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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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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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