Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: Doing more with less

By Graeme McVie Retailers that employ assortment optimization must make sure they do not drive away their best customers. Retailers are always trying to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Omni-channel consumerism in fresh foods

By Juan Perez Employing advanced technologies can help improve fresh foods sales. Omni-channel is the latest terminology used to describe how consumers are increasingly … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: What’s in a name?

Figuring out what to call the next generation may turn out to be easier than marketing to them. There is a new game in … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Food fight

Merging suppliers can have a plethora of different meanings.  Tyson Foods is the proud parent of a new baby. Of course, it cost a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Protecting retailer liability

By Randy Fields The tipping point on food safety risk has been reached for retailers. We have increasingly seen food safety issues negatively impacting … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Stephen T. Matsko

Stephen T. Matsko, director of sales and marketing for Trion Industries, says the proper fixtures can help better connect shopper to retailer.  What is … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Mike Stotts

Mike Stotts executive vice president, sales and marketing for Navajo, says supermarkets can bring innovative products typically found in the specialty market to their … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Diamond in the rough or fool’s gold

Some call click-and-collect the new wave of retailing. Others see it as three of the most dangerous words in the retail lexicon. Click-and-collect was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: There is an app for that?

The app store may have many benefits, but right now good old merchandising and marketing still rules the roost at grocery stores. Okay, I … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Regulating e-cig sales

Stricter rules governing e-cigs sales may benefit the category in the long run. It is time to tackle the white elephant in the room. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Francis Delpech

Francis Delpech, president of 1515 Design & Manufacturing, says using versatile equipment is essential to retailers. Tell us about 1515 Design & Manufacturing. Francis … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Capitalizing on corporate responsibility

Retailers can turn what customers care about into bottom line returns. By Matthew Prescott   Many people say that animal treatment will become the next … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Keep the ball rolling

The news for most traditional retailers has not been too good over the last few years. That is not the case for the supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Leslie G. Sarasin

Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI President and CEO, says FMI Connect will serve as a consistent, more available resource to inspire creative thinking among food … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Making a difference

The potential for profits exists in nonfoods categories, as long as they are the right categories. Nonfoods buyers can learn a lesson or two … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Ron Lemaire

Ron Lemaire, president of CPMA (Canadian Produce Marketing Association), is excited about the recently launched Half Your Plate program.  Tell us about CPMA. Ron … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Jeff Boutelle

Jeff Boutelle, president and CEO of Beech-Nut Nutrition, says moms are showing renewed interest in the baby food category.    Tell us about Beech-Nut and … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Flipping tradition this grilling season

By Brian Diffenderfer Brian Diffenderfer, director of meat and seafood for Daymon Worldwide, says beef and pork shortages will affect retailers summertime ad plans.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Dan Edmeier

Dan Edmeier, vice president of sales and marketing for Kingdom Fresh Farms, says flavor and consistency are improved when products are grown in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Cuban import makes good

Fidel Castro forced the successful Navarro drug chain out of Cuba, and it has become South Florida’s benefit. It is not your typical rags-to-riches … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Chris Kronenthal

Chris Kronenthal, CTO of FreedomPay, says faster, simpler, safer and smarter payment management solutions are available to retailers.  Introduce us to FreedomPay. Chris Kronenthal: … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Tea time

Health-conscious consumers are looking for premium Ready-to-drink teas with less sugar. By Suley Muratoglu Reformed soda drinkers continue to look for healthier ways to … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article 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