Cody Sheehy

Learning From ​Independent Grocers Turnaround in 2015

Despite a two-year decline in profits, North American independent grocers were able to turn these numbers around in 2015. The NGA’s Independent Grocers Financial Survey reports strong financial indicators for the industry, confirming what many already know: independent grocers are resilient and driven towards continued improvement.

10 Points of Interest in Complying With the New FSMA Rules

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) “final rule”, with respect to Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP), is a means of the US Food and Drug Administration to regulate the human and animal food imports of international importers.

​5 Ways to Reduce Shrink in the Grocery Store

Those who are in the grocery store industry know that shrink is one of the leading causes of profit loss. Shrink is the difference between profits that should have been made versus profits that were actually made. Many inexperienced grocery store owners or managers end up dealing with hefty profit losses because they are ordering the wrong amounts of inventory or the wrong products in general. 

​Reading Food Expiration Date Codes Effectively

Expiration dates can be hard to locate on a product and even more challenging to decipher. Currently, the United States does not have a regulated or standard system for coding expiration dates on food, except for those on baby food and infant formula. All other dates and codes are added voluntarily by manufacturers. There are…

Are Supermarkets Becoming the New Fast Food?

Did you know that the restaurant market is in decline? Everyone from Wendy’s to more upscale establishments have been hit, with fast food places suffering most of all. While this news comes as a major disappointment to restaurant owners, grocery store owners could not be happier. What they may tell you, though, is that this…

Kroger’s Registered Dietitians Take Patients on Store Tours

In efforts to extend their brand, Kroger has added a dietitians and nutritionist to their care model, organically growing as an industry leader in health and wellness.

The Little Clinic from Kroger is testing out nutritional counseling in Nashville, Tenn., Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Denver

All Age Consumers are Adopting Millennial Behavior

At 80 million, Millennials make up the largest demographic group.

Though some argue that change within industries should cater towards the spending power of the older generations, the younger millennial group, seems to be the focus of new studies, conferences, and recommendations on how brands should conduct a proper strategic plan to attract their attention and gain their business.

Top 5 Shopping Trends of 2016

How about a latte the next time you go shopping for milk and eggs?

One expert predicts that the number of at home online shopping will continue to grow throughout the 2016 year—perhaps the milk and eggs can be delivered instead.

How Important Is Product Packaging? What to Expect this Year

What are consumers looking to purchase this year? In a store filled with thousands of products, standing out throughout the aisles is no easy task—catching the eye of the consumer is difficult. Here is a quick list of packaging trends that tops our list for the year. Packaging with Transparency The culture trends in the…

Use It or Lose It! What to Do About Expiring Products At Home.

Take a look around your home for a few minutes today. Take mental notes on what you notice regarding food and other products. You may have some wine sitting on a rack or cleaning materials in cabinets. Oh boy what about the refrigerator? There’s probably a good amount of consumables stored in there, would you agree? Though most products both consumable and non-consumable have expiration dates, there is no consistent regulation and not every state requires them.