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3 Key Takeaways from NRF 2019

The world of retail is ever-changing. With each year comes a new host of strategies and tactics to consider, new ways to understand consumer thoughts and purchasing habits, and new technology that sets out to make us more efficient and effective.

The one event that sets the stage for the upcoming year in retail is the National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show, which just concluded its 2019 event. While we took away many lessons about how grocers should adapt to changes within the world of retail, there were a few overarching takeaways that we wanted to call out that affect the entire industry.

5 Lessons for Grocers From NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show

The annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Big Show is a prime opportunity for grocers to come together, share knowledge, and ideate on growing trends and ways to capitalize on them in the upcoming year. Executives from some of the world’s largest retailers take the stage and share their expertise, providing attendees and exhibitors with enough takeaways to spur strategic decisions throughout the year, and create products, campaigns, and content that inspires consumers and drives industry innovation.

7 Best Places to Get Grocery-Industry News in 2019

In 2019, supermarket professionals need to keep up with news, research, and best practices from their fast-changing world more than ever. We’ve assembled the top industry publications for grocery professionals and listed them here in one place, with some helpful notes on each and a subscription link to help you get the news you need….

From Grocery to Grocerant: 3 First Steps Grocers Can Take Now

The fusing of grocery stores and restaurants into hybridized “grocerants” is a trend that’s sticking in a world where most food trends vanish almost as soon as they arise. In short, grocerants are the result of the quickly blurring line separating restaurants and grocery stores––two businesses that both serve hungry customers. Today, the average store…

Study: Online Grocery Shopping Hasn’t Taken Off — Yet

While Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market has a lot of grocers wringing their hands, new data from Gallup suggests the vast majority of Americans aren’t ready to do their grocery shopping online in 2017. The Gallup survey, conducted in July 2017, shows 9% of Americans say they order groceries online at least once…

5 Ways Supermarkets Can Compete with Amazon’s Whole Foods

If you believe the media’s frenzied reporting, you might think Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market is something like a doomsday event grocers. Just look at some of the headlines: Amazon Deal for Whole Foods Starts a Supermarket War (The New York Times) Analyst Says Whole Foods Competitors Are ‘Screwed’ (Forbes) The Grocery Industry…

Throwing Away Hard Earned Inventory

Working in the supermarket industry requires various checks and balances. It is tricky to operate a business where the shelf life of the inventory ranges from years to days. Unfortunately, time sensitive items get thrown away for a number of reasons. Additionally, goods that incur damages are thrown out and create loss. Both of these…

​Amazon Pushes Private Label

After its May announcement, Amazon has continued to push forward in rolling out their new lines of private label brands, including its first thrust into perishable goods.

​Millennial Parents Shifting the Market Towards Organic and Antibiotic-free

A recent survey released by the West Coast poultry powerhouse Foster Farms, reveals that the attitudes of Millennials in regards to food concerns, consumer interests, and purchasing behaviors and preferences are significantly steering the food industry in a new direction.

​Small Health Food Chains Up Against Big, Niche Stores

In Central Florida, like other places in the United States, it is often the case that small health food stores serve as a community’s pioneers in the markets of organic food, natural health products, and vitamins.