A collection of news, articles and other featured content about July / August 2013.

July / August 2013

  • Innovation: Beyond the Buzz Word

    Innovation is one of those words I often hear bandied about by companies eager to stay ahead of the curve. But, as with many buzz words, few organizations have truly embraced the concept.

    Adapted from "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business" (Harvard Business Review Press) The purpose of every business ultimately revolves around creating value for customers.
  • BIG Enough to PROSPER

    Being small has advantages in the fiercely competitive food retail industry. Independent grocers and specialty stores often are closer to their customers than larger players and can adapt quickly to serve shoppers' changing needs.
  • Focus on Supply Chain: Managing Product Availability

    Retailers and CPGs are employing high-ranking supply chain talent as they strive to ensure on-shelf product availability, according to exclusive new research from Retail Leader. About half of respondents have vice presidents or higher assigned to supply chain.
  • Tried and True and Something New

    Photography by Vito Palmisano. The County Market in Springfield, Ill., serves shoppers in the shadow of the Illinois State Capitol building just blocks away. The gleaming dome is easily visible from the store's parking lot and is a strong reminder about the history and roots of this community.
  • So You Think You Have a GREAT IDEA...

    The average brainstorming session can deliver a bundle of ideas. Some are good, some are bad, and some are so wild and off-the-wall they just might work.
  • Looking Past the Ladder

    Not everyone can be the CEO, and not everyone wants to be the CEO. At grocery retailers and CPGs, some workers thrive in their current positions and don't dream of moving up the ladder.
  • Make Way for the Millennials

    Today's young adult shoppers don't have nearly the economic clout of their baby boomer parents, yet they are being watched as the harbingers of what's to come. Millennials, generally defined as those born from 1980 to 2000, differ from other generations in their awareness and desire of convenient,
  • Five Ways to Tackle Transportation Efficiencies

    With long-haul trucking a mainstay in the grocery foods business, retailers and CPGs are looking for ways to drive savings by investing in more efficient transportation options. For some, that means switching to energy-efficient trucks, including those operating on alternative fuels.
  • Navigating the Shopper Experience

    So, on my way back from the recent Stagnito Media's Hispanic 360 Conference in Las Vegas, I reflected on the many topics that had been discussed during that thought-provoking meeting.
  • Pulse report:Convenience Stores: Keep the Core; Appeal to More

    The convenience channel was the only channel to experience both dollar sales and unit growth in 2012, according to the IRI report, "Convenience Stores: Keep the Core; Appeal to More." The channel is experiencing above-average growth due in part to an increase in the number of stores and a bu

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about July / August 2013.