Mark Hamstra

Supermarket News

Mark Hamstra is the content director of Supermarket News covering events and trends in food retailing. Mark joined SN in 2001 as the editor of the Nonfoods section, became the editor of the Retail/Financial section in 2002 and content director in 2014. Prior to joining SN, he had covered the restaurant industry, the drug store industry and the direct marketing industry for other weekly B2B magazines. In his first journalism job, he covered high school and college sports for a small daily newspaper in Colorado.

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Dec 17, 2012

For Some, the End May Signal a New Beginning

Fresh management and new ownership could impart some much-needed stability for the future of some chains....More
Nov 19, 2012

Supermarkets Deck the Halls With Digital Offers

Online sales are growing fast, but digital marketing holds more long-term promise for supermarkets....More
Sep 24, 2012

Legislative Compromises Would Help Retailers

A good outcome of the election would be a more moderate Congress....More
Aug 11, 2012

Chains Evolve to ‘Own Local’ in Their Markets

Three small West Coast chains have become local brands....More
Jun 16, 2012

Kowalski’s and Its Workers Save for Retirement

The Kowalski's retirement plan reflects a spirit of collaboration that has sometimes been lacking....More
Apr 27, 2012

Supervalu Needs Workers’ Support to Succeed

Supervalu gave Wall Street some positive news last week when the company reported fourth-quarter results and a better-than-expected outlook for the....More
Feb 13, 2012

Larkin Leverages Legislative Expertise at NGA

Before joining the National Grocers Association in 2010 as only the second president and chief executive officer in the association’s history, Peter....More
Dec 13, 2011

Supermarkets Need ‘The 99%’ to Do Better

I’m not sure whether any supermarket executives were camping out with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, but maybe they should have been....More
Oct 17, 2011

ShopRite Seeks to Win Over Shoppers in New Markets

My brother, a professional chef and a finicky food shopper for his family of five, never cared much for the offerings at the traditional chain....More
Jun 27, 2011

Despite Ruling, Wal-Mart Still Has Labor Issues

Wal-Mart Stores was quick to declare victory with last week's Supreme Court decision not to allow a class-action gender-discrimination lawsuit against....More
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In their Viewpoints columns, SN editors and guest columnists give their perspectives on current industry issues.

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