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Laurie Demeritt

Laurie Demeritt is CEO of The Hartman Group, which explores the subtle complexities of how consumers live, shop and use products — and how to apply that understanding in ways that lead to purchase.

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Is your business ready for what’s next in sustainability?
Is your business ready for what’s next in sustainability?

What sustainable trends are coming to the forefront of mainstream consumers’ behaviors that will impact your business?

Brand relevance today: The role of “brand” in guiding shoppers’ choices
Brand relevance today: The role of “brand” in guiding shoppers’ choices

Brands are working harder than ever to gain attention and loyalty, regardless of whether they are national, name brands or a retailer’s own private brand.

COVID-19’s disparate toll on household routines and Americans’ paths to well-being
COVID-19’s disparate toll on household routines and Americans’ paths to well-being

Despite heightened public attention to the pandemic’s negative effects on consumers’ health, a substantial portion of Americans actually feel their health and wellness improved during the pandemic.

5 food & beverage trends accelerated, altered or accentuated by the pandemic
5 food & beverage trends accelerated, altered or accentuated by the pandemic

We are living through an unprecedented time in which the pandemic has accelerated, altered or accentuated trends in many spheres of food and beverage culture.

Health & wellness in the US today: Cultural shifts and the COVID-19 pandemic
Health & wellness in the US today: Cultural shifts and the COVID-19 pandemic

Several long-term shifts have been reshaping the American health and wellness landscape over the past two decades.

The power of personalization in food shopping: Two online retailers show the way
The power of personalization in food shopping: Two online retailers show the way

Consumer priorities in food and beverages have shifted toward finding items that signal increased personalization to health and wellness needs and goals.

The pandemic has dramatically altered the way Americans snack
The pandemic has dramatically altered the way Americans snack

The pandemic emerged to disrupt consumers’ food and beverage purchase and consumption routines and significantly alter the current nature of snacking in America.

COVID-19 and the New Modern Convenience
COVID-19 and the New Modern Convenience

What does convenience look like when a global pandemic throws normal schedules and routines into disarray?

2020 year in review: The return of the great American grocery store
2020 year in review: The return of the great American grocery store

As COVID-19 radically altered any semblance of a “normal way of life,” America’s food stores stepped up to provide essential services and, in the process, became consumers’ trusted allies in their struggles to cope with the new realities of the pandemic.

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