Catching Up with Chris

Time to Get Out and Meet, Greet Industry

March 14, 2013

In the next couple of months, you’ll see plenty of us out in the world.

Starting this month, we’ll be in California at the ECRM private brand food and fresh and frozen food shows, meeting with retailers and suppliers throughout the industries to see what will drive food products and sales in private label in 2013.

Just down the road, we’ll be at the PLMA’s annual leadership conference to learn from the top names and companies in private label manufacturing what’s affecting their worlds at the start of 2013.

Next month, we’ll be in Nevada, outside of Las Vegas, to hit the nonfood side of private label at the ECRM’s private brand health and beauty care show. At the end of April we’ll head to Florida for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ annual show. And then it’s just six more weeks until we bring the industry to suburban Chicago for our PLB360 Conference.

We’re a source of information. And if we aren’t out in the world gaining information from every source we can, we are not able to provide the right mix of news and insight that our readers expect to help them do their jobs.

Our audience primarily remains grocery, and that means a need to focus on food products and categories. The private brand food show in Napa, Calif., in March allows us to see what kind of items are new to the shelves, what is in the pipeline, and what suppliers are making headway within our industry.

On the other side, the show will allow us to be able to feature the new RFP functionality on our PLBuyer Superstore to retail buyers and category managers, another way we’re working to provide you with the information and tools to help do your jobs.

I remember going to the Napa ECRM show last year, the first time I got to meet with suppliers and retailers in private label. I learned a lot from those early sessions, and getting the chance to revisit and catch up with people and companies we’ve crossed paths with will be enjoyable.

But our scope and focus is not limited to food or grocery items. We are a magazine of the private label industry, and that means we’ve got our eyes on health and beauty, on the drugstore channel, as well as others. We were able to meet with convenience store retailers and suppliers in January, and we’ll have a story on the roundtable we conducted with retailers in our April issue. The health and beauty show in April will allow us to see what is in the works for the nonfood side of private label, and the NACDS show will continue our efforts to work with the drugstore channel on all of its work in private label.

We’ll have speakers from Walgreens and Shoppers Drug Mart at our conference in June, bringing the largest drugstore chains in the U.S. and Canada to the same show to talk about their private label programs. It’s an important focus for us, and being able to bring the best information to you from those retailers and suppliers is our goal.

So check your calendars and see where you’ll be this spring. If you’ll be where we are, set aside some time to say hi, have some coffee or food, and let us know what’s going on in your corner of the private label world.

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