News & Updates

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.

​Utilizing Vendor Scarcity Techniques

Studies suggest that people have an ingrained fear of shortage. Whether this is a psychological hangover from the days of lean harvests and not having enough food to tide us over during the winter months is up for debate.

However, it remains true that retailers can tap into these subconscious anxieties to gently persuade customers to add impulse purchases to both their online and in-store carts.

​Consumer Experiences: Emotional Ratings of Various Vendors

Publix, Chick-fil-A, and Food Lion are among the companies that earned an “excellent” score in a recent study conducted by the Temkin Group that compared a wide variety of organizations and industry verticals. These companies, along with other supermarkets and fast-food chains like Kroeger, Save-a-Lot, and Wegmans, received top ratings from consumers.

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.

​Millennial Parents Want Organically-raised Children

As a desire for farm-to-table narratives increases, the culture of the food industry continues to evolve in order to meet changing consumer demands and interests. In particular, the industry is seeing a large scale push for organic products, as Millennials enter into the shopping the arena with purchasing practices predicated on nutrition and healthy living.

Metcalfe’s Partners With Stop Waste Together

Metcalfe’s Market, with stores in Madison and Wauwatosa, has become the first official partner of Stop Waste Together in an effort to prevent food waste created by expired products from grocery shelves. Through this partnership with Stop Waste Together, Metcalfe’s is taking aim at doing their part to reduce the $165 billion worth of food…

​Five Emerging Trends Supermarket Retailers Should Keep on their Radars

In an ever-changing world of consumer trends and habits, supermarkets have had to adjust to shifting demands and new consumer interests in order to rise to the top. With increased competition between supermarkets and high expectations from consumers, being aware of these emerging trends can give retailers a boost in the market. 1. Transparency and…

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