Category 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

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

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

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

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