The Shelf Talker
Non-profit Grocers set to open in 2 low-income Minneapolis neighborhoods
Two neighborhoods in north Minneapolis will get new grocery stores, including a nonprofit grocery called North Market in a part of the city that has been considered a food desert since its last full-service grocery closed a decade ago. Both projects are tapping into nonprofit fundraising and federal grants to help under-served areas.
Source: Star Tribune
Combine consistency, agility for strategic excellence
Consistency in leadership is critical, but managers also need agility to adapt to changing business situations. Finding a balance between the two traits will make for the best kind of strategic leadership, and surrounding yourself with people who have complementary skills can help you achieve this goal, writes John Coleman.
From John Coleman: Harvard Business Review
How This Woman’s Vision Is Shaking Up The $2T Consumer Packaged Goods Industry
Before launching RangeMe, Jackson worked as a Marketing Executive at Kellogg’s, PepsiCo and Jim Beam. “The idea of RangeMe was born from my own painful experience of trying, unsuccessfully, to get my own products in front of retailers.”
What is it? Forbes
Grocers use social media to connect on health
Publix Super Markets and Hy-Vee are among the grocers using social media to connect with shoppers looking to launch healthier habits in 2017. Publix reminded shoppers to look for its “Better Choice” shelf tags, while Hy-Vee called attention to Balance, its new health-oriented magazine.
See the posts: SuperMarket News
Sam’s Club CEO to step down
Rosalind Brewer will step down from her role as the CEO of Wal-Mart Stores’ wholesale chain Sam’s Club next month after five years in the position. John Furner, Sam’s Club’s current merchandising chief and former Walmart China executive, will replace Brewer, who is the company’s first female African-American executive.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal
Staples, USPS to end in-store partnership
Staples and the US Postal Service will end a three-year partnership that offered shoppers in-store services including priority mail and parcel shipping. The move, which will remove the USPS from Staples stores by March, follows a November ruling from a National Labor Relations Board Administrative Law Judge to end the partnership.
Starting in March: Mass Live
Winter weather could perk up a slow Jan. for grocers
A snowfall across much of the East and colder weather around the country should give grocers a short-term boost amid the January lull. Sales of everything from snow shovels and ice melt to hot chocolate and fire logs are on track to rise this week over the same week last year, according to Planalytics.
Nationwide cold front: SuperMarket News
Report: 79% of US consumers will only buy from brands that care
Seventy-nine percent of US consumers only consider purchasing from brands that demonstrate they understand and care about consumers, Wunderman reports. The study also highlighted the importance of a good mobile experience, with 90% of US respondents saying mobile enables them to make better buying decisions.
Win over consumers: Adweek
Fiji Water overhauls bottle design with new look
Fiji Water will roll out a slimmer bottle design across its entire line starting this month, allowing its products to fit more easily into beverage holders in cars and on gym equipment. “We received such positive feedback when we released the new look of our 700-milliliter Fiji Water bottle last year that we decided to extend that design across our entire portfolio,” said Clarence Chia, vice president of marketing.
Overwhelming feedback: Packworld
Packaged Facts: Retail tea sales to hit $9 billion by 2020
Sales in the US retail tea market are expected to hit $9 billion by 2020, largely driven by an increase in ready-to-drink and refrigerated teas, according to new research by Packaged Facts.
Climbing steadily: Food Navigator USA