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Olsen Takes on Challenge of State Association Network 
Why would Jim Olsen, the newly seated president of Food Industry Association Executives, move from the largely pro-business confines of the Utah Food
Completing the Cycle 
In their efforts to become more and sustainable, food retailers may wish to take a closer look at the most fundamental part of their business: food. Parade
To Asia With Caution 
Stubborn economic and product-safety issues that hurt sell-through of nonfood seasonal imports in 2008 continue to temper retailer expectations for 2009.
Import Shopping Lists 
At Bi-Lo, Greenville, S.C., nonfood seasonal imports will continue to be a major contributor, said Brian K. Smith, category manager, seasonal imports
Markdowns on Seasonal Product Could Trim Margins 
Nonfood seasonal imports are usually a margin-dollar bounty for retailers in the fourth quarter. But the economic weakness of 2008, marked by bleak sales
Online Grocers Adjust 
The collective activity of online grocers FreshDirect, Peapod, Simon Delivers (now owned by Coborn's) and Amazon suggest that lessons of the past were
What effect will Wal-Mart's posting of thousands of grocery items on its website have on the supermarket industry's online efforts? How will the roiling
Prime Time For Deep Discounters 
American consumers, under their greatest financial pressure in recent memory, are reevaluating their shopping trips, basket selections and store destinations.
The Next Hot Switches to OTC 
Fourteen prescription drugs that exceeded $20 billion in sales in 2006 may have the potential to go OTC in four years, suggests a new report by Kalorama
To cash in on the popularity of Rx-to-OTC switches, supermarkets gain an edge when they're early to market the new self-care remedies, with visible displays,
Retailers Eye Alternative Ways to Monetize Assets 
Supermarkets seeking profitable new revenue streams are gazing beyond their traditional shopper bases at other supermarket, foodservice and big-box channels
Industry Groups Seek Fast Action on Issues in 2008 
There are two reasons the food industry will compress efforts to shape new federal legislation into the first half of 2008: First, trade group leaders
The New Science of Pricing 
Riesbeck Markets has re-priced, re-assorted and re-signed its stores to successfully blunt the impact of Wal-Mart supercenters that entered its 100-mile-wide
Housewares to Put Focus on Promotions 
NEW YORK Supermarket buyers at the upcoming International Home & Housewares Show will see a rejuvenated exhibit area for traffic-lifting continuity, seasonal,
Building a Consensus 
Major food industry organizations will press the 110th Congress hard in 2007 to scrutinize and potentially cap dramatic rises in credit and debit card
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