Category Archives: Columns

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

Pet positive

Chatter at the recent Global Pet Expo suggests the pet aisle is becoming a valuable area for many grocers—again. Could there be a growing … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

No holds barred

By Marshall Rader Consumers are looking for more than health benefits from nutrition bars. Taste, quality and convenience are important as well. Nutrition bars … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with…Andy Urban

Andy Urban, senior vice president of retail sales for Perdue Foods, says consumers are increasingly interested in how the chicken they eat is raised.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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