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Government Shutdown: The Current State of Affairs

As we enter the 27th day of the partial government shutdown, there is still no end in sight. Both the Senate and the House adjourned last week making this the longest shutdown in U.S. history. This week, a bipartisan Senate effort to end the shutdown failed. Below is a brief overview the shutdown and its…
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Larkin: Why Independents Continue To Stand Out

This column originally ran in The Shelby Report   Food retail is transforming. Disruption is changing the landscape. However, that doesn’t mean everything changes. Retailers still need to engage customers and provide exceptional products and services. No one understands this better than independent supermarket operators. They go the extra mile to engage customers, especially as…
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Clearing up Dietary Confusion

With the holiday season coming to an end, many Americans will be making New Year’s resolutions. Frequently, resolutions take the form of a commitment to diet to lose weight and improve health. However, there is confusion among consumers about what dietary decisions need to be made to achieve their goals. Since 80% of New Year’s…
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10 Ways To Give Back and Get Involved with the NGA Foundation

#GivingTuesday is more than one day in November, it’s the perfect opportunity to support the next generation of the grocery industry. No matter your tenure or time available, there are lots of ways to help advance the mission of the NGA Foundation. –Donate financially to the NGA Foundation to help support programs for the next generation…
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Polishing off Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

While Thanksgiving is a holiday to remind us to be grateful, especially for chance to gather as friends and family to break bread, it is also a time where we are confronted with more food than we can eat; resulting in an astonishing amount of food that is wasted. According to the National Turkey Federation,…
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Making A Difference for the Next Generation of the Grocery Industry

 It is because of financial assistance from the NGA Foundation that I’m able to focus on this important educational programming and make an impact locally.   2017 NGA Foundation scholarship recipient Denise Malkoon is no stranger to the food industry. While studying psychology at Arizona State University, Malkoon helped her brother run PB Americano, a…
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Friendsgiving: A Positive for Grocers Throughout the Country

With Thanksgiving just two days away, grocers throughout the country are getting ready for increased customer traffic by stocking shelves and preparing employees to handle customer requests. While the holiday has time honored-elements that are unlikely to change any time soon, new trends are introduced every few years that make slight changes to one of…
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6 Tips For Creating a Winning Creative Choice Awards Entry

  Nov 16, 2018 The NGA Creative Choice Awards are the perfect opportunity to showcase your store’s successes on a national stage and with one more month to submit entries, there’s no time like the present to start crafting your submissions.  With hundreds of marketing campaigns and merchandising events submitted across ten categories, it’s imperative…
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Lame Duck To-Do List for Grocers

By: Chris Jones NGA Vice President of Government Relations & Counsel  The mixed election results mean a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges for NGA in the days and months ahead. Before we look to the 116th Congress, there are a number of outstanding items on the to-do list that this Congress must address during the…
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Take Me Out to The Marketing Game

By: David Orgel, originally appeared in Drug Store News America’s summer sport, baseball, has collided with fall’s chill. Football is now top-of-mind. However, there’s one baseball story worth recapping, at least for retailers. It was easy to miss. This wasn’t about box scores, but marketing. Sports teams tend to market very well, and there are retail…
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Changing Up What’s on Your Plate This Fall

  Traditionally speaking, Fall has been a time where comfort foods, such as meatloaf and mac and cheese, are staples on our tables. But American’s palates are expanding and as consumers gain access and greater exposure to more global products, interest in ethnic foods has increased among a range of races and cultures. The cultural…
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Political Engagement and Grassroots: Why it is so important for independent grocers

The right to petition the government was a bedrock principle of the Founding Fathers. Over many generations, political engagement, including grassroots advocacy has become a sophisticated activity for political parties, corporations, unions, nonprofits – just about anyone who is impacted by government. The independent grocery industry has a huge impact on America’s economy with $131…
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Hurricane Resources for Grocers Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is on track to be one of the strongest storms on the Eastern Seaboard in decades. “This will likely be the storm of a lifetime for portions of the Carolina coast, and that’s saying a lot given the impacts we’ve seen from Hurricanes Diana, Hugo, Fran, Bonnie, Floyd and Matthew,” the National Weather Service…
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Meet the Scholastic Stars Receiving NGA Scholarships to Further Their Education

One of the first steps to ensuring independent supermarkets have their choice of top candidates is to provide opportunities to students with a demonstrated interest in grocery. Workforce development doesn’t solely consist of hiring and training the right people, but also supporting them as they obtain the tools they need to thrive. Preparing today’s students…
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Innovation and Collaboration that Make an Impact

Independent grocers wear multiple different hats. Staying ahead of the curve can mean many things, especially to independent supermarket operators, who have a unique set of challenges and opportunities in the food retail industry. It’s widely accepted that senior retail executives must have broad experience in marketing, finance, and operations – while maintaining strong relationships…
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Women Grocers of America – Making a Difference for the Future

By: Cindy Sorensen, CEO of The Grocery Group and WGA Board Member The statistics are alarming; women are leaving the grocery industry at a rate four times that of men; the turnover rate for women in first and mid-level managerial positions is 24%; the turnover for women in executive roles is 27%. Retention is a…
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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…
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Communication, Education Helps to Drive Shopper Satisfaction

Originally appeared in The Shelby Report 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.   According to survey results from the NGA consumer behavior study, conducted by Nielsen and The Harris Poll, 71%…
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Farm Bill in the Homestretch

The following blog post originally ran in the IGA’s The Independent View. More info on that newsletter here. By: Chris Jones NGA Vice President of Government Relations and Counsel 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.…
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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. And, as we approach the Fourth of July, most Americans are preparing to fire up the grill for a patriotic celebration.  According…
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