Category Archives: Blogs

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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A convenient impulse

I live in the Fort Greene, which is a coveted Brooklyn neighborhood offering accessible transportation, delicious restaurants and fun bars. It’s a place where … Continue reading

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Eggnog on your face

Retailers should ensure clerks ask for frequent shopper cards. This past weekend I was shopping at a Kings supermarket in New Jersey when I … Continue reading

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Food Safety Basics

When I embarked on the research for my story on food safety equipment for our July issue, I fully expected people to talking about … Continue reading

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A Quality Shopping Experience

On a recent trip with my family I had the pleasurable experience of checking out a QFC store in Seattle’s University District. It was … Continue reading

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Don’t Hold the Mayo

Everybody’s always looking for that teachable moment—especially when it comes to consumers. But one place that seems to have been overlooked, or at least … Continue reading

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Say what?

Call it a disease, a compulsion or a case of simple curiosity, but I can’t seem to travel anywhere – whether for business or … Continue reading

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Pork, I’m inspired!

A couple weeks ago a friend invited me to attend the National Pork Board’s Pork Summit 2012. The two-day event at the Culinary Institute … Continue reading

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POS Shakeup

It wasn’t a surprise when IBM exited the POS market earlier this month—Greg Buzek at IHL Group called it one of the worst kept … Continue reading

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A helping hand for the elderly

This weekend my 93-year-old grandfather died. He got sick a few short months after his wife of 68 years passed away. Whatever the doctors … Continue reading

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I always feel like Big K is watching me!

Suggestive selling hits a little too close to home. One of my favorite things to do at lunch hour is to take a walk … Continue reading

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Dinner from an ATM

I was super excited to hear about the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM that hit the streets of Beverly Hills last month. The vending machine can … Continue reading

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Relying on Reliable

You know, you just can’t please some people! The term “retail experience” often tops the list of industry issues and those in the know … Continue reading

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A step in the right direction

In writing this year’s State of the Wellness Industry article for our April issue, experts I spoke with resoundingly agreed the future of the … Continue reading

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Advertising in need of some fuel

During a family discussion this weekend about saving money and racking up loyalty points at our various preferred supermarkets, I made a discovery. I … Continue reading

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The Language of Supermarkets

It is a habit I have had for quite a while and one I cannot seem to shake. I have a tendency to ask … Continue reading

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Penney for your thoughts

A leading department store switches to Everyday Low Pricing. The question is will it work? JCPenney Company made a lot of news this month … Continue reading

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What happens in Vegas…

My favorite aspect of my job is attending trade shows. It is an opportunity to see friends from the industry, match faces to the … Continue reading

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The Superbowl’s Missing Message

Soooo, how about them Giants? Personally, I don’t follow football, but as a New Yorker, I know a lot of people whose moods for the … Continue reading

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