Category Archives: Columns

Food Forum: Going wireless

By increasing the number of tasks they can perform in the store and warehouse, mobile-powered workstations can save labor costs while still improving morale … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns

Talking Shop with… Mike Steele

The national sales manager for REMIS America says the company is expanding to meet increasing retailer demand for doors on coolers and cases. Grocery … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Racking up miles

Save Mart executives travel to each store and headquarters unit during the holidays, which says a great deal about their commitment to employees and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Keeping infants safe

New warnings are aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by infant carriers falling from shopping carts. By Paul Giampavolo This … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: Think small

Declining home ownership has more people living in tighter quarters. Retailers and manufacturers need to adjust. If there is one thing synonymous with the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Getting no respect

It is time for the media to understand that supermarkets offer the same services as drugstores when it comes to health and beauty care. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

On Point: Now you see it…

The best service is sometimes invisible to the customer. By Tom Weir To the male half of the couple it was surprising, disappointing actually, … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: Back from the crypt

Seeking to build sales and profits, grocery retailers may want to start expanding some long-dormant categories. It may be time for grocery retailers to … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Boom towns

Retailers weight their next moves as the real estate markets begin to heat up. Where is the next best place to operate? Now that … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns

Future Forces: The Amazon effect

Center store profits could be at risk as consumers do more of their research and buying online. By Patrick Kiernan As our industry continues … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns

From the Publisher: Gas pump economics

Consumers are paying more for gas and other energy needs. Sounds like more bad news for retailers. Except there may be a silver lining … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns

An Independent Voice: The art of appreciation

We tend to focus on showing gratitude around the holidays, but we should recognize workplace excellence throughout the year. By Jane Olszeski Tortola We … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns

Sounding Board: When cyber-bullies attack

A conservative group of mothers took their protest online to criticize the name of a new Ben & Jerry’s flavor. What is the proper … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Bridging the social media gap

Grocers need to tailor their social media outreach to older members of the Gen Y and Baby Boom generations. By Richard J. George How … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Increase the power of the candy aisle

Clearing up the chaos and having an efficient assortment are just some ways to boost candy sales. By Timothy LeBel In these uncertain economic … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns

Nonfoods Talk: When the pipeline is overflowing

New nonfoods items keep arriving, but there is no more room on the shelves. What can grocers do? By Seth Mendelson An executive from … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

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

Nonfoods Talk: A pet story

The pet category offers retailers the potential for huge sales and profits, but they have to be willing to get into the game. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

On Point: Checking out the future

In a world of change, customer focus is the constant. Technologies come and go. Today’s bells and whistles will be tomorrow’s antiques—obsolete, unnecessary, unwanted. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 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

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