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Jan 22, 2007

What Happened When One Chain Abandoned Tradition

It takes a strong stomach to apply the strategy implicit in the thought that “the intelligent loss of business” can be an intelligent course of....More
Jan 16, 2007

Earth-Friendly Packaging May Have Grocers Seeing Green

A recent Mintel study reports that more than one-fifth of the close to 18,000 new food products introduced in 2006 made organic or all-natural claims....More
Jan 16, 2007

Last Year’s Eventful Days Could Replicate This Year

Are events of early days 2007 destined to replicate, in some form, events of early days 2006?....More
Jan 08, 2007

Is Technology Getting in the Way of Customer Service?

In retailing, as in life generally, consumers usually applaud technology for its ability to cut much of the tedium out of many tasks....More
Jan 08, 2007

Public Acceptance: The Lever That Controls Technology

During the newly concluded holiday period, the Food and Drug Administration issued a tentative finding that the products of some cloned animals are....More
Jan 01, 2007

How Safeway’s Gift Card Venture Caught Investors Off Guard

Financial analyst reports aren’t usually riveting reads, but there was a notable exception after Safeway’s recent conference call that discussed its....More
Jan 01, 2007

Reasons Retailers See Better Times in Store for 2007

The good news about the year just closed is that the industry started to stir from a long slumber and move in proactive ways to retain and recapture....More
Dec 18, 2006

Big Themes Developed During 2006, a Successful Year

As was mentioned on this page last week, the annual “Year in Review” is the theme of this week’s SN, which means, of course, it’s time to take a look....More
Dec 18, 2006

What Comes Next After Generic Drug Price Promotions?

Wal-Mart stirred up a maelstrom of controversy when it launched its $4 generic drug prescription program in September....More
Dec 11, 2006

2006: When Flexitarians Were Hot, Live Lobsters Not

The media’s December ritual is to recap the soon-to-end year. SN will do that in next week’s annual “Year in Review” issue. What follows in this....More
Dec 11, 2006

Stepping Outside the Ordinary to Build the Business

It seems readily apparent that meal-assembly centers and supermarkets could be natural partners, and now something is being done about it....More
Dec 04, 2006

Europeans Outshine U.S. in Ordering and Tracing Products

While the United States often leads the world in business and technology innovation, it may be useful for American food retailers to consider some of....More
Dec 04, 2006

Unusual Service, Novel Product Key to Building Store Traffic

The name of the game in supermarket retailing is to offer product or service outside the realm of the expected to generate new store traffic, or to....More
Nov 27, 2006

Two Food Distributors Seek Methods to Get Beyond Price

One of the principal industry themes of recent times is the high level of price competition raised by alternative formats being faced by conventional....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...

Jon Springer

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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