David Merrefield

David
Merrefield
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Industry Leaders Call for Proactive Focus on Obesity 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Two topside food distribution industry figures one a manufacturer, one a retailer issued a challenge to the industry last week to seat
Food Safety Concerns and the Role of Inspection Agencies 
There's never a good time for the outbreak of a spate of negative publicity about food safety, but the current moment is particularly inauspicious. After
Hopes for a Better Year Are Being Realized, So Far 
In the first column written for this space in 2007, the welcome news that many retailers predicted that this would be a good year for supermarkets was
Investment Capital's Stake in Big Buyout Concepts 
What's up with private equity money? Well, quite a bit, it seems. The thing is that there's so much private equity money seeking a place to work that
Should Banners Be United for Efficiency's Sake, or Not? 
One of the more puzzling issues that food retailing presents has to do with banner management; specifically, when a company finds itself with multiple
Should Banners Be United for Efficiency's Sake, or Not? 
One of the more puzzling issues that food retailing presents has to do with banner management; specifically, when a company finds itself with multiple
A New Look at Health Care Costs and Who Should Pay 
The issue of health care costs and how they are paid is a perennial one, but one that should be considered anew every now and then. As it happens, this
The Art and Science of Finding Consumers' Right Price 
Right pricing: Is it science or art? That, in a nutshell, is the conundrum considered in the front-page news feature in this week's SN. The headline on
Supermarket Meat Cases Lure Supercenter Shoppers 
Last week we took a look in this space at the increasing spread between the satisfaction levels consumers attach to supermarket shopping venues in general
The Growing Gulf in Consumer-Satisfaction Measures 
A surprisingly large and increasing spread between consumers' satisfaction with various food retailing chains was registered by the American Consumer
Three Years Later: California Labor Pacts' Aftermath 
At the time the protracted strike-lockout finally drew to a conclusion in Southern California nearly three years ago, it was clear that organized labor
Gaining Advantage With Urban Supermarket Retailing 
There's a lengthy roster of supermarket operators independents and chains alike that have made adaptations to their dominant suburban model so they could
Women Executives Discuss Shopability 
ORLANDO, Fla. What do women executives connected with the food distribution industry think of their shopping experiences at supermarkets and other channels
How Different Companies Approach the Growth Challenge 
This year isn't very old, but it already seems apparent that 2007 might be titled the year of recovery. We've seen several manifestations of that in this
Retailers Need to Invest in Training: Speaker 
ORLANDO, Fla. The lack of investment in human capital is the greatest problem facing the food industry today, according to Rajiv Lal, a professor of retailing

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