Author Archives: Tom Weir

On Point: Reality calling

For retailers, coping with change can be the ultimate survival skill. Whatever happened to your Palm Pilot? Had you forgotten that you once owned … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: The urge to merge

Is industry consolidation seeing another revival? The grocery business may be in the early stages of a new wave of mergers and acquisitions like … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Innovation’s limitations

Tesco’s Fresh & Easy flop shows there are no sure bets. Back in 2007, one of the main topics of conversation in the industry … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Sunshine State strategy

It takes more than low prices to own a market. New York City is not a place to admire grocery stores. Astronomical real estate … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Columns

A very public slugfest

Does a punch at Walmart give retailing a black eye? The Black Friday that kicked off the just-concluded Christmas shopping season was one for … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Columns

Jingle hell

Condemned to the torment of nonstop Christmas music. Now that Halloween has passed, retail’s biggest season is upon us once again. Legions of stressed-out … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Fallout from the drought

As grocery prices rise, shoppers will need your help. This summer has been marked by excessive heat and scant rainfall in most of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns

L.A. law

Plastic grocery bags get the death penalty. By Tom Weir If you belong to the Baby Boom generation or the one before it, you … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: The transparency dilemma

A tough choice between facts now and fallout later. At this point, anyone who is still trying to make the case on behalf of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Checking out the future

In a world of change, customer focus is the constant. Technologies come and go. Today’s bells and whistles will be tomorrow’s antiques—obsolete, unnecessary, unwanted. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Attitude adjustment

What is critical about hard times is how you approach them. For the past couple of years we have all been in a pretty … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Upfront

Exploring the desert

Urban America has become, by many accounts, a vast, underserved market with great potential for grocery operators. The lack of supermarkets in low-income areas … Continue reading