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.
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.
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,
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.
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
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.