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February 14, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
  • Meijer plans to build 6 supercenters in 2013
    Meijer says it will invest more than $160 million this year to build six supercenters and remodel five stores. The retailer is continuing its "process of slow, steady growth," co-CEO and co-Chairman Hank Meijer said. The company plans to open two supercenters each in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

  Trend-Spotter 
 
  • More shoppers are buying groceries online
    In a survey by CouponCabin.com, 15% of shoppers said they sometimes buy groceries online, while 19% said they don't but eventually will. "The combination of high food prices, busy families and easy Internet accessibility has led to an increased interest in online grocery shopping," Senior Savings Adviser Jackie Warrick said. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

  Independent Operator Spotlight 
 
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.
Click here to access the report.

  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
 
  • Demand grows for healthy children's snacks
    Healthy snacks for children from companies including Annie's Homegrown, GoGo squeeZ and Stonyfield Farm are selling well, as kids snack more often and parents become interested in making sure snacks are nutritious. "It's clear that there is a major opportunity for retailers already producing low sugar/fat/calorie items to branch off into a healthy kids offering," writes Matt Devine, chief marketing officer of Decas Cranberry Products. Progressive Grocer (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

  Supplier News 
 
  • Brands see value in "purpose" advertising
    More companies are highlighting their charitable and environmental efforts to gain brand loyalty through so-called purpose marketing, according to this article. Bumble Bee Foods, for example, is investing in ads focused on health and nutrition, rather than traditional, product-focused ads. "We're figuring out as a company, as people, how we can effect change," said David Melbourne Jr., senior vice president for marketing and corporate social responsibility. "Rather than pushing out brand messaging, we're engaging consumers in a more meaningful way." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • P&G website amps innovator connection
    Procter & Gamble has launched PGConnectDevelop.com, an extension of its Connect+Develop program, to better connect innovators with the company's priorities. "As P&G enters its second decade of Connect+Develop, our focus is on strengthening areas of our open-innovation work to deliver more discontinuous, breakthrough innovations," said Laura Becker, general manager of Connect+Develop and global business development. "Part of that work means making connections both easier and more effective." Consumer Goods Technology News (2/12) 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.

  FMI Spotlight 
  • Annual Meat Conference will host the Neelys and their recipe for success
    Restaurateurs and Food Network celebrities Gina and Pat Neely will share how their restaurants have stayed opened for a combined 46 years in an industry in which most fail within the first. Visit MeatConference.com for the program and registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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--Pauline Kezer,
American politician


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