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Informative employees make all the difference

  I’ll admit upfront I have little tolerance for inept sales clerks – from those who can’t be bothered to help to those who … Continue reading

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Eating healthy… for a price

There’s no greater crisis than childhood obesity and the tsunami-like tide of junk food that floods their lives. But is it going to be … Continue reading

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Follow the Leader

In this space last week, my colleague Kim Zimmermann wrote of a shopping trip in which a supermarket employee failed to assist her during self-checkout. … Continue reading

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Check the self checkout

I’ve never been a fan of self-checkout lanes. My feeling is that if you want my money, the least you can do is pay … Continue reading

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By Land and By Sea

For the first time the International Boston Seafood Show and Seafood Processing America joined forces — sort of — with the New England Food … Continue reading

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Walgreens adding fresh food makes me turn green

Eight years ago when my husband and I made the bold decision to move from New Jersey to New England we were attracted to … Continue reading

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Prepping for the “Big One”

As the quake toll rises in Chile and Haiti suffers through the aftereffects of its own devastation, people are wondering where the next “big … Continue reading

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Dealing the Seal

From the long standing Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to the recent Product of the Year, consumers love reassurance.   That idea is not … Continue reading

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What’s your recall plan?

As Toyota owners have discovered, even one of the most reliable brands on the planet can falter.   Since supermarkets have so much invested … Continue reading

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Butt Out!

I don’t know if this is airing in other areas of the country, but here in New York there is an ongoing ad campaign … Continue reading

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The other W

Ice melts at the edges first, so if you’re not looking at the periphery of the competitive landscape, you may quickly find your self … Continue reading

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Redoing food labels

  Never in my life did I think I would agree with anything people at the Center for Science in the Public Interest proposed … Continue reading

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Cherish your “friends”

There is a flurry of activity surrounding Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Seems like every time I go to my inbox, there … Continue reading

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The Name Game

Ahold purchased Richmond’s hometown Ukrop’s Super Markets chain last week and said it is placing it under the umbrella of its Giant Carlisle chain, … Continue reading

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Selling Coffins

You know that Costco sells coffins…Yes, coffins. Sounds a bit odd but that is the way the chain has made its mark in retail. … Continue reading

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Fresh & Easy

Back in 2007 when the economy still shined like a newly minted coin and all was right with the world-or so we thought-Tesco chief … Continue reading

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Baby Talk

As a soon-to-be first time father, contrary to what most people are telling me, I think I’m pretty well prepared for the long sleepless … Continue reading

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Outsmarting the thieves

  Like the overwhelming majority of people, I was taught that stealing was wrong an early age—courtesy of mom, my teachers and the occasional … Continue reading

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Making the act of giving a win-win

As we get closer to the holidays, there will undoubtedly be an increasing number of non-profit organizations looking for financial contributions. To prompt us … Continue reading

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Bagging the Green Movement

    New Jersey’s supermarkets have been touting reusable bags as one of the best ways to reduce the carbon footprint and help the … Continue reading

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The End of the Recession

What does the tail end of a recession look like?   The grocery industry is about to find out and there are a few … Continue reading

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Thinking Inside the Redbox

So, I’m doing a fill-in trip at Wal-Mart over the weekend and inside the store it’s the usual madness with carts banging into each … Continue reading

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A breath of Fresh Summit air

A lot of people these days are saying that trade shows aren’t what they used to be. That may be so; however that way … Continue reading

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Locking in loyalty

Like everyone else, I have a bunch of loyalty cards dangling on my keychain—Wegmans, ShopRite, A&P, PetSmart, etc. I’m basically loyal to whichever retailer … Continue reading

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Aloha from Costco

Recently, my husband and I vacationed in Hawaii. Using air miles, rental car and hotel points we were able to do the trip without … Continue reading

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