Gap is one example of a retailer that is struggling with in-store sales but seeing huge success on the Internet. The company's online sales have more than doubled over the past five years and should hit $1 billion this year. "The brick-and-mortar retailers who haven't made online a priority are going to be most challenged this holiday," one expert said. "If their attention wasn't on the Web before, it certainly is now."
FMI's Food Industry Sustainability Summit in June will offer insight and practical advice on how food retailers and other players in the food industry can help improve the environment and the bottom line. "The Sustainability Summit will help companies develop strategies according to their corporate culture, consumers and marketplace," said FMI senior director Jeanne von Zastrow.
Jamba Juice has partnered with Nestle USA to bring ready-to-drink beverages to mainstream supermarkets. Jamba Smoothies and Jamba Juicies will be available at Jamba Juice outlets and at retail stores including Target, Safeway, Albertsons, Ralph's, 7-Eleven, Raley's and Walgreens.
Stores such as TNG Dollar Plus, Dollar & More and Family Dollar are offering everything from high-end packaged foods to ceramics. To boost their appeal, several stores are renaming themselves "dollar plus."