About the author: Julia Russell | SmartBlogs

Julia Russell Julia Russell edits retail and food and beverage newsletters at SmartBrief and covers industry news for SmartBlog on Food and Beverage. She graduated from the Philip Merrill School of Journalism at the University of Maryland in College Park and did media research for cloud-based marketing software provider Vocus before joining SmartBrief.

The state of women’s leadership is always changing, including in the food retail and consumer packaged goods industry, and while there has been a lot of advancement made in this category, there is still work to be done. Joan Toth is president and CEO of the Network of Executive Women, the largest learning and leadership community serving the retail and consumer goods and services sector that represents nearly 9,000 members, 750 companies, 100 corporate partners and 20 regions in the United States and Canada.[…] Continue Reading »

Retailers are operating in a very exciting world today. From social media to mobile devices, there are more ways to reach consumers than ever before. But retailers still have a ways to go to create a seamless shopping experience that spans across channels, according to a panel of experts who spoke at NRF’s BIG Show in New York City.[…] Continue Reading »

Loyalty programs are not a new concept in the world of retail, but, like today’s customer base, they are in a critical state of flux in the current digital era. Both for retailers looking to create loyalty programs from scratch and for those looking to adapt existing programs to appeal to shifting consumers, engaging today’s connected consumer is key, and developing engaging programs was the topic of a session at National Retail Federation’s BIG Show this week in New York.[…] Continue Reading »

E-commerce is rapidly emerging in the food and beverage industry, whether you’re talking about restaurants adopting mobile payments or online grocery delivery services that will bring food right to your doorstep, but wholesale club retailing is one category that has not been so quick to adopt e-commerce and digital technology. While retailers like Costco and Sam’s Club are well-established in the retail industry, shoppers don’t often associate them with online shopping.[…] Continue Reading »

Private labels are so much more than they used to be for food retailers, and it looks like they’re here to stay, according to a report from Planet Retail and Trace One. From Trader Joe’s and ALDI, which have built their businesses with a focus on private labels, and Kroger, whose Simple Truth and other private labels have grown to make up 25% of grocery sales for the retailer, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, private labels are giving national brands a run for their money.[…] Continue Reading »