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May / June 2015

A collection of news, articles and other featured content about May / June 2015.

The most frustrating part of my job in informing, and exhorting, the retail industry to make those changes is about as difficult as rooting for the Chicago Cubs to play in a World Series. After a recent string of individual meetings, and attending conferences and trade shows, I came away with the c

One of the challenges of your job, and mine, is to sort through and prioritize the vast amount of information that lands on our desks.

It's become common in today's society that when a couple gets engaged, they are feted by friends and family, celebrations are planned, and they shout to the world at large that they are committing to each other for all eternity. What if that same scenario were common in consumer packaged goods?

Setting prices is one of the trickiest aspects of CPG retailing. How do you develop a strategy that will deliver a good return but won't turn customers away?

A Letter from the President and CEO
Leslie G. Sarasin

On May 18, the World Trade Organization (WTO) found for the fourth time that sig nificant portions of the United States' Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law violates our international trade commitments.

It may seem counterintuitive that any government regulation could generate an opportunity for operators in the supermarket industry. But that is exactly the case with the much talked about Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

If you want to use analytical data to assess employment candidates for low-level hourly positions, or to judge their performance once they're hired, there's usually plenty available. Hourly workers can be judged by objective benchmarks like sales, attendance records and point-of-sale efficiency.

With an incredible amount of access to information and resources, consumers today have adopted a self-care approach to many aspects of their lives.

Newport Avenue Market in Bend, Ore., strives to keep its front end on the cutting edge with new technology. Chief operating officer Lauren Johnson says the family-owned store was the first in Oregon to use electronic shelf tags eight years ago, and it recently upgraded its self-checkouts and added

Mergers and acquisitions have been heating up in CPG retailing, especially in the grocery sector. There were 37 supermarket mergers/acquisitions in 2014, up from 28 in 2013 and the most since 2013, according to The Food Institute.