Reading a crystal ball can be difficult but PLMA's Year-End/Year-Ahead Panel does its best to evaluate 2018 and sees what's ahead for the coming year. Join moderator Tim Simmons and panelists Jim Hertel of Inmar Analytics, Don Stuart of Cadent Consulting Group, Becky Schilling, editor-in-chief of Supermarket News, and Todd Hale, formerly with Nielsen, as they seek answers to questions like: Can retail investment in technology pay off? Can the private label industry handle innovation? Click here for video.
Bugging Out Over Insect ProteinsLocusts, ants and mealworms are just a few of the insects increasingly being mentioned as alternatives to traditional proteins. Dr. Kantha Shelke reports how the ethical, sustainable, and health credentials of insects may now outweigh the “ick” factor.
Click and Collect Gains TractionBOPIS stands for Buy Online-Pick Up In Store and it is emerging as a key element in retailing’s strategy of balancing bricks-and-mortar and online. Roy White reports that consumers seem to like this option as well.
Weighing the Impact of Food WasteAn estimated 160 billion pounds of food goes uneaten in the U.S. every year. Most waste occurs in the home, though all segments of the supply chain share responsibility. Veronica Carvalho explains potential remedies include standardized date labeling and better inventory management.
Beauty Care's New FacePrivate label beauty sales are on the rise as stores add boutique-style merchandising, in-house expertise, and new products like fragrance libraries. Maureen Donoghue details how retailers are freshening up a category already worth $16 billion.
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