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How to Get Ready for Organic Certification: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs The USDA has published a new regulation to “Strengthen Organic Enforcement” (SOE).  The SOE states that “more types of businesses in the organic supply chain must be certified organic.”  Among the new provisions is the requirement that facilities that “handle” or store organic products,…
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Understanding the Evolving Dynamics of Food Decisions: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs “Taste is king,” according to decades of data from the International Food Information Council’s annual Food and Health Survey. But taste isn’t the only factor that influences our food choices. By understanding the interconnections of factors that drive consumer food decisions, grocers and retailers…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Keeping the Faith

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Even in challenging times, even with high inflation, it’s hard not to still love your local neighborhood grocery store. And most folks would appear to agree, even as their faith in society’s major institutions drags the ground. A new Gallup poll finds small business enjoying…
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2023 NGA Student Case Study Competition: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Employee recruitment and retention remains a top issue facing the independent retail industry. According to many industry and academic research studies, at least 58% of U.S. retailers said that over the past two years, they have experienced hiring challenges that have negatively impacted their business.…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Less is More

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Remember back when gluten-free products were all the rage? Product manufacturers tripped over themselves trying to get gluten-free versions of everyday staples on store shelves. Even standbys like oatmeal and Rice Krispies proudly proclaimed themselves to be gluten free. Of course, they always were. But…
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Accepting Medicare Advantage Healthy Benefit Cards: Payment Technology Considerations for Independent Grocers

By Ted Mason, Ted Mason, Retail Technology Consultant Introduction Medicare Advantage healthy benefit cards offer a convenient way for eligible individuals to access their healthcare benefits, such as monthly allotments for the purchase of groceries and health related products. More than 30 million Americans are now enrolled in Medicare Advantage programs, and at least 5…
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The Power of Positioning: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs There is power in effective product positioning for your market. In a time of changing shopper behavior, it’s important to have criteria for valuing products and services to maximize consumer satisfaction. In a recent webinar, the final installment of a three-part category management series NGA…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Letting a Little Air Out of Inflation

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs I don’t think anyone’s expecting inflation to go away in one huge pop, so with folks everywhere continuing to stress about high prices at the grocery store, any gentle hiss is a welcome relief. So, it was great news when announced recently amid the 4%…
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The Evolving Landscape of SNAP: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Pat Jones, Project Coordinator, NGAF TA Center The National Grocers Association Foundation Technical Assistance Center (NGAF TA Center) and the SNAP EBT Modernization Technical Assistance Center (SEMTAC, also administered by the NGA Foundation) partnered with Miriam Seidel, a food systems and nutrition expert, to host a recent webinar, “The Evolving Landscape of SNAP.” The…
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What Grocers Need to Know About Copyright: Webinar Key Takeaways

Progressive grocery retailers actively engage their communities in many ways, including advertising, social media, and their weekly circular, whether it’s print or digital. As creators and users of these materials, grocers have a responsibility to consider copyright when making or using creative expressions, such as photographs and artwork. NGA hosted a recent webinar that explained…
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The Art of Arrangement: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs In today’s competitive environment, significant thought and consideration must be given to managing available shelf space. The arrangement of products demands creativity and foresight. To optimize available space, placement of items within a category must be done deliberately and artfully. Using data-driven planograms, or maps…
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Finding Unique Brands that Give Independent Grocers an Edge

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Having exclusive, unique products on your shelves that address the latest trends or specific demands of the shoppers in your community can give independent grocers a leg up on the competition. NGA hosted a recent webinar featuring a live demonstration of how independent grocers can…
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The Independent’s Playbook: The Beat Goes On

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Millennials and Generation Z’s are supplanting Gen X’ers and Boomers as the top spending consumers. So, it should be of great concern when young people say they’re afraid they won’t be able to pay for groceries, despite indications that food inflation is gradually easing. According…
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Finding Unique Brands that Give Independent Grocers an Edge

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director, Communications and External Affairs Having exclusive, unique products on your shelves that address the latest trends or specific demands of the shoppers in your community can give independent grocers a leg up on the competition. NGA hosted a recent webinar featuring a live demonstration of how independent grocers can…
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How Hiring Disabled Individuals Can Enhance Your Business: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / Director, Communications and External Affairs Consumers are increasingly looking to spend money with brands and merchants they consider to be socially responsible. Are independent grocers missing something by not taking their DEI programs far enough? NGA hosted a recent webinar in which Lloyd Lewis, president and CEO of Arc Thrift Stores,…
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The Science of Selection: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / Director, Communications and External Affairs Getting product assortment right is not an easy task, yet it is absolutely critical to retail success. Unlike inventory management and pricing, where there may be considerable data and analytical tools to guide decision making, assortment optimization requires a balance of art with science, especially for…
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The Independent’s Playbook: Easy as Pie

By Jim Dudlicek / Director, Communications and External Affairs “The pizza battle is on, and grocery stores are winning.” So declares Dana Baggett, client strategy director in the restaurant division at market researcher Vericast, whose recent study of consumers’ pizza preferences suggests inflation is pushing folks to swap their takeout apps for their grocer’s frozen…
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The New FDA Food Code: Webinar Key Takeaways

By Jim Dudlicek / NGA Director of Communications and External Affairs The FDA Food Code is actually not a regulation – each regulatory jurisdiction must determine if they will adopt the new 2022 Food Code. To review key changes in order to see, before they become law, how these amendments could impact independent grocers’ store…
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