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February 11, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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  • Deep-discount venture Here Today launches
    Five men with extensive retail experience have joined forces to found Here Today, which has a wholesale unit, STL Global Sales, and later will add retail and e-commerce. The first four stores will open in St. Louis, with a changing mix of merchandise including small appliances, home decor and groceries. "We're taking the best parts of some of the other value-centric retail formats out there, blending in on-trend merchandise, pricing it to knock people's socks off and bundling it all in a store that is truly inspiring," co-founder Tom Holley said. Progressive Grocer (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Growth continues for probiotic and prebiotic yogurt
    Global sales of yogurt with probiotic or prebiotic cultures are expected to increase $1.7 billion this year, up 4% compared with 2012, even though the EU has not approved the health claim. Chobani Greek yogurt is leading U.S. growth; Yakult is the top brand in Asia-Pacific; and Danone Group's Activia is most popular in Latin America. NutraIngredients (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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  Fresh Ideas 
 
  • Dried fruit adds zest to recipes
    Dried fruit brings intense flavor and chewy texture to sweet and savory recipes, while also adding nutrition. Lamb tagine gets a boost from dates; prunes and apricots form a flavorful pan sauce for pork loin; and salad gains intensity with the addition of raisins, currants and apricots. The Wall Street Journal (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
 
  • Hy-Vee offers MyPlate meal ideas
    Hy-Vee registered dietitian Jen Haugen has launched Wellness Wednesdays at a store in Austin, Minn. Shoppers will see one or two fully plated meals that meet the USDA's MyPlate guidelines, including whole grains and lean protein, with produce filling half of the plate and milk as the beverage. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Plant-based diet might not be best for Earth
    An analysis of greenhouse-gas emissions generated by the diet of 2,000 French adults found that a plant-based diet is not necessarily better for the planet because more food is consumed. "When you eat healthy, you have to eat a lot of food that has a low content of energy," senior author Nicole Darmon said. "You have to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables." Reuters (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SAS brings the next big thing to Retail’s Big Show.
Connect with us and your peers at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention and Expo— January 11-14, 2015 in NYC. You'll see how SAS is helping retailers solve their toughest challenges. It's The New Retail Powered by SAS, and you don't want to miss it. Find out more.

  Supplier News 
  • Behind the scenes of a cereal launch
    It took only six months for Post Foods to develop and launch Honey Bunches of Oats Greek Honey Crunch after Target and Wal-Mart Stores expressed interest. As the technical difficulty of creating dried clumps of Greek yogurt was solved, marketers created packaging, and ad agency Upshot developed a television ad. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miracle Whip music video attracts talent mix
    Miracle Whip has created a two-minute music video modeled after benefit concerts, featuring stars including Susan Boyle, Wynonna Judd, the Village People, heavy-metal vocalist Don Dokken and hip-hop artist Chali 2na. "Year of a Million Mouths," available on YouTube and the brand's Facebook page, shows an original song urging consumers to try Miracle Whip. MediaPost Communications/Marketing Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  FMI Spotlight 
  • "People, Property, Reputation" theme continues for 2013 Asset Protection Conference
    Scheduled March 10 to 13 in Phoenix, the annual Asset Protection Conference will feature a look forward on retailing in 2020 and its implications for risk and safety experts. To learn more about the program and to register, visit FMIAssetProtection.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Food Safety and Security 
  • White House memo notes sequester's effects on food safety
    A memorandum issued by the White House states that food safety will be at risk if Congress allows sequestration to start March 1. "These reductions could increase the number and severity of safety incidents, and the public could suffer more foodborne illness," according to the White House. FoodSafetyNews.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
If Columbus had an advisory committee he would probably still be at the dock."
--Arthur Goldberg,
American statesman and jurist


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