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.

Disposable income?

Retailers need to stay focused and flexible when merchandising the challenging disposable baby products category. By Craig Levitt Birth rates are down, unemployment is … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Eye of the storm

Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast with high winds and heavy rain. It was the perfect weather for increased batteries sales. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

The evolution of GMDC

The 41-year-old trade association connects with members and prospective members via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. By Nora Caley When the Global Market Development Center … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The competition is online

Ecommerce can take a bite out of nonfoods sales. It is time to fight back against the Amazon.com’s of the world. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Reaping healthy sales from the sick

Retailers that are not prepared for the flu season are sure to suffer sickly cough/cold OTC sales. By Craig Levitt Hot summer days are … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

A real page-turner

Even As digital media expands, there is still a place for magazines. By Craig Levitt It sure seems like technology has it out for … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Dispensing greater value

Grocers are using technology and their wellness expertise to build pharmacy sales. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy By bolstering the visibility and efficiency of their … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Something to sink your teeth into

Specialty and image-enhancing products are growing segments within the oral care category. By Craig Levitt Baby Boomers are aging and health care costs continue … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Power in numbers

The decision to merge three shows into one could be a boost for the retail industry. But it is going to take a lot … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Dispensing greater value

By bolstering the visibility and efficiency of their pharmacy departments, supermarket retailers are becoming trusted health care partners to their loyal shoppers. This is … Continue reading

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Nonfood for Profit: A ray of sunshine

New government rules should bring a level of sensibility to the booming, but confusing, sunscreen category. By Seth Mendelson I can’t tell you how … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

A ray of sunshine

I can’t tell you how many arguments I have had with people over the proper use of sunscreen products. Typically these little tiffs take … Continue reading

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Target aims for grocery

With increased emphasis on areas such as the home department, the retailer’s new initiatives are designed to help build grocery sales. By David Gill … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

The world of power

A retailer roundtable, sponsored by Grocery Headquarters and Energizer Battery Co., found that merchants are still excited about the future of the batteries category. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Hair today, profits tomorrow

Merchandise. Promote. Get repeat purchases. That is the formula supermarkets are hoping to follow when it comes to hair care products. By Craig Levitt … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

An attack from within

Many top supermarket executives are turning against the nonfoods category in favor of other segments. Nonfoods buyers need to defend their turf. By Seth … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Navigating the NACDS Marketplace

Retailers can learn about emerging nonfoods segments and the latest merchandising tactics at the show later this month. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy Grocers looking … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Young at heart

To ease the aging process, Baby Boomers have been driving sales of everything from vitamins to sexual health products. By Howard Riell The much … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Smoke Signals

Value brand cigarettes, smokeless and tobacco-free options are helping tobacco remain a viable category. By Craig Levitt State and federal tobacco taxes are sky-high … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

A pampered pet set

Building on its reputation as an upscale food retailer, Wegmans is fast becoming a preferred destination for pet food and supplies. By Craig Levitt … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Powering forward

Following a tumultuous few years, the battery category appears to be back on course and primed for growth. By Craig Levitt They say “patience … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Sweet smell of success?

Unilever has introduced a product that company officials hope will bring new sales to the deodorant category. Can it drum up interest in a … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

The female perspective

As women shop other channels for their feminine hygiene needs, grocers look to non-traditional products and private label offerings to help capture market share. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Housewarming party

There was optimism at the recent International Home + Housewares Show, as vendors say the housewares category is performing well, particularly at grocery. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Writing the next chapter

What lessons can supermarkets glean from the fall of Borders? By Seth Mendelson What’s the book on Borders? As has been well documented in … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit