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A real butcher can do so much more than cut a steak.

In a recent conversation with a member of the “Help Save The Butcher” program a retailer asked me if I thought he could cut back on the number of Butchers he was using.  His meat department’s volume fluctuated during the month and he felt that there were times when there wasn’t enough work to justify the number of butchers that he employed; he felt he was “leaving money on the table”.  After several questions about his operation I believe my answer was something different then what he…


Added by Robert A. Buonomano on January 8, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Progressive Grocer Independent/NGA/CART Survey on Technology and the Independent Grocer

Progressive Grocer, the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART), and National Grocers Association (NGA) are seeking to understand the use of technology by independent retailers and the associated challenges. Because technology has become pervasive in all areas of retail we will be doing two surveys. The first is focused on the use of technology related to marketing and digital shopper engagement. The second survey, which will be conducted in several months, will address in-store…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on November 18, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

Cast Your Vote for Progressive Grocer's 2014 Outstanding Independents Awards

Each year, Progressive Grocer Independent recognizes independent grocers for excellence in retailing. Past winners of the PGI Outstanding Independent Awards have demonstrated innovation that sets them apart from chain competitors, through unique marketing and merchandising programs, service-based programs, and operational enhancements.

Each award category will have two winners ― one for single-store operators and one for multi-store operators ― and will be segmented into categories…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on October 30, 2013 at 11:28am — No Comments


     When I first started in a little butcher shop as a fifteen year old in my home state of Rhode Island, my mentor who was the owner of the store and my first teacher of this trade, taught me a very profitable lesson. “A butcher that is constantly looking for trim for Hamburg, never has a problem with his gross profit”. Frank had been a butcher for a long time. During that time, his experience taught him that if he was able to use all of the meat trim that he generated during a day and…


Added by Robert A. Buonomano on September 2, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Kudrinko's Continues to Cut Carbon

Thought I'd share a post from our store's website. Happy to report that energy costs are down $4000 so far this year. I'll be heading to the FMI Energy and Store Design conference next month to pick up some more ideas on how cut my costs even further. Hope to see some of you there!

Added by Neil Kudrinko on August 12, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

PG Webcast: Raley’s, Del Monte to Discuss the Connected Consumer

Today’s consumers are well connected digitally. They search online to find the best values, download digital coupons from GPG and retailer sites, shop using mobile apps and share opinions on products and services via Facebook and Twitter. However, each consumer has his or her own preferences in how they engage retailers and brands digitally – some actively engage and welcome messaging while others prefer to be left to their own devices. The challenge in reaching these consumers consists of…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on June 24, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

PG Presents 2013 Top Women in Grocery

Progressive Grocer has named 235 Top Women in Grocery award winners, all of whom will be prominently featured in the leading supermarket industry trade publication’s June 2013…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on June 12, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FMI to Launch 8-Part Webcast Series on Food Retail Trends

Beginning Wednesday, May 15 The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) will launch an eight-session webinar series on topics such as food retailing trends, local food movements and social…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on May 13, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

NGA Archived Webinar: Independent Grocers Economic Impact Study

 NGA Archived Webinar: Independent Grocers Economic Impact Study

Listen by…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on April 29, 2013 at 12:50pm — 1 Comment


Calling all Independent Retailers, what do you think your Butchers need help with?  Many Independent Retailers are asking where the next generations of Butchers are going to come from.  Are retailers looking for a training program that actually teaches the basics on how to cut meat or are they looking for more in-depth help?  Do they feel the butchers need help in merchandising, in presentation, in how to maintain gross profits and cutting tests or is it a blend of these items?  At…


Added by Robert A. Buonomano on April 28, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Consistent & Persistent Effort

     I have had the pleasure of talking to many retailers about the value of running an outstanding meat program in their stores.  I’m always pleased when approached by a fellow retailer who wants to share their stories or ask me questions.  This type of exchange of ideas can give birth to great success stories.  The one thing that these retailers all seem to have in common is that they are willing to lead the charge.  Maybe a better way to put it would be to say they are willing to…


Added by Robert A. Buonomano on April 14, 2013 at 6:58pm — 1 Comment


Just a quick note to say Happy 90th to Geissler's and congratulations to CEO (and IGN member) Jim Nilsson for continuing the brand's reputation for outstanding service!

Click here for a story and slideshow on Geisller's 90th Celebration.

Joe Tarnowski

Added by Joseph Tarnowski on April 8, 2013 at 1:24pm — No Comments

NGA-CART Innovation Center Research Showcases 'Active Listening' As Grocery Best Practice


Mar 27, 2013

Arlington, VA - For grocery retailers, customer service reputation is strengthened by maintaining an every-day practice for…


Added by Brian Numainville on March 29, 2013 at 9:57am — No Comments

AWG Launches Social Media Listening, Engagement Hub

Retailer-owned cooperative Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG) launched a social media monitoring and engagement program to support its independent retailers’ social media efforts.

Called the Customer Connect Center (C³), the program houses trained subject-matter experts who leverage industry-leading technology to provide reporting and engagement services to member retailers. The program is built upon comprehensive monitoring of social media websites and other online content…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on March 29, 2013 at 9:50am — No Comments

Hear Rollin' Oats Market & Cafe COO Discuss the Benefits of Computer-Assisted Ordering (Free PGI Webcast)

Information vs. Instinct:The benefits of Computer-Assisted Ordering

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Time: 2:00 pm ET/1:00 pm CT/11: 00 am PT

Duration: 60 minutes (including…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on March 14, 2013 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

FMI Hosting Series of Pre-Conference Webcasts

FMI is hosting a series of free webcasts for retailers leading up to its FutureConnect conference April 29 in Orlando, including a final webcast on how to make the most of the FutureConnect event.

The webcast schedules and links to registration pages are below:

Leading at the Speed of Trust

Thursday, March 7, 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Find out how to…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on March 5, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments

Communicating at Work

Having the ability to communicate well is one of the most sought-after skills that employers are looking for. It is easy to forget how important something like "talking" can be at work, but it can make a huge difference in the relationships you have at work. Today, we will provide you will some tips to help you develop your communication skills.

1. Pay attention to the non-verbal signals (facial expressions, posture, gestures, etc). Are you slouching or…


Added by Amber Marabella on February 20, 2013 at 11:07am — No Comments

Newport Avenue Market's Debbie Dory Named NGA Woman Grocer of the Year

The National Grocers Association has honored Newport Ave. Market co-owner Debbie Dory with its Woman of the Year Award.

The award was established in 1996 by the Women Grocers of America board to give visible support and recognition to women…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on February 14, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Indy Grocers Rate High in Center Store, Dairy, Frozen: RFG Infographic

According to the 2012 highlights of The Retail Feedback Group’s Connection program, there was a range of satisfaction found among shoppers across various departments and services in the grocery store. The highest satisfaction scores appeared in center store departments – grocery variety & selection and dairy/frozen freshness & variety. On the other hand, prices on non-sale items and restroom cleanliness registered the lowest in satisfaction.

Several actionable opportunities…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on February 4, 2013 at 11:49am — No Comments

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