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A fresh future for retailers and consumers

There is a retail revolution taking place. As consumers' interest in developing fresh and healthy diets grows, their shopping carts mirror this shift, and retail needs to adjust to meet their needs. Fresh produce is the No.

AHOLD/DELHAIZE Exploit Complementarity

When Royal Ahold and Delhaize announced plans to mergein the early summer of 2015, it was the latest in a series of mergers and acquisitions that have changed the landscape of grocery retailing. The merger of Holland-based Ahold and Belgium-based Delhaize, which was still awaiting approval b

When analysts at BMO Capital Markets notedrecently that Costco might now be the biggest retailer of organic groceries in the U.S. by sales volume, it was an acknowledgement of a couple of realities. One was the explosive growth of club stores in general, and Costco in particular.

It's said that trying to be all things to all people is a losing strategy. But looking at H-E-B can leave you not so sure. The 373-store Texas-based supermarket chain combines a luxurious in-store experience with competitive prices.

Trade promotions are like families: You can't do without them, but sometimes you don't know what to do with them. Formulating and scheduling trade promotions for maximum impact is one of the toughest challenges in retailing.

Dollar General is about to lose its position at the top of the dollar-store world, thanks to an acquisition between its two biggest rivals.

The middle of the road is where you get run over–so the cliché goes. Well, Kroger has been roaring down the middle of the road for years, setting speed records and bowling over the competition.

Stocking the store must automate, while customer outreach needs the personal touch—enhanced by data. Those were the takeaways from the two winning presentations out of the six heard at the Capstone conference of the Food Industry Management Program on April 6 at the University of Southern Cal

In stores of the future, retailers will go above and beyond to personalize the experience for shoppers. But exactly what the personalization will look like will vary from store to store. Some retailers might carve more space for click-and-collect orders, while others might not offer click-and-colle

Everyone involved in the digital retail supply and information chains,including retailers, brands, payment platforms and social media providers, needs to sort out the implications of multichannel sales for many different varieties of shoppers and shopping occasions. Broadly speaking, that w

When you're the new kid in town,it doesn't matter how big a deal you were back home. You have to prove yourself all over again. That's the situation Wawa Inc. put itself in when it decided to leapfrog down the Eastern Seaboard, moving from its base in Pennsylvania and the Northeast into Florida.

Aldi is looking to do in the U.S. what it has done in Great Britain for years:Squeeze midmarket grocers from the bottom. The German discount chain has ambitious plans to expand in the U.S.

Last year, CVS Health took a bold stand for its customers' health by banning tobacco sales. That's turning out to be healthy for the bottom line as well. In CVS's first full quarter after it stopped selling tobacco, net revenues increased 12.9 percent to a record $37.1 billion.

Publix Supermarkets regularly basks in the glow of generous praise from its customers,the communities it serves and even the business and trade press.

Grocery retailing has always been known for big deals,but in the last year or so, they've been positively seismic. Ahold and Delhaize are poised to merge and become the fourth-largest U.S grocer. Dollar Tree bought Family Dollar to form a new No.

Talk about a moving Target. It's Year Two of the Brian Cornell era, and the new CEO of the No. 2 U.S. retailer seems to have the company going in the right direction after a disastrous last few years.

In 1982, Johnson & Johnson experienced what can only be described as an absolute nightmare scenario: Seven people in Chicago died after ingesting cyanide-laced Tylenol.

Have you ever looked at your business as an aquarium teeming with life? It's an analogy that Larry Johnson, president of Johnson Training Group in Phoenix, Ariz., uses when asked to explain corporate culture. "Corporate culture is the entire environment in which an organization operates," sa

In 1960, America was all about the traditional family who lived in the suburbs, watched "Father Knows Best" and faithfully shopped at National Supermarkets or A&P.

Shoppers can kill time many ways while waiting for their number at the deli counter or hot food bar: They can cruise the cleaning aisle, scope out deals on boneless chicken breasts or, in increasing numbers of stores, visit an in-store clinic for a quick cholesterol check. Over the past decade, the

Economic challenges have left CPG companies clamoring for consumers' attention – and paying more to do so. Since 1980, the average percent of revenue devoted to trade spending has gone from 5 percent to 18 percent, reports Durham, N.C.-based Clarkston Consulting.

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

Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI President and CEO, and Harry Stagnito, President and CEO, Stagnito Media Inc., offer insights into their shared mission to serve the food retail industry. Q: What is the goal of the recently announced strategic partnership between Stagnito Media and FMI? Leslie G.

The frozen yogurt kiosks cropping up in convenience stores during the past year are proof of the power of collaboration in innovation. The kiosks were the brainchild of a frozen yogurt machine manufacturer, Argosy Group International, which tweaked its earlier froyo model after it learned a sin

Bill Schamp, director of consumer products, Clarkston Consulting "TPO touches many areas of the supplier/retailer relationship. You must have a clear business strategy aimed at achieving savings or becoming more effective with mixing promotional elements.

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