Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: Getting smaller

After years of building big boxes, supermarkets are investing in smaller-format stores in response to evolving consumer preferences. By Mark Lang The supermarket is … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

An attack from within

Many top supermarket executives are turning against the nonfoods category in favor of other segments. Nonfoods buyers need to defend their turf. By Seth … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From the Publisher: Taking the offensive

Dramatic increases in fuel prices, plus skyrocketing commodity costs, are putting a whammy on consumers. Retailers had better be prepared to offer more creative … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The impact of the Food Safety Act

Grocers will have to implement more stringent controls throughout the supply chain, especially for fresh items. By Tom Kozenski There has been a fair … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Turning the tables

Big Y is charging shoppers an annual fee to join one of its loyalty programs. What if retailers force customers to pay for the … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: A fresh perspective

Young employees can provide valuable insights into your business practices. By Jane Olszeski Tortola Sometimes it is hard to gauge what is on the … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Time to rethink center store

Grocers have done a great job attracting shoppers to the perimeter departments. Now they need to apply that expertise to the center store. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Sweet smell of success?

Unilever has introduced a product that company officials hope will bring new sales to the deodorant category. Can it drum up interest in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Food Forum: Cracking the surface

Since tuna is a supermarket staple, retailers and their customers crave more information on sustainability. By Susan Jackson Tuna is one of the world’s … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: In search of growth

Great manufacturers invent products that create new store aisles. Great retailers invent stores that bring neighbors and communities together. By Patrick Kiernan When industry … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Losing sleep

A looming discrimination suit is keeping Walmart executives up at night. But the real concern is not whether the retailer will survive, but how … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Quality will tell

A strong private label program is its own reward. By Tom Weir An important trend in the industry over the past decade or more … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The future of payments

Are retailers ready for the next generation of payment processing technologies? By Paul Cwalina As consumers change their spending habits, they expect merchants to … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: The supply chain of the future

Supermarket supply chains have been reconfigured time and time again. What will the next generation supply chain look like? By Jim Ritchie Supermarket supply … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: Change can do you good

Guided by new leadership, this year’s NGA Convention featured spirited discussions of health care, politics, energy and other challenges facing today’s independent grocers. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Media matters

By Timothy P. McMahon, Ph.D. Generation Y, a segment of the population born between 1977 and 1994, encompasses 80 million consumers with more than … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Small is big

As other retailers shrink their stores, does it make sense for supermarkets to follow suit? By Seth Mendelson Suddenly big is bad. At least … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: The eyes have it

What can retailers learn by literally looking through the eyes of their customers? By Len Lewis If you are in the supermarket one day … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Writing the next chapter

What lessons can supermarkets glean from the fall of Borders? By Seth Mendelson What’s the book on Borders? As has been well documented in … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Feeling the power

Rather than go the way of photo/film, the batteries category is re-inventing itself as consumer needs change. by Seth Mendelson The retail industry can … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

An Independent Voice: Barking up the right tree

Some independents are giving pet owners a treat by creating outstanding pet sets that go beyond the traditional offerings. By Jane Olszeski Tortola During … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Flower power

New varieties of orchids are easier to grow and can fit into any budget. By P. Allen Smith Over the past several years, floral … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

On Point: Here today, gone tomorrow

Could your brand end up on the auction block? By Tom Weir As 2010 was drawing to a close, a group of people gathered … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

Wellness Forum: How men shop

By Cary Silvers Many retailers know that their success is determined by their ability to be ahead of the curve on trends and consumer … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Who shall lead?

The recent medical leave of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs pushes succession planning to the forefront. By Len Lewis I like to think that companies … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns