Author Archives: Seth Mendelson

About Seth Mendelson

Seth Mendel­son is the pub­lisher and edi­to­r­ial direc­tor of Mac­fad­den Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, over­see­ing mul­ti­ple titles across many key cat­e­gories. Seth has been a jour­nal­ist since grad­u­at­ing from Syra­cuse Uni­ver­sity in 1980. He was a sports­writer and newswriter for Gan­nett News­pa­pers, before becom­ing an edi­tor at Mass Mar­ket Retail­ers, Non­foods Mer­chan­dis­ing and Super­mar­ket Busi­ness. Also, Seth was pre­vi­ously edi­tor in chief of Retail Mer­chan­diser. He has been quoted in a num­ber of pub­li­ca­tions, includ­ing The Wall Street Jour­nal, The New York Times and many regional newspapers.

Good employees equal happy customers

While money helps, it takes more than a wage increase to develop productive employees. Walmart stole the headlines back in February when the company … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Pet positive

Chatter at the recent Global Pet Expo suggests the pet aisle is becoming a valuable area for many grocers—again. Could there be a growing … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Getting back on Target

Leaving Canada was a bold, but necessary step in righting the Target ship.  This is an open letter to Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Supplemental discipline

Retailers have an obligation to ensure that store branded herbal supplements are what their labels say they are.  Borrowing a line from the Watergate … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight On: Nature’s Path

Despite increased competition, family-run Nature’s Path remains a leading organic food company.  Arran Stephens has not deviated from his plan, first established about 30 … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Spotlight, Upfront

Bubbling over

Grocery Headquarters takes a statistical look at what is hot and what is not in the beverage category. Are people drinking less? Hardly, but what is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Center Store

Spotlight On: Clear Springs Foods

Ideal growing conditions, combined with a commitment to quality and innovation, have made Clear Springs Foods one of the world’s largest producers of rainbow trout. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh, Spotlight

Tops of the town

By focusing on its strengths, Tops Friendly Markets is succeeding in a complex marketplace. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Spotlight On: Pernod Ricard USA

With iconic brands like Absolut, Jameson and Malibu, Pernod Ricard USA plans to lift the spirits of grocery retailers. There continues to be great … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: Don’t turn the page on magazines

If magazines are dying, why was 2014 a great year for new magazine launches? Print is dead. At least that is what I hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Mall rats

Supermarket retailers can learn a valuable lesson from the local mall—if there still is one. An interesting article in The New York Times in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight On: Beech-Nut Nutrition Co.

Beech-Nut is using a grass-roots, “scrappy” model intended to make clear to consumers what the company and its products are about. Sometimes it is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Spotlight, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: A nonfoods New Year

Supermarkets have a short time to capitalize on consumers’ New Year’s resolutions. There are few things one can count on in life, but one … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Of gas prices and Costco

With lower energy costs and a bump in the economy, 2015 could be the best year for grocery retailers in a decade. What does … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns

From the publisher: Besting Amazon

With new marketing strategies, Best Buy has provided a blue print for brick-and-mortar retailers to succeed in the digital world. Take that Amazon.com. That … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Batteries not included

The highly profitable batteries category is not getting the exposure it should at many grocery retailers.  There is a lot about the batteries segment … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight on: NJOY

Adult smokers are looking for alternatives and NJOY offers a multitude of products across three e-vapor categories. Officials at NJOY have a pretty specific … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Upfront

Nonfoods talk: Remembering Rick Tilton, an industry pioneer

Rick Tilton’s efforts went a long way toward shaping the nonfood category in the grocery channel. Unfortunately many of you may not know the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Softening the stance on soft drinks

Top beverage companies take aim at reducing consumer intake of sugary drinks. These beverage companies sure do know how to keep their hands on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Tuning in

Supermarkets are trying to make up ground against other retail channels in the As Seen on TV segment. Have supermarkets missed the boat with … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Fine-tuning the nonfoods mix

Unique products can help generate incremental sales in the competitive nonfoods aisle. I have always held a pretty skeptical view on product line extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Talk of the town

As more consumers get to partake in the Wegmans Experience, word-of-mouth advertising is helping to spread the word on the chain. How much? Towns … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Fun in the sun

The sun care category may be ready to shine if the U.S. Government gives the go ahead on proposed innovations. We do not hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: The secret is out

Whole Foods has led the natural/organic revolution at supermarket chains, but other companies are chipping away sales by doing things a bit differently. When … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

Green with envy

With a commitment to organic produce and natural living, Mrs. Green’s Natural Market is starting to make a big name for itself. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Cover Stories