Retailer Features

Warehouse/Club Update

The top three warehouse/club stores in the United States show varying degrees of private label strength as overall growth continues.

While some consumers might write off household shopping as one more errand to squeeze into their busy day, warehouse club stores thrive on offering their shoppers “the thrill of the hunt,” turning otherwise-routine shopping trips into treasure hunts for bulk bargains.


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Following The Buzz

Perfect Solutions for Imperfect Produce

We talk a lot about creating the perfect package in the private label industry, but when it comes to produce, the product itself often is the package.


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Doug's Drift

Opportunities for Store Brand Produce

Safeway went on record back in 2013 stating that over the ensuing decade they would transform into a wellness company that happens to sell food (and one with significantly more reach in the wake of the merger with Albertsons under the corporate umbrella of Cerberus Capital Management).


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In & Out of the Box

Can Your Customers 'Taste the Difference'?

I just spent a very enjoyable evening at a large barbecue at a friend’s house in the north of England.


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Convenience Channel Update

According to NACS (the National Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing), the U.S. convenience store industry currently consists of over 150,000 stores that account for nearly $700 billion in sales.

Apart from 7-Eleven—which maintains a strong national (and international) presence—the C-store channel today is highly regionalized.


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Following The Buzz

Discount Merger a Bargain?

The speculation is over. While talk of a takeover of discount retailer Family Dollar has been circulating for months, a merger has finally been revealed.


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Doug's Drift

'Private Label' vs. 'Store Brand' - What's in a Name?

Private label. Store brands. Private brands. Retailer brands. Own brands. Own labels. Even (heaven forbid…) generic.


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Drug Channel Update

Pivotal private label moves by the top three chain drug stores charts pathways for future growth.

Last year’s Top 35 Private Label Retailers list included the top three drug store chains in the United States: CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. CVS took the highest position at No. 4, with estimated 2012 private label sales of $21.4 billion.


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In & Out of the Box

How Embarrassed is Private Label?

I spend a lot of time travelling around the globe visiting stores and observing their programs. It is astounding how tough it often is to find the private, or store, brand products on offer.


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Take Two and 'Like' Me in the Morning

For most shoppers, a lot of the products they buy are choices—no one needs a pint of ice cream. However, when it comes to health care, many products fall under the scope of “needs.”


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October 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are seasonings, Greek yogurt dip, seaweed snack, mushrooms, candy, shredded cheese, chocolate, broth, ice cream bars, salad topper, and wine.

Podcasts

Coming with a clear, comprehensive plan was the key to success for Longo Brothers Fruit Markets when the grocer decided to roll out a two-tier private label strategy, Jenny Longo and Robert Koss tell PLBuyer editor Chris Freeman in this podcast.

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Private Label Buyer Magazine

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October 2014

The October 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes new perspectives on produce, as well as category insights on pasta, rice, and potatoes. Check it out today!

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