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Common sense key ingredient for menu labeling law
Common sense key ingredient for menu labeling law
From family dinners to neighborhood potlucks, food has always been at the center of such gatherings, making grocery stores an important partner in every community. The hundreds of grocers on Capitol Hill for the joint Day in Washington meeting take pri...
There's a proven link between effective leadership and getting enough sleep
There's a proven link between effective leadership and getting enough sleep
In our hyper-connected, 24/7 world, many of us are losing sleep — literally. Our own survey of more than 180 business leaders found that four out of 10 (43 percent) say they do not get enough sleep at least four nights a week. Such sleep deficien...
Why employees and management have such different ideas about company culture
Why employees and management have such different ideas about company culture
Culture. Although the word is as battered as a corporate buzzword can be, at its core, workplace culture can actually make or break a business. Case in point: An expose of the Volkswagen emissions scandal suggested that the company's culture, which was...
4 ways to use your influence to inspire and motivate your employees
4 ways to use your influence to inspire and motivate your employees
How does leadership affect your bottom line? It's an important question for every business to consider. Gallup estimates that employees who are fully disengaged due to poor leadership cost the U.S. economy around $550 billion every year.
FDA issues draft guidance on sodium reduction to food industry
FDA issues draft guidance on sodium reduction to food industry
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for public comment that provides "practical, voluntary" sodium reduction targets for the food industry. The short-term (two-year) and long-term (10-year) targets are intended to help...
CDC confirms E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour
CDC confirms E. coli outbreak linked to General Mills flour
Federal officials identified the current, ongoing outbreak of E. coli in February, but it took until late April for investigators to find the common denominators that led to General Mills' recall of 10 million pounds of flour. As of this afternoon, 38 ...
Creative job titles can energize workers
Creative job titles can energize workers
Job titles don't usually generate much excitement. They're printed on business cards, emblazoned on LinkedIn pages, and used in formal introductions. Some organizations, however, see them as a chance to get creative. Consider Disney, which calls its th...
Robots are coming to these 4 cities this month
Robots are coming to these 4 cities this month
Self-driving robots will soon start delivering food and groceries. This month Starship Technologies is rolling out its six-wheeled delivery robots in London, Dusseldorf, Bern, and Hamburg, Quartz reports. The robots will be used by two food delivery se...
Independent retailers thrive on main street
Independent retailers thrive on main street
Independent grocers face the reality of a new environment shaped by social, technology, economic, industry and political influences. It's a continual case of fine tuning – and maybe upending – shopping environments to deliver against the sh...
Perfect icebreakers: 8 smart phrases that will make you better at networking
Perfect icebreakers: 8 smart phrases that will make you better at networking
Networking events are a great opportunity to make valuable contacts, professionally and personally. But many people stress over the pressure of trying to connect quickly and impressively with complete strangers.
Grocery store creates massive 'Super Mario Bros' display from soda boxes
Grocery store creates massive 'Super Mario Bros' display from soda boxes
A giant "Super Mario Bros"-themed window display is turning heads at a local grocery store in Missoula, Montana. The massive installation, about 20-feet-long and 15-feet-high, features a giant Mario, Luigi and Toadstool made entirely from 12-pack boxes...
6 ways to check that your career skills are still competitive
6 ways to check that your career skills are still competitive
In the day-to-day rush to get everything done at work, one important task can easily fall by the wayside: Keeping up on your own skill development. It's easy to fall into a rut and overlook or ignore new and emerging skills you'll need to keep pace wit...
Leading grocers pull out stops in housewares
Leading grocers pull out stops in housewares
Traffic frequency, along with a spotlight on food and beverages, positions supermarkets as an effective channel to generate sales of housewares, especially kitchenware.
Recognize people for who they are, not who you want them to be
Recognize people for who they are, not who you want them to be
Several years ago, a colleague gave me what turned out to be very enlightening feedback on how I deal with others.
Should supermarkets sell pre-peeled fruit?
Should supermarkets sell pre-peeled fruit?
Fruit, as they say, is nature's candy. An apple or banana fits neatly into your hand, and comes packaged in its own perfect wrapping, to keep its sweet insides from contamination and the withering effects of rot. This is why consumers have been express...
