Category Archives: Columns

From the Publisher: Standing at the top

Coborn’s has a well-earned reputation for great service, a strong product assortment and community service, making it a logical choice for the 2011 Grocery … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Time to build

While the economy has some retailers stuck in survival mode, many of America’s top companies were conceived in tough times. By Len Lewis Time … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Reshuffling the cards

The social expression department was once the star of the nonfoods category. Its current struggles at supermarkets highlight the problems of all GM/HBC segments. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Equipment Forum: Cold, hard profits

An automatic ice bagging system creates an in-store ice plant and greater opportunities for retailers. By Harry Starkweather At a time when margins are … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Charity begins close to home

From cancer centers to marching band uniforms, independents find creative and meaningful ways to support their communities. By Jane Olszeski Tortola When visiting Coborn’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Producing for a cause

The upcoming Produce for Kids spring promotion will benefit local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. By Heidi McIntyre Produce for Kids, a cause marketing organization … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns

On point: Attitude adjustment

What is critical about hard times is how you approach them. By Tom Weir For the past couple of years we have all been … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: The emperor has no clothes

The latest recall from Johnson & Johnson shows some holes in the manufacturing process. If not corrected, they can lead to even larger problems … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Wellness Forum: Healthy returns

Understanding shoppers’ top tactics for eating healthier can help grocers build sales. By Cary Silvers Losing weight is one of America’s top reasons for … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Not boxed in

The CEO of The Container Store says loyalty—to employees, customers and vendors—is the linchpin of the retailer’s success. By Len Lewis How would you … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Retail convergence

While more consumers are shopping and comparing prices online, the store is still relevant. Mike Webster Retailers are experiencing an unprecedented rate of market … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: The best year ever

Four independent grocers share their plans for 2011 and beyond. By Jane Olszeski Tortola Mark Batenic, Juvenal Chavez, Bill Orr and Rick Geyer are … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: The bedbugs are biting

Bedbugs have reappeared in many locations. Is this an opportunity for grocery stores? By Seth Mendelson Those nasty bedbugs are biting everyone and everywhere. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: The good times ahead

An improving economy could actually spell trouble for the grocery industry. How can retailers position themselves to benefit from an economic recovery? By Seth … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Clean matters

While promotions and incentives can attract new customers, cleanliness is crucial if you want them to become regulars. By Bobbi King Customers choose the … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: Food as medicine

While more Americans are making healthier choices at the supermarket, there is room for improvement. How can grocers help shoppers make the connection between … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Getting a dressing down

As the first provisions of health care reforms begin to take effect, some industry executives express concerns about higher costs and hidden requirements. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Putting people first

When independent grocers connect with their employees, everyone wins. By Jane Olszeski Tortola Many of the most successful supermarket retailers that I know have … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: A question of answers

When shoppers come asking, knowledge is power. By Tom Weir As the grocery industry’s main point of contact with the consuming public, retailers have … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Beyond the sale

Too often, supermarket executives think the relationship ends when the customer exits the checkout. A look at the Best Buy model could change some … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Hitting the gas

Can independent grocers compete in the fuel business? By Jane Olszeski Tortola Over the past couple of years, we’ve witnessed it all as “retailers” … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Targeting mature Millennials

This demographic represents a growing opportunity for grocers. By Richard J. George, Ph.D. Age, lifestyle and life stage all influence food retail attitudes and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: The new sheriff in town

Bed, Bath & Beyond is going after the nonfoods category. That is not good news for any supermarket chain’s GM/HBC department. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Turkeys with history

Heritage turkeys can help grocers appeal to consumers who are interested in the origins of their food. By P. Allen Smith With the holiday … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: A few simple rules

A family business can be a wonderful thing, but everyone needs to follow some guidelines to make it work. By Jane Olszeski Tortola The … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Columns