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.

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

Here’s to good health… and beauty

Grocers are giving their HBC aisles a makeover and sharpening their product mix to win in this ultra- competitive category. By Craig Levitt In … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

HBC on the rebound?

HBC buyers say that supermarkets may be starting to win back consumers to their aisles. Can this trend be sustained? By Seth Mendelson Supermarket … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Scripting a change

Given the number of health care modifications on tap, pharmacies will need to beef up their staffing, marketing and technology to stay ahead. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Making house(wares) calls

From food preparation tools to candles, housewares can thrive in the grocery channel if the category is properly planned and promoted. By Craig Levitt … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Where the boys are

Thanks to an influx of male shoppers and value- based products, the men’s grooming category continues to grow. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy For years, … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Feeling the power

Rather than go the way of photo/film, the batteries category is re-inventing itself as consumer needs change. by Seth Mendelson The retail industry can … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Bright spot

Oral care companies are jockeying for prime shelf space as grocers seek to simplify the shopping experience By Seth Mendelson For the stodgy old … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Supplemental health

More consumers are turning to nutritional supplements to assist with their health care needs. By Craig Levitt How can Americans put a cap on … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Reshuffling the cards

The social expression department was once the star of the nonfoods category. Its current struggles at supermarkets highlight the problems of all GM/HBC segments. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Bright spot

For the stodgy old oral care category, things are really not too bad. That is especially true if your name is Procter & Gamble, … Continue reading

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Stepping up

Industry observers say grocers can have success in foot care by mirroring the SKUs of other channels and carrying the most popular sizes. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Mother may I?

Social media and online retailers are changing the way parents shop the baby category. By Craig Levitt In this era of social networking, everyone … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

House beautiful

From candles and kitchenware to grooming products and food storage, the housewares category is proving its resilience. By Carol Radice The housewares category—particularly inexpensive … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Tips for accessorizing

Consumers are looking for style and function when it comes to accessories for their high-tech gadgets. Grocers can succeed with the proper product mix. … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The emperor has no clothes

The latest recall from Johnson & Johnson shows some holes in the manufacturing process. If not corrected, they can lead to even larger problems … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Wiping up

Private label products, consumer buying habits and environmentally friendly offerings continue to shape the consumer paper goods industry. By Craig Levitt Supermarkets are losing … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit