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: 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

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