Shopping Trends

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…

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.

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