Sepideh Burkett, who was recently promoted to vice president of store support at Giant Food, sees the grocer as a place that helps bring families and the community together. "Ideas and a great deal of effort can build something that supports our communities and our employees -- something we can be proud of," Burkett says.
While ground poultry such as chicken or turkey may be unfamiliar to many consumers, growing demand for these items could be key to improving sales in the meat department, Richard Mitchell writes. Competitive pricing, in-store samples and guidance on labels or signage are ways to encourage sales of the products.
Both the House and Senate have signed off on the $867 billion 2018 Farm Bill, which will now go to President Donald Trump's desk to be signed. FMI's Hannah Walker, senior director of technology and nutrition policy, believes the bill is largely positive for the grocery industry, saying "The bill helps FMI members keep operation costs down and fosters innovation and efficiencies for the future of food retail and its customers."
To stay competitive in the long run, hair care brands should look to build a personal connection with consumers and become part of their identity and self-expression, branding expert Ana Andjelic writes. Modern shoppers also like to see brands that take a stand on social and cultural issues and gravitate to companies that align with their core beliefs.
In January, British china company Burleigh and Ralph Lauren will debut their collaboration project: a collection of transferware tableware produced using 18th-century printing methods. Ralph Lauren x Burleigh will feature three patterns in indigo blue or black.
Cracker Barrel and Country Living are teaming on The Country Living Collection, a new line of kitchenware and home decor items. The line, which debuts Dec. 20, includes the Marble And Wood Cow Cutting Board and Blue Splatterware Utensil Holder.
The Baby Brezza Formula Pro is designed to ease new parents' lives, especially at night, by perfectly mixing and heating the right amount of baby formula. The appliance features a canister for powdered formula, water reservoir and choice of five separate serving sizes.
Quality content and a modern warehouse picking system help Sailrite succeed online, says Matt Grant, vice president at the fabric and sewing manufacturer. Sailrite processes about 75% of its orders online.
Retrofitting legacy operational technology assets with sensors can be a cost-effective way for manufacturers to modernize equipment, Linda Rosencrance writes. Retrofitting may have limitations when it comes to cost and capabilities, says LNS Research's Dan Miklovic.
Safety is directly linked to operational profitability because good processes can reduce downtime, writes Steve Elliott of Schneider Electric. "While safety systems should never be connected to external networks, they can still take advantage of all that plant connectivity to help operators drive better, more timely operating and business decisions," he writes.