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Jun 02, 2008

Summer Promotions Target Economic Heat Wave

Food retailers are finally showing their kinder and gentler sides by launching programs that acknowledge the plight of cash-strapped consumers. Until....More
May 26, 2008

Sizing Up Food Retailing's Small-Store Format Battle

Store formats, like new products, can suddenly become hot. That's exactly what's happened with small-store concepts, which were all but ignored by....More
May 26, 2008

Clinic Growth Slows, but Don't Count Them Out

The economic slowdown and the tightening of credit have had a ripple effect on the fledgling in-store clinic business. Supermarket pharmacy executives....More
May 19, 2008

At Piggly Wiggly, It’s Kind of Cool to Be 'The Pig'

Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. long ago learned something important about itself: It really is "The Pig."....More
May 19, 2008

Critics Shouldn’t Look a Gift Card in the Mouth

Criticism of retailer gift card programs tied to economic stimulus checks is unfair, but store executives still need to be prepared with a response....More
May 12, 2008

Notes From Vegas: Retailers Bet on Dual Strategy

The food industry showed up in Las Vegas last week with a clearly defined gaming plan. But it wasn’t for slots or roulette....More
May 12, 2008

New Products Carry Both Innovations and Costs

Kraft single-handedly launched 80 new products at last week's Food Marketing Institute Show. Although that seems like a large number, it represents....More
May 05, 2008

More Store Deliveries or Fewer? Both Make Sense

While seemingly straightforward on the surface, food retailing is a fairly complex business when all of its variables are taken into account. This....More
May 05, 2008

A Season When Change Is Apparent All Around Us

Change happens 24/7, but it's not always evident. This spring, however, a lot seems different, more than just the seasonal return of budding flowers....More
Apr 28, 2008

New Supermarket Tie-Ins Embrace Consumer Priorities

Supermarkets are stepping up to the plate with new, timely initiatives that respond to the economy, sustainability and health — all key topics on....More
Apr 21, 2008

With Discount Generics, Chains Take Bigger Medical Role

The discount generic drug programs open a new world of possibilities to those willing to embrace them....More
Apr 21, 2008

Meijer Campaign Throws Retail Advertising Into Spotlight

Can a small supermarket player in a big market gain wide notice with a bold ad campaign? At what point does such a campaign become so nontraditional....More
Apr 14, 2008

How Sam's Stands Out in the Shadows of Wal-Mart, Costco

Sam’s Club is celebrating 25 years of operation, but its greatest feat hasn’t been its longevity. The biggest success was finding its own path in a....More
Apr 14, 2008

Standards Not Enough in Hannaford Bros. Data Breach

As the Hannaford Bros. date breach and previous cases illustrate, industry standards have not deterred the bad guys from breaking through the....More
Apr 07, 2008

When Fast-Growing Retailers Decide to Hit the Brakes

There’s nothing so exciting in retailing as a chain expanding at a breakneck pace. But such rollouts eventually slow or end, often accompanied by....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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