Shopping Trends

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.

​GS1 US and JICC Work Towards Making Paperless Coupons the Standard

While digital coupons are growing in popularity, retailers have been struggling to process paperless coupons from various platforms. Fortunately, two major organizations, GS1 US and the Joint Industry Coupon Committee (JICC), have come together to create a new digital coupon standard.

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…

Top 10 Grocery Items in America

Although living standards have changed over the past few decades, the consumption habits of Americans have largely remained the same; grocers can guess what people’s shopping baskets will look like most weeks. Here are the top 10 grocery items in America: 1. Soda It’s amazing that soda is the most common item purchased in American…

Going Green – 3 Best Eco-Friendly Grocery Stores

For the majority of us, food preparation is something we all do several times a week.

Two things, we can save money by reducing our impact on the environment, and we minimize our carbon footprints by shopping at locations who understand this lifestyle.

Do Women Buy Store Brands More Often than Men?

Are women more likely to buy store brands than men?

When it comes to buying store brands, I am the least likely candidate to do so when considering my peer group. Like any other shopper, I’ve had my fair share of purchases that ranged between store brands to nationally recognized brands and all of those in between.

New App Could Get Rid of Checkouts

Want to hear the most annoying sound in the world?

You’ve probably already heard it if you have walked through a self-checkout. The voice from the checkout says “unexpected item in bagging area”.

Simple Steps to Reduce Perishable Shrink

For retailers, shrink caused by perishable items amount to a lot of money.

Items such as meat, dairy, fruit, vegetables and flowers expire prematurely when temperatures are handled incorrectly. The final quality of the product is determined at the distribution centers and during the transportation.

The Rise of the Private Label

In the recent years of increasing private labels there are two main questions that must be asked now; can private label rise to the level of that in Europe here in the states? Even more importantly, does the retail industry want this to be the case?

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.