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Wegman, Smucker Honored for Achievements 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Call them the dynamic duo. Danny Wegman, CEO, Wegmans Food Markets, and Tim Smucker, chairman, The J.M. Smucker Co., received Hall of Achievement Awards here during the 2013 GMA Chairman's Lecture.
Partnering in Spotlight as Midwinter Launches 
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The first-time co-location of Food Marketing Institute's Midwinter Executive Conference with the Grocery Manufacturers Association's Chairman's Reception, Lecture and Dinner helped set the stage for enhanced trading partner interactions, according to attendees here this week.
Hy-Vee Receives SN 2012 Retail Excellence Award
SN presented its 2012 Retail Excellence Award to Hy-Vee during the retailer’s recent store directors’ meeting at its conference center in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Mixed Bag: Sandy in Supermarkets
In New York, some retailers had stock wiped out by customers preparing for superstorm Sandy, while others still had plenty for sale as of Monday afternoon.
Industry Renews Calls for Food Waste Reduction 
WASHINGTON — Food retailers and suppliers are urged to accelerate their efforts in reducing food waste as a joint industry initiative moves into its second year.
Kroger Strikes Balance in Sustainability Efforts  1
WASHINGTON — Kroger Co. takes a balanced approach to sustainability communications in order to serve the needs of its varied customer base, said Nate Shepley Streed, the Cincinnati-based retailers’ sustainability manager, corporate brands.
Wegmans Ties Sustainability to Consumer Trust 
WASHINGTON — Building consumer trust in a brand’s integrity is the best way to overcome confusing messages about sustainability, according to Jason Wadsworth, sustainability coordinator, Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, New York.
More Retailers Take Shopper Marketing Reins 
SKOKIE, Ill. — Retailers are taking more ownership of shopping marketing activities once considered the province of brands, according to Peter Hoyt, executive director and chief executive officer, Path to Purchase Institute here, who spoke during an SN webinar.
GMA Awards Sheridan for Collaboration 
COLORADO SPRINGS – Joseph Sheridan, president and chief operating officer of Wakefern Food Corp., has received the second annual Grocery Manufacturers Association Industry Collaboration Leadership Award here.
Starbucks Emphasizes Customer Connections 
COLORADO SPRINGS - A big measure of Starbucks' success results from connecting with consumers and adjusting strategies based on feedback, according to executives from the company who addressed the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Executive Conference here.
Joint Business Planning Boosts Sam’s Club 
COLORADO SPRINGS — Sam’s Club had a challenge the size of its giant-pack merchandise: How to retool its trade partnerships in a way that builds value for members, the club and its suppliers.
GMA Speaker Urges Mobile Progress 
COLORADO SPRINGS – The mobile phenomenon is picking up speed and the food industry needs to give priority to this trend, said Lisa Sharples, president, AllRecipes.com, a website with a large database of recipes and tips for home cooks.
Jurgens Salutes ‘Hy-Vee Family’ 
COLORADO SPRINGS – Ric Jurgens, retired chairman and chief executive officer of Hy-Vee, West Des Moines, Iowa, put his former colleagues in the spotlight as he accepted the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Hall of Achievement Award here.
Coca-Cola’s Revised Approach Deepens Retail Partnerships 
ATLANTA — In an era when retailer-supplier partnerships are defined by collaboration, the biggest manufacturers, such as Coca-Cola, face considerable challenges.
Retailers Get Holistic Industry View at FMI2012 
DALLAS — Retailers appreciated the opportunities for broad-based learning and the exposure to products from throughout the store at FMI2012, according to interviews with attendees.
Ironman: Going beyond the comfort zone, together
September 26, 2014

Margaux, your post is so inspirational! Here's what it brings to mind for me in the business world. Executives and associates taking on "big juicy goals" need to be told that...

Why earning loyalty isn’t just about earning points
September 22, 2014

Thanks for these insights Simon. If a company abandons its loyalty program or doesn't have one, isn't it at a competitive disadvantage without meaningful customer data? Doesn'...

How many customers do YOU lose?
September 13, 2014

Very good points Simon. What you're saying comes down to the need for retail managers to look at the store through the eyes of a customer. Put themselves in the customer's...

Don't count out Tesco
August 23, 2014

Great post Neil. U.S. retailers too often dismiss the importance of lessons from abroad. But instead we should be looking to regions like Europe for signs of what's to come...

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