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.

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

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: 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

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

Minding the pharmacy counter

A Grocery Headquarters’ survey finds that retailers have lots of issues with their pharmacy section. By Seth Mendelson What are retailers thinking about when … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 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

Nonfoods Talk: A Thanksgiving tale

Trying to buy a computer at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving night did not create a happy ending to the holiday for my family. By Seth … Continue reading

Posted in 2010 01 Article Archives, Columns, Nonfoods for Profit

Checking out the HBC market basket

Retailers can learn a tre­men­dous amount about pricing, promotion and marketing of the health and beauty care category by taking a shopping expedition, focusing … Continue reading

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The great race

What is going to be the iPod of the book industry? We should have the answer over the next few months and certainly within … Continue reading

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Seeking remedies

Pharmacies—including those in supermarkets, mass merchants and traditional drug stores—are situated on average within about five miles of all Americans. This proximity places pharmacies … Continue reading

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Opportunities ahead

No one is doing cartwheels as the country remains immersed in the throes of a recession, but pardon some private label manufacturers if they … Continue reading

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Moving Stationery

Even during the bus­iest time in the stationery aisle—the back-to-school period from August until the end of September—many supermarket shop­­pers bypass the shelves and … Continue reading

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A toy story

How bad is this lingering recession? So bad that Wal-Mart and Target are locked in a bitter battle for consumers’ hearts, minds and, most … Continue reading

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Golden opportunity

Where do consumers want to purchase their pet food products and pet supply products? More importantly, what factors are driving shoppers to buy pet … Continue reading

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Sales infusion

We live in a fast-paced world. Consumers want products that help them keep moving forward quickly with as much energy as possible while also … Continue reading

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Getting in the game

Many years ago I had the privilege of working as a press spokesman for a politician running for office in New York state. One … Continue reading

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Shoppers never forget

Sometimes retailers need to remember that it is often the products on the shelves that end up making the biggest difference in the consumer’s … Continue reading

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Price checkmate

As the economy struggles consumers continue to place a greater emphasis on price and value, particularly when purchasing products in the health and beauty … Continue reading

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Nonfoods news

Soft skinCanus Goat Milk is introducing four body butters that combine moisturizing properties of fresh goat’s milk with the natural richness of soybean oils, … Continue reading

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