Category Archives: Columns

Food Safety Forum: Expanding the food safety net

While the Food Safety Modernization Act is a good start, a centralized database is needed to ensure food safety and protect the industry’s reputation. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Learning and networking in Vegas

The upcoming NGA Show will offer expanded educational opportunities and partnerships. By Jane Olszeski Tortola For independent grocers small and large, the must-attend event … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The dark side of social networking

The next round of labor negotiations may involve stipulations surrounding social media use. The next time union contracts come up for renewal retailers may … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Finding good help

Independents need to make time for interviewing and training as they hire workers for the upcoming holiday season. By Jane Olszeski Tortola Hiring a … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Not a jolly holiday

The Christmas selling season is shaping up to be a rough one for retailers. They need to plan ahead to get consumers in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The never-ending story

With social networks, blogs and websites, customers are continually evaluating their shopping experiences. Retailers should do the same. By Len Lewis Are you offering … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Eye of the storm

Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast with high winds and heavy rain. It was the perfect weather for increased batteries sales. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Can grocers leverage emerging media?

Only time and thorough testing will determine if supermarkets can profit from social media, location-based marketing and other budding communication channels. By Marek Polonski … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: A trip to the local watering hole

Domestic bottled water offers a close-to-home option that appeals to eco-conscious consumers and retailers. By P. Allen Smith We are in the middle of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Cashing in on cards

Grocers have a chance to grow their social expression departments as many independent card shops fold. By Jane Olszeski Tortola She received numerous good … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: Pass it along

Combining location-based marketing with mobile technology will make word-of-mouth marketing even more powerful. By Patrick Kiernan You have probably noticed the growing use of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: The competition is online

Ecommerce can take a bite out of nonfoods sales. It is time to fight back against the Amazon.com’s of the world. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

On Point: The fight is not over

Walmart may be down, but do not count the retailing giant out. By Tom Weir Nothing like hard times to bring a high-flyer down … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Unfriendly labor relations

With their ranks depleted, hungry unions are increasingly targeting retailers. By Len Lewis It is a funny thing about fear. It just feeds on … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Superfruits at a tipping point

Foods such as granola bars, muffins and cold cereals that incorporate superfruits will drive growth. By Jeff Manning Health-conscious consumers who already eat fresh … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Power in numbers

The decision to merge three shows into one could be a boost for the retail industry. But it is going to take a lot … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Future Forces: A new breed of retailer

Think about the possibilities of combining the best traits of two retailers. By Patrick Kiernan By now you may be living with one of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Addressing food production concerns

Technology is vital to maintaining a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply. By Jeff Simmons In a world of increasing food insecurity, millions of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Checking out

Albertsons’ decision to eliminate self-checkouts should get retailers thinking about the overall role of technology in their stores.   By Seth Mendelson I am … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Five scary digits

A California Supreme Court ruling restricting retailers from collecting ZIP codes could lead to costly penalties and impact how consumer data is gathered going … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfood for Profit: A ray of sunshine

New government rules should bring a level of sensibility to the booming, but confusing, sunscreen category. By Seth Mendelson I can’t tell you how … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

An Independent Voice: Mixing and mingling

Independent grocers such as Giant Eagle are leading the way when it comes to harnessing the power of social media. By Jane Olszeski Tortola … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Penny wise, pound foolish

Food safety looks like the wrong place to make budget cuts. By Tom Weir In America, the route to safer eating sometimes seems to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Seed money

If you want to know what items will be in the produce department 15 years from now, talk to a genetic scientist today. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Seven ways to woo shoppers

From tweaking store layouts to localizing assortments, here are some things retailers can do right now to put customers front and center. By Candace … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns