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.

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

Nonfoods Talk: Back from the crypt

Seeking to build sales and profits, grocery retailers may want to start expanding some long-dormant categories. It may be time for grocery retailers to … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Making room for housewares

When a category gets hot, responsive retailers do not hesitate to capitalize on ever-evolving consumer buying habits by adjusting their merchandising strategies. Industry observers say now is time to clear some shelf space for housewares. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

An eye toward building sales

In some categories, growth is subject to the whim of ever-changing consumer preferences. The eye care category is not one of those categories. Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Baby steps

Industry officials are hopeful a host of new product launches and better category management will help to reinvigorate the baby care category. Nature has … Continue reading

Posted in 2012 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: When the pipeline is overflowing

New nonfoods items keep arriving, but there is no more room on the shelves. What can grocers do? By Seth Mendelson An executive from … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Battery sales recharging

To build the category, grocers need to broaden their offerings and increase visibility to capture impulse sales. By Carol Radice Battery sales showed signs … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 12 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Maximizing private label profits

Grocers can use private label products as a springboard to enhancing general merchandise and health and beauty care sales. The opportunity is there. Grocers … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: A pet story

The pet category offers retailers the potential for huge sales and profits, but they have to be willing to get into the game. The … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

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

Holiday rush

Retailers are hoping for some holiday cheer in the nonfoods Aisles as suppliers roll out seasonal items for entertaining, decorating and gifting. By Carol … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 10 Article Archives, 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