Food waste costs America billions every year
Food waste costs America billions every year
For the first time ever, the U.S. government last year issued a food waste reduction goal, calling for a 50 percent cut by 2030. But how do we get there? Food waste in America happens across the supply chain — farms, manufacturers, individual hom...
How Instacart's pricing changes impact retailers
How Instacart's pricing changes impact retailers
Hailed as "America's Most Promising Company" in 2015 by Forbes, Instacart is an interesting take on online grocery delivery. Instacart uses the sharing economy-based business model to connect personal shoppers with customers, and its relatively low cos...
Trade groups show support for uniform GMO labeling legislation
Trade groups show support for uniform GMO labeling legislation
Industry trade groups have offered staunch support for new legislation that would empower the USDA to enact a federal uniform labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms, and also for GMO-free foods. Spearheaded by Chairman of ...
Archer Farms coffee expansion delivers bold new farm-to-cup improvements to guests
Archer Farms coffee expansion delivers bold new farm-to-cup improvements to guests
We�ve got something fresh brewing at Target, and today, we�re finally ready to spill the beans � Starting Aug. 7, Target is introducing an expanded assortment of Archer Farms coffee that features a number of bold new farm-to-cup improvements for its gu...
E. coli outbreak spreads as investigators trace ground beef
E. coli outbreak spreads as investigators trace ground beef
People in New Hampshire are continuing to become ill with E. coli infections after eating ground beef, with the most recent case just last week, but state and federal officials are closing in on the source.
Why the future belongs to tough-minded optimists
Why the future belongs to tough-minded optimists
Unease is rippling through financial markets, and a sense of anxiety has overtaken society. In the United States, the presidential campaign has devolved into a frenzy of personal insults and unhinged behavior. Technology may be heading toward self-driv...
5 habits to get over self-limiting beliefs
5 habits to get over self-limiting beliefs
Sometimes the biggest thing holding you back from greater success is something you might not even be aware of. They're called "iceberg beliefs," and they could be major obstacles that you don’t even realize. Andrew Shatté, Ph.D. and chief sc...
Why profits over people is destined to fail
Why profits over people is destined to fail
We talk about it a lot. Corporate social responsibility, company culture, giving back. It feels almost like a fad based on buzzwords.
Kroger to build culinary training center
Kroger to build culinary training center
Aiming to make its home city a “food hub” and improve the level at which it executes everything from corporate branded goods to prepared dishes, Kroger will begin building a culinary training center near its headquarters in Cincinnati, CEO ...
The family dynamics we grew up with shape how we work
The family dynamics we grew up with shape how we work
Does your CEO remind you of your bullying older brother? Or the mother who always refolded your clothes because you didn't do a good enough job?
6 habits of managers who have loyal employees
6 habits of managers who have loyal employees
People stay in jobs and leave for new ones for all kinds of reasons: pay, growth opportunities, work culture, you name it. But one thing that tends to get regularly undervalued when it comes to retention is simple yet meaningful: recognition. Everyone ...
Whole Foods debuted a millennial-friendly supermarket in LA, and here's what it looks like
Whole Foods debuted a millennial-friendly supermarket in LA, and here's what it looks like
After three straight quarters of sales declines, Whole Foods is hoping a trendy new store format will lure millennials - and people of a "millennial mind-set," as the New Yorker was informed - away from competitors like Aldi and Trader Joe's. It's call...
Why grocery stores need to go on a diet, too
Why grocery stores need to go on a diet, too
Talking about food waste isn't easy. While today's modern grocery stores are making a wide variety of foods incredibly accessible to many people (just think of how many kinds of cereal and produce you see in a Wegman's aisle alone), the rise of "big bo...
12 tips for fostering teamwork
12 tips for fostering teamwork
Although teamwork is frequently the most efficient way to complete a big project, many managers struggle to lead a cohesive team. Managing individual employees along with the broader group dynamic brings confusion to team projects, causing the work and...
Use this theater technique to improve your next meeting
Use this theater technique to improve your next meeting
Nobody likes workplace drama. It kills morale, divides the team, and ultimately drains time and profits. As many a manager knows too well, trying to brush it away or ignore it seldom works. And as many a theater director knows, drama — interperso...
