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.

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

HBC top 50

Retailers that stay on top of HBC trends can succeed in the competitive category. The health and beauty care category is vast, and ripe … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The eyes have it

A close-up look at eye care. Bloodshot, itchy eyes, whether from irritating contact lenses or pesky allergies, can be maddening. These discomforts are the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Sounding Board: Sending smoke(less) signals

By eliminating tobacco sales, CVS is doing more than just dropping a category. It is redefining the drug store. There is an old saying … Continue reading

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

Making housewares work

Many products suitable for grocery stores were the talk of the International Home + Housewares Show floor.  The annual International Home + Housewares Show, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Forging a vapor trail

Grocery Headquarters sat down with some of the electronic cigarette industry’s biggest players to hear their thoughts on the changing landscape of the category.  … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Keeping up appearances

Today’s men are looking for real benefits  and features when it comes to personal care. Back in the day men had about four items … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Facing a dilemma

The growing popularity of facial hair has trimmed sales in the profitable shaving/razor category.  Damn those Boston Red Sox. Not only have they been … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sweet home Chicago

Thousands of products will be on display at the International Home + Housewares Show. By Barrie Dawson Chicago’s McCormick Place will once again play … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Supplemental taste

Specialty products, including complex and single-ingredient formulas, are driving much of the interest in the dietary supplement category. Life’s day-to-day stresses can affect people … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Promoting pet

Retailers that create a destination for consumers in the pet aisle will be rewarded with strong sales and loyal consumers. What was more exciting … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Taking baby steps

Fewer babies is not a great sign for the grocery industry. Retailers can protect themselves by stressing other key nonfoods segments. The U.S. population … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

A clear view for blurry eyes

With so many cough/cold/allergy products available, retailers need to focus on how to best merchandise their offering.  By Barrie Dawson While there is no … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fem phenom

A well-merchandised selection of feminine hygiene products can help supermarkets gain back sales from the drug and mass channels. It is certainly no small wonder. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Power categories for the front end

Stocking the checkout with magazines, confectionery and beverages may lead to increased profits.  The battle for the front end continues as retailers experiment with a wide range … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Flight of the Phoenix

Almost miraculously, Best Buy managed to turn its financial situation around in a year. Can the consumer electronics chain keep it going? There was … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Preserving tradition

Canning captures consumers’ attention and manufacturers are responding. By Allison Zisko Renewed consumer interest in canning—a homesteading tradition that never completely vanished—has prompted the … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

A real instant message

When it comes to providing consumers with the right message for any occasion, no one has more expertise than greeting card manufacturers. By Barrie … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Naturally expecting

An infusion of products—beyond diapers—is helping to keep the baby care category young. The declining birth rate has put a damper on diaper sales. … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

For tobacco, change is in the air

E-cigarette companies continue to innovate the category, all the while waiting for the FDA to regulate them. The electronic cigarette industry is still young, … Continue reading

Posted in 2014 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The smell test

An emergency trip to a drug store showed just how important perception is in the battle for consumers’ dollars. On a business trip to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Capital ideas

Grocery Headquarters visited four retailers in Albany, N.Y. and observed the various ways in which they are doing business in a highly competitive market. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 12 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Ready Pac Launches Fast Fall Meals

To encourage healthy choices during the busy holiday season, Ready Pac Foods is promoting 30 Days of Fast Fall Meals across their social platforms … Continue reading

Posted in Nonfoods for Profit, Perishables, What's New

Nonfoods Talk: An eyewitness to success

At its largest stores, Stop & Shop offers a healthy assortment of GM/HBC categories; and the chain does so the right way. There has … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Budget brands no longer

Consumers are putting their trust in store brand nonfoods products; retailers who are dedicated to their brand will come out ahead. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit