Category 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

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