January / February 2014

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January / February 2014

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about January / February 2014.

Traditionally, private label and national brands have competed with each other, each vying for a larger share of consumers' CPG dollars.

Responding to demand for a quick and convenient shopping experience, many retailers are rolling out a "click-and-collect" shopping model that allows shoppers to make their grocery purchases online and then pick up their wares at a designated location.

Faced with slim margins and an extremely competitive landscape, retailers are constantly looking for ways to differentiate themselves.

Garrison Keillor's famous joke about Lake Woebegon is that "all the children are above average." In reality, that's how every company would like its employees to perform, but how can this ideal be encouraged, and measured? Ideally, evaluations should fit into a company's overall strategy for attrac

Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI President and CEO, and Harry Stagnito, President and CEO, Stagnito Media Inc., offer insights into their shared mission to serve the food retail industry. Q: What is the goal of the recently announced strategic partnership between Stagnito Media and FMI? Leslie G.

There are multiple approaches to multicultural marketing. In the "old days"–which still exist in many stores–it was as simple as translating signs and labels into another language.

Retailers are embracing an ever-increasing array of technologies to improve loyalty programs that maximize the customer experience.

Fresh and perishable foods are an important profit center for food retailers, who are expanding their offerings and improving their display facilities. More than half of the executives who responded to an exclusive Retail Leader survey said their revenue from fresh/perishable food has increased ove

"The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away." Or so said American scientist, activist and educator Linus Pauling. Though it appears he states the obvious, Pauling makes an excellent point about the mysterious and somewhat daunting process of ideation, which, m

Squeezable yogurt is practically omnipresent in supermarket dairy cases today.

CEO OF THE YEAR: Doug Sanders Sprouts Farmers Market Sprouts Farmers Market is rising fast in the world of upscale, natural/organic grocery retailing. It is aggressively expanding beyond its base in the West.

CEO OF THE YEAR: Laura Sen President and CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club When BJ's Wholesale President and CEO Laura Sen describes the company she's led for the past seven years as "values driven," it's best to take her at her word.

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