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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
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
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 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 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

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
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
Jun 30, 2008

Tackling the Global Controversy Over Local Foods

Despite good intentions, the local foods movement is under more scrutiny these days. It's nice to think we could create a new era of distribution....More
Jun 30, 2008

What Does It Take to Get Rid of Expired Products?

Last week, Rite Aid agreed to pay close to a half million dollars to settle a lawsuit that was brought against it by the state of New Jersey in 2006....More
Jun 23, 2008

Retailers Have New Ways to Improve Food Safety

Nobody in this industry wants to hear the word “recall,” but when it must be used, it’s important for suppliers, wholesalers and retailers to have....More
Jun 23, 2008

The Healthy Foods Shopper You Thought You Knew

A new report by New Hope Natural Media explores the values held by healthy foods consumers, and offers insight into merchandising to this demographic....More
Jun 16, 2008

New Sustainability Imperative: Check Your Facts

Supermarket companies should take care to verify their information before making sustainability claims. Otherwise, they might be vulnerable to....More
Jun 09, 2008

GMA Turns 100: What's Changed, and What Hasn't

It's always noteworthy when a major organization reaches 100 years old. Even more remarkable is when that organization can look back on a century of....More
Jun 09, 2008

Food Industry Holds the Cards to Effect Change

The history of the Grocery Manufacturers Association reminds us of the power food can have on politics and social issues. Here are a few examples:....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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