The secrets of great teamwork
The secrets of great teamwork
Today’s teams are different from the teams of the past: They’re far more diverse, dispersed, digital, and dynamic (with frequent changes in membership). But while teams face new hurdles, their success still hinges on a core set of fundament...
Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US
Walmart expands its curbside grocery pickup service in the US
While Amazon, Google and a number of startups like Instacart, Postmates, Shipt and others are focused on quick, same-day deliveries of groceries and household items, Walmart has been taking a different approach. It has instead tapped into its large bri...
Ag technology could revolutionize industry, lower prices at grocery store
Ag technology could revolutionize industry, lower prices at grocery store
Farmers and ranchers at the Cattlemen's Classic learned more about technology they can use on their farms to increase efficiency and better their production. A panel of guests informed more than a dozen farmers and ranchers on technology like barn came...
Why businesspeople should join book clubs
Why businesspeople should join book clubs
From Oprah Winfrey's famous club to popular online sites like Goodreads, book clubs are all quite common. Because book clubs are informal, it's hard to know how many exist, though one source estimates that more than five million Americans are in one (n...
1st Kroger convenience store in Texas opens in College Station
1st Kroger convenience store in Texas opens in College Station
Grabbing a coffee on the go is normal to find at a convenience store, but what about a convenience store with grocery store prices? The very first Kroger convenience store in Texas is now open in College Station! It just may be the convenience and groc...
This 'refrigeration battery' helps supermarkets keep things cold for less
This 'refrigeration battery' helps supermarkets keep things cold for less
In a typical supermarket, refrigerators and cold cases suck up about half of the energy used in the entire store - and they pull power from the grid around the clock. A "refrigeration battery" is designed to help: Instead of storing electricity, it sto...
3 proven strategies for reducing employee turnover
3 proven strategies for reducing employee turnover
Worried about reducing employee turnover? You should be. Consider these facts: the average raise an employee can expect is three percent, which ends up being closer to 1 percent with inflation — hardly a noticeable difference in a bi-weekly paych...
Grocery retailer revamps digital platform
Grocery retailer revamps digital platform
Regional grocer Raley's Supermarkets is upgrading its omnichannel customer experience with an eye toward mobile convenience and personalized service. West Sacramento, California-based Raley's, which operates 122 stores under four banners in California ...
10 tips for mediating workplace conflicts
10 tips for mediating workplace conflicts
Even if you make the most careful hires based on cultural fit, skills and experience, workplace conflicts inevitably arise between co-workers. This is especially true during stressful times, busy periods or just after layoffs, when tension is running h...
Pros and cons of adopting industrial robotics in food industry
Pros and cons of adopting industrial robotics in food industry
As food and beverage plays plays catch up with other industries, a few things are front and center; initial investment, smooth adoption and operation and consumer perceptions. Robotics, which can help offset rising labor costs, can be a significant inv...
The 2 things killing your ability to focus
The 2 things killing your ability to focus
The single biggest mistake most of us make is in how we start the day. Do you immediately roll over and start checking email on your phone?
FDA's new food safety partnership with Canada
FDA's new food safety partnership with Canada
With a shared border that is more than 5,500 miles long, Canada and the United States have a lot in common — including a shared food supply. So it is no surprise that Canadian food safety agencies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) h...
How grocery stores can survive Amazon
How grocery stores can survive Amazon
It's time for traditional grocers to get their act together. Amazon has made clear it's coming for your neighborhood grocer. And based on the e-commerce giant's track record of putting competitors out of business, traditional grocery stores had better ...
The search for tastier supermarket tomatoes: A tale in 3 acts
The search for tastier supermarket tomatoes: A tale in 3 acts
One of my fondest childhood memories is of eating tomatoes. We picked them in the garden and ate them in sandwiches, sitting on a picnic table under the trees outside our house. That juicy, acidic taste is forever lodged in the pleasure centers of my b...
Introducing the supermarket of the future
Introducing the supermarket of the future
At the recent Microsoft Envision event, attendees got a sneak preview of the Supermarket of the Future. This high-tech, high-touch grocery store was also exhibited last year in Italy at the Milano Expo, billed as the World's Fair of Food. Understanding...
