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.

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

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 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

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