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Mar. 12, 2012 GMDC Industry Sourcing Guide:     

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Shop 'n Save integrates social buying to loyalty program
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Shop 'n Save, an independently owned and operated grocery chain with more than 70 stores in Western Pa., Ohio and West Virginia, has formed a partnership with grocery group buying deal site Aisle50 to bring customers savings on brand name products at its stores. More

Social media redefining our relationship with food
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How Americans learn to cook, select recipes, plan their meals, purchase their food and share their culinary secrets with others has dramatically changed. That's according to a new study, Clicks & Cravings: The Impact of Social Technology on Food Culture, which finds social/digital media is replacing Mom as the go-to culinary source of knowledge for many people. More

Ads with friends: Analyzing the benefits of social ads
Nielsen Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As social networks have picked up a greater share of digital ad dollars, a key differentiator they emphasize to brand advertisers is the ability to harness the power of friend recommendations when it comes to sharing experiences and content. More

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Apple's 'resolutionary' new iPad makes its debut
Retail Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apple unveiled its new iPad recently and so far the reviews seem very positive. (Note that Apple is not advancing the name from iPad 2 to iPad 3 but removing the number in the newer version.) The new tablet is faster than its predecessor, comes with a super high resolution Retina display, includes 4G connectivity and runs apps that make it perform more like a personal computer. More

Trader Joe's enters mobile space with targeted ad campaign
Mobile Marketer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Trader Joe's has entered the mobile advertising arena with a new campaign that lets consumers find the nearest location as well as browse its products and recipes. The company is running full-page and audio ads within Pandora's iPhone application. A mobile campaign such as this is a good way for Trader Joe's to reach as many consumers as possible. More

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Walmart: Acquisitions are lowest priority for international growth
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although Walmart International has completed three acquisitions during the past 12 months, it is actually the least preferred method of growth, according to international division CFO Cathy Smith. Just imagine if acquisitions were the top priority. More

Sears Canada stores closing in 3 major cities
Retailing Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sears Canada is closing three downtown stores in Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. The move follows an announcement last month by Sears Holdings, the majority owner of Sears Canada, that it will raise about $770 million by spinning off parts of its business and selling prime real estate. More

Canadians turning to pharmacies for more health care
Marketwire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With Pharmacy Awareness Week1 kicking off, a new Nielsen survey commissioned by the Canadian Association of Chain Drug Stores highlights that patients from coast to coast are tapping into the health care knowledge, expertise and services available at their local pharmacy. In fact, 72 percent of almost 6,000 respondents indicated that they have talked to their pharmacist about health issues, beyond their prescribed medication. More

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American Greetings puts the funny at consumers fingertips with hot buttons
GMDC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Celebrating a birthday with a big laugh is one of the most enjoyable treats people get to experience on their special day. Those looking to surprise friends and family with a little hilarity have always looked to the American Greetings Corporation card aisle for fun ways to say happy birthday, and now there is a whole new way to do just that with Hot Buttons™. More

Energizer showcases new collections at International Home and Housewares Show
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Energizer said it will showcase its full home lighting portfolio and debut its newest home décor category, flameless wax candles, at the International Home and Housewares Show. More

Target to remodel general merchandise stores to include fresh food layout
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Target is set to complete remodels for more than 100 general merchandise stores later this month, the retailer said. The remodeled Target stores will dedicate approximately 10,000 sq. ft. to a vast array of fresh food choices, including a curated assortment of fresh produce, fresh packaged meat and pre-packaged baked goods, in addition to dry and frozen offerings. More

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New Dove Clear Tone antiperspirant/deodorant hits retail shelves
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Launching on shelves in March is the new Dove Clear Tone antiperspirant/deodorant from Unilever. It is positioned as the first and only U.S. deodorant designed to reduce underarm red and dark marks caused by shaving irritation. More

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Nash Finch to buy Nebraska grocery chain Bag 'N Save
Minneapolis Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Edina-based Nash Finch Co. said recently that it has agreed to buy Omaha supermarket chain Bag 'N Save, increasing its retail grocery store portfolio by about 25 percent. Publicly-traded Nash Finch, which is primarily a food wholesaler, didn't disclose the price for Bag 'N Save, a family owned chain with 11 stores in Omaha and one outlet in York, Neb. More

Associated Food Stores, McLane Global join Topco Associates LLC
Business Wire    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Topco Associates LLC announced recently that Associated Food Stores, Inc. and McLane Global have joined the association, expanding its membership to 53 retail, wholesale and foodservice companies. "We're excited that Associated Food Stores and McLane Global are now Topco members," said Randy Skoda, Topco President and CEO. "They are both outstanding organizations whose joining further enhances the collective strength of Topco and the membership. We look forward to working with them to help drive value for their companies and customers." More

Wal-Mart challenges Harris Teeter
The Charlotte Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Wal-Mart is going after Matthews-based Harris Teeter with a tactic it's trying only in Charlotte: A series of grocery ads featuring head-to-head price comparisons on everything from chicken soup to ice cream. More

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Rite Aid comps increase 3.1 percent in February
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rite Aid same-store sales increased by 3.1 percent in February, including a 1.9 percent increase in front-end comps and a 3.7 percent increase in pharmacy comps, the company said recently. Total sales for the 4,667-store chain were $2.55 billion, a 2.3 percent increase over February 2011's $2.5 billion. More

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CPG companies grow by targeting Hispanics
Media Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Marketing efforts targeting Hispanics are correlated with overall revenue growth for consumer packaged-goods companies and CPG-based retail companies, according to a study commissioned by the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies and performed by Santiago Solutions Group. More

Consumer confidence in US rises
Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Household confidence improved last week to a four-year high as more Americans said the economy was improving and decided it was a good time to shop. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was minus 36.7 in the period ended March 4, the highest since April 2008, up from minus 38.8 in the prior period. The gauge on the state of the economy reached a one-year high, while the buying-climate measure climbed to a level last exceeded in December 2009. More

What is content marketing?
AdAge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Content marketing differs from advertising in two fundamental ways. First, content resides on owned or earned media. If there's a media buy involved, it's advertising, not content marketing. Second, content marketing is a pull, rather than a push, strategy. Content doesn't interrupt, it attracts. And it is attracting advertisers in droves. More

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Ahold USA names EVP, human resources
Progressive Grocer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ahold USA has appointed Kathy Russello EVP of human resources. Reporting to Carl Schlicker, COO of Carlisle, Pa.-based Ahold USA, Russello will oversee the company's HR support function and foster a culture of people development and growth. More

Colgate announces dividend increase, elects Google exec to board
Drug Store News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Colgate-Palmolive announced recently that its board of directors increased the ongoing quarterly common stock cash dividend by 7 percent. Separately, the company also announced that Nikesh Arora, SVP and chief business officer of Google, has been elected to its board. More

Delhaize names Jansson Chairman, Bouchut CFO
Supermarket News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Delhaize Group said recently that Mats Jansson will be the new chairman of the board of the food retailer, whose U.S. holdings include the Food Lion, Hannaford Bros. and Sweetbay chains. In addition, Delhaize has hired Carrefour veteran Pierre Bouchut as chief financial officer, effective March 19. More

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