Crying wolf on sequester or simply crying?

03/08/2013 10:55:00 AM
Tom Karst

“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 http://1.usa.gov/YEz8nW 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 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, perhaps?


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