In the first Grocer Pod of 2020 Sean Kosednar talks with Dr. Megan Konar about “The First Map of America’s Food Supply” Next up is Kim Cates. She tells why every store needs to be offering prepared food in 2020. Finally, VMC’s Dianna Taleck joins to the show to tell everyone about a new Health and Beauty category initiative.
On this month’s episode Sean talks store renovations with Jim and Courtney Brown. They recently finished a renovation of their store in Bixby, OK. Then Cara Mahon and Jennifer Egeland stop by to talk about the Choose Wellness program. Finally, Sean Turner from Swiftly gives some of his 2020 grocery predictions.
On this month’s episode of Grocer Pod, Sean Kosednar talks with José de Jésus from the National Pork Board about a new study on Latinos and Pork. Next is Andre Patenaude from Emerson. Sean and Andre talk about the future of cold storage and what stores should know about upcoming potential regulation changes. Last, Connor Middleton joins Grocer Pod to talk about AWG’s Coinstar program.
This month’s episode features a conversation about pharmacies with Adam Salus. Then Sean Kosednar talks with Anthony Estrada about the international foods aisle. Finally, the show ends with Alex Beggs from Bon Appétit Magazine talking about her dream grocery store.
Grocer Pod is back at the VMC Show this month. First, Stan McClintock from FMS shares the results of their Independent Grocer Survey (1:55). Next, Chess Ag’s Dr. Shaye Lewis