Category Archives: Columns

From the Publisher: Getting back on Target

Leaving Canada was a bold, but necessary step in righting the Target ship.  This is an open letter to Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…John H. Downs Jr.

John H. Downs Jr., National Confectioners Association’s new president and CEO, provides a pulse check on how the candy industry is performing. What have you … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Keep on truckin’

The growing popularity of various types of food trucks and street foods can provide insight into to what consumers are interested in preparing at … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Supplemental discipline

Retailers have an obligation to ensure that store branded herbal supplements are what their labels say they are.  Borrowing a line from the Watergate … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Ancient gluten secret

By Sameer Shah, Smart Flour Foods Gluten-free foods are getting a dose of ancient grains as shoppers demand tastier and more nutritious gluten-free choices.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…John J. Wiesehan, Jr.

John J. Wiesehan, Jr., CEO of Mistic Electronic Cigarettes, says a variety of flavor profiles and consumers’ ability to customize their own vaping systems … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

The chase for a new retail space

By Ralph Schwartz, Potandon Produce The ability to present shoppers with strong visual and sensory experiences will help brick-and-mortar survivability in the future. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…Steve Kneepkens

Steve Kneepkens, vice president of sales and marketing, Calbee North America, says snacking should be a guilt-free option. Tell us about Calbee North America. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Independent aspirations

The environment independent grocers create for shoppers is often more important than price. It is that time of year when consultants, reporters and pundits … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Don’t turn the page on magazines

If magazines are dying, why was 2014 a great year for new magazine launches? Print is dead. At least that is what I hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Time to act on women’s leadership

Progress for women in executive positions has stalled, and that may be costing retailers money. By Joan Toth Not long ago, someone questioned me … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Mall rats

Supermarket retailers can learn a valuable lesson from the local mall—if there still is one. An interesting article in The New York Times in … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Casing the meat department

Expect chicken prices to decrease while beef and pork prices should remain similar to last year. By Brian Diffenderfer Meat will more frequently be … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jim Sterbenz

Jim Sterbenz, vice president, U.S. retail sales at Campbell Soup Co. , says the new Campbell’s Organic soup line is bringing organic credentials to … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: The “Silver Economy” can be golden

Older consumers still have plenty of influence and spending power. It is Sunday morning and I am in my office listening to the radio—yes, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A nonfoods New Year

Supermarkets have a short time to capitalize on consumers’ New Year’s resolutions. There are few things one can count on in life, but one … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Of gas prices and Costco

With lower energy costs and a bump in the economy, 2015 could be the best year for grocery retailers in a decade. What does … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… George Prest, MHI

George Prest, CEO of MHI, says retailers that attend ProMat 2015 to learn about the best investment strategies to transform their supply chains will … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Getting ahead of the digital transformation

Retailers that learn to leverage accurate digital content put themselves on the winning side of this inevitable shift. By Sue Sentell Grocery retailing has … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Managing case space

It is important to monitor what, when and how products leave retailer shelves. By Bill Pizzico As manufacturers and retailers make more and more … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Dan Elrod, McLane Co.

Dan Elrod, vice president of sales, mass market, for McLane Co., says the company is well positioned to help mass retailers, including supermarkets, with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

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