Articles by Chris Freeman

Category Insights: Diapers and More

Disposable Diapers

The private label disposable diapers category shows growth as quality improves and shoppers continue to seek out diaper deals.
August 14, 2013

Which diaper brands parents elect to buy might be more up to their babies, surmised after the trial and error of seeking out which brands work for each child, but the recession brought on parents’ search for affordable options first, which has benefited private label brands in the subsequent years since.


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Category Insights: Baking Products

Home Bakers Choosing Private Label

As recession-strapped shoppers made more baked goods at home, they found quality and value in private label products.
August 14, 2013

When shoppers are looking to bake at home, private label is one of the first places they appear to turn.


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Focus on Retailers: Smart and Final

Smart And Final Revamps Value Tier Brand

Retailer taking advantage of expanded format stores to add private label products.
August 14, 2013

Smart and Final has been taking advantage of expanded-format stores to add private label products.


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Review - PLMA Yearbook

PLMA Yearbook Shows Slower Growth In 2012

Industry posts record high sales of more than $108 billion.
August 14, 2013

The private label industry posted record high sales of more than $108 billion in 2012.


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Exclusives - PLB 360 Wrapup

Plenty Of Insights, Action At PLB360

Attendees learn and network at second annual PLBuyer conference.
August 14, 2013

A look back at the proceedings of PLBuyer’s PLB 360 conference.


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Private Label Suppliers Could Gain Business

July 18, 2013

Private label manufacturers in the U.S. could have a major opportunity coming their way in the next two years, according to Planet Retail Retail Director Matthias Queck.


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Trace One Hires Bromme As SVP

July 17, 2013

Trace One announced Wednesday that it hired Michael Bromme as a senior vice president for the company to increase its private label product lifecycle management profile in the U.S.


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Rite-Aid Trims Promotions

July 17, 2013

Rite-Aid and Walgreens led the way among retailers cutting back on private label promotions last week, according to a report exclusively for PLBuyer’s eReport from Chicago-based market research firm Market Track.


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Weis Markets Launches Latest Price Freeze

July 17, 2013

Weis Markets this week announced the launch of its 11thround of price freezes, effective in all 164 stores.


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Loblaw To Buy Shoppers Drug Mart

July 15, 2013

Loblaw announced Monday morning that it would buy Shoppers Drug Mart for $12.4 billion in cash and stock, uniting the largest grocery chain in Canada with the largest drugstore chain.


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September 2013 New Non-Food Products

This month’s new non-food products include soft chews for dogs, bottle labeling technology, skin-care products, eyebrow razors, and baby-safe laundry detergent.

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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