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.

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, FEATURED Articles, 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

Far from general

Grocery Headquarters recognizes the innovators and trendsetters in the general merchandise category with its 2014 Trailblazer awards. Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Regulating e-cig sales

Stricter rules governing e-cigs sales may benefit the category in the long run. It is time to tackle the white elephant in the room. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Making a difference

The potential for profits exists in nonfoods categories, as long as they are the right categories. Nonfoods buyers can learn a lesson or two … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Watch your mouth

The oral care category continues to grow with innovation. Years ago, the choices in oral care amounted to white (regular toothpaste) or blue/green (mint … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

A seasonal approach

Current and future GMDC white papers are designed for retailers to get the most out of the different selling seasons. How do grocery retailers … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Face-to-face with HBW

The game changers and decision makers of the health, beauty and wellness categories will gather in Orlando this month for the 2014 GMDC Health Beauty … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Troubling times for top retailers

Grocers need to look at RadioShack or Toys“R”Us to see the dangers of falling behind the times. I would like to say that I … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit