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  • Store Managers Ingrained in the Success of a Community

    Dec 11, 2017
    It’s undeniable that these food retail professionals possess a unique quality of leadership, and an incredibly diverse skill set that, in a single day, ranges from being a professional circus ringleader to a strategically, savvy business operator. ...
  • A Spoiler Alert on Broiler Issues

    Nov 14, 2017
    Food retailers can soon expect being contacted by their friendly neighborhood animal activist regarding concerns with broiler chicken production. Five specific areas of concern will be named. However, as a means of getting retailers to address ...
  • Grocery Stores Explore More Social Media and Digital Advertising

    Nov 13, 2017
    A couple of years ago, I wrote about how grocery stores used social media with findings from our 2015 Food Retailing Industry Speaks report to make the case that the food retail industry was just beginning to dip their toe in the digital marketing ...
  • The Ripple Effect of Kindness

    Nov 7, 2017
    In today’s world it is far too easy to miss the powerful ripple effect caused by one kind act, and no one demonstrates this better than food retailers....
  • Recasting Disruption As Growth Opportunity

    Nov 6, 2017
    If we continue to characterize all things driving change as disruptors, we paint all change in the darker, more negative hues, suggesting that we view it as something we are being thrust into against our ...
  • Surprise! Shoppers Expect Retailers to Know the Answer to These Questions

    Oct 25, 2017
    I have found I can usually trust my instincts and intuitions when it comes to knowing what most people think, and when I question my judgment in this regard I tend to rely on my Kentucky roots and the connections I still have there to gauge what ...
  • How Do #GrocersDoingGood Create Youth Development Programs in Communities?

    Oct 13, 2017
    The unique strength of Cooking up Change comes from its power to elevate a meal and a message created by students so that it reaches their peers locally and nationwide. Through the competition, students gain a platform to discuss the importance of ...
  • Help Needed to Set the Table for Economic Growth

    Oct 12, 2017
    Our industry is in a time of great transition and change. The landscape is evolving in ways that necessitate significant capital expenditures and investments in order for traditional grocery stores and supermarkets to remain ...
  • The Unsung Heroes of Local Communities

    Oct 2, 2017
    While I often witness how the stores I frequent are involved in making a difference in our neighborhood, through the awards, I get to glimpse how the oft-unmentioned kindness of grocers throughout the U.S. can change their neighbor’s lives, proving ...
  • From Customer to Partner

    Sep 21, 2017
    Shoppers are on a quest to become more deeply connected to the food experience, and the retailer is a vital part of facilitating that connection – not just by providing the product, but also by providing the surrounding story about the product....
  • Transforming a Good Idea into a Reality

    Sep 20, 2017
    The Trading Partner Alliance’s Product Code Date Labeling initiative took a big step into the real world with the publication of two documents: 1) Product Code Date Labeling: Crucial Initiative to Reduce Consumer Confusion and 2) an implementation ...
  • Going the Distance for Consumers – Beyond the Label

    Sep 12, 2017
    Customers are looking for more and more information about the products they buy – the kind of detailed information that will not fit on the package, but can be conveyed electronically. ...
  • Hurricane Harvey: Information, Resources and Donation Options for Food Retail

    Aug 29, 2017
    As our thoughts and hearts go out to those whose lives have been forever changed by this weather phenomenon, we grasp for those actions we can take that can help bring relief to those ...
  • Taking It Personally

    Aug 8, 2017
    Today’s shoppers feel entitled to information access about the product they are considering and they assume their unique needs should be listened to and addressed....
  • Cage-free or Not to Cage-free, That is the Question

    Jul 5, 2017
    As anyone with any debating experience can attest, the toughest opponent to counter is the one who is allowed to keep changing the terms, reconfiguring the terminology or moving the vocabulary goal posts. This is an important lesson to remember ...