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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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Social Value

Did you ever wish you could sit at the cool kids’ table when you were in high school? Well, now you can thanks to … Continue reading

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A Millennial Perspective… on blogging

Last week I received an e-newsletter from the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board announcing the launch of its 3rd annual “30 Days, 30 Ways with … Continue reading

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2012. Year of the Customer?

Happy New Year! As I reflect back on this past holiday shopping experience, I am saddened to say it left me realizing once again … Continue reading

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Healthy Promotions

This morning on my way to work I came across an NPR story about the controversy over an anti-obesity advertising campaign in Georgia. The … Continue reading

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Shout about it!

Having just completed a story about LEED certification, I am probably more aware than the average shopper when it comes to energy-saving equipment in … Continue reading

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Totally unCOOL

The supermarket industry is missing the boat by supporting the repeal of Country Of Origin Labeling. The customer is always right. Just ask Marshall … Continue reading

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Selling a Christmas Breakfast Tradition

I received a phone call from my mother yesterday to review our Christmas day menu. She had just returned from our local Stop & … Continue reading

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Top dollar?

There’s a new phrase entering the consumer lexicon—”A dollar for your thoughts”—and further proof that the once-lowly dollar store has become the latest American … Continue reading

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What about the boys?

Do we not give men enough credit for cooking? Maybe it’s just the type of guy I befriend, but most of my male friends … Continue reading

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Hey Carrots, Say Cheese!

Two weeks ago I gave you a taste of my trip to Wisconsin to tour America’s Dairyland and its famous creameries with the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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A taste of Wisconsin’s pride

One of my favorite pastimes is eating. To be more specific, one of my favorite pastimes is eating cheese. Sharp cheddars, creamy French-styles, hard and soft Italians. Sliced on top of crackers, melted into omelets, baked with veggies. I’ll eat it anyway, anytime of day. Continue reading

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Marketing to Millennials

As much as retailers and suppliers would like to think they significantly influence brand choice and preferences of young consumers, a recent report from … Continue reading

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Quality at any price-point

Even when they aren’t paying to dine among celebrities at one of his Spago restaurants, Chef Wolfgang Puck doesn’t want customers to be disappointed … Continue reading

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Weaving a tangled Web

It’s not easy churning out these Pulitizer Prize-worthy monthly category feature articles. Much research is involved. I usually start by checking out the store … Continue reading

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Running up sales

Last weekend I flew out to San Francisco to run my first half marathon. Having no idea what to expect, I followed my running … Continue reading

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Hiring tips for the holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching, every retailer knows what time it is-time to start seasonal hiring. But be careful what you get. With … Continue reading

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When disaster strikes

For many of you, Hurricane Irene is all but a distant memory, but for others, especially those in the Northeast (myself included), the flooding … Continue reading

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Coupon Crazy

I have an old college friend who would almost qualify for the show Extreme Couponing.  He searches for coupons far and wide—newspapers, websites, you … Continue reading

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Going Postal

The recent announcement of post office closings can open up a window of opportunity for supermarkets. According to news reports, the U.S. Postal Service … Continue reading

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Desperate Housewives

When designing new stores retailers should listen to their customers. I was shopping in the A&P a few Sundays ago when I overheard a … Continue reading

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Who says nothing in life is free?

When we were kids, if my brother and I were served an unusual meal for dinner the running joke was “mom must have had … Continue reading

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Victimless crime?

Everybody likes crime stories. It seems to be one of our obsessions or perhaps one of our guilty pleasures-whether it’s about the Irish mobs … Continue reading

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