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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Nonfoods Talk: Where the future lies

In good economic times or bad, in the end, quality will usually trump price. A manufacturer of housewares products pulled me aside at the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

“Caution” is the Word

What’s the pulse of the housewares industry? After spending four days in blustery Chicago with just about everyone in the industry, the word that … Continue reading

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From the Publisher: Dialing in on diabetes

Diabetes has become a big concern. are grocery retailers doing enough to help shoppers look for sugar-free alternatives? The numbers are staggering. According to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Making the right choices

Figuring out what product lines to carry, and not carry, play an important role in a supermarket’s success. I got a pretty interesting telephone … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Quick Thinkin’… in the Dark

Sometimes it is important to make chicken salad out of chicken….. That is what Kraft Foods pulled off during the Super Bowl, specifically when … Continue reading

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Nonfoods Talk: Getting intimate

Intimacy products are no longer taboo and grocers that manage the section properly can prosper.  It is time for supermarket retailers to get more … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Independents taking the day

With a wide range of products tailored to specific neighborhood needs, independent Chicago-area grocers are thriving. I think I have seen the future of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns

Beating the odds

Roundy’s hard work and success has earned the 2013 Grocery Headquarters Independent Retailer of the Year honor. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Cover Stories

Observations from FMI Mid-Winter

At the FMI Mid-Winter conference in Scottsdale. Some interesting observations. First, while much of the country struggles with way-below freezing temperatures you can’t beat … Continue reading

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