Category Archives: Blogs

Guy’s leading guy?

Last week I met a friend for dinner in Times Square. Every New Yorker knows better, but it was a convenient location… and I … Continue reading

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Investing in food

If you’re wondering where the next crop of entrepreneurs, or in this case eater-preneurs, is being grown for the food industry, you might want … Continue reading

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Quick Thinkin’… in the Dark

Sometimes it is important to make chicken salad out of chicken….. That is what Kraft Foods pulled off during the Super Bowl, specifically when … Continue reading

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A time and place for technology

Some of my colleagues have used this space to extol the virtues of technology and how consumers use it. They, as well as many … Continue reading

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Observations from FMI Mid-Winter

At the FMI Mid-Winter conference in Scottsdale. Some interesting observations. First, while much of the country struggles with way-below freezing temperatures you can’t beat … Continue reading

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Here comes the future – are you ready?

It’s no secret that for years the biggest trends impacting the grocery channel have typically originated in food service. If you were wondering what’s … Continue reading

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Cloudy 1984/2020 Vision

For our January cover story Grocery Headquarters asked a panel of industry experts for their views on what the supermarket industry will look like … Continue reading

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The Big Cheese of Service

Two weeks ago I found myself standing in the cheese section of the Mariano’s Fresh Food Market in Arlington Heights, Ill. We were in … Continue reading

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How to turn Cerberus’ Supervalu deal into an Acme of an acquisition

Earlier this week Minneapolis-based Supervalu sold five of its leading supermarket banners – Acme Markets in Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic region, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco in Chicago … Continue reading

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Excitment is in the air

Can an opening of a new store really get consumers excited? The answer is yes and a great example is what is happening in … Continue reading

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A&P Hits the Mark

Stopped into an A&P in suburban New Jersey on a Sunday afternoon and was shocked to see a store that was not only clean … Continue reading

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Pinned with Love

Santa came early for me this year. Last week I purchased a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. The KitchenAid 5-Quart Tilt-Head Artisan Series in Buttercup Yellow, … Continue reading

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Teaching an old dog new tricks

On the heels of my last blog supporting the value of organics, an ironic thing happened along the way—my own family became believers in … Continue reading

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Retailers Ought to be Optimistic but Cautious

I’ve just come off an hour-long webinar extolling the virtues of the recovering economy and the outlook for 2013—a financial lovefest that also focused … Continue reading

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Why I love the produce industry… and a big THANKS!

Two weeks ago growers, manufacturers, buyers, sellers, marketers and associations converged on the Anaheim, California convention center to talk—and taste—produce. The new format of … Continue reading

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Leg of Lamb Layaway

A layaway policy could help consumers afford a sumptuous holiday dinner. Christmas layaway programs have been in the news lately with Walmart, Kmart, Sears … Continue reading

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More Sprinkles, Please

Have I ever mentioned that I have a serious weakness for cupcakes? No? Well, I have a serious weakness for cupcakes. My borderline addiction … Continue reading

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Pitfalls of mobile payment

Imagine you’re shopping the aisles of your local supermarket and you pass a guy using his mobile phone. A common sight, right? But this … Continue reading

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Put your waders and gatekeeper’s hat on

Whenever a topic is paid a lot of interest there’s never a shortage of folks looking to poke holes in the merit it offers. … Continue reading

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No longer one or the other

It used to be that if supermarkets wanted to save energy they had to sacrifice merchandising prowess and possibly sales. The old rule was … Continue reading

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Failing grade

One New Jersey school district puts the kibosh on birthday cupcakes. Students returning to school across the country this week will learn that “A” … Continue reading

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Fresh in the Northwest

Last week I visited Portland, Oregon, for the first time. Of all the city’s appealing characteristics that had been highlighted to me by every … Continue reading

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Millennial Tendencies

I’m excited that Stop & Shop’s Scan It! program has taken off at my local store. But I get pretty frustrated when I walk … Continue reading

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The Panama Canal Expansion

I want you to keep one particular year in mind—2014! Given the state of the economy here and abroad it may be difficult for … Continue reading

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Rite Aid Ramping Up Wellness Efforts

Recently in my Sunday paper, I came across a sales flyer from Rite Aid, something honestly I would have put directly into the recycle … Continue reading

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