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.

Digging deep

There is a lot going on in the nonfoods world, even if we have to look a little harder to find the news. By … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 08 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfood Talk: A new soapbox?

A fledgling e-commerce site is eyeing the health and beauty care category. Traditional retailers need to pay attention and initiate some strategies to fight … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Sharpening the blades

Razor manufacturers are banking on new technologies to spur sales in the grocery channel. By Craig Levitt The razor war between Gillette and Schick … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Thanks for the memory

Grocers who offer the proper mix at the proper price points can do well in the consumer electronics category. By Craig Levitt Clearly, consumers … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 07 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Baby talk

Value, product innovation and social media outreach are driving sales in the competitive baby care category. By Nora Caley Companies in the baby care … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Strong performers

Niacins and omega-3s—along with sports nutritional supplements and functional foods and beverages—are giving the vitamin and supplements category a lift. By Nina Amir Americans … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Time to shine

By focusing on customer-centric marketing strategies to attract HBC shoppers with the right mix of products, grocers hope to lift sales. By Deena M. … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: The firing line

Some GM/HBC suppliers are eager to say that they do not target supermarkets as much as other retail outlets. I think they are missing … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Forum: The future of pharmacy

Today’s pharmacist is the face of neighborhood health care, highlighting the importance of training and professional development. By Steven C. Anderson The pharmacist is … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 06 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Forum: An advocate’s perspective

As the 40th annual General Merchandise Marketing Conference gets underway, some of the challenges facing nonfoods remain the same. How will the industry respond? … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Open communication

A simple coupon may have changed the way one consumer shops for HBC items. Retailers take note. I certainly did. By Seth Mendelson I … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Pockets of profitability

While many grocers are inclined to pare down their general merchandise offerings, cat­egories such as greeting cards, personal grooming and high-tech accessories show potential … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Home is where the housewares are

As some forward-thinking food retailers dedicate more space to housewares, sales are beginning to rise. By Craig Levitt It is no secret that for … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Best foot forward

Foot care sales are declining, but there is some growth in this category. By Seth Mendelson As the foot care category tired? Some industry … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Purr-fectly healthy

Pet parents continue to spend on products to improve the health and well-being of their pets. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy The economy has forced … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Fueling sales

Consumers are attracted to scents that evoke relaxation. Green and natural are also major draws. By Nora Caley The light at the end of … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 05 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Feminine care evolution

As women trend toward larger count sizes, supermarkets must rethink their product mix or fall behind. By Craig Levitt Evolve or perish. It is … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Staying in the HBC business

HBC sales are struggling at grocery stores. But is this the right time to get out of the business? By Seth Mendelson The age-old … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 04 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Face forward

An infusion of new products helps to invigorate the men’s grooming category. Now it’s up to retailers to carry that momentum forward. By Carol … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Facing a Catch-22

Nonfoods can’t grow unless supermarkets give the category more space, but without a stronger commitment the prospects for growth are dimming. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Counting on a rebound in pet care

Despite a recession that is hitting the industry where it counts, many remain optimistic about the pet care category. By Nora Caley Consumers are … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 03 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Nonfoods Talk: Taking ownership

To thrive in supermarkets, nonfoods needs cheerleaders. Right now, the category has few outspoken leaders and that is hurting its performance. By Seth Mendelson … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Squeezing oral care

The oral care category is losing space at retail, which means that some products are no longer making the merchandise mix. Is this good … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 02 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Going green for baby

Natural and sustainable products continue to gain favor with parents. By Craig Levitt Natural and green products may seem like a good idea, but … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit

Selling nonfoods to the health & wellness shopper

Global Market Development Center research suggests that supermarkets are well positioned to capture this lucrative consumer. By Craig Levitt In their infancy, organic and … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Nonfoods for Profit