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In & Out of the Box

Can Your Customers 'Taste the Difference'?

By Tom Stephens
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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.
By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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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?

By Jamie Grill-Goodman
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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?

By Douglas J. Peckenpaugh
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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.
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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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.

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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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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