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Dec 08, 2008

Retailers Reach Beyond Price to Please Customers

The media's current focus on Wal-Mart's gains in this economy leaves the impression that the chain's sole focus is to cut prices. What slips under the....More
Dec 01, 2008

Saluting Visionaries Who Put the Super in Supermarket

How many retail executives do you know who would let a manager spend money on an idea that was clearly not going to work, only because it was better....More
Dec 01, 2008

The Pace of Change Challenges Food Retailers

As we enter the last month of 2008 and look ahead to 2009, one thing that's consistent is the overused word: Journalists quickly discover that the....More
Nov 24, 2008

The Strange Mood of Consumers This Thanksgiving

We all know this economy has transformed the behavior of shoppers. They are avoiding restaurants, looking for deals, buying more private label, and....More
Nov 17, 2008

Economy Creates Opportunity for Store Brands

One of the political arguments during the recent election campaign was that the U.S. should not emulate Europe, with its socialized medicine, high....More
Nov 17, 2008

Why Ethnic Retailing Surges Despite Tough Times

It's hard out there in retail land, really hard. But you wouldn't know it by tracking the momentum around ethnic retailing. In recent weeks there's....More
Nov 10, 2008

How Best to Compete With a Re-Energized Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart went from retail juggernaut in the 1990s to stumbling giant a few years later. But now the Bentonville behemoth has regained its momentum and....More
Nov 10, 2008

Food Recalls: How Retailers Can Turn Shopper Frowns Upside Down

Even when suspect food products aren't ingested, recalls can leave a bad taste in consumers' mouths. Once made aware that there was a chance they....More
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
Nov 03, 2008

Silver, Not Gold, for Supermarkets This Holiday

Are there any bright spots for the holiday selling season, with all the doom and gloom? A series of reports last week were not encouraging as the....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

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 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 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
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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...

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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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