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Jun 29, 2009

Updating the Advice on How to Battle Wal-Mart

When my tenure at Supermarket News began in the early-to-mid-1990s, retailers were anxiously devising plans to compete with the growing threat from....More
Jun 29, 2009

Wal-Mart Defies Critics, Wins Health Care Support

Let’s give credit where it’s due. Wal-Mart, long the bane of unions and unionized grocery chains, known for its poor labor practices, including....More
Jun 22, 2009

Laws Needed to Curb E-Fencing of Retail Products

I got a call recently from Brian Scanlon, vice president of loss prevention at Wegmans Food Markets, Rochester, N.Y., who wanted to know if I was....More
Jun 22, 2009

Retailers Don't Need to Fear Younger Generations

As a Baby Boomer, I have fond feelings about my generation. But as one of the younger members of that group, I like to think I can detect growing gaps....More
Jun 15, 2009

How a Blog's-Eye View Enhances Food Trade Events

As I walked through the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association's Seminar and Expo last week in Atlanta, I could see there was a lot to take in a....More
Jun 08, 2009

Recession Playbook Lifts Prepared Foods for Some

Prepared foods is a category that's confounded supermarkets. Long on promise, this segment has typically only scored mixed results. The recession....More
Jun 08, 2009

The Brand Price Is Right Thanks to Private Labels

Costco's treasure hunt atmosphere reveals so many surprises that most shoppers don't even attempt to draw up a list. And now thanks to price....More
Jun 01, 2009

Shoppers May Need More Food Safety Guidance

Just prior to Memorial Day weekend, Coal Valley, Ill.-based Valley Meats recalled almost 100,000 pounds of ground beef due to possible E. coli....More
Jun 01, 2009

Mobile Coupon Trend Beginning to Pick Up Speed

Observers of retail technology are always searching for the next innovations that will transform how companies do business. Some believe that mobile....More
May 25, 2009

Quality Trumps Quantity in New Product Releases

Recessions aren't usually good times for new product launches. Sure enough, in this downturn consumers have been sticking to familiar products on....More
May 18, 2009

Business Innovation Trumps Safeway's Q1 Stumble

A miscalculation of promotional investment was cited earlier this month as the reason Safeway misstepped in its first-quarter results for the year (....More
May 18, 2009

Signs That Supermarket Value Message Is Working

It wasn't the kind of article you'd normally see in a store circular, certainly not from Trader Joe's. In that retailer's most recent Fearless Flyer,....More
May 11, 2009

Flu Scare Provides Retail Lessons, Opportunities

As it turned out, the 2009 H1N1 Flu didn't become the horrific pandemic many feared. But that won't be the only thing to remember about the scare....More
May 11, 2009

Noddle Engineered Transformation at Supervalu

In 2006, when Supervalu announced that it was going to acquire most of the Albertsons chain, the move was hailed by some analysts as a brilliant....More
May 04, 2009

Award Winners Reinvent What They Already Have

In this relentlessly challenging economy, everyone is trying to figure out how to do more with less and get the most out of what they own. That is....More
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Liz Webber

Liz Webber is Engagement Director / Fresh Market Editor at Supermarket News. She covers fresh foods for the magazine and creates multimedia, blog posts and other content for the website. She joined...

Elliot Zwiebach

Elliot Zwiebach has been with Supermarket News for more than 45 years — a span difficult for him to comprehend, having once been the youngest reporter on the staff. During that time he has...
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