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Sep 07, 2009

Sustainability Winners Get Direction From the Top

The first thing that struck me about the winners of SN's 2009 Sustainability Excellence Awards — Publix Super Markets (chain category), Associated....More
Sep 07, 2009

Talk Back: Readers Show Their Opinionated Side

How many organizations don't want to know more about what their audiences are thinking? You wouldn't find many retailers or suppliers in that group....More
Aug 31, 2009

Retailers Get an A+ for School-Related Promotions

Kids aren't the only ones dusing off their thinking caps this back-to-school season. Food retailers are likewise getting into the spirit by devising....More
Aug 31, 2009

What's Ahead After Retail's Summer of Stimulus

Is there a type of price promotion that hasn't been tried in the past few months? We've seen discounts meant to support communities, such as Michigan....More
Aug 24, 2009

Build or Buy? Rethinking Ethnic Retail Roadmaps

U.S. supermarket operators don't usually look to our northern neighbor for lessons about food retailing. But a recent development in Canada is worth....More
Aug 17, 2009

Whole Foods' CEO Joins the Health Care Debate

Americans are approaching health care reform like a nervous patient at the doctor's office with a mix of fear and hope, maybe knowing that there might....More
Aug 17, 2009

Why Food Retailing Battle Is Again a Free-for-All

One of the few advantages of this recession was that it led to clear-cut consumer behavior that could be counted on. High gas prices meant consumers....More
Aug 10, 2009

New Systems Could Lessen PCI Security Burden

It doesn't take too long before there's news of yet another massive data security breach. Last month, Network Solutions, an ecommerce company that....More
Aug 10, 2009

How Store Brands Turn Feedback Into Marketing

Private label is red hot, but even more interesting than its market share is its marketing. On the one hand, retailers are trumpeting their own-brand....More
Aug 03, 2009

Two Studies Point to Deeper Relationship Building

Research surveys often confirm things we know or point to completely new developments. Two new industry studies both relating to relationship building....More
Aug 03, 2009

They're back! A Poltergeist of the Viral Kind Returns

Swine flu's sequel coupled with other seasonal viruses is ready to make an appearance. As the headlines remind us, the H1N1 swine virus lurks in the....More
Jul 27, 2009

Small Farms Worried About New Food Safety Bill

During the past few years, the growing popularity of local foods has been a boon to both supermarkets and independent farmers. Shoppers view local....More
Jul 27, 2009

New In-Store Kiosk Tests Limits of Self-Service

The supermarket industry has employed technology for some big in-store advances over the years. But for every technology that hit a home run, others....More
Jul 20, 2009

Why We Sliced and Diced the Power 50 Rankings

You might say our Power 50 roster was hit by a case of the seven-year itch. This annual ranking of the industry's most influential people, begun in....More
Jul 13, 2009

Whole Foods Will Bear Risks, Rewards With Non-GMO Seal

Whole Foods Market announced that its private labels will bear a seal certifying that they do not, for the most part, contain genetically modified....More
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Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher’s delicious foray into coverage of the food industry was purely accidental. With a background in technology, she joined Supermarket News as associate editor of its Technology...
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