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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May 02, 2011

Wal-Mart Lends an Ear to the Online Conversation

Michael Duke, Wal-Mart's chief executive officer, recounted last week how much he enjoys dropping into the company's stores unannounced, visiting with....More
Mar 07, 2011

Handling the Transition When the Founder Leaves

Perhaps no one in corporate America is more closely identified with the company they founded than Steve Jobs, the chief executive officer of....More
Jan 10, 2011

Long Fight Continues for Food Safety Legislation

Although President Obama signed the Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act into law last week, both opponents and supporters....More
Nov 15, 2010

Fresh Market IPO Reflects High-Income Recovery

Chances are, Ray Berry's income this month will be quite a bit bigger than yours. The founder and chairman of the Fresh Market chain of upscale....More
Sep 20, 2010

Seizing Opportunities When the Outlook Is Bleak

During the past two years of economic malaise, it is easy to assume that business activity has slowed down. It is reflected in the national....More
Jul 26, 2010

Connective Politics Pay Off in Interchange Reform

It's safe to say that Rich Niemann Sr. and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., don't see eye to eye on all issues. Niemann, chairman of Niemann Foods in Quincy,....More
May 31, 2010

U.S. Chains Eschew International Development

A quick look at the list of the world's 25 largest food retailers on Pages 12 and 13 of this issue reveals one obvious disparity between U.S.-based....More
Apr 12, 2010

Retailers Have Time to Prepare for Health Reform

For supermarket operators, the new health care legislation is a little like a visit to the doctor they don't know yet what potential problems might be....More
Mar 01, 2010

Formula for 2020 Vision Includes Focus on Data

Ten years from now, a shopper will walk into one of your stores maybe not one of your traditional cookie-cutter supermarkets, but a small neighborhood....More
Jan 25, 2010

Two Industry ‘Native Sons’ Do Well, and Do Good

SN presents two awards in this week's issue the Marketer of the Year Award and the Community Service Award. Both winners reflect an essential aspect....More
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