Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: Prepping for BBQ season

Warmer months ahead have consumers ready to fire up the grill. By Shawn Harris With frigid temperatures giving way to the annual spring thaw, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jason Spafford

Jason Spafford, vice president, business development for McKay TransCold, says long-haul trucking cost will continue to increase.  What are the biggest challenges for retailers … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Capturing the “superuser”

Attracting and retaining health-conscious consumers can be extremely lucrative for grocers. By David Garfield, AlixPartners For a large portion of consumers, a new year … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Larry Graham

Larry Graham, president, National Confectioners Association, says consumers’ favorite treats can be worked into a healthy diet. How is the candy industry performing during … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: Taking baby steps

Fewer babies is not a great sign for the grocery industry. Retailers can protect themselves by stressing other key nonfoods segments. The U.S. population … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Securing security

Security breaches may not be the fault of retailers, but more often than not consumers will view retailers responsible. The massive pre-holiday data breach … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Andrew Urban

Andrew Urban, senior vice president retail sales for Perdue Foods, says no-antibiotics-ever and organic are realizing massive growth in fresh chicken. What is driving … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: Keeping ahead of Amazon

Grocers can fend off Amazon.com’s advances by doing what they do best, offer good products at good prices. The hubbub around Thanksgiving about Amazon.com … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Upfront

Sounding Board: Avoiding the toxic employee

The only thing worse than a toxic work environment are the toxic employees who create it. As if there are not enough things keeping … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Flight of the Phoenix

Almost miraculously, Best Buy managed to turn its financial situation around in a year. Can the consumer electronics chain keep it going? There was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: An apple for every day

Apples can provide retailers with substantial sales, as long as they navigate the growing category properly. By Steve Lutz Apples are hot.   With … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jamie Bowen

Jamie Bowen, marketing manager for the Idaho Potato Commission, shares the secrets behind the Success of Potato Lover’s Month. Why should retailers be excited … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Clearing the air

Continued implementation of the Clean Air Act means grocers now have to figure out the best way to get up to code with their … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The survival of the honey bee

Preserving the American honey bee is much more important than just supporting the U.S. honey industry. By David Allibone While I was growing up … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… George W. Prest

George W. Prest, CEO of MHI, says attending MODEX 2014 can help grocers create efficiencies in their distribution and supply chain operations. Tell us … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… John Wiesehan Jr.

John Wiesehan Jr., CEO for Mistic, says the e-cigarette industry is growing at a record rate. Why are e-cigarettes becoming so popular? John Wiesehan … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From the Publisher: Darkest before the dawn

Despite a spate of tough times, it is not wise to bet against major CPG companies. Not so good. That was the results of … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: A new frontier?

Though still in it is infancy, 3D printing may present ways for brick-and-mortar stores to compete with online competitors. Being somewhat of an oddball … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

The smell test

An emergency trip to a drug store showed just how important perception is in the battle for consumers’ dollars. On a business trip to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Vacuum wrapped sales

Retailers can improve consumer comfort with new beef packaging formats. For decades, a lack of consumer understanding around the features and benefits of vacuum … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Good cheer to all

The holiday season is always a good time to wish for things. Here is my list for the mass retail industry. As always there … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Kimberlee Marsh and Bharat Rupani

Kimberlee Marsh and Bharat Rupani, division vice presidents, North America private brand development, Daymon Worldwide, say successful private brands should be an extension of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: Forecasting the cost of beef

Buyers and sellers are looking for ways to reduce risk in the volatile beef category. By Mike Neal Have you ever been paralyzed by … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Reality calling

For retailers, coping with change can be the ultimate survival skill. Whatever happened to your Palm Pilot? Had you forgotten that you once owned … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Preparing for the worst

The recent terror attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, has domestic retailers thinking more about store safety.  I got an interesting question via … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns