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  • 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

    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
  • Nov 6, 2014
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    Midterm elections will provide regulatory relief

    While the eyes of the nation have been focused on the impact of the mid-term elections on President Obama’s agenda, the Nov. 4 election results also had far-reaching impact on the food and beverage sector....More
  • Nov 3, 2014
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    Supermarkets are ‘dead,’ long live supermarkets

    If all your market knowledge came from the general media, you’d already have concluded supermarkets are goners. While these "death" proclamations have been wildly exaggerated, conventional retailers cannot ignore recent dramatic developments....More
  • Oct 31, 2014
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    Readers weigh in on e-grocery’s obstacles

    This week, IdeaXchange Xpert Neil Stern wrote that “Online shopping barriers slowly dissolve.” Several of our readers responded with some ideas of their own....More
  • Oct 31, 2014
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    How being too late and selling too little will help Kroger win, again

    While Kroger still isn’t doing a whole lot of sales on the Internet, the foundation upon which it could build sales might surprise you....More
  • Oct 30, 2014
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    Halloween has gone to the dogs

    So whether it’s a photo contest like the one at Albertsons or a complete revamp of a pet department, retailers need to take animal lovers seriously....More
  • Oct 24, 2014
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    How shopper trust varies by topic

    Retail Feedback Group's national study of supermarket shoppers, the 2014 U.S. Supermarket Experience Study, asked shoppers to rate their primary supermarket’s performance on a number of “trust issues.”...More
  • Oct 24, 2014
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    Organic is back in the spotlight

    After ceding the spotlight to local for the past few years, organic may once again be having a moment....More
  • Oct 20, 2014
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    Click-and-collect gaining more curb appeal

    Click-and-collect, the online grocery strategy that requires customer pickup of merchandise at store curbside or elsewhere, is on a faster track. Both Kroger and Walmart recently unveiled efforts, putting this concept in the spotlight at two of the biggest food retailers....More
  • Oct 19, 2014
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    PMA 2014: New produce merchandising, products

    As customers are looking for new ways to consume fruits and vegetables, some suppliers gave showgoers creative applications of their products at the PMA Fresh Summit conference in Anaheim....More
  • Oct 18, 2014
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    PMA 2014: How marketers can connect with Gen Z

    Today's 23 million American Gen Zers have $44 billion a year in spending power. However, tapping into that buying power will require new ways of marketing....More
  • Oct 18, 2014
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    PMA 2014: Brave new produce world

    During the state of the industry address, the PMA leaders urged the industry to adapt a change of perspective and to utilize Jack Uldridge's concept of "unlearning" what they know in order to consider new changes in technology....More
  • Oct 18, 2014
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    PMA 2014: Industry vet honored with Carey Award

    At the beginning of Fresh Summit each year — at the start of the popular brunch general session — PMA honors an industry veteran with the Robert L. Carey award....More
  • Oct 17, 2014
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    PMA 2014: Wakefern wants its competitors to join Eat Brighter

    Wakefern Food Corp. may be among the first retailers to sign on to the Eat Brighter movement, but it hopes its competitors follow suit....More
  • Oct 16, 2014
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    PMA 2014: Retail tour highlights different approaches to produce

    This year's retail produce tour included four very different stores, each with its own strategy for produce....More
  • Oct 14, 2014
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    PMA 2014: Brightening the prospects for produce

    A new event this year during Friday’s education panels is the Eat Brighter Town Hall, where early adopters of the Eat Brighter program will share how they’ve incorporated Sesame Street characters into their produce marketing....More
  • Oct 3, 2014
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    Cash-strapped Millennials will splurge on food

    Spicy quinoa salad with Chimichurri dressing and a cold-pressed apple, celery, beet, ginger, parsley, spinach and lemon concoction seem like a stretch for a chain that caters to the Slurpee and Big Bites crowd, but in an effort to appeal to discerning Millennials, 7-Eleven is giving these recipes – co-created with Tony Horton of P90X workout fame — a go in 104 L.A.-area stores....More
  • Oct 2, 2014
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    Retailer resources for reducing food waste 4

    Savvy food retailers know that reducing food waste isn’t just a feel-good story for customers — it can also help a business’s bottom line. But where can supermarkets turn if they don’t already have waste reduction programs in place?...More
  • Oct 1, 2014
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    WinCo customers sound off on self-checkout

    WinCo Foods has begun adding self-checkout stations to all its stores, and the retailer asked Facebook fans for feedback on the experience. While the reaction was mostly positive, some customers disliked the new machines....More
  • Sep 29, 2014
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    Natural products: Six steps to supermarket big leagues

    Natural products suppliers are vying to introduce new items to supermarkets, but often they don’t understand how this retail channel really works. Here's how....More
  • Sep 22, 2014
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    Four years of Mariano's in Chicagoland

    We’ve plotted the location and opening date — along with photos and social media posts — for each of Mariano’s 27 stores in an interactive map to track the retailer’s journey through Chicago and its suburbs....More
  • Sep 19, 2014
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    Online retailer uses unexpected marketing tactic 3

    Relay Foods may be an online retailer, but its main marketing campaign isn’t a digital one....More
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