National Grocer

NGA's Blog covering all things independent supermarket

  • Savor Summer’s Bounty

    Many kids across the U.S. are starting to head back to school and the days seem to be getting shorter, but there’s still plenty of time left in the summer season! Often featured on summer tables are a medley of bright and beautiful fresh produce, where a tomato or a pepper or a peach can emerge as the star of a dish.

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  • Communication, Education Helps to Drive Shopper Satisfaction

    Independent supermarket operators are raising their games within the fresh and local categories, but effectively communicating these efforts and educating their shoppers can be key to optimizing these points of differentiation.

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  • Farm Bill in the Homestretch

    It's the dog days of summer in Washington, D.C., and Congress is a step closer towards enacting one of its top agenda items, the 2018 Farm Bill. Before Congress left town for the Fourth of July recess, the Senate passed a Farm Bill by a vote of 86-11, and the House barely squeaked through a bill by a 213-211 vote. In the coming weeks, Congress will convene a Conference Committee to reconcile the differences between the two bills, in a manner we remember from School House Rock, but a rarity in the modern political climate.

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  • Flavor Your Fourth of July

    There is nothing quite like the smell of the grill heating up over the summer time! Typically speaking, that smell is accompanied by some type of gathering or event with friends and families.

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  • Schools Out for Summer

    School is out for summer and with homework no longer on the table, summer is the perfect time to set out and cook with your little ones. In addition to spending time with your child, there are many benefits to having your children learn how to cook.

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  • Independent Grocer Benchmark Survey Reveals Optimism for the Future

    With the explosion of new formats and competitors in the marketplace, alongside some continued food deflation, 2017 was a challenging year for independent supermarket operators. However, as the true entrepreneurs of the industry, independent grocers are responding in innovative ways to these challenges, and according to the latest NGA benchmark survey, the majority (71.7%) said they were optimistic that 2018 would be a better year for business.

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  • Next Steps and What to Expect for the 2018 Farm Bill

    This week, the Senate is poised to release its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. We anticipate that the Senate version will look vastly different from the House version as both Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have acknowledge that it will make limited changes to the SNAP program.

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  • Consumer Confidence Heating Up

    Consumer confidence is on the rise, with April’s level up nearly two points from March, according to the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, and as we approach the summer months this is good news for the U.S. economy and retailers. Summer is synonymous with barbeques, holidays, picnics and social gatherings – and the supermarket industry plays an integral role in these connections.

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  • What's "Cooking" with Menu Labeling

    Following the passage early this year of legislation in the House, NGA continues to urge the Senate HELP Committee to take up the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act in order to provide companies with the additional flexibility needed to make this regulation work for all covered entities.

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  • An Outlook on Food and Nutrition Policy inside the Beltway

    Introduction of the House Farm Bill could come this week, and as Congress begins this process, NGA is working hard to ensure the voice of the independent supermarket industry is represented.

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  • Broken Brackets, Easter Baskets, and Spring Beginnings

    Spring is finally here and while the excitement of March Madness and Easter is behind us, it seems like everybody is ready for a fresh start! For retailers, spring and summer often marks a time to take advantage of seasonal campaigns to drive foot traffic and build on sales.

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  • Invest in Your Future

    Every leader is aware of the value of a well-defined business strategy. Few, however, truly give thought to the leadership required to implement those strategies, especially ones that call for changes in the direction or capabilities of an organization.

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  • Unscrambling Shell Egg Certification

    You have a lot of choices in the supermarket, even when it comes to something as simple as a grocery list staple—eggs. Hopefully, equipped with this information, you can truly understand your options and make the best decision for you.

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  • The Devil’s in the Details – Tax Reform’s Technical Corrections

    Late last year, Congress passed a once-in-a-generation tax reform legislation, which included many positive provisions that will help independent supermarkets hire additional staff, expand offerings and upgrade their stores, as well as provide long-awaited tax relief. NGA fought tirelessly to ensure the independent supermarket industry would experience the full benefits of tax reform just as much as other businesses.

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  • Stock Your Kitchen for Nutritious & Delicious Meals

    What's a simple way to make meal planning and preparation easier? Keep a well-stocked kitchen!

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  • Insights and Innovation

    The NGA Show wrapped up earlier this month, but I still find myself thinking about how new technology innovations are changing consumer behavior, and ultimately the retail landscape.

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  • Glass Half Full – Takeaways from the 2018 NGA Show

    In this age of disruption it’s easy to buy into the doom and gloom. However, a number of speakers at this year’s NGA Show pointed out that things aren’t as dire as many believe. Independents have faced shifts in the marketplace for decades and while we’re in what some are describing as a “retail metamorphosis,” there are a number of areas where independents can differentiate themselves in the marketplace.

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  • Supermarket Industry News Roundup: January 19, 2018

    Industry Stakeholders Create New Coalition to Advocate for NAFTA, Remodel Yields Amazing Returns for Southeast Georgia Independent, The Rise of the Ethnic Independent, and more in this week's roundup of supermarket industry news.

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  • Supermarket Industry News Roundup: January 13, 2018

    The Challenges of Independent Supermarkets and The NGA’s Role, NGA Promotes, Hires Staffers, Online Grocery Ordering Increasing in Popularity, Options, and more in this week's roundup of supermarket industry news.

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  • Top 10 NGA Blogs of 2017

    From emerging consumer trends and creative case studies to tax reform, read the most popular NGA blog posts of 2017.

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