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 Viewpoints Jul 26, 2010

Connective Politics Pay Off in Interchange Reform

It's safe to say that Rich Niemann Sr. and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., don't see eye to eye on all issues. Niemann, chairman of Niemann Foods in Quincy,....More
in Viewpoints May 31, 2010

U.S. Chains Eschew International Development

A quick look at the list of the world's 25 largest food retailers on Pages 12 and 13 of this issue reveals one obvious disparity between U.S.-based....More
in Viewpoints Apr 12, 2010

Retailers Have Time to Prepare for Health Reform

For supermarket operators, the new health care legislation is a little like a visit to the doctor they don't know yet what potential problems might be....More
in Viewpoints Mar 01, 2010

Formula for 2020 Vision Includes Focus on Data

Ten years from now, a shopper will walk into one of your stores maybe not one of your traditional cookie-cutter supermarkets, but a small neighborhood....More
in Viewpoints Jan 25, 2010

Two Industry ‘Native Sons’ Do Well, and Do Good

SN presents two awards in this week's issue the Marketer of the Year Award and the Community Service Award. Both winners reflect an essential aspect....More
in Viewpoints Dec 14, 2009

Letter to the North Pole: We Could Use a Little Help

Dear Santa, Hope you are doing well. We had a pretty tough year, although it certainly could have been worse. Please don't take this the wrong way,....More
in Viewpoints Nov 02, 2009

Technology Migrates From Backroom to Store Floor

It wasn't planned that way, but this week's print edition of SN could be themed The Technology Issue. Between the bookend anniversary features online....More
in Total Access Oct 14, 2009

Immigrant Toasts Life of Freedom as a Retailer

Stepping in as a last-minute replacement for another speaker who canceled, Darioush Khaledi, chairman and chief executive officer, K.V. Mart, Los....More
in Total Access Oct 13, 2009

Seek to ‘Delight’ Customers: Speaker

Customer satisfaction is not enough, according to a presenter at Food Marketing Institute’s Future Connect conference here on Tuesday afternoon. Bob....More
in Total Access Oct 13, 2009

Don’t Be a Dinosaur

One of the recurring themes at this week’s Food Marketing Institute Future Connect leadership development conference is the concept that leaders have....More
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