Category Archives: Columns

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

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

An Independent Voice: Change can do you good

Guided by new leadership, this year’s NGA Convention featured spirited discussions of health care, politics, energy and other challenges facing today’s independent grocers. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Media matters

By Timothy P. McMahon, Ph.D. Generation Y, a segment of the population born between 1977 and 1994, encompasses 80 million consumers with more than … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Small is big

As other retailers shrink their stores, does it make sense for supermarkets to follow suit? By Seth Mendelson Suddenly big is bad. At least … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The eyes have it

What can retailers learn by literally looking through the eyes of their customers? By Len Lewis If you are in the supermarket one day … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Writing the next chapter

What lessons can supermarkets glean from the fall of Borders? By Seth Mendelson What’s the book on Borders? As has been well documented in … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Feeling the power

Rather than go the way of photo/film, the batteries category is re-inventing itself as consumer needs change. by Seth Mendelson The retail industry can … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

An Independent Voice: Barking up the right tree

Some independents are giving pet owners a treat by creating outstanding pet sets that go beyond the traditional offerings. By Jane Olszeski Tortola During … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Flower power

New varieties of orchids are easier to grow and can fit into any budget. By P. Allen Smith Over the past several years, floral … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Here today, gone tomorrow

Could your brand end up on the auction block? By Tom Weir As 2010 was drawing to a close, a group of people gathered … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

Wellness Forum: How men shop

By Cary Silvers Many retailers know that their success is determined by their ability to be ahead of the curve on trends and consumer … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Who shall lead?

The recent medical leave of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs pushes succession planning to the forefront. By Len Lewis I like to think that companies … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

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