Category Archives: Columns

Talking Shop with… Julia Kadison

Julia Kadison, CEO, Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), says by implementing The Great American Milk Drive in-store, retailers can drive incremental sales of milk. … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: GMDC Celebrates its 45-Year Anniversary

The Global Market Development Center celebrates its 45-year anniversary with a retrospective look at the top retail innovations since the 1970s. We are proud … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Small Steps to Success

By creating a more pleasant and productive shopping experience, retailers can boost sales and profits. Remember the 1980s? The heady days of runaway inflation, … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Severing the Link to the Past

With a modern business plan the retailers that replace A&P have the potential to succeed. Enough about A&P already, right? Well, not quite. Not … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Eliminating Inefficiency

Cost-effective technology can improve cash processing and mitigate risk. By John Bultema Managing currency can be the bane of a treasury’s existence. Processing cash … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jim Rogers

Jim Rogers, vice president sales and marketing at Creekstone Farms, says it is important for retailers to set themselves apart as a trusted expert … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Bob Howard

Bob Howard, vice president of retail marketing, AdvancePierre Foods, parent company of Barber Foods, says retailers can reinvigorate their frozen food business by selecting … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Philip Andreae

Philip Andreae, vice president, fields technology, at Oberthur Technologies North America, says an October deadline on installing chip card reader payment systems places the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Procter & Gamble Needs to Regain Focus

A successful Procter & Gamble is good for the nonfoods category. This may be as good a time as any to talk about Procter … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Getting The Low Down on EVOO

Category managers at retail and distribution levels need a more in-depth education on olive oil. By David Neuman Tom Mueller, celebrated author of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Examining A Pet Pharmacy

Selling pet medications has the potential to provide increased sales at very favorable margins. My dog had diabetes. Do you know where I purchased … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Milking a Good Thing

With The Great American Milk Drive, MilkPEP is helping retailers help their communities. By Victor Zaborsky In 2014, the dairy industry and Feeding America … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Adventures in Retail

Consumers want shopping today to be a treasure hunt, not a chore. On the banks of the Mighty Mississippi and rising 32 stories above … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Looking Beyond the Merger

Mergers of retail chains can only work if the new management is willing to invest to remain competitive. There are a lot of reasons … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 08 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Inspiring and Aspiring

The demise of FAO Schwarz represents more than just a store closing; it is the death of a dream. Let’s talk about the death … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Joe Gordon

New product 100% Fruit for All, is on-trend, healthy, tastes great and creates new margins for the retailers, says Joe Gordon, vice president, sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: Canning the Can?

Hormel Food’s acquisition of Applegate Farms is a sure sign of the changing times. Hormel Food’s purchase of Applegate Farms for about $775 million … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Navigating the Food Safety Act

Some small, local farms are exempt from FSMA regulations, but not from litigious lawyers looking for a fresh lawsuit. By Rob Larose With the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Developing Safety Standards

Retailers and suppliers partner to standardize and streamline store brand safety and quality requirements. By Alan Perlman Retailers all strive for the same goals … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Staying On Schedule

When it comes to modern workforce management, grocers would be wise to adopt employee self-service and mobile technology. By Matt Zelek Work schedules have … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Summer Grilling and Food Safety

Following a few safety procedures can help prevent the spread of foodborne illness. By Brian Diffenderfer Grilling season is in full swing and with … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A Cut Above

Advances in technology and cost are making razor blades a luxury category. Fifty dollars for razor blades? That is what Costco is charging for … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Respect-ability

Mutual respect between managers and employees can only be accomplished through building relationships and trust. There is an old saying—“What goes around, comes around.” … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: A New York State of Mind

Established New York City grocery chains need to clean up their acts, lest face extinction. Here is something I have never been able to … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Total(ly) Expo(sed)

The NACDS Total Store Expo offers grocery items and drug store products under one roof. By Randy Edeker Whether you are a supermarket retailer … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns