Articles by Tom Stephens

Thinking Inside the Box

Strategic Seasonal Store Brand Sales

Many of us are over Christmas trading already. What many retailers had in the stores is already gone. Is that a good place to be in?


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Store Brand Guru Dave Nichol Remembered

Last month, many of us were mourning the loss of Dave Nichol, a pioneer and giant in our industry. So what has that got to do with Jimmy Fallon and Co.? I’ll get to that.


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A New Take on Innovation

"I" is for investigate. Pick a bunch of new thoughts and ideas about old and discontinued items that it might make sense to reintroduce.


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The Package!

No, it’s not a column about a wannabe New York City Mayor.


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Strategy Or Tactics? What’s the Difference?

Those of us that watch sports tend are excited by the moment. Rush to the goal line! It’s always a good season for all things sport. Be it soccer, tennis, golf, baseball or football. Most of us are dedicated to the result.


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Time For An Audit!

There are those of us who live in fear of these dreaded words – We are going to audit you!


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Why Are They Coming Into My Store?

Big data. Consumer insights. Focus groups. Mall intercepts. Senior executives’ family observations in shopping with us and the competition.


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Which Model Are You Using?

I am spending more and more of my time speaking with retailers and manufacturers about product development models as currently being utilized around the world. In fact, I am heading out to Shanghai this week to do just that.


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Quinoa, Broccoli, Carrots and Beetroot

Yes, 2013 is the year of Quinoa.


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Horses for Courses

It is 10 years since I started writing these columns. Never has the title “Thinking Inside the Box” been more apt than it is this month.


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November 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products are Flours, crepes, lollipops, several candy items, pancakes, dip, fish, raisins, pizza, almond milk, peanut butter, and a breakfast bowl.

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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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November 2014

The November 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer - its last issue - includes articles about the retailer as manufacturer and OTC/healthcare items, as well as category insights on pizza and household goods. Check it out today!

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