David Merrefield

Editorial Director , Penton Media, Inc.

Posts by David Merrefield

in Viewpoints Sep 10, 2007

Recounting the Industry's Long Days of Summertime

Now that Labor Day has passed and the unofficial end of summer is here, let's take a look at a few of the events that marked the season. We'll start....More
in Viewpoints Sep 03, 2007

Winn-Dixie Stores' Tenuous Pullback From the Brink

A few months ago, it started to look like the beleaguered Winn-Dixie Stores had a chance to step back from the brink, overcoming formidable odds....More
in Viewpoints Aug 27, 2007

How Consumer Trends Flow From One Stage to Another

Every now and then, social trends surface that have the capacity to power major changes in the way the industry does business. In time, such trends....More
in Viewpoints Aug 20, 2007

Resurrecting a Venerable Banner: The Lucky Gambit

In what may be the biggest-ever experiment in restoring a moribund retail brand, Save Mart is re-bannering 72 of the Albertsons stores it acquired in....More
in Viewpoints Aug 13, 2007

Stater Bros. Makes a Gigantic Investment in Its Future

In a dramatic move that should reduce complexity and improve efficiency, Stater Bros., the operator of 163 stores in California's Inland Empire, will....More
in Viewpoints Aug 06, 2007

Southland Action: Tiers Shed; Effects Linger; Tesco Looms

During the past couple of weeks, important news has emanated from Southern California that will eventually resonate well outside that region. The most....More
in Viewpoints Jul 30, 2007

Increasing Federal Attention to Food Safety in the Offing

Increasingly lax food-safety regulations and enforcement efforts have contributed in some measure to incidents that have undermined consumers’....More
in Viewpoints Jul 25, 2007

SEC, Board Investigations Muzzle Whole Foods’ Mackey

Undercover message-board postings put Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in hot water....More
in Viewpoints Jul 17, 2007

Irradiation Must Be Explained to Consumers to Succeed

Irradiation of certain products provides unmistakable benefits, but at present it’s difficult or impossible to convey use benefits on product labels....More
in Viewpoints Jul 09, 2007

Sustainability: A Complex Issue That’s Not Fading Away

A number of gathering forces will propel business interests toward adopting sustainable methods and, like it or not, sustainability is one issue that....More
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