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.

Remodeling the Housewares Department

With the right mix and category focus, supermarkets can thrive in the many different housewares categories. Mass merchants continue to intrude on grocery’s bread … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Vitamin sales are poppin’

Grocers are increasing sales and gaining market share in the valuable vitamin category. Sometimes less is more. That certainly rings true when it comes … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: All the buzz

A new Fairway Market store in suburban New Jersey is catching the eyes and wallets of consumers from near and far. Will it last? … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Bringing Up Baby

Baby product manufacturers are trying to spur retail sales with innovative products and marketing programs. For the majority of retailers, there is no customer … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Penney’s troubles

Most consumers no longer think of J.C. Penney as a cool place to shop. That is one big reason the chain is in such … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Cutting it close

While the shaving category has had a few flat years, observers say new products should spur growth. by Nora Caley It is no fun … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

NACDS Marketplace heads to the ‘Mile High City’

All the hottest nonfoods products and trends will be featured under one roof in Colorado later this month. This is a year of firsts … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The face of the new consumer

To paraphrase Bob Dylan, consumers—they are a changin’. As the media reported in late May, the demographics of America have evolved. The press reported … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Clean sweep

Cleaning product manufacturers say consumers are always on the lookout for items that will make their lives easier. It turns out spring cleaning is … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Taking to the airwaves and shelves

Backed by marketing muscle, the As Seen on TV category can be profitable for grocers. Suppliers in the As Seen on TV category have … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit, Uncategorized

Feeling better.. naturally

A spate of new launches is bringing much-deserved positive attention to the dietary supplement and natural remedy categories. In today’s fast moving society just … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Cold case

Once considered a seasonal business, cough and cold products are now an everyday category. It used to be the winter months were the prime … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Reclaiming general merchandise

With dedicated focus, supermarkets can regain lost market share from the profitable general merchandise category. Evolve or perish. It is a basic business tenet. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

GMDC makes the connection

With a focus on the future, the organization is set to unveil a video conferencing platform. The Global Market Development Center (GMDC) built its … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Playing catch-up

Wellness has been on consumers’ minds for nearly a generation. A new conference next year is geared to helping retailers gain more insight into … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sending Meaningful Messages

Greeting card suppliers are finding new ways to keep consumers engaged in the category. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Sprucing Up HBC Assortments

There are dozens of HBC categories from which consumers can choose. To help increase sales, grocers would be wise to narrow the list a … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The man cave

Enticing adult men into your grooming section is only half the battle. Retailers need to target teenagers as well if they want to maximize … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Men on a mission to look good

Men are taking their grooming seriously and retailers are pulling out all the stops to help them polish their image. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Heading for Home

The annual Housewares Show promises a wide selection of new merchandise that may fit into supermarkets. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

What a girl wants

National brands are innovating the feminine hygiene category, and private label is not far behind. This in-demand category is experiencing a facelift and retailers … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fixating on oral care

By now most, if not all, consumers have gotten the message that rinsing and flossing keep their teeth and gums healthy. Many are taking the next step and recognizing that proper oral care is important to their overall health. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Pet project

Mastering the pet category is becoming a priority for grocers as manufacturers offer new products and merchandising strategies to keep customers coming back. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Getting no respect

It is time for the media to understand that supermarkets offer the same services as drugstores when it comes to health and beauty care. … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Vitamins grow up

Back in the day children were told, “Take your vitamins so you can grow up big and strong.” Many of those children are aging adults now and are looking to vitamins to help them stay healthy and feel energetic. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit