Rampant consolidation — including the proposed granddaddy of all mergers between Kroger and Albertsons — may lead some to believe that independent grocers are a dying breed. But in many ways, the proliferation of cookie-cutter chain stores only makes consumers
Shoppers flocked to Costco and Sam’s Club during the pandemic for bulk buying and continue to do so amid high inflation in search of value.
… grocers should prioritize vendors that consistently deliver on time and in full (OTIF) and ensure suppliers aren’t prioritizing competitors with fill-ins over them.
Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer introduced its inaugural FoRWARD Awards celebrating 28 women who have worked their way to the top of the male-dominated grocery industry. What career advice would you have for women seeking to advance in the grocery industry as well as for the stores and brands developing them as leaders?
With its high-quality products, value proposition and knowledgeable and friendly staff, Trader Joe’s often finds itself at or near the top of various industry “best of” lists. However, the quirky chain may still face some challenges as it expands. What do you think Trader Joe’s needs to work on?
The growth in plant-based foods is not being driven by vegans or vegetarians, but consumers who want to eat less meat and dairy for health or planetary reasons. New to the segment, they’re in desperate need of education in several areas. Do grocers have to reset their approach to plant-based foods with the category’s increased mainstream appeal?
A recent study confirms that many of the most price-sensitive consumers are shopping more frequently at dollar stores as they’ve been unable to make ends meet by switching to cheaper brands or smaller sizes at regular supermarkets. Are dollar stores well positioned to grab grocery market share in the coming months?
Thanks to record inflation, price sensitivity at the grocery channel is back. With a vengeance. And all indications suggest it’s only going to get worse. Grocers, however, have been reluctant to pass on recent manufacturer price increases. What suggestions do you have for managing prices at the grocery level in inflationary times?
While the Walmarts of the world have owned their supply chain for decades, many smaller chains got out of the logistics business years ago. Since 2017, however, surging demand combined with a shortage of carriers has led some to rethink that decision. Do you see more benefits than drawbacks to food retailers bringing transportation in house?
Only the major players along with a handful of others have brought grocery delivery in-house. But some industry observers think it might be time for others to join that club. Do you think an in-house, third-party or hybrid approach makes the most sense for grocery delivery now and in the future?