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Nov 23, 2009

How Global Technology Is Advancing Local Foods

It's ironic that technology is required for retailers and consumers to find producers located in their own backyards. But that's just what's....More
Nov 16, 2009

Busting the Private-Label Myth About Hispanics

When retailers discuss Hispanic marketing best practices, they inevitably raise a number of points that haven't changed much over time. They say....More
Nov 09, 2009

Health Efforts Now Go Deeper With Broader Reach

The recession has killed off a lot of things profligate spending, eating out, retirement. But one clear survivor has been health and wellness. For....More
Nov 02, 2009

Are Restaurants Winning Even as They Lose Share?

It's no secret that restaurants are in the doldrums as shoppers eat more at home. But restaurants may be quietly capturing the hearts and minds of....More
Oct 26, 2009

Supervalu Gets 'A' for Vision, But Challenges Loom

For those accustomed to CEO conference calls with financial analysts, which typically focus on near-term developments, last week's Supervalu....More
Oct 19, 2009

Future Connect Spotlighted What Really Matters

The long-awaited FMI Future Connect conference was held last week, which under normal circumstances would mean it's over. But this one is definitely....More
Oct 12, 2009

How Partnerships Succeeding in Time of Friction

These aren't the smoothest of times for retailer-supplier partnerships. Retailers are acting more forcefully to remake their merchandising strategies....More
Oct 05, 2009

Notes From the Washington Lobbying Front Lines

I've been covering the food industry for many years, but there was at least one thing I'd never done: attend a lobbying session on Capitol Hill. So as....More
Sep 28, 2009

Benefits of New Media Are Increasingly Measurable

OK, so the bulk of your shoppers don't even use your website or Twitter page. Your conclusion is that investing a lot of effort in electronic media....More
Sep 21, 2009

Why Many Customers Still Don't Feel Appreciated

One of the biggest dangers for any business is to assume their customers feel appreciated. It's easy to make this mistake. Supermarkets know that in....More
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