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> David Merrefield
Editorial Director , Penton Media, Inc.
Posts by David Merrefield
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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’....
Jul 25, 2007
SEC, Board Investigations Muzzle Whole Foods’ Mackey
Undercover message-board postings put Whole Foods CEO John Mackey in hot water....
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....
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....
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