Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: A Guide to winning with upscale

For retailers, the key to successfully navigating the beer category and growing their bottom line lies in optimizing shelves and merchandising. By Nick Lake, … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Preparing for the next phase of the obesity debate

Healthy food options at retail are not enough for some activist groups looking to increase regulations even more. By Richard Berman, executive director, Center … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns

Association Perspective: Addressing the independents

National Grocers Association’s 2013 NGA Show introduced several innovations developed to help small- to mid-sized grocers. By Peter J. Larkin, president & CEO, National … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The FDA’s watchful eye

The FDA now has teeth and if retailers are not careful, they might just get bit. It is that time of year when the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Going with the flow

The industry continues to trend toward fresh, yet some grocers seem reticentto embrace the technology that would allow them to really profit. By Jeff … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Getting intimate

Intimacy products are no longer taboo and grocers that manage the section properly can prosper.  It is time for supermarket retailers to get more … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Independents taking the day

With a wide range of products tailored to specific neighborhood needs, independent Chicago-area grocers are thriving. I think I have seen the future of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns

A very public slugfest

Does a punch at Walmart give retailing a black eye? The Black Friday that kicked off the just-concluded Christmas shopping season was one for … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: Rethinking collaboration

Food prices, the food movement and the loss of the center store shopper will have a negative impact on the industry unless all parties … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: An 8-step plan to refresh your store

From painting walls to introducing new décor and signage, here are some things that retailers can do right now to improve sales. By Norbert … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The true price of recalls

It can cost millions to pull a product off the shelves, not to mention the damage to the brand’s image and lost sales. Recall … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: A new dimension to grocery shopping

“Virtual” grocery aisles are popping up in train stations, airports and other venues. While it is mostly an international trend so far, are U.S. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns

NonFoods Talk: The eye of the storm

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the Northeast. Mass retailers, as a whole, deserve a solid grade for getting consumers prepared for the storm and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Hydroponic growing gains momentum

When consumers purchase produce, they are spending more money on the fuel and transportation costs it took to get it to the supermarket than … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article 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