Mark Hamstra

Supermarket News

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/Financial section in 2002 and content director in 2014. Prior to joining SN, he had covered the restaurant industry, the drug store industry and the direct marketing industry for other weekly B2B magazines. In his first journalism job, he covered high school and college sports for a small daily newspaper in Colorado.

Posts by Mark Hamstra

in Total Access Jan 16, 2012

NRF: Relevance of Marketing as Important as Medium

Companies sometimes get too caught up in focusing on communicating with customers through new media when in fact the message itself and timing of the....More
in Total Access Jan 16, 2012

NRF: Clinton Finds Common Ground With Retailers

Reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to be closer to the average rate of other advanced countries — about 24% to 26% — while at the same time....More
in Total Access Jan 16, 2012

NRF: Retail Sales Seen Rising 3.4% in 2012

The NRF issued its sales forecast for 2012 at its 101st Annual Convention and Expo , projecting growth of 3.4%, to $2.53 trillion (excluding autos,....More
in Viewpoints Dec 13, 2011

Supermarkets Need ‘The 99%’ to Do Better

I’m not sure whether any supermarket executives were camping out with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, but maybe they should have been....More
in Viewpoints Oct 17, 2011

ShopRite Seeks to Win Over Shoppers in New Markets

My brother, a professional chef and a finicky food shopper for his family of five, never cared much for the offerings at the traditional chain....More
in Viewpoints Jun 27, 2011

Despite Ruling, Wal-Mart Still Has Labor Issues

Wal-Mart Stores was quick to declare victory with last week's Supreme Court decision not to allow a class-action gender-discrimination lawsuit against....More
in Total Access May 12, 2011

Visions of Leadership at Future Connect

In many ways, Food Marketing Institute’s 2011 Future Connect conference this week practiced what it preached. In session after session, speakers....More
in Total Access May 12, 2011

Collaboration Begins With Customer Needs: Speakers

Retailer-supplier collaboration on marketing and merchandising begins with an understanding of consumer needs, according to presenters at Food....More
in Total Access May 11, 2011

'Idea Tables' on the Menu at Lunch

Attendees at Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference here only had two choices of what to have for lunch on Wednesday, but 98 choices....More
in Total Access May 11, 2011

Music Inspires Some at Future Connect

Some attendees said they were inspired by an unusual musical opening presentation at Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference on Tuesday....More
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