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: 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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Excitment is in the air

Can an opening of a new store really get consumers excited? The answer is yes and a great example is what is happening in … Continue reading

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A&P Hits the Mark

Stopped into an A&P in suburban New Jersey on a Sunday afternoon and was shocked to see a store that was not only clean … Continue reading

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NonFoods Talk: The eye of the storm

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the Northeast. Mass retailers, as a whole, deserve a solid grade for getting consumers prepared for the storm and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Surviving the jungle

Amazon.com has just started to make a dent in the grocery business, but there is no doubt that supermarkets are at the top of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Read All About It

Single-copy magazine sales have declined at supermarkets. Is it a temporary blip caused by the tough economy or the beginning of the end of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A shot in the arm

Walmart is instituting a broad vaccination program that will gain consumer attention and build sales and profits. Remember the good old days of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From The Publisher: Connecting the dots

This strange economic landscape is causing real concerns for retailers and suppliers as they struggle to keep the supermarket sales engine humming. Officials at … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Putting pets in their place

A new law makes it an expensive mistake not to harness your pet in the car in New Jersey. It could mean more sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Supervalu’s wrong turn

Financial gurus say that Supervalu’s poor earnings report is a harbinger of things to come for the rest of the industry. That may not … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: All the buzz

A new Fairway Market store in suburban New Jersey is catching the eyes and wallets of consumers from near and far. Will it last? … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Penney’s troubles

Most consumers no longer think of J.C. Penney as a cool place to shop. That is one big reason the chain is in such … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The face of the new consumer

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, consumers—they are a changin’. As the media reported in late May, the demographics of America have evolved. The press reported … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Learning from history

The chronicles of Walmart, Target and Kmart can serve as a textbook for other retailers looking to make a mark in today’s tough retail … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns

Private label’s highs and lows

A study about to be released by PLMA reveals some interesting facts about the world of private label. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Upfront

Nonfoods Talk: Playing catch-up

Wellness has been on consumers’ minds for nearly a generation. A new conference next year is geared to helping retailers gain more insight into … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Feel-good stories

Officials at housewares and pet product companies say their categories are looking up despite a weak economy and high gas prices. Talk about optimism. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Columns

Checking gas prices

Though hard to fathom, higher oil prices may present a growth opportunity for grocers. For what it is worth, here is my read on … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: The man cave

Enticing adult men into your grooming section is only half the battle. Retailers need to target teenagers as well if they want to maximize … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Racking up miles

Save Mart executives travel to each store and headquarters unit during the holidays, which says a great deal about their commitment to employees and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns