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Nov 03, 2008

Why Local Sourcing Doesn't Live by Green Alone

Proponents of local foods these days focus their attention on the environment and food safety. Phrases such as carbon footprint and food miles are....More
Oct 27, 2008

FDA Intervention Not Needed for Produce Safety

It's not at all uncommon for American industries to tell the government that everyone corporations and consumers alike will be better off if their....More
Oct 27, 2008

The High Cost of Pricing Mistakes in This Economy

It's tempting to say it's the economy's fault in describing shortfalls in retail financial results. But recently, both Supervalu and A&P took at least....More
Oct 20, 2008

Retailers Looking at the Web From Both Sides Now

If you could look back at supermarket websites from the mid to late 1990s, you'd no doubt see lots of static images of in-store weekly circulars....More
Oct 20, 2008

IT Offers Supermarkets Another Green Opportunity

Retailers adopting a strategy in their stores or warehouses ordinarily turn to a number of well-known solutions, from solar panels and wind energy to....More
Oct 13, 2008

How Earlier Decisions Made Kroger Right for Today

More than a few observers have noted that Kroger stands out among major supermarket operators in today's challenging economy for its on-target price....More
Oct 13, 2008

Promotion, Marketing Key to Pharmacy, Clinic Profits

In-store health clinics and pharmacies have more in common than their roles in health care. They are difficult businesses to develop and then make a....More
Oct 06, 2008

Suppliers Dance to Beat of More Complex Industry

In-store execution. Strength of brand and assortment. Tying into consumer trends. Innovation. The list goes on. Suppliers are asked to bring more to....More
Oct 06, 2008

Retailers Tap Consumer Marketers for Branding Edge

The term retail marketing has long been an oxymoron, at least in the supermarket industry. Much of the marketing effort of food retailers has....More
Sep 29, 2008

A Presidential Candidate's Guide to the Supermarket

Congratulations, Mr. Candidate, you've made it to the last phase of the presidential election. This is the time to really be on top of your game,....More
Sep 22, 2008

Good, Bad and Ugly Shadow Atlas Labor System

A Sept. 9 Wall Street Journal article on Ann Taylor's new computerized workforce management system Atlas drew media and retail buzz, as well as....More
Sep 22, 2008

Time to Mull Lessons From Produce Safety Scares

An industry's problems prompt a national crisis of confidence. Consumers are put at risk. Media attention is focused on the fallout. Government....More
Sep 15, 2008

Retailers Give Private Labels More Public Profile

Like so many retailers vying for shoppers' loyalty these days, Food Lion is aggressively promoting its private-label lines. But rather than offering....More
Sep 15, 2008

Hard Times Won't Slow Upscale-Meals Momentum

With all the talk of shoppers trading down, you'd think supermarkets would be scaling back on restaurant-quality fare. Sure, I know, supermarkets....More
Sep 08, 2008

Sustainability Excellence Starts With Solar Power

Looking at the environmental activities pursued by the chain, wholesaler and independent winners of SN's first annual Sustainability Excellence....More
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David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, SupermarketNews.com. Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly...

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Jon Springer has been writing about food, food retailers and food retailing for more than 10 years, and is in his second tour of duty with Supermarket News. His prior experience includes covering the...
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