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Sep 01, 2008

Fall Preview: Five Key Consumer Gauges to Watch

Predicting the future is a highly risky activity. That becomes clear when you look back at our primarily upbeat financial analyst roundtable from a....More
Aug 25, 2008

The Food vs. Fuel Debate Needs to Get Serious

Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., went on the defensive during last week's Senate committee hearing organized to address the food-vs.-fuel debate over corn and....More
Aug 25, 2008

Can Safeway Become a Lab for Other Retailers?

Despite its name, Safeway does not always choose the safe way. In fact, this retailer is a leader in thinking out of the box. It's not hard to rattle....More
Aug 18, 2008

FTC's Tall Order: Unscrambling the Organic Eggs

In continuing to pursue its antitrust case against Whole Foods' acquisition of Wild Oats, the Federal Trade Commission cannot expect the two chains to....More
Aug 18, 2008

How This Economy Is Transforming Category Sales

This annual issue of SN provides a comprehensive update on supermarket categories, but this year the economy and inflation steal the spotlight. The....More
Aug 11, 2008

Card Groups Need New Approach to Data Security

The Hannaford Bros. data security breach, which exposed 4.2 million credit and debit cards earlier this year, was certainly a teachable moment for the....More
Aug 11, 2008

Whole Foods' Retooling May Not Be Whole Solution

This is definitely the longest summer for Whole Foods. The natural food retailer's acquisition of Wild Oats was challenged by a federal appeals court....More
Aug 04, 2008

Cigarette Ban May Inspire New Consumer Habit

San Francisco drug stores may soon be scratched from the list of feasible destinations for residents seeking a tobacco fix. Last week, a law proposing....More
Aug 04, 2008

Economic Storm Finally Crashes Into Supermarkets

Until late last month supermarkets still could say they were mostly unscathed by the economic slump. Sure, consumers showed signs of trading down and....More
Jul 28, 2008

Has Simon Delivered Bad News for Online Grocers?

The news this month that regional Internet grocer SimonDelivers will shut down might set off alarm bells in some circles. This was a home shopping....More
Jul 28, 2008

Produce Traceback Warnings Lack Certainty at FDA

In a recent consumer poll conducted by the Produce Marketing Association, 8% of respondents said they will never purchase tomatoes again. Almost 30%....More
Jul 14, 2008

Today's Turbulence Has Many Thinking Past Perfect

From the workplace to the dinner table, people are re-embracing earlier practices....More
Jul 14, 2008

Retailers Need to Master New Math of Fuel Economics

Part of the bargain/value equation is whether the potential savings will offset any extra gasoline it will take to get it....More
Jul 07, 2008

Second-Half Battle Centers on Keeping Shoppers

It's a strange position for supermarkets to be in. Grocers have spent years trying to upgrade by eschewing a bargain-basement atmosphere. They have....More
Jul 07, 2008

Wal-Mart Waves a Kinder, Gentler Flag in PR Battle

Wal-Mart Stores for the past few years has made a concerted effort to turn the tide of public opinion in its favor. Recent reports have indicated that....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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