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Jun 04, 2007

Retailers Get Customers Cooking With New Programs

For many families a generation ago, grocery shopping involved weekly rituals: carefully clipping coupons from the Sunday paper, taking inventory of....More
Jun 04, 2007

Format Specialization Proliferates Here and Abroad

As has been noted in several recent news articles in SN, and in this space, a quiet but profound change in how food distribution companies present to....More
May 28, 2007

Big Retail Players Talk of Possible Acquisitions Ahead

News articles in several recent issues of SN have highlighted declarations by top executives at some of the nation's largest supermarket chains that....More
May 28, 2007

Pharmacy: In-Store Foundation for Health and Wellness

The buzz around the term health and wellness has been building for several years now, and with increased attention from consumer packaged goods....More
May 21, 2007

Retailers Fire New Shots in the Private-Label Battle

A spurt of recent retailer initiatives points to new activity on the private-label front. This comes as overall private-label share has been fairly....More
May 21, 2007

Whole Foods Market's Fortunes Remain Under Pressure

The high road taken by Whole Foods Market continues to be pitted by potholes, at least when it comes to its financial fortunes. Last summer, on Aug....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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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
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David Orgel

David Orgel is executive director, content & user engagement, of Supermarket News (SN) and its website, Orgel delivers his opinions on industry trends through a bi-weekly...

Carol Angrisani

Carol Angrisani is an associate editor at Supermarket News. Along with covering the packaged goods beat, she also manages SN’s annual private-label and ethnic marketing supplements. Carol...
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