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.

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, FEATURED Articles

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

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