Crying wolf on sequester or simply crying? - The Packer

Crying wolf on sequester or simply crying?

03/08/2013 09:57:00 AM
Tom Karst

One reader advised, “The better merchandising retailers focus attention on the display throughout the day. Putting out what sells on a timely basis instead of piling it up high is better for the product and quality for the consumer. Take a look at the attention that someone like Wegman’s gives at each item on display throughout the day.”

Sure, Wegman’s is a high bar, but readers think Wal-Mart can be better. Like I said, the market research is on me, Wal-Mart.

Another nifty Web tool I found this week is the USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas. Plug in your address and you can see whether you live in a food desert or food oasis.

And, of course, follow me on Twitter @tckarst and check out The Packer’s new social site, The Packer Market.

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Check out the new USDA’s series on the distribution of the Food Dollar. In 2011, the farm share of the food-at-home dollar was 22.9 cents, while the market share was 77.1 cents.

Retailers can’t be accused of taking ever-larger margins from growers, however.

Compared with a high of 24.8 cents six years ago, the retail share of the at-home food dollar shrunk to 21.4 cents in 2011, the lowest point since 1993. Maybe we can at least credit Wal-Mart for lower retail margins?

tkarst@thepacker.com

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