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.

From the Publisher: The great cupcake caper

The demise of Crumbs Bake Shop contains a lesson for all business people: Know what your customer wants and how much they are willing … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Righting the ship

Johnson & Johnson is looking to get healthy with a new leader at the helm. I do not know Sandra Peterson, but from what … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Spotlight on: Amerlux

Amerlux offers a wide-range of lighting products designed to maximize energy savings without sacrificing quality.   There is no forcing solutions down the throats of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Upfront

Spotlight On: Turkey Hill Dairy

Already respected in its existing marketing territory, officials at Turkey Hill Dairy are looking to take their products into new areas. Manufacturing ice cream … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Upfront

From the Publisher: Food fight

Merging suppliers can have a plethora of different meanings.  Tyson Foods is the proud parent of a new baby. Of course, it cost a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: There is an app for that?

The app store may have many benefits, but right now good old merchandising and marketing still rules the roost at grocery stores. Okay, I … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Regulating e-cig sales

Stricter rules governing e-cigs sales may benefit the category in the long run. It is time to tackle the white elephant in the room. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Spotlight on: Rainier Fruit Co.

Experience, pride and the conviction to try new things contribute to success of the Rainier Fruit Co. Consistency. That is the most important thing … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh, Spotlight

Catching those elusive Millennials

Millennials are tough to pin down, but worth the effort, according to a PLMA survey. Forget about the Baby Boomers. Now, the Millennials are moving front-and-center … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Upfront

From the Publisher: Keep the ball rolling

The news for most traditional retailers has not been too good over the last few years. That is not the case for the supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Making a difference

The potential for profits exists in nonfoods categories, as long as they are the right categories. Nonfoods buyers can learn a lesson or two … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Spotlight on: Worldwise

Worldwise, the parent company of the SmartyKat and TrustyPup brands, offers a well-rounded lineup of quality, affordable pet products while staying committed to eco-friendly … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Upfront

Northern exposure

Produce exhibitors at the Canadian Produce Marketing Association annual event had lots to show attendees.  Eager to bring their products to a growing and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Focus on Fresh

Spotlight on: MOM Brands

MOM Brands executives hope that retailers see their company as an alternative to the existing choices in the cereal section. Officials at MOM Brands … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: Troubling times for top retailers

Grocers need to look at RadioShack or Toys“R”Us to see the dangers of falling behind the times. I would like to say that I … Continue reading

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

From the Publisher: Minimum wages, major impacts

While some type of minimum wage is necessary, specific needs should dictate what a retailer is willing to pay its employees, not government intervention. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns

Making housewares work

Many products suitable for grocery stores were the talk of the International Home + Housewares Show floor.  The annual International Home + Housewares Show, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Facing a dilemma

The growing popularity of facial hair has trimmed sales in the profitable shaving/razor category.  Damn those Boston Red Sox. Not only have they been … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: A country divided

The lingering recession has created a marketplace where some consumers want more and others cannot afford enough. Two Americas? Yes, most definitely, two Americas. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Taking baby steps

Fewer babies is not a great sign for the grocery industry. Retailers can protect themselves by stressing other key nonfoods segments. The U.S. population … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Keeping ahead of Amazon

Grocers can fend off Amazon.com’s advances by doing what they do best, offer good products at good prices. The hubbub around Thanksgiving about Amazon.com … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Upfront

Power categories for the front end

Stocking the checkout with magazines, confectionery and beverages may lead to increased profits.  The battle for the front end continues as retailers experiment with a wide range … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Flight of the Phoenix

Almost miraculously, Best Buy managed to turn its financial situation around in a year. Can the consumer electronics chain keep it going? There was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Darkest before the dawn

Despite a spate of tough times, it is not wise to bet against major CPG companies. Not so good. That was the results of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight on: Toufayan Bakeries

Four generations of Toufayans have created a company that is making a difference in the specialty bakery segment. The next step is to make … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Upfront