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How Supermarkets Can Adapt To Increases In Veganism and Vegetarianism

In 2008, just 3.7% of Americans identified as vegetarian or vegan, according to Harris Interactive polling data. More recent data from Pew shows those numbers have nearly tripled in less than a decade, with 9% identifying as mostly or strictly vegetarian or vegan in 2016. This probably doesn’t come as a shock to any supermarket…

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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…

Reducing Shrink by Tracking Returns and Lost Items

Monitoring and tracking returned products is a fundamental part of every retail business. As a point of reference, a “return” refers to any item previously purchased by a customer that is returned to the customer service associates. Returned items happen for several reasons: It could be a product quality issue, the item was rung up…

​Swipe & Save: Improving Supermarket Loyalty Programs

Supermarket loyalty programs are the foundation of all knowledge. Gone are the little stamp booklets of yesteryear. With data-driven grocery retail operations, supermarket loyalty programs have taken on a whole new meaning, and customers want value in exchange for their personal information required for membership. Swipe and Save incentives have proven to be the market leader in loyalty program membership.

​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.

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…

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