Category Archives: Columns

Sounding Board: Inspiring and Aspiring

The demise of FAO Schwarz represents more than just a store closing; it is the death of a dream. Let’s talk about the death … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Joe Gordon

New product 100% Fruit for All, is on-trend, healthy, tastes great and creates new margins for the retailers, says Joe Gordon, vice president, sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: Canning the Can?

Hormel Food’s acquisition of Applegate Farms is a sure sign of the changing times. Hormel Food’s purchase of Applegate Farms for about $775 million … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Navigating the Food Safety Act

Some small, local farms are exempt from FSMA regulations, but not from litigious lawyers looking for a fresh lawsuit. By Rob Larose With the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Developing Safety Standards

Retailers and suppliers partner to standardize and streamline store brand safety and quality requirements. By Alan Perlman Retailers all strive for the same goals … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Staying On Schedule

When it comes to modern workforce management, grocers would be wise to adopt employee self-service and mobile technology. By Matt Zelek Work schedules have … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Summer Grilling and Food Safety

Following a few safety procedures can help prevent the spread of foodborne illness. By Brian Diffenderfer Grilling season is in full swing and with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A Cut Above

Advances in technology and cost are making razor blades a luxury category. Fifty dollars for razor blades? That is what Costco is charging for … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Respect-ability

Mutual respect between managers and employees can only be accomplished through building relationships and trust. There is an old saying—“What goes around, comes around.” … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: A New York State of Mind

Established New York City grocery chains need to clean up their acts, lest face extinction. Here is something I have never been able to … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A Real Eye-scratcher

Allergy season is uncomfortable for those afflicted. Retailers that do their best to help shoppers find a remedy are doing them, and themselves, a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Total(ly) Expo(sed)

The NACDS Total Store Expo offers grocery items and drug store products under one roof. By Randy Edeker Whether you are a supermarket retailer … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

Dietary supplements are a big seller. Retailers need to employ stricter standards for their store brands to ensure continued success. GNC took an extremely … Continue reading

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Let’s Make A Deal

Heinz’s purchase of Kraft Foods may not be as straightforward as many think.  Oh boy, this is a big one. Heinz’s purchase of Kraft … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

The Mother Lode

By Wendy Hirschhorn When it comes to winning over the hearts, minds and appetites of millions of food shoppers, mom bloggers carry much influence. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Championing Social Issues

Examining the intersection between retailing and social issues. To quote Madonna—the singer not the biblical figure—“Think before you speak.” A rather odd posting for … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Tracking the Field

By Richard Jones Growers that can measure their crop quality, providing suitable raw produce to retailers, can help eroding margins. The public’s understanding of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Payroll Planning

By Carlos E. Gonzalez Better management of labor costs can help retailers increase profits. Supermarkets by their nature are high-volume, low-margin businesses. Margins of … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with Bob Sewall

Bob Sewall, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Blount Fine Foods, says the more Blount elevates its products, the more success its retail customers … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Good employees equal happy customers

While money helps, it takes more than a wage increase to develop productive employees. Walmart stole the headlines back in February when the company … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

The five “must haves” in the seafood department

By Brian Diffenderfer Merchandised and managed properly, the seafood department can be a big money maker for retailers. With global consumer awareness and concern … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

A good employee can be hard to find

Walmart’s decision to increase its starting wages could be the first step in retaining valuable employees.  Welcome to Wage Wars! The recent announcement by … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…Andy Winans

Andy Winans, CEO of North American Operations for PCMS, says next generation POS systems can help grocers be successful in the long-term.  How can … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

The importance of the label

By Dominick F. Maggio Retailers can build consumer confidence through accurate product labeling. Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to buy some … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…Bill Plageman

Bill Plageman, vice president of marketing and product management for Amerlux, talks about the overall impact lighting can have in grocery. Tell us about … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop