption by Hispanic consumers soars, but marketing has to catch up.  Imagine you’re a retailer ignoring 25% of your customers! Sound outlandish … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Uncategorized, Web-Exclusive Content

The First Family of wine

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Draeger’s has been in the wine business for nearly 90 years and remains a top shop for everyone from everyday consumers and oenophiles to … Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Web-Exclusive Content

Finding great wines close to home

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Fresh & Easy ramps up wine sales by expanding its offerings of wines from California vintners. Continue reading

Posted in Center Store, Web-Exclusive Content

Sounding Board: Do these trends have legs?

Retailers need to sift through a lot of fly-by-night offerings to find ones that will bring in business. There are just some food trends … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Using technology to ring the till

Innovative applications can engage consumers, but will they buy? Are you as bored as I am with all the chatter about the technological revolution … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Columns

Relying on Reliable

You know, you just can’t please some people! The term “retail experience” often tops the list of industry issues and those in the know … Continue reading

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Not to be repeated

Supermarkets have avoided most of the major blunders that other companies keep making over and over. Can their winning streak continue? Some say the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Columns