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  • Jan 9, 2015
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    Your in-store pharmacist isn’t just a pill counter!

    Retail food stores are missing a huge opportunity to drive loyalty with repeat customer interactions and sales as a result of thinking about the pharmacy as only a place to fill prescriptions, writes Robin Michel....More
  • Jan 8, 2015
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    Sam Duncan to Aldi: Bring it on

    It looks like Aldi is increasing its presence in Pennsylvania, but Supervalu CEO Sam Duncan isn’t scared of a little friendly competition for Save-A-Lot. “We compete very well with Aldi. We will gladly take them on any time, any place. That's not an issue with us,” Duncan said on Wednesday during a call with analysts....More
  • Jan 5, 2015
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    SN takes deeper dive in 2015

    A year ago, SN unveiled new content plans to keep pace with the fast-changing food distribution industry. For 2015 we’re taking an even deeper dive with more new directions....More
  • Dec 15, 2014
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    Top 2014 searches targeted hot topics

    What were readers searching for on SN’s website in 2014? They were seeking more information about companies in transition and trends and topics in flux....More
  • Dec 8, 2014
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    Huge ethnic marketing opportunity identified for retailers

    A recently released study from LoyaltyOne shows ethnic shoppers are not finding the products they want in their local stores, and these customers would buy more from stores that stock ethnic products than the typical shopper....More
  • Dec 5, 2014
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    New solutions to reducing food waste

    Given that there is still a long way to go to divert all of the food that retailers waste, it’s refreshing to see some companies trying out innovative practices beyond donations and composting....More
  • Nov 26, 2014
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    Treating hunger as a health issue

    Just as health systems are improving patient outcomes by basing in-store clinics in food stores and partnering with retail dietitians and pharmacists, healthcare providers are paying close attention to social determinants of health, such as food insecurity, in traditional diagnostic settings....More
  • Nov 25, 2014
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    What to expect from food in 2015

    It's that time once again where we pull back the curtain and reveal our annual food and shopping predictions based on our research conducted with our partner ConAgra Foods and findings from the SupermarketGuru.com Consumer Panel....More
  • Nov 24, 2014
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    The hard discount threat 1

    Inside North America, hard discount has not been much of a factor. We believe that is likely to change soon....More
  • Nov 21, 2014
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    The Friday Five: Schadenfreude edition

    Normally we hate being the bearer of bad news, but sometimes reading about other’s misfortunes can make us feel better about ourselves....More
  • Nov 18, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Curated commerce

    Speeding up the path to purchase is what’s necessary for retailer’s to thrive over the next few years. “This is what’s going to set apart retailer’s that win,” Stephen Mader, digital retailing director for Kantar Retail, said in his Tuesday keynote....More
  • Nov 17, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Kid cuisine

    Moms want to buy better-for-you foods for their kids, but often struggle to find products that meet their nutrition standards, but also taste good....More
  • Nov 17, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Martha Stewart's pet project

    Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia is deepening its commitment to the pet category, the businesswoman said in keynote presentation Monday at the 2014 PLMA store brands trade show....More
  • Nov 17, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Martha Stewart speaks with SN

    The Martha Stewart brand can be found at Kmart, Home Depot, Macy’s, PetSmart and other retailers. But does the businesswoman have plans for food retail?...More
  • Nov 17, 2014
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    AWG's organics label gains store presence

    Cooperative food wholesaler Associated Wholesale Grocers is rapidly expanding its reintroduced Clearly Organic label, the company announced at the 2014 PLMA show....More
  • Nov 17, 2014
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    Millennials drive food trends despite lag in spending

    Millennials are becoming known for something very different than underperforming. Their influence is bursting out all across the industry, even revolutionizing food trends....More
  • Nov 16, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Fetching sales

    A variety of unique pet products are being introduced at the PLMA show. Among them: sweet potato and cranberry strips from the Crump Group and easy-to-swallow dog treats from Buddy’s Kitchen....More
  • Nov 16, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Promise on the perimeter

    One of the trends from PLMA's just-announced 2014 Salute to Excellence awards is how retailers have improved their store brand fresh products, from produce to dairy, deli and bakery....More
  • Nov 14, 2014
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    What's next in 2015 food trends

    Food trends in 2015 will be marked by more sophisticated tastes aided by travel, technology and the entrepreneurial Millennium generation....More
  • Nov 14, 2014
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    The Friday Five: New school vs. old school

    In this edition, we look at a few ways retailers are testing the boundaries of the traditional supermarket and a couple of arguments for keeping the food shopping experience old school....More
  • Nov 12, 2014
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    Why technology will never replace people 1

    It’s true that technology has replaced a number of jobs in the U.S. workforce. But how much can technology really replace the human element in a service/people driven business?...More
  • Nov 12, 2014
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    PLMA 2014: Let the treasure hunt begin

    PLMA’s annual trade show is so big that each year, I map out my show floor strategy the day of the event....More
  • Nov 7, 2014
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    The Friday Five: Walmart edition

    Welcome to the Friday Five, where SN rounds up the top articles from around the web that you may have missed this week. This inaugural edition focuses on the competitor everyone loves to hate: Walmart....More
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