Category Archives: Columns

Sounding Board: Unfriendly labor relations

With their ranks depleted, hungry unions are increasingly targeting retailers. By Len Lewis It is a funny thing about fear. It just feeds on … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Power in numbers

The decision to merge three shows into one could be a boost for the retail industry. But it is going to take a lot … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Future Forces: A new breed of retailer

Think about the possibilities of combining the best traits of two retailers. By Patrick Kiernan By now you may be living with one of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Addressing food production concerns

Technology is vital to maintaining a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply. By Jeff Simmons In a world of increasing food insecurity, millions of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Checking out

Albertsons’ decision to eliminate self-checkouts should get retailers thinking about the overall role of technology in their stores.   By Seth Mendelson I am … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Five scary digits

A California Supreme Court ruling restricting retailers from collecting ZIP codes could lead to costly penalties and impact how consumer data is gathered going … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfood for Profit: A ray of sunshine

New government rules should bring a level of sensibility to the booming, but confusing, sunscreen category. By Seth Mendelson I can’t tell you how … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

An Independent Voice: Mixing and mingling

Independent grocers such as Giant Eagle are leading the way when it comes to harnessing the power of social media. By Jane Olszeski Tortola … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Penny wise, pound foolish

Food safety looks like the wrong place to make budget cuts. By Tom Weir In America, the route to safer eating sometimes seems to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Seed money

If you want to know what items will be in the produce department 15 years from now, talk to a genetic scientist today. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Seven ways to woo shoppers

From tweaking store layouts to localizing assortments, here are some things retailers can do right now to put customers front and center. By Candace … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Getting smaller

After years of building big boxes, supermarkets are investing in smaller-format stores in response to evolving consumer preferences. By Mark Lang The supermarket is … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

An attack from within

Many top supermarket executives are turning against the nonfoods category in favor of other segments. Nonfoods buyers need to defend their turf. By Seth … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Taking the offensive

Dramatic increases in fuel prices, plus skyrocketing commodity costs, are putting a whammy on consumers. Retailers had better be prepared to offer more creative … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The impact of the Food Safety Act

Grocers will have to implement more stringent controls throughout the supply chain, especially for fresh items. By Tom Kozenski There has been a fair … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Turning the tables

Big Y is charging shoppers an annual fee to join one of its loyalty programs. What if retailers force customers to pay for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: A fresh perspective

Young employees can provide valuable insights into your business practices. By Jane Olszeski Tortola Sometimes it is hard to gauge what is on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Losing sleep

A looming discrimination suit is keeping Walmart executives up at night. But the real concern is not whether the retailer will survive, but how … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Quality will tell

A strong private label program is its own reward. By Tom Weir An important trend in the industry over the past decade or more … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The future of payments

Are retailers ready for the next generation of payment processing technologies? By Paul Cwalina As consumers change their spending habits, they expect merchants to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The supply chain of the future

Supermarket supply chains have been reconfigured time and time again. What will the next generation supply chain look like? By Jim Ritchie Supermarket supply … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Time to rethink center store

Grocers have done a great job attracting shoppers to the perimeter departments. Now they need to apply that expertise to the center store. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Sweet smell of success?

Unilever has introduced a product that company officials hope will bring new sales to the deodorant category. Can it drum up interest in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Cracking the surface

Since tuna is a supermarket staple, retailers and their customers crave more information on sustainability. By Susan Jackson Tuna is one of the world’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: In search of growth

Great manufacturers invent products that create new store aisles. Great retailers invent stores that bring neighbors and communities together. By Patrick Kiernan When industry … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns