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.

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

General (merchandise) rulers

Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Awards recognizes general merchandise companies that have soared above and beyond the competition. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Phoning it in at the front-end

Consumers seem to be more intent on surfing the Internet than perusing the front end. How does this impact the sales of products at … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Meeting of the minds

Industry officials call GMDC’s spring conference a must-attend event for anyone in the supermarket HBC business. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Mouth guards

New flavors, blends, packaging and promotions are brightening up the outlook for the shelf-stable and frozen concentrate juice sets. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Hip hip hooray for homeopathy

No longer restricted to natural food stores, homeopathic remedies have gone mainstream. It is time for retailers to take note. Consumers are becoming more … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The HBC top 50

Supermarkets keep fighting for market share with more and more retail formats in the HBC category. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Speeding up HBC

Slow response in adding new items into the mix is just one of many issues costing grocers valuable HBC business. Mistakes happen. It is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Spring-cleaning

By Barrie Dawson Cleaning product manufacturers are continually trying to reinvent the category to generate sales. It seems that the cleaning products category is … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Where the future lies

In good economic times or bad, in the end, quality will usually trump price. A manufacturer of housewares products pulled me aside at the … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Making the right choices

Figuring out what product lines to carry, and not carry, play an important role in a supermarket’s success. I got a pretty interesting telephone … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Smokeless sensations

The cigarette industry is experiencing its first major technological advancement in decades. Now is the time for retailers to take advantage. Virginia Slims’ infamous … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Thanks for stopping by

The Global Market Development Center launches the GMDC365 web portal to help buyers and suppliers connect.   Retail buyers will soon sit through fewer PowerPoint … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit