Category Archives: Columns

Surviving the jungle

Amazon.com has just started to make a dent in the grocery business, but there is no doubt that supermarkets are at the top of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Basic Training

While many retailers use the end-of-year period to refocus their businesses, what does “back to basics” really mean? How many times over the years … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Association Perspective: Mark Deuschle, GMDC

GMDC’s vice president and chief marketing officer discusses taking the “general” out of general merchandise. Grocery Headquarters: How important is general merchandise in terms … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Read All About It

Single-copy magazine sales have declined at supermarkets. Is it a temporary blip caused by the tough economy or the beginning of the end of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Steve Ward

The national accounts manager for Heineken USA says the upscale segment of the beer category is driving growth. Grocery Headquarters: What is the state … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… George W. Prest

The CEO of Material Handling Industry of America previews the upcoming ProMat 2013 show, taking place Jan. 21 to 24 in Chicago. Grocery Headquarters: … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: The value of canned foods

Not only is the can a convenient and sustainable packaging format, it maintains the freshness, nutrition and safety of food. By Hella Gourven When … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Payment protection

Data security should remain a top priority as grocers look to provide customers with more flexible payment options. By Tim Horton When grocers evaluate … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Jingle hell

Condemned to the torment of nonstop Christmas music. Now that Halloween has passed, retail’s biggest season is upon us once again. Legions of stressed-out … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: Big data dilemma

To survive in tomorrow’s world, your internal rate of change must be greater than the external rate of change around you. No industry has … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Countdown to Christmas

It can be a jolly holiday for grocers who offer their customers fresh-cut Christmas trees. By P. Allen Smith In planning for the holidays, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Family affair

Retailers can benefit from making the shopping environment safe and comfortable for parents and their children. By Paul Giampavolo Shopping with infants and children … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: A shot in the arm

Walmart is instituting a broad vaccination program that will gain consumer attention and build sales and profits. Remember the good old days of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Elizabeth Webb, DS Waters of America

Elizabeth Webb, cause marketing manager for DS Waters of America,  provides an update on the company’s efforts to support breast cancer awareness with its … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

From The Publisher: Connecting the dots

This strange economic landscape is causing real concerns for retailers and suppliers as they struggle to keep the supermarket sales engine humming. Officials at … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Letting go

Sometimes the best way to turn around a retail operation is to demolish it to make room for something better. There is finally proof … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Negative press

Supervalu has plenty of company in other industries as it struggles to prop up its brand in the wake of bad news. At a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Putting pets in their place

A new law makes it an expensive mistake not to harness your pet in the car in New Jersey. It could mean more sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Talking Shop with… Tom Ferguson

The vice president of sales strategy and trade management for the specialty coffee business unit of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shares his thoughts on … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Olivia Grosbois

The director of the SIAL Group says Paris is a perfect opportunity for retailers to explore new products and cuisine. Grocery Headquarters: Tell us … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns, Talking Shop

Food Forum: The Workers’ Comp perfect storm

What can grocers do to mitigate their risk? By David R. Leng Hang on to your wallets. Employers are already seeing the tip of … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Protecting sensitive data

As thieves become more advanced, retailers must be careful to purge customer data and other information before discarding hard drives. By Andrew Kelleher Hackers … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article 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