Retailer Features

Drug Channel Update

Pivotal private label moves by the top three chain drug stores charts pathways for future growth.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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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?

By Tom Stephens
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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

By Jim Wisner
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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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International Store Brand Inspirations

Myriad retailers around the world merit study as U.S. companies seek creative approaches for growing their store brand businesses
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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As any cultural anthropologist worth their salt will tell you, the highly nuanced historical relationship between human societies and their surrounding environments factors greatly into evolutionary progress. In much the same way, the catalysts driving private label retail growth within key retail organizations in various countries around the world has created playing fields with distinctions—and category penetration—not yet seen in the United States.


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Focus on Digital

What Digital Looks Like Overseas

By Jim Wisner
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Everyone wants to know “what’s next.” When it comes to private label, you can usually look overseas for answers. This is particularly true for social and digital marketing, as retailers in Europe and elsewhere have begun to create new and innovative digital experiences for their shoppers.


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Private Label and National Brands - Today's Changing Retail Dynamics

Selected highlights from a recent PLBuyer panel discussion at FMI Connect as part of the Private Brands Summit
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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The playing field for nationally branded and private label retail grocery products has seen a considerable shift in recent years as retailers put more effort into their private label lines, diversifying the types of products offered, getting more involved in the manufacturing process, and sometimes investing in marketing and advertising of private label to varying degrees.


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In & Out of the Box

Brands or Products? What Are We Building?

By Tom Stephens
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Are we brands or a series of comparative products with some unmemorable names on them?


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Specialty Grocery Branding

The specialty grocery channel grows increasingly competitive as sales skyrocket.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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Specialty grocery stores operating in gourmet, natural and organic product areas—and typically a tactical combination of all three—continue to capture more retail market share.


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In & Out of the Box

Yesterday Salt Was a Drug, Today Sugar Is the New Tobacco

By Tom Stephens
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Times are certainly changing. Many of us have been spending a lot of time reducing sodium levels in products. If we weren’t, we certainly should have been.


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Making Store Brands 'Special'

By Jim Wisner
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Why not have the best of both worlds?


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August 2014 New Food Products

This month’s new food products are organic coffee, hatch green chili tzatziki, cultured soy, kernel cooking oils, snack seasoning, thin Swiss cheese, tea and lemonade blend, crispy fish shapes, mole rojo braising sauce, sausage & cheese pita pocket, and chicken club pizza.

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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August 2014

The August 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes articles on non-food grocery items, as well as category insights on store brand spreads, healthcare, and personal care. Check it out today!

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