National Grocer

NGA's Blog covering all things independent supermarket

  • 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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  • Supermarket Industry News Roundup: January 5, 2018

    Larkin: Shoppers Reveal Their Favorite Sources for Nutrition Information, ShopRite Operator Gives $150K to Workers from Tax Savings, SpartanNash Introduces ‘Our Family’ Brand to Michigan Retailers, and more in this week's roundup of supermarket industry news.

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  • Supermarket Industry News Roundup: December 22, 2017

    Industry Pleased with Congressional Passage of Tax Reform Package, Retail Associations Join Forces in American Express Credit Card Fee Case, How the GOP Tax Overhaul Could Affect the Food Industry, and more in this week's roundup of supermarket industry news.

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  • Food Safety Tips for the Holidays

    Feasting with family and friends is part of many holiday celebrations. Follow these simple tips to keep safe from food poisoning, or foodborne illness, during the holidays.

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  • Supermarket Industry News Roundup: December 15, 2017

    Larkin: Independent Grocers Are Winning the So-Called ‘Grocery Wars’, Smaller Grocery Stores Appeal to Lawmakers Over Tax Bill's Pass-Through Rules, ShopRite Supermarkets Enters NY’s Rensselaer County, and more in this week's roundup of supermarket industry news.

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  • 10 Q's to Ask When Looking for a POS System

    To succeed in retail, you have to place your enterprise POS investments at the forefront of your brand.

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  • Private Labels are Winning the Brand Wars

    Long gone are the days of no-frills packaging intended only for those on a tight budget.

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