Category Archives: Columns

Talking Shop with… Anthony Dilenno

Anthony Dilenno, president of HAVI Global Solutions Recycling and Waste Solutions, says that trash should be viewed as a resource, not waste. What are … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Troubling times for top retailers

Grocers need to look at RadioShack or Toys“R”Us to see the dangers of falling behind the times. I would like to say that I … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Minimum wages, major impacts

While some type of minimum wage is necessary, specific needs should dictate what a retailer is willing to pay its employees, not government intervention. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Tracy Bailey

Tracy Bailey, executive director for Blossoms Fresh Fruit Arrangements, says retailers can expect high margins on fruit arrangement sales.  Tell us about Blossoms Fresh … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Betting on brands

As the produce department evolves, branded fruits and vegetables are poised to lead the way.    By Ralph Schwartz As the world around us continues … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jim Whitman

Jim Whitman, NACDS (National Association of Chain Drug Stores) senior vice president meetings and member services, says NACDS Total Store Expo is evolving. Tell … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Sending smoke(less) signals

By eliminating tobacco sales, CVS is doing more than just dropping a category. It is redefining the drug store. There is an old saying … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Prime cuts

Pound for pound, in-store butchers have the ability to offer value to health-conscious consumers. By Brian Diffenderfer Like the extinction of so many other … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Andrew Darmohraj

Andrew Darmohraj, executive vice president and COO of the American Pet Products Association, says the Global Pet Expo has evolved into the standard show … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Facing a dilemma

The growing popularity of facial hair has trimmed sales in the profitable shaving/razor category.  Damn those Boston Red Sox. Not only have they been … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Zeroing in on shoppers

Via a free app, iBeacons can send messages to shoppers, in-store, about new products, promotions and special pricing. You have just spent a few … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: A country divided

The lingering recession has created a marketplace where some consumers want more and others cannot afford enough. Two Americas? Yes, most definitely, two Americas. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Keith Stauber

Keith Stauber, regional managing director, Chicago market for Jones Lang LaSalle, says transporting food products via rail can lower supply chain costs. What kinds … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Sales for all seasons

Retailers can take advantage of the seasonal food trend in the produce department. By P. Allen Smith I am not sure I would consider … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Prepping for BBQ season

Warmer months ahead have consumers ready to fire up the grill. By Shawn Harris With frigid temperatures giving way to the annual spring thaw, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jason Spafford

Jason Spafford, vice president, business development for McKay TransCold, says long-haul trucking cost will continue to increase.  What are the biggest challenges for retailers … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Capturing the “superuser”

Attracting and retaining health-conscious consumers can be extremely lucrative for grocers. By David Garfield, AlixPartners For a large portion of consumers, a new year … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Larry Graham

Larry Graham, president, National Confectioners Association, says consumers’ favorite treats can be worked into a healthy diet. How is the candy industry performing during … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Taking baby steps

Fewer babies is not a great sign for the grocery industry. Retailers can protect themselves by stressing other key nonfoods segments. The U.S. population … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Securing security

Security breaches may not be the fault of retailers, but more often than not consumers will view retailers responsible. The massive pre-holiday data breach … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Andrew Urban

Andrew Urban, senior vice president retail sales for Perdue Foods, says no-antibiotics-ever and organic are realizing massive growth in fresh chicken. What is driving … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: Keeping ahead of Amazon

Grocers can fend off Amazon.com’s advances by doing what they do best, offer good products at good prices. The hubbub around Thanksgiving about Amazon.com … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Upfront

Sounding Board: Avoiding the toxic employee

The only thing worse than a toxic work environment are the toxic employees who create it. As if there are not enough things keeping … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Flight of the Phoenix

Almost miraculously, Best Buy managed to turn its financial situation around in a year. Can the consumer electronics chain keep it going? There was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: An apple for every day

Apples can provide retailers with substantial sales, as long as they navigate the growing category properly. By Steve Lutz Apples are hot.   With … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns