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March / April 2014

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about March / April 2014.

The commercial tagline in vogue, "It's Not Complicated," got me to thinking about how it applies to the retail business. I concluded that our industry actually is complicated.

Many of the articles that appear in Retail Leader are centered around a change or shift in the marketplace that we've identified as relevant to senior executives working in CPG retail.

Will retailers be loyal to loyalty programs? The idea of rewarding customers for repeat visits to a shop has been around almost as long as shopping itself.

Increasingly, as store footprints get smaller, category management is morphing as well. Less space on the shelf means more hard choices for category managers.


A Letter from the President and CEO
Leslie G. Sarasin

Food retail executives are aware that on January 4, 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) into law. And most are very aware that over the past 13 months, the U.S.

FMI's government relations efforts ensure that the voice of the food retail industry is proclaimed boldly and heard clearly on Capitol Hill.

Health and wellness can no longer be categorized as simply a trend in the retail space – 8 out of 10 FMI member companies recognize health and wellness as a competitive strategy.

CPG retailers who want to expand the number of their stores face the same choice that many supermarkets present to shoppers every day: Build it from scratch or buy it ready-made? When it comes to establishing new outlets, the two basic options for most CPG retailers are: organic growth, wher

In 2013, 190,000 new UPCs hit CPG retail shelves in the form of more than 9,500 new brand launches and accounted for an estimated 15 percent of total moving UPCs.

When Bob Graham, vice president of IT at Concord, Calif.-based beverage retailer BevMo!, walks into another company's headquarters and sees a large data center, he thinks about his own company, and its very different approach to IT. "What is our job? To sell beverages," he says.

Retailers in Japan raise convenience to an art. Well-trained clerks at the local konbini restock displays daily with everything from fresh fruit to clothing.

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