Articles by Tom Stephens

Health Watch!

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March is here and hopefully the vicious storms and disruptions are behind us. But we still have stormy outlooks all around us. The economy. Our jobs. Our business future. Our health. Politicians are wrestling with health care the world over as boomers are aging and kids are getting bigger. As the political and medical worlds struggle with the Armageddon of failing health care systems and aging populations, it is time for us to review where we stand, and what we are doing as producers and sellers of the world’s diet

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THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

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Oh to be in England. Somebody wrote that once, when away from their home and lamenting being absent for a long time. I am lucky I get to be in England (my home country) fairly often. For so many reasons, but specifically this month, I will examine at close quarters the private label scene. It’s a good thing sometimes to take a good focused look at a highly-competitive market to try and glean insights and examples of best practices that we can bring back to our own businesses.

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The Year Behind and the Year Ahead

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Thinking about the year behind us, what jumps out? We will each of us have our stories to tell. Most of the trends that have emerged and will continue to are not immediately based on private label, but scratch the surface and all are impactful on our PL businesses. It’s a question about how smart we are in discerning the opportunity gaps.
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HOW TUNED UP ARE YOUR ROAD WARRIORS?

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Last month I wrote about creating destination products. This month, I have been travelling with a couple of really seasoned and experienced road warriors. These are the folks that travel the world (literally) seeking out the vendors, the products and the trendsetters that drive the business of the world’s great private label retailers. These are the people that develop programs like Carrefour’s Reflets de France, Boots’ No7 and Costco’s seasonal candies from around the world.

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ALL CATTLE AND NO HAT

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Ever since spending quite a lot of time in Texas in the late 80s and early 90s, I have always liked the expression “all hat and no cattle.”

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Thinking Inside the Box

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Just as many are thinking about life for private label post-recession, and just as many are thinking about life in host country South Africa after the World Cup, we should all be thinking about where we go with our programs after whatever event we are working on now.


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Thinking Inside the Box

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What the retail industry needs is a hand-in-hand collaboration to get data clean, transparent, transferable and instantly accessible from all points at all times, says Tom Stephens.
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Thinking Inside the Box

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In his last column, Tom Stephens gave retailers his suggested "top five" business resolutions. This time, it's the manufacturers' turn.

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Thinking Inside the Box

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Tom Stephens provides his top-five resolutions for retailers working in private label territory.

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Thinking Inside the Box

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Although we might be coming out of the worst of the financial crisis, private label still needs to keep innovativing to stay strong after the economy fully rebounds.

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September 2014 New Food Products

This month's new food products include cane sugars, barbeque sauce, condiments in squeeze bottles, cinnamon snack seasoning, and jalapeno tzatziki, ice cream, herb toasts, corn puffs, instant coffee, coconut water, and a water enhancer.

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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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September 2014

The September 2014 issue of Private Label Buyer includes a convenience channel update, as well as category insights on frozen store brand trends and health and beauty items. Check it out today!

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