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.

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

Pets are people too

Consumers’ “humanization” of pets continues and manufacturers are developing products to meet the ongoing trend. A dog or cat does not know the difference … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

What a (greeting) card

New and innovative products from greeting cards manufacturers are keeping the category alive and ticking. Nobody wishes their spouse a happy anniversary on Facebook … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Full House

The International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago features more than 2,000 exhibitors. Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Getting intimate

Intimacy products are no longer taboo and grocers that manage the section properly can prosper.  It is time for supermarket retailers to get more … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Off the rack

Grocery remains a significant source of single-copy magazine sales. Consumers may be absorbed in all of the reading material available on digital readers, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Tools of the healthy cooking trade

As shoppers strive to eat healthier, they also need to stock up on all types of gadgets to help them make the most of … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Small consumers can add up to big sales

The right assortment and pricing can help grocers nurture growth in the baby care category. Of the many nonfoods categories, baby care has arguably … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Shining a light on batteries

Grocers do not have to offer the lowest price on batteries if they promote them properly. Shoppers cannot buy what they cannot see, no … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

NonFoods Talk: The eye of the storm

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc in the Northeast. Mass retailers, as a whole, deserve a solid grade for getting consumers prepared for the storm and … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

From head to toe

A strong offering of private label nonfoods items—from shampoo to foot care—can help supermarket operators increase sales and profitability. Nearly every supermarket has private … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Tobacco goes high-tech

Alternative products such as electronic cigarettes are helping drive interest and sales in the tobacco category. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

No longer “just seen on TV”

As Seen on TV merchandise makes a move from the airwaves to supermarket store shelves. When it comes to bolstering general merchandise assortments, supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Promoting the printed page

Consumers continue to buy print magazines and supermarkets can put themselves in a strong position to sell them. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: A shot in the arm

Walmart is instituting a broad vaccination program that will gain consumer attention and build sales and profits. Remember the good old days of the … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Putting pets in their place

A new law makes it an expensive mistake not to harness your pet in the car in New Jersey. It could mean more sales … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Road to Recovery

With strong promotion and a wide array of products, supermarkets can compete with drugstores in the cough/cold category. Most people try to steer clear … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit