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.

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

Hitting with hydration

Drinkware products are hot and grocery retailers are poised to take advantage.  Tabletops Unlimited (TTU) has spent the last 30 years building its reputation … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Upfront

The smell test

An emergency trip to a drug store showed just how important perception is in the battle for consumers’ dollars. On a business trip to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Good cheer to all

The holiday season is always a good time to wish for things. Here is my list for the mass retail industry. As always there … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

Spotlight on: Multipet International

With a combination of unique products and high-end customer service, Multipet International continues to grow pet toy sales for retailers. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: An eyewitness to success

At its largest stores, Stop & Shop offers a healthy assortment of GM/HBC categories; and the chain does so the right way. There has … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Spotlight on: Hormel Foods

As consumers’ tastes fragment, Hormel Foods is moving in new directions to build sales and profits. Hormel Foods is trying very hard not to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Center Store, Upfront

Del Monte Makes Moves into Pet Care

Get ready for Del Monte to make an even bigger push into the pet care business. The company announced Thursday that it was selling … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

From the Publisher: Spending money to make money

Company’s that eschew advertising in hopes of saving a few dollars are failing to see the bigger picture.  I had an interesting encounter with … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Pumping new blood into Total Store Expo

Exhibitors bemoaned retailer attendance at the NACDS signature event, but with a few tweaks Total Store Expo can be a boon to the nonfoods … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: College days

Bed, Bath & Beyond has developed a solid reputation with consumers as the go-to-place for college dorm needs. Targeting college students and their free-spending … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

NonFoods Talk: The First Amendment

Obviously, I am a big believer in the First Amendment. Freedom of the press is a basic right and one that, I believe, serves … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Right on track?

There is a fine line retailers must walk when choosing to employ in-store tracking technology.  An article in The New York Times discussed both … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns

Del Monte to Dump Cans, Embrace Pets

The pet category is getting a vote of confidence from Del Monte. The San Francisco-based canned good company is looking to sell its canned … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Nonfoods Talk: Staying loyal

Grocers that continue to dedicate space to the pet category are bound to reap the rewards.   Leave it to the American Heart Association to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Avoiding missteps

As J.C. Penney has shown, Employing new business strategies are great, as long as they do not alienate shoppers. I just cannot get J.C. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns

Ethnic foods heating up

With consumer awareness on the rise, the refrigerated/frozen ethnic foods category is gaining ground at retail. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Center Store

Bi-Lo’s Big Buy

Now this is interesting. Bi-Lo Holdings LLC, parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie grocery store chains, announced on Wednesday that it has entered … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Finding the right mix

Suddenly, JCPenney is back in vogue. The company, who trials and tribulations have been well documented over the last year, has become the darling … Continue reading

Posted in Blogs, Web-Exclusive Content

Nonfoods Talk: Phoning it in at the front-end

Consumers seem to be more intent on surfing the Internet than perusing the front end. How does this impact the sales of products at … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit