Category Archives: Nonfoods for Profit

Total monthly coverage of the nonfoods departments, including: general merchandise, health & beauty care, pharmacy and tobacco. Nonfoods News contains brief items of interest to our nonfoods readership.

Vapor, but few clouds

The outlook for the electronic cigarette category is growth, increased consumer interest and a few potential regulations. The electronic cigarette and vaping category is … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The HBC Top 50

Pain relievers and natural and organic products drive trips to the HBC aisle. Health and beauty care is one aisle that consumers have always … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Pet positive

Chatter at the recent Global Pet Expo suggests the pet aisle is becoming a valuable area for many grocers—again. Could there be a growing … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Take the long way home

This year’s International Home + Housewares Show adds an exhibitor preview and, as always, the latest product offerings.    There will be new blood … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

In the cards

The emotional connection created by greeting cards continues to keep the category on top.  “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Those … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Feminine wiles

Women seek feminine care information and community online, then buy products in-store. There are still some places where menstruation is a taboo subject. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Don’t turn the page on magazines

If magazines are dying, why was 2014 a great year for new magazine launches? Print is dead. At least that is what I hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Gaining steam

Once used by an eclectic few, electronic cigarettes and vaping products are now a $2 billion business. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Honing in on housewares

Innovation and changing consumer habits are providing grocers with renewed life in the housewares category.    “Do or do not, there is no try.” … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: A nonfoods New Year

Supermarkets have a short time to capitalize on consumers’ New Year’s resolutions. There are few things one can count on in life, but one … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Make way for the Millennial mom

Retailers that develop a strategy to make loyal consumers out of this group of buyers are taking the first baby steps toward growing category … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The high tech drug counter

Pharmacies are adapting to a changing environment. There is much more going on in the retail pharmacy world than counting pills and filling prescriptions. Retail … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 12 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

(Non)food for thought

In an era of unprecedented trust in store brands, the pressure is on retailers to provide quality, innovative products in the nonfoods category.  Just … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Backing beauty

Retailers that provide innovative, quality merchandise across the bath and beauty category are primed to drive sales, build customer loyalty and become a destination … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Tuning in

Supermarkets are trying to make up ground against other retail channels in the As Seen on TV segment. Have supermarkets missed the boat with … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Fine-tuning the nonfoods mix

Unique products can help generate incremental sales in the competitive nonfoods aisle. I have always held a pretty skeptical view on product line extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Getting back in the fold

Manufacturers are hoping value-added products can drive laundry detergent sales.  By Libby Basile The growing trend toward sustainability continues to affect the fabric care … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Fun in the sun

The sun care category may be ready to shine if the U.S. Government gives the go ahead on proposed innovations. We do not hear … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

The feminine mystique

As women’s needs evolve, retailers must embrace innovation to stay relevant in the feminine care category. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Righting the ship

Johnson & Johnson is looking to get healthy with a new leader at the helm. I do not know Sandra Peterson, but from what … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Banking on Beantown

NACDS takes a broader approach to its 2014 Total Store Expo by moving it back to Boston. The National Association of Chain Drug Stores … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Vape ‘em if you got ‘em

Electronic cigarette manufacturers are innovating, not waiting, as the rulemaking process continues.  When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its proposed rules concerning … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Baby… and beyond

A diversified baby care aisle can win important and influential shoppers—moms. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Healthy doses of HBC

These HBC innovators continue to keep retailers and consumers looking and feeling their best. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Refusing to retreat

Certain private label nonfoods categories continue to entice shoppers with quality and value. Traditionally, when the economy emerges from a recession, private label sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit