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.

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

Nonfoods Talk: Getting no respect

It is time for the media to understand that supermarkets offer the same services as drugstores when it comes to health and beauty care. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Back from the crypt

Seeking to build sales and profits, grocery retailers may want to start expanding some long-dormant categories. It may be time for grocery retailers to … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: A pet story

The pet category offers retailers the potential for huge sales and profits, but they have to be willing to get into the game. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Checking out

I am never quite sure whether I like using self-checkouts or not. On one hand, it always seems cool to scan my own merchandise. … Continue reading

A ray of sunshine

I can’t tell you how many arguments I have had with people over the proper use of sunscreen products. Typically these little tiffs take … Continue reading

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