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Family Values: Newport Avenue Market owner Rudy Dory preps daughter to take over as ‘head cheerleader’


Rudy Dory, owner and "head cheerleader" of Newport Avenue Market, will be handing the company reins over to daughter Lauren Johnson next year.

By Joseph Tarnowski

Rudy Dory has had a good run.

He has spent…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on June 28, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Budweiser Clydesdales Trot to FMI

The Budweiser Clydesdales, which have embodied the Budweiser brand heritage for over 75 years, made an appearance at the FMI2012 ShowTuesday along with King, the Dalmation, named for the King of Beers.

The team of 6 Clydesdales came all the way from St. Louis, and pulled the famous red, white, and gold Budweiser beer wagon to the entrance of the Dallas Convention…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on May 3, 2012 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Making the Grade

This morning I decided to settle in and review a number of reports that detail consumer attitudes toward the deli departments of a number of chains. I can hear you thinking: what a life of excitement he must lead! But really, I am naturally a very curious person and I was convinced that if I spent some time with this data, I'd come up with some unique insights. After spending the time with the data, I don't know that I found any gold nuggests, but I think you may find the information…


Added by Eric Le Blanc on December 9, 2010 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

Free Mobile Marketing

While everyone is familiar with Twitter, many are unaware of its usefulness as a business tool. It can actually be used as a free mobile marketing system. But to create a successful program requires involvement on both the part of you, the grocer, and your customers.…


Added by Joseph Tarnowski on February 20, 2010 at 7:32pm — 2 Comments

Some Social Media Humor from Dilbert

Added by Joseph Tarnowski on September 14, 2010 at 11:37pm — 3 Comments

Greening the Grocery With Schnucks

Last week, I was part of a media event sponsored by Hussmann at its St. Louis HQ to showcase its latest merchandising solutions, most of which included eco-friendly innovations. Best of all, our group of scribes had the chance to see some of this new equipment in use, at two recently opened St. Louis-area supermarkets.

As temps outside topped out at 100 degrees, it was a treat to spend time with folks who create refrigeration for a living. And despite the urge to crank up the…


Added by Jim Dudlicek on June 28, 2010 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

IGN Members Helping the Community: Brown's Super Stores and Teens4Good Help Develop Local Farms

Brown’s Super Stores, Inc. operates 10 ShopRite supermarkets in the Delaware Valley -- and is a member of retailer-owned cooperative Wakefern. Jeff Brown, a fourth generation Philadelphia grocer, is the founder, President and CEO of the company, which employs more than 2,300 associates.

Brown’s is actively engaged in working with community groups that fight hunger, prevent violence, and help underprivileged youth have a brighter future by preparing them for…

Added by Joseph Tarnowski on July 31, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

[A post from my blog ( Other well-reasoned, insightful, and otherwise captivating posts located there as well.]

I suppose everyone is faniliar with the quote attributed to Mark Twain: there are three kinds of lies--lies, damned lies, and statistics. I wanted to take a moment today to talk about how retailers and suppliers alike get misled by some of the data that is supposed to guide them to informed business decisions.

Among the variety of…


Added by Eric Le Blanc on July 20, 2010 at 2:14pm — 4 Comments

Facebook, the E.W. James & Sons' Way

In response to my disussion about what social media members are using, Steve from E.W. James & Sons sent me the link to the company's Facebook page, and I felt compelled to share it with…

Added by Joseph Tarnowski on February 28, 2010 at 12:41am — No Comments


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