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.

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

NACS is smokin’

The rapidly growing smokeless tobacco category figures to generate much excitement at the NACS Show. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first-ever … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Winning the pet game

Grocers that focus on pet products are learning that it is not just an area of high volume, but high margins as well. Forget … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Pumping new blood into Total Store Expo

Exhibitors bemoaned retailer attendance at the NACDS signature event, but with a few tweaks Total Store Expo can be a boon to the nonfoods … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Making a plan for GM

GMDC’s fall conference offers insights, innovation and new ways to connect and grow business across all general merchandise categories. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: College days

Bed, Bath & Beyond has developed a solid reputation with consumers as the go-to-place for college dorm needs. Targeting college students and their free-spending … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Making headway with housewares

Grocers that dedicate legitimate time and effort to the housewares category will likely reap the rewards. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

NACDS totally exposed

The 2013 NACDS Total Store Expo offers showgoers the latest in products, marketing campaigns and innovations. Grocery retailers continue to expand their pharmacy departments … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

NonFoods Talk: The First Amendment

Obviously, I am a big believer in the First Amendment. Freedom of the press is a basic right and one that, I believe, serves … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Growing up naturally

Baby care manufacturers continue to introduce products with an eye toward using more natural ingredients. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Blazing ahead with HBC

Grocery Headquarters salutes companies in the health and beauty care categories that continue to make an impact at retail and beyond with its HBC … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Standing out in the crowd

Grocery Headquarters’ GM and HBC Trailblazer Awards are designed to help retailers identify potential hot products.    My older son graduated from high school … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Staying loyal

Grocers that continue to dedicate space to the pet category are bound to reap the rewards.   Leave it to the American Heart Association to … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

The tobacco transformation

Manufacturers weigh in on what has changed, the changes to come and what retailers need to do in order to find success within the tobacco category. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit