Category 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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