Author Archives: Len Lewis

About Len Lewis

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

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

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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

Sounding Board: Think small

Declining home ownership has more people living in tighter quarters. Retailers and manufacturers need to adjust. If there is one thing synonymous with the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns

Social Value

Did you ever wish you could sit at the cool kids’ table when you were in high school? Well, now you can thanks to … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: Boom towns

Retailers weight their next moves as the real estate markets begin to heat up. Where is the next best place to operate? Now that … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns

Top dollar?

There’s a new phrase entering the consumer lexicon—”A dollar for your thoughts”—and further proof that the once-lowly dollar store has become the latest American … Continue reading

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Sounding Board: The dark side of social networking

The next round of labor negotiations may involve stipulations surrounding social media use. The next time union contracts come up for renewal retailers may … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns

Hiring tips for the holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching, every retailer knows what time it is-time to start seasonal hiring. But be careful what you get. With … Continue reading

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Victimless crime?

Everybody likes crime stories. It seems to be one of our obsessions or perhaps one of our guilty pleasures-whether it’s about the Irish mobs … Continue reading

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Tough times for Tesco

Seems like it’s time once again to play one of the industry’s favorite game shows-“When Will Tesco Leave?” To some, the final nail in … Continue reading

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Flirting with disaster

  If you’re like me and millions of others, you’ve been watching with awe, shock and profound sadness the events unfolding in Japan in … Continue reading

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Label Wars

The revised food label introduced yesterday by retailers and manufacturers is a major step in providing consumers with simple, readable, yet pertinent nutritional information … Continue reading

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Keep on Trucking

America’s going mobile, and it’s not just with smartphones, laptops and iPads, but for food—specifically food trucks offering everything from hot dogs and fancy … Continue reading

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Logical logistics

It seems everyone’s got their urban strategy these days. Or, as I like to call it, “the “mini-me” approach.   Target’s entry is a … Continue reading

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Figuring out generation Y

Did you ever hear something and can’t decide whether it’s good or bad?   That’s how I felt when I saw the results of … Continue reading

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New kid on the block

Tuck this away in your “Autumn in New York” file.   Star chef Mario Batali is opening a 50,000 square foot gourmet Italian food … Continue reading

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Supply chain screening

  Good News! The Dallas Museum of Art has qualified as a certified cargo screening facility under new regulations from the Transportation Security Administration. … Continue reading

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Eating healthy… for a price

There’s no greater crisis than childhood obesity and the tsunami-like tide of junk food that floods their lives. But is it going to be … Continue reading

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Prepping for the “Big One”

As the quake toll rises in Chile and Haiti suffers through the aftereffects of its own devastation, people are wondering where the next “big … Continue reading

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The other W

Ice melts at the edges first, so if you’re not looking at the periphery of the competitive landscape, you may quickly find your self … Continue reading

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Fresh & Easy

Back in 2007 when the economy still shined like a newly minted coin and all was right with the world-or so we thought-Tesco chief … Continue reading

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A&P’s next leader

HELP WANTEDExperienced, hands-on executive to take the reins of a 150-year-old regional chain. The ideal candidate must be able to hit the ground running … Continue reading

Fighting the flu

This little piggy went to market and this little piggy stayed home….” And therein lies the problem. While the nation’s lawmakers debate such weighty … Continue reading

Thinking Inside the Redbox

So, I’m doing a fill-in trip at Wal-Mart over the weekend and inside the store it’s the usual madness with carts banging into each … Continue reading

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