A collection of news, articles and other featured content about March / April 2012.

March / April 2012

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  • Aligning for a Competitive Advantage

    Dennis J. Belcastro<br /> Executive Vice President<br />Industry Affairs &amp; Collaboration
  • Striking a Balance

    Tough economic times often bring consolidation as stronger players gobble up struggling competitors.
  • Paring Down

    Given the economy's slow growth, grocery retailers and food manufacturers increasingly are refocusing efforts by shedding underperforming units and spinning off viable stand-alone businesses.
  • What's your App-titude?

    As consumers embrace mobile apps on their smart phones and tablet devices for more than just fun and games, grocery retailers are examining ways to deliver messages effectively. Similar to the early days of the commercial Internet a decade and a half ago, the nearly 1 million mobile apps availa
  • Shoring Up Sales

    Retailers in the United Kingdom face formidable challenges as they struggle to keep sales on pace amid food inflation and economic uncertainty, but some indicators suggest the worst might be over. In general, discounters and discounting have come on strong as the U.K.
  • Wrapping up sustainable packaging

    Consumers might set out to buy good-tasting foods and beverages, but increasingly it's the packaging that seals the deal.
  • Pulse Report: Building impact through merchandising

    As consumers look for ways to stay within constrained grocery budgets, they are embracing the merchandising efforts of retailers and CPG companies.
  • Changing Demographics: Adjusting to a new reality

    Retailers today are confronting a series of demographic changes, most notably wage stagnation.
  • Payback Time

    When purchasing technology, the decision isn't just about the service that new systems or applications provide.
  • Powering Up Innovation at General Mills

    Photography by Vito Palmisano
  • Betting on New Products

    The success of new products is never a given. The risk associated with innovation can become magnified by a difficult economy, when budget cuts are the norm for both manufacturers and consumers.
  • On Recruitment and Retention

    According to our research, the major trends of interest to retail food companies include food safety, store brands, channel management, consumer perception of price/value relationships and nutrition, health and wellness.

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about March / April 2012.