Category Archives: Columns

On Point: The urge to merge

Is industry consolidation seeing another revival? The grocery business may be in the early stages of a new wave of mergers and acquisitions like … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: German engineering

German retailer Lidl is once again making overtures to the U.S. market. I find it heartening that there are those who still pursue the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns

Taliking Shop with… Herb Smith, E. & J. Gallo Winery

Herb Smith, vice president, customer development off-premise for E. & J. Gallo Winery, says there is an opportunity to expand wine drinking occasions. Tell … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Grocers address today’s challenges with customer analytics

Analytics can provide the insight behind the data and allow retailers to make well-founded and accurate decisions. By Stephen Polanski The grocery industry is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: College days

Bed, Bath & Beyond has developed a solid reputation with consumers as the go-to-place for college dorm needs. Targeting college students and their free-spending … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: The mobile lifestyle

New technologies will allow retailers to satisfy shoppers’ appetite for apps—inside the store and beyond. By Giovanni DeMeo At any time there are nearly … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns

NonFoods Talk: The First Amendment

Obviously, I am a big believer in the First Amendment. Freedom of the press is a basic right and one that, I believe, serves … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Right on track?

There is a fine line retailers must walk when choosing to employ in-store tracking technology.  An article in The New York Times discussed both … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Feeding the shark

Amazon’s foray into fresh groceries poses a potential threat to traditional grocers. If there is one truism in retail it is that customers always … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Tapping into the aging consumer market

The aging Baby Boomer segment provides challenges and opportunities for retailers. By Graeme McVie The U.S. population is undergoing a dramatic shift—one that will … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Victoria Gray, Daiya Foods

Victoria Gray, marketing director, Daiya Foods, says consumers want foods that meet their dietary needs but still taste good.  Tell us about Daiya. What … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Using mobile marketing to fill carts

For grocers seeking to evolve to the next level of customer connectivity, mobile offers an abundance of choices worth checking out. By Mike Romano, … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Harold Edwards, Limoneira

Harold Edwards, president and CEO, Limoneira, says there is potential for retailers to grow lemons sales beyond the produce department.  What is the biggest … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Bill Monroe, Pompeian

Bill Monroe, managing director of marketing for Pompeian, talks about creating a market for blended oils. What do retailers need to do to build … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Capturing the foodservice dollar in the deli

There is more to navigating the fresh and prepared meal space than just offering rotisserie chicken and hot soups. By T Fuqua It is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Standardizing store cleanliness through sustainability

Retailers can realize numerous benefits when cleaning remains consistent and sustainable.  For grocery stores with multiple locations, maintaining a brand standard is essential for … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Red Apple to Big Apple

Do retailers like John Catsimatidis have the experience and wherewithal to serve in public office? You have to wonder why anyone in his or … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Standing out in the crowd

Grocery Headquarters’ GM and HBC Trailblazer Awards are designed to help retailers identify potential hot products.    My older son graduated from high school … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

On Point: Innovation’s limitations

Tesco’s Fresh & Easy flop shows there are no sure bets. Back in 2007, one of the main topics of conversation in the industry … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Taking proper precautions

In the wake of recent violence, retailers need to be more aware of the ways to increase safety for customers and employees.  There is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Staying loyal

Grocers that continue to dedicate space to the pet category are bound to reap the rewards.   Leave it to the American Heart Association to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Stuck in the middle

Retailers need to take a cautious look at animal activists, says the author.  By Rick Berman There is a war going on between animal … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Hiring top talent

Organized and cost-effective recruiting is key to hiring success in the grocery industry. By Susan Vitale, chief marketing officer, iCIMS Since 2008, the troubled … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Avoiding missteps

As J.C. Penney has shown, Employing new business strategies are great, as long as they do not alienate shoppers. I just cannot get J.C. … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Timothy LeBel, Mars

Timothy LeBel, vice president of sales—grocery/value/military for Mars Chocolate North America, discusses the overall state of the candy category. What is the state of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop