Category Archives: Columns

From the publisher: Besting Amazon

With new marketing strategies, Best Buy has provided a blue print for brick-and-mortar retailers to succeed in the digital world. Take that Amazon.com. That … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Doing the safety dance

By Matt Smith, icix Transparency is of utmost importance when interacting with shoppers regarding product safety. We continue to read and hear about unsafe … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Future payment

Younger generations are moving away from credit and debit cards and toward mobile payment options. I was at an FMI meeting some 35 years … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Batteries not included

The highly profitable batteries category is not getting the exposure it should at many grocery retailers.  There is a lot about the batteries segment … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods talk: Remembering Rick Tilton, an industry pioneer

Rick Tilton’s efforts went a long way toward shaping the nonfood category in the grocery channel. Unfortunately many of you may not know the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Softening the stance on soft drinks

Top beverage companies take aim at reducing consumer intake of sugary drinks. These beverage companies sure do know how to keep their hands on … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Backup power players

Having backup power during an outage can pay off in the short-term and the long-term. By Amber Hegemann When we talk with grocery retailers … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Trout catches “better” customers

Sustainable rainbow trout farming helps meet today’s trends in sustainability and healthy choices. By Larry Cope Consumers are inundated with catchphrases such as “eco-friendly,” … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: If You Build It, They Will Come

Personalized Shopping Experience For A Social Marketplace. By Taryn Fixel Planning brunch for a few friends used to be simple: you’d whip up a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Joel Warady

Joel Warady, chief sales and marketing officer for Enjoy Life Foods, says retailers have more opportunity than ever before to grow their better-for-you sales. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Cashing out

The spate of data breaches has consumers rethinking their payment methods. There is a hot new payment system that is immune to data breaches, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The in-store experience revealed

What are shoppers looking for in a grocery store? Hint: A clean store will go a long way. By Giovanni DeMeo Shoppers today have … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Fine-tuning the nonfoods mix

Unique products can help generate incremental sales in the competitive nonfoods aisle. I have always held a pretty skeptical view on product line extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Free as a bird?

California grocers can begin taking steps now to comply with the impending changes in the cage-free egg laws. By Matthew Prescott Come January, all … Continue reading

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From the Publisher: Talk of the town

As more consumers get to partake in the Wegmans Experience, word-of-mouth advertising is helping to spread the word on the chain. How much? Towns … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Getting more from the core

Calling out the strengths of different potato varieties in-store can renew consumer interest. By Ralph Schwartz Potatoes have been around for a long time … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Gunning for a solution

For retailers, gun laws raise many questions and very few answers. It is Sunday morning and the supermarket is filled with parents and kids. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The personalization of protein

Consumers are moving beyond meat and seeking alternative protein sources. By Colin Stewart From the 1990s Atkins diet to the South Beach diet, and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Lee Rhoades

Lee Rhoades, COO of BÄRO North America, says making lighting decisions can be overwhelming for retailers.   Tell us about BÄRO and its mission as … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Fun in the sun

The sun care category may be ready to shine if the U.S. Government gives the go ahead on proposed innovations. We do not hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Julia Kadison

Julia Kadison, CEO at MilkPEP, says the Great American Milk Drive is designed to deliver milk to families that need it most. Tell us … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Corporate shopping

Done properly, investing in smaller chains and independents can do wonders for the big guys. What do you do when you are shopping and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: The secret is out

Whole Foods has led the natural/organic revolution at supermarket chains, but other companies are chipping away sales by doing things a bit differently. When … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The next generation of “fast” food

The home delivery of prepared meals may be the way of the future for grocers. By Susan Lee The business of food is facing … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: A meaty issue

Organic and natural offerings are becoming must-haves in the meat department. By Brian Diffenderfer As consumers become increasingly concerned about healthier living and “better … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Focus on Fresh