Dairy packaging gets a makeover
Dairy packaging gets a makeover
With unit volume sales of dairy packaging projected to grow 6 percent by 2019, the industry's manufacturers embrace packaging innovations that convey product benefits while providing convenience and freshness. These demands underlie brand managers' inc...
9 communication habits that all successful leaders have
9 communication habits that all successful leaders have
The way you communicate as a leader is important. The right tone, the right voice, the right body language — these elements are as important as the words you say, sometimes more.
Michigan Kroger stores push healthy eating with hospital partnership
Michigan Kroger stores push healthy eating with hospital partnership
Kroger Co. stores in Michigan will encourage shoppers to eat healthy through a new partnership with Henry Ford Health System.
Suffering from professional envy? Here's how to turn it around
Suffering from professional envy? Here's how to turn it around
A colleague hired at the same time as you gets promoted into a new leadership role. You weren't actively gunning for that role yourself, but still, the speed of his ascent has alarms ringing in your head. Indeed, you soon find it hard to think of much ...
Are we experiencing a grocery revolution or a grocery evolution?
Are we experiencing a grocery revolution or a grocery evolution?
Change comes at a varying pace. Sometimes it is fast and forced; sometimes it is incremental and modulated. When it comes to consumer attitudes about food safety, health and wellness, and desire for more nutritious, economic food options, the food reta...
4 reasons why chitchat might not be a meeting killer after all
4 reasons why chitchat might not be a meeting killer after all
Meetings get a bad rap, and chitchat is one of the biggest reasons why. It often comes with the adjective "idle" or "aimless" in front of it, and the assumption is that it's a time waster.
USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research
USDA offers $6 million for antimicrobial resistance research
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $6 million available for research into antimicrobial resistance and has set an Aug. 3 deadline for grant proposals. The funding comes from the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative authorized by the 2...
Fixing performance appraisal is about more than ditching annual reviews
Fixing performance appraisal is about more than ditching annual reviews
The trend is on: performance appraisals are off — and, for many, on their way out. Adobe, for instance, has abandoned the traditional performance reviews used to assess its 11,000 employees. It calculated that the annual process required 80,000 h...
How to mentally prepare for a difficult conversation
How to mentally prepare for a difficult conversation
Your colleague sent you a passive-aggressive email and you want to sit down and address it face to face. Or perhaps you've got some tough feedback you need to give to a coworker. Or maybe you've decided to discuss some growing tension on your team with...
Study: Which grocery app do customers prefer?
Study: Which grocery app do customers prefer?
Consumers are generally willing to use mobile apps to assist with grocery shopping, and there is one retailer whose app is the clear favorite.
How to harness your emotions for making high-risk decisions
How to harness your emotions for making high-risk decisions
Nobody in business has ever avoided the uncomfortable necessity of sizing up a risk. A startup that takes a round of equity funding with unfavorable terms may keep their payroll safe in the short term at the expense of diluting equity in the long term....
Millennials driving growth in retail foodservice: Technomic
Millennials driving growth in retail foodservice: Technomic
Consumers — especially those aged 18-34 — are purchasing retailer meal solutions more often, according to an updated Technomic study. The 2015 Retailer Meal Solutions Consumer Trend Report found 84 percent of consumers purchase retail meals...
Signs you might be a toxic colleague
Signs you might be a toxic colleague
No one likes a toxic coworker. Even the most difficult people themselves would probably be the first to agree. Which raises a question: If you were "toxic," would you even know it? Is it possible that you are the one wreaking havoc on your team, making...
Sprouts expands food waste reduction program
Sprouts expands food waste reduction program
In partnership with Quest Resource Holding Corp., natural and organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Market is expanding its food waste diversion services, bringing a comprehensive organics-recycling program to all of its California stores, ahead of new mandat...
7 habits of memorable people
7 habits of memorable people
Improving your memory is a hot topic, but what if you want to influence someone else's memory — especially when it comes to how (or if) they will remember you? It's an important thing to consider since being forgettable can be toxic when it comes...
Dietitian on aisle 4: Grocery stores are calling in health experts
Dietitian on aisle 4: Grocery stores are calling in health experts
Has anyone tried quinoa before? No hands went up. "We'll try some today," said Allison Parker, a dietitian employed by Mariano's, to a group of eight mothers with young children on a tour of the Evergreen Park location. Parker is one of a growing numbe...