Elliot Zwiebach

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Articles by Elliot Zwiebach
Retailers can avoid security breaches, speaker tells NGA 
The kind of security breach experienced by Target Corp. should never happen to independent retailers, the president and CEO of Mollie Stone's Markets, Palo Alto, Calif., told the National Grocers Association annual convention in Las Vegas.
Using digital media no longer a choice, NGA speaker says 
Mobile and social media are merging technologies that need to be part of an overall strategy, not a separate course of action, the author of "Socialnomics" told the National Grocers Association convention Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Women need to find balance between work and personal life, panelists say 
Women in the grocery business have to figure out how to balance work and family more so than men do, a panel of women acknowledged during a workshop session Tuesday at the annual convention of the National Grocers Association in Las Vegas.
Promoting organics boosts organic sales at Ball's 
Balls' Food Stores has been able to increase sales of organic produce by 30% over the last year by promoting it more —featuring six to 10 organic items in its ads each week and between four and eight in-store specials — at price points close to conventional products, Mike Beal, COO for the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain, said Monday at the annual convention of National Grocers Association in Las Vegas.
Retailers need to move faster on digital, NGA told 
With digital marketing taking off in several new directions, retailers need to move faster to take control of the customer experience, a speaker told members of the National Grocers Association during their annual convention in Las Vegas.
Don't let CPGs control store space, retailer says 
As more location apps become available, grocers need to make sure they don't lose control of their store space to CPG companies, the president of Placewise Media told a workshop audience Monday during the annual National Grocers Association convention in Las Vegas.
Retailers urged to help low-income shoppers stretch food budgets 
Low-income shoppers need help and education stretching their food dollars, especially at the end of the month, Sue Klug, SVP and CMO for Unified Grocers, Los Angeles, told a workshop audience Monday at the annual convention of the National Grocers Association in Las Vegas.
Ups & Downs: Movement in SN's Top 50  7
The 2014 list of independents and small chains shows growth among some, challenges among others.
Ethnic retailing: Targeted formats expand amid shifting tastes, demographics 
Some of the fastest-growing food-retailing chains in the country are those targeting ethnic groups such as Hispanics and Asians, as illustrated by the numbers in SN’s 2014 lists of the Top 75 Retailers and Wholesalers in North America and the Top 50 Small Chains and Independents.
NGA Show: Expo showcases solutions for independents 
Independent operators seeking to boost their top lines are attending this year’s National Grocers Association Show looking for new and better ideas, president and CEO Peter Larkin told SN.
Kevin Doris wins Zaucha Award 
Kevin Doris, the president and CEO of Gerland Corp., believes employees are “the backbone of any successful independent business.
Independents best equipped for digital changes, Sheridan says  1
Despite the digital revolution, brick-and-mortar stores will still be relevant, "but ecommerce will be a disruption," Joe Sheridan, president and COO of Wakefern Food Corp. and outgoing chairman of the National Grocers Association, said Sunday night at the opening session of NGA's annual convention in Las Vegas.
Leaders need human dynamic, Woodward tells NGA 
President Obama has failed to understand what grocery executives already know — "that as leaders, you must learn the importance of the human dynamic" — Bob Woodward, associate editor of the Washington Post, said last night at the opening sessions of the annual NGA convention in Las Vegas.
IGA effort boosts basket size, Batenic says 
IGA said members have been able to double and in some cases triple basket sizes over the five-month period since it began aggregating sales information from member companies in the U.S. and negotiating unique deals with vendors.
SNAP cuts could impact spending: Fitch 1
Fitch Ratings, New York, said Friday reductions in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments may have a negative impact on food companies once the Agriculture Act of 2014 becomes law.

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