December 2012

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December 2012

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about December 2012.

What makes a grocery store popular: price, selection, service, product quality or atmosphere?

Photography by Vito Palmisano

When it comes to shopper preferences, all store aisles aren't the same. Center stage currently belongs to the perimeter of a grocery retailer, while center store often is overshadowed and sometimes suffers from an identity crisis.

Though they remain important to retailers, private label products' share growth appears to have hit a glass ceiling in the United States. Daniel Grubbs,

Peter Drucker claimed the best way to predict the future was to create it. As we look ahead to 2013, we encourage retailers to examine the critical issues likely to impact their businesses and take action.

Every day, CPG companies are working to reduce their environmental footprint. With the global population expected to reach 9 billion by the year 2050, sustainability isn't just a fad or a talking point, it is a moral imperative.

In this country, the vast majority of us are fortunate enough to have reliable access to a food supply that lets us enjoy tropical papayas in the dead of Chicago's frigid winter, or feast on fresh Coho salmon thousands of miles from where it once swam.

Q: What would you most like to see change in the retail food industry in the year ahead? How can grocery retailers enhance their competitive advantage?

If companies had a crystal ball to help them predict which consumer packaged goods would sell best where, their worries would be over.

In the grocery business, many chief executives grew up in the industry, gradually adding more responsibility as they learned by doing. But to develop the next generation of leaders and encourage innovation, executives must learn to delegate, giving others a chance to make mistakes and create be

By its nature, risk pops up where companies least expect it. But those who anticipate the worst-case scenarios, and act swiftly when they do hit, generally weather them better than those caught completely unprepared.

Succession planning can help eliminate the bumps in the road that often accompany executive transitions. An exclusive Retail Leader survey indicates about 65 percent of companies have a succession plan, with most developed by C-level executives and the board of directors.