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February 12, 2013
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  Retail Beat 
 
  • ShopRite tests department rearrangement
    ShopRite stores are testing configurations of food and nonfood items "to engage customers the way they want to buy," said Steve Henig, vice president for corporate merchandising and marketing. Though no space was added, sales tripled in stores with an updated pet department, he said, and the company is testing changes to the baby and household departments. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Brookshire becomes a GreenChill partner
    Brookshire Grocery says it will "go beyond regulatory requirements" to protect the ozone layer as part of the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership. Partners reduce refrigerant leaks and choose environmentally friendly refrigerant to achieve an emission rate that is typically 50% lower than the national average. Supermarket News (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Kellogg Innovations: You'll love the insights.
The latest innovations from Kellogg are here. Time to share the love with new flavors, new ideas and research-driven expansions that can push your center store growth to even higher levels. For the full story on all the market-driven innovations for 2013, contact your Kellogg sales representative.
For an overview of the hottest innovations, start here.
  Trend-Spotter 
  • Brand Keys report shows value of connection
    The annual Customer Loyalty Engagement Index by Brand Keys shows that consumers are most influenced by emotional engagement, with high ratings going to Dunkin' Donuts coffee and packaged coffee, Coke and Diet Coke. "If marketers don't have a real handle on the emotional side of the purchase and engagement process, they end up with a 'placeholder,' one whose name people know but don't know for anything in particular and have absolutely no [brand] advantage in the marketplace," Brand Keys President Robert Passikoff said. QSRWeb.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report examines men's shopping behavior
    An eMarketer report looks at male buying habits and how marketers of personal-grooming products can best reach men. Among the findings: Men prefer browsing online to standing in a store aisle. eMarketer (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Key To Positive Cash Flow
Every business is cyclical with cash flow ups and downs. The key is to find a way to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Well it's not. There are systems and processes that make it easier to collect the cash you've earned so your small business can grow. Learn how these small-business owners set up their businesses for success.

  Independent Operator Spotlight 
 
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.

  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
 
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.

  Supplier News 
  • NYC mayor touts sodium-reduction success
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 21 companies have voluntarily reduced sodium levels in their products as a response to his push for healthier eating. The companies, including Heinz, Butterball and Starbucks, "demonstrated their commitment to removing excess sodium from their products and to working with public health authorities toward a shared goal -- helping their customers lead longer, healthier lives," he said. CBS News/The Associated Press (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology Solutions 
 
  • Are digital shelf tags next?
    A typical supermarket changes the price of about 10,000 items each week, a daunting challenge for workers tasked with making sure the shelf price matches with what's in the computer. San Jose, Calif.-based Altierre has spent a decade developing the technology to power digital shelf tags that change with the computer. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The IDC Market Spotlight on Network Automation and Agility
The arrival of virtualization, cloud computing, and mobility has strained data center networks—and IT staff—like never before. This Market Spotlight explains how data center network fabrics provide a foundation for automated provisioning, configuration, and management of network-based services in a new era of IT agility. Download now.

  FMI Spotlight 
  • Which gender says it feels less successful in healthy-eating habits compared with a few years ago?
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Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry."
--Lyman Abbott,
American theologian, author and editor


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