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.

Counting Cards

Greeting card offerings are expanding to better service changing consumer demographics. Society is always changing and evolving. In what direction, can often be seen … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Here’s to Your Health & Beauty Care

Grocery Headquarters celebrates companies in the health and beauty care categories that continue to make a splash in the market with its third-annual Health and Beauty Care Trailblazer Awards. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, FEATURED Articles, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: A Cut Above

Advances in technology and cost are making razor blades a luxury category. Fifty dollars for razor blades? That is what Costco is charging for … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Armed to the Teeth

Consumers will do more than brush their teeth if retailers offer the right mix of oral care products. Oral care is one of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Generally Speaking

Grocery Headquarters honors those companies that have gone above and beyond innovating the general merchandise space with a 2015 General Merchandise Trailblazer Award. Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: A Real Eye-scratcher

Allergy season is uncomfortable for those afflicted. Retailers that do their best to help shoppers find a remedy are doing them, and themselves, a … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Appointment-only General Merchandise

The GMDC 2015 General Merchandise Marketing Conference is designed to enhance the supplier/retailer relationship. Global Market Development Center (GMDC) wants its members to be … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The Private Paradigm

Natural food stores are challenging traditional supermarkets in the nonfoods private label realm. Driven by innovation and a competitive price point, private label brands … Continue reading

Posted in 2015 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Dietary supplements are a big seller. Retailers need to employ stricter standards for their store brands to ensure continued success. GNC took an extremely … Continue reading

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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