Blog Contributors

Andy Robinson

Andy Robinson, founder of iiAmm, is an entrepreneurial executive with 25-plus years of experience providing strategic leadership for high-growth companies that service the large retailer organizations and the CPG marketplaces. Since the mid-1990s, he has focused on the Internet and is founder...

Michael Sansolo

Michael Sansolo is research director of the Coca-Cola Retailing Research Council of North America.

May 27, 2014

Get creative to engage shoppers with social media

Despite the widespread capabilities of the social web, supermarket shoppers so far seem very limited in how they use any of the platforms for any activities around purchasing or meal preparation. And the reason for that limited behavior may come from supermarket companies themselves....More

Sara Shields

 

Sara Shields, PhD, is a behavior and welfare specialist at The Humane Society of the United States. She earned her doctorate from University of California, Davis and served in an animal science post-doctoral capacity at the University of Nebraska. She currently advises food...

Mar 18, 2013

Cheering Retailers for Better Pork-Sourcing Practices

Grocery retailers such as Kroger, Costco, Safeway, Supervalu and Target have recently announced that they will take steps to improve the welfare of pigs within their pork supply chains....More

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 beverage industry for a variety of publications, consumer markets for KPMG, and retail real...

Jul 14, 2014

Remembering the supercenter

There was a time not all that long ago when Walmart Supercenters represented a food retailer’s worst nightmare. Not any more. But it's still Walmart....More
in SN Social Jun 30, 2014

Beef prices catch attention

Between high corn prices, growing international demand and the drought, the beef industry hasn’t been able to grow the herd for many years and has long been expecting supplies to grow tighter and prices to go higher....More

Brian Todd

Brian became president of The Food Institute in 2002 and has worked for this 78-year-old organization since 1980. Brian oversees the day-to-day operations of the Upper Saddle River, N.J.-based association, which disseminates industry information through its weekly report, daily e-mail updates...

Oct 17, 2012

Supermarkets, Where Did Your Customers Go?

Sales at supermarkets, warehouse clubs and supercenters are not even keeping up with the inflation rate. Supermarket News’ recent discussion with food industry analysts talked about the so-called “shrinking pie” of food sales indicating that consumers are buying less food. But is that truly the case, or is it just that consumers are....More

Liz Webber

Liz Webber is Engagement Director / Fresh Market Editor at Supermarket News. She covers fresh foods for the magazine and creates multimedia, blog posts and other content for the website. She joined SN in August 2012.

in SN Social Jul 01, 2014

Price Chopper, Rouses named best local grocers

Retailers are bragging on social media about being named the “best” or “favorite” by local shoppers....More

Jeff Weidauer

Jeff Weidauer is vice president of marketing and strategy for Vestcom International Inc., a Little Rock, Ark.-based provider of integrated shopper marketing solutions.

in Refresh Feb 19, 2013

How Vitamins Can Improve Your Store’s Health

When the vitamin shopper has vitamins and mineral supplements (VMS) in her basket, she spends nearly $15 on VMS alone....More

Elliot Zwiebach

Elliot Zwiebach has been with Supermarket News for more than 40 years — a span difficult for him to comprehend, having once been the youngest reporter on the staff. During that time he has covered all aspects of the industry and interviewed everyone from Byron Allumbaugh to Tom Zaucha. He...

in Total Access Feb 12, 2010

From A to Z: Anka to Zaucha

LAS VEGAS — Tom Zaucha does not plan to retire from his post as president and chief executive officer of the National Grocers Association until June 30, but the last night of NGA's annual convention here on Thursday was the last time the membership would....More
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