Category Archives: Columns

On Point: Employees as an investment

A well-trained workforce can be a highly valuable asset. By Tom Weir Fortune magazine came out with its annual list of the 100 best … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Facing a Catch-22

Nonfoods can’t grow unless supermarkets give the category more space, but without a stronger commitment the prospects for growth are dimming. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Protect your brand

Supermarkets need to have a plan of action if their private label products are subject to a recall. By Katherine Cahill and Bill Harrison … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Scooping up customers

While Frozen Food Month offers an opportunity to kick start ice cream sales, the category needs year-round promotion. By Penny Baker Ice cream suppliers, … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Taking ownership

To thrive in supermarkets, nonfoods needs cheerleaders. Right now, the category has few outspoken leaders and that is hurting its performance. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: The art of improvisation

A sense of humor and the ability to think on your feet can be valuable assets in the grocery business. By Len Lewis So, … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Time to streamline

Will this be the year that the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) finally takes off? By Milan Vacval In 2004, GS1 announced the Global … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Planning from the top down

Strategy is too important to leave to strategists. Leaders must take the reins. By Mark Lang Leaders need to agree on what strategy is. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Power vs. profits

Fighting among trading partners may be counterproductive. By Tom Weir Was it really only a couple of years ago that commodity prices were going … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Branding in the age of Oprah

What can retailers and CPG firms learn from this brand-building powerhouse? By Len Lewis They laughed, cried tears of sorrow and joy, held hands … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: First at being second

A look at the airline industry can help retailers reshape their strategies for rewarding top customers. By Patrick Kiernan As Seinfeld’s George Costanza said, … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A Thanksgiving tale

Trying to buy a computer at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving night did not create a happy ending to the holiday for my family. By Seth … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit