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.

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

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

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

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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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

Nonfoods Talk: The bedbugs are biting

Bedbugs have reappeared in many locations. Is this an opportunity for grocery stores? By Seth Mendelson Those nasty bedbugs are biting everyone and everywhere. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 12 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Beyond food

With proper attention to product development and marketing, grocers can flourish in the competitive nonfoods private label arena. By Craig Levitt Thanks in part … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The new sheriff in town

Bed, Bath & Beyond is going after the nonfoods category. That is not good news for any supermarket chain’s GM/HBC department. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 11 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Natural instincts

The natural and organic pet set is growing by leaps and bounds as pet owners focus on what their pets eat and practice preventative … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Long-lasting energy

Vitamins, supplements and energy drinks are boosting the bottom line. By Nora Caley Consumers need nutrition and energy and they are willing to spend … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Looking inside the box

A marketing gimmick shows that creating the right mystique can grab consumers’ attention and more sales. By Seth Mendelson I got a neat product … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 10 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

HBC gets noticed

Retailers that arrange their HBC assortments to better meet their customers’ needs can succeed in this challenging category. By Craig Levitt Objective observers are … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 09 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Right on Target

The giant mass merchandiser is boosting its nonfoods assortment and it is likely to pay off at the cash register. By Seth Mendelson In … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 09 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

The eyes have it

Grocers that carefully consider consumer insights and are willing to continually review their eye care offerings can increase sales in the category. By Craig … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit