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Organic, natural and similar products have gained great momentum in the U.S.

The news sounds bleak if you listen to the latest on store closings and how the in-store experience is dying, with many citing a disconnect in shopper experience. However, that view would be wrong, according to Market Track's most recent Shopper Insight Survey.

While they might not dominate assortment or function as primary sales drivers at most retailers, better-for-you (BFY) foods and beverages, including natural, organic, low-in and free-from products, do play an important strategic role for many retailers, according to results from the latest exclusiv

Strong leadership often is considered a key driver of company performance, and integrity and communication skills are regarded as the most important attributes for executives in positions of power. More than three-quarters of executives surveyed by Retail Leader identified integrity as extremely or

By far the majority of food retailers and manufacturers anticipate rising employee health care costs in 2012, with a net increase in projected costs of 8.2 percent, according to new research conducted by Retail Leader. While food retailers are trying new approaches to reducing their health care

The holidays are fast approaching, and shifting consumer behaviors are driving innovation and change in retail.

Retailers are generally satisfied with the degree of cooperation they get from their suppliers, according to the latest exclusive Retail Leader survey.

New product development is expected to pick up in 2013, as executives' confidence in the economy improves. An exclusive Retail Leader survey indicates about two-thirds of executives surveyed expect their companies to focus more on new products this year than they did in 2012.

Before they commit to mobile payment systems, most retailers are waiting to see which ones emerge as marketplace winners. Only 6.1 percent of the companies responding to an exclusive Retail Leader survey accept mobile payment systems, or "digital wallets," but many of the others are t

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.

While not everyone in the world of consumer packaged goods retailing has jumped on the digital bandwagon, a large number clearly have and intend to dig deeper here in the near future, according to the results from the latest exclusive Retail Leader survey.

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

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