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May 14, 2007

Competitive Moves and Food Safety Scares Researched

The annual presentation of the Food Retailing Industry Speaks report proceeded as regularly as clockwork at last week’s Food Marketing Institute Show....More
May 14, 2007

Be Prepared Because The Times They Are A-Changin'

The opening presentation of Food Marketing Institute’s Speaks was clever. A stopwatch ticked off two-minute intervals with factoids of statistics —....More
May 07, 2007

New Thinking on the Old Topic of Retail Customer Service

Customer service shouldn’t be a complicated matter. The more you invest in it, the more you’ll attract shoppers. End of story....More
May 07, 2007

Big Changes: Long Chicago Show Run Ends; Tesco Hovers

Things change. Consider, for instance, this week’s Food Marketing Institute show....More
May 01, 2007

Whole Foods’ Reality More Complex Than CEO’s Portrayals

Whole Foods’ co-founder, Chairman and CEO John Mackey is a brilliant retailer with a keen eye for consumer preferences. He’s also a superb deal-maker....More
Apr 30, 2007

Food Safety Concerns and the Role of Inspection Agencies

There’s never a good time for the outbreak of a spate of negative publicity about food safety, but the current moment is particularly inauspicious....More
Apr 30, 2007

Supermarkets Hold Limited Opportunity for Private Buyers

Although private equity has waded bravely into food retailing with several acquisitions over the past few years, food retailers are still relatively....More
Apr 23, 2007

Hopes for a Better Year Are Being Realized, So Far

In the first column written for this space in 2007, the welcome news that many retailers predicted that this would be a good year for supermarkets....More
Apr 23, 2007

Reality Check: Supermarkets Are Not Restaurants

Supermarkets definitely have restaurant envy. For decades supermarket food-service departments have tried to compete with restaurants by becoming....More
Apr 16, 2007

Investment Capital's Stake in Big Buyout Concepts

What's up with private equity money? Well, quite a bit, it seems. The thing is that there's so much private equity money seeking a place to work....More
Apr 16, 2007

Specialty Pet Food Throwing Supermarkets a Bone

Pet owners are converting members of one of the least discriminating groups of eaters into consumers of specialty foods. And who can blame them?....More
Apr 09, 2007

Should Banners Be United for Efficiency’s Sake, or Not?

One of the more puzzling issues that food retailing presents has to do with banner management; specifically, when a company finds itself with....More
Apr 09, 2007

How to Ensure That Sustainability Will Prove Sustainable

I can still recall the excitement surrounding the first Earth Day in 1970. As a grade school student I was immersed in the zeal of the moment,....More
Apr 02, 2007

Should Retailers Factor Global Warming Into Their Plans?

Next week, SN plans to devote space throughout the issue to the timely and timeless topic of environmental sustainability, which really impacts all....More
Apr 02, 2007

A New Look at Health Care Costs and Who Should Pay

The issue of health care costs and how they are paid is a perennial one, but one that should be considered anew every now and then....More
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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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Mark Hamstra is the content director of Supermarket News covering events and trends in food retailing. Mark joined SN in 2001 as the editor of the Nonfoods section, became the editor of the Retail/...
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