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.

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

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