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December 18, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • BI-LO promotion offers college basketball tickets
    BI-LO shoppers can earn tickets to basketball games at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina by buying qualifying Southern Home items with their My BI-LO Bonuscard. Through the retailer's "No Dough" promotion, shoppers receive a voucher for two regular-season men's basketball games. Progressive Grocer (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Case Study: Innovative workforce management helps progressive convenience store chain manage ACA compliance.
The chain knew that ACA compliance could "make or break us." See how a flexible solution delivers the tools to proactively manage average hours worked. Read the Case Study.

  • Technology is expected to drive 2013 retail trends
    In 2013, more consumers will use mobile devices to make purchases, e-commerce will move toward a direct-to-consumer model and social media will continue gaining relevance, according to Forbes. "Building and distributing a successful brand in the Internet era is about addressing the new behaviors of an evolving customer base by leveraging the changing landscape and its new dynamics," said Brett Markinson, founder of Sole Society, a direct-to-consumer shoe company. Forbes (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breakfast food is sizzling, Mintel says
    The breakfast-food category grew from $10 billion in 2007 to $12 billion in 2011, and it could reach $15.7 billion by 2017, according to Mintel. "While price will continue to play an important role when it comes to breakfast foods, Mintel's research shows that consumers are willing to pay more for higher-quality breakfast products," analyst Carla Dobre-Chastain said. Progressive Grocer (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • Chevy Chase Supermarket keeps focus local
    Jason and Kevin Kirsch, owners of Chevy Chase Supermarket in Maryland, try to sell local products and encourage fellow small-business owners to come in and make pitches. "We work under the theory that small businesses should support each other," Kevin Kirsch said. Chase, Md. (12/17) 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.
Click here to access the report.

  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Fresh Market and Utah Jazz play together on wellness
    The Fresh Market is partnering with the Utah Jazz to offer healthful snacks at the grocer's produce stand in the arena, with proceeds supporting the YMCA of Northern Utah. The team's JazzFit program promotes fitness and wellness, Jazz President Randy Rigby says. "By partnering with Fresh Market on this innovative collaboration, we are now able to further promote our objectives by offering additional healthy options at our concession stands," Rigby said. Progressive Grocer (12/17) 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 
  • Coca-Cola reinvents the beverage aisle
    Coca-Cola is testing the Beverage Aisle Reinvention, a program to improve the shopper experience in the beverage aisle by improving signs, organization, lighting and other elements. "We used shopper insights to completely reinvent the entire sparkling-beverage aisle to deliver an irresistible shopping experience in a way that will drive profitable growth," said Ron Hughes, director of shopper-experience innovation at Coca-Cola Refreshments. Progressive Grocer (12/17) 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 
  • Speaks Flashback: What was the top concern for retailers in 2011?
Health care costs
Interchange fees

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  Global Update 
  • Tesco expands veal offerings
    Tesco meat counters have added Rose veal offerings to include a rump steak, a sirloin steak and a veal joint. "Our expert butchers will be on hand to help customers with tips on how to prepare Rose veal," said Sean McCurley, director of counter foods. "If it proves as popular as our branded high-welfare veal range, we will look to extend it further in the new year." The Grocer (U.K.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Food Safety and Security 
  • Food-safety advocates fear "fiscal cliff"
    Automatic budget cuts that will result if lawmakers don't prevent the "fiscal cliff" might be bad news for food safety, advocates say. "There is no fixed list of activities that the FDA will drop without this money, but significant programmatic and manpower reductions would be impossible to avoid," said Stephen Grossman, deputy executive director of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA. (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Daily Quote 
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience."
--Robert Fulghum,
American author

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