Category Archives: Columns

Fallout from the drought

As grocery prices rise, shoppers will need your help. This summer has been marked by excessive heat and scant rainfall in most of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The universal language of medicine

The pharmacy offers a great opportunity for retailers to attract—and interact with—a diverse customer base. Walk the aisles of any store these days and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Gina Boswell

The executive vice president, personal care, for Unilever North America discusses the revolution happening in the hair care category—starting at the scalp. Grocery Headquarters: … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Kyle Stenzel

The vice president of marketing for Signature Brands says his company’s innovation pipeline assures that the dessert category will remain fresh with consumers and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: The renaissance of mixed drinks

As consumers look for pure ingredients when making cocktails, retailers can benefit from merchandising bottled water near the spirits and other mixed drink COMPONENTS. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: Have you called your call center lately?

In a demanding environment, the challenges of exemplary service and growth require a view from outside of your retail window. By Patrick Kiernan Certainly, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Supervalu’s wrong turn

Financial gurus say that Supervalu’s poor earnings report is a harbinger of things to come for the rest of the industry. That may not … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: All the buzz

A new Fairway Market store in suburban New Jersey is catching the eyes and wallets of consumers from near and far. Will it last? … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Penney’s troubles

Most consumers no longer think of J.C. Penney as a cool place to shop. That is one big reason the chain is in such … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

L.A. law

Plastic grocery bags get the death penalty. By Tom Weir If you belong to the Baby Boom generation or the one before it, you … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Jan A. Verleur, V2 Cigs

The chief executive officer of V2 Cigs says electronic cigarettes can drive repeat business if retailers position them correctly. Grocery Headquarters: Tell us about … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Barry Goldsher, Growers Supply

The president and chief executive officer of Growers Supply says that hydroponics is the best way to achieve greater production as demand for locally … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Nonfoods Talk: The face of the new consumer

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, consumers—they are a changin’. As the media reported in late May, the demographics of America have evolved. The press reported … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

All The President’s Foods

Do politicians’ eating habits influence the products in the supermarket aisles? Now that we have officially entered the presidential campaign season, it is time … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Bob Sewall

The executive vice president-sales and marketing for Blount Fine Foods says that his company’s soup lines enable retailers to offer higher-end, gourmet soups. Grocery … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Moving targets

Grocery stores can reap the benefits of marketing programs that welcome new residents. By Larry Neal According to the USDA, the average family spends … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Learning from history

The chronicles of Walmart, Target and Kmart can serve as a textbook for other retailers looking to make a mark in today’s tough retail … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: Who will you trust?

The consumers’ quest for naturalness is really a continuing search for healthy living. By Patrick Kiernan Something happens to your view of life when … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: The transparency dilemma

A tough choice between facts now and fallout later. At this point, anyone who is still trying to make the case on behalf of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Washington hatches a good idea

Grocers should support federal legislation on eggs. By Gene Gregory How often do you hear grocers say, “That’s a great idea!” about something happening … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Do these trends have legs?

Retailers need to sift through a lot of fly-by-night offerings to find ones that will bring in business. There are just some food trends … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Playing catch-up

Wellness has been on consumers’ minds for nearly a generation. A new conference next year is geared to helping retailers gain more insight into … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: What is the gluten-free category missing?

A rush to market is resulting in some products that are not nutritionally sound. By Julie McGinnis Expensive alternative grains, starch-filled recipes, and speed … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns

Feel-good stories

Officials at housewares and pet product companies say their categories are looking up despite a weak economy and high gas prices. Talk about optimism. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Using technology to ring the till

Innovative applications can engage consumers, but will they buy? Are you as bored as I am with all the chatter about the technological revolution … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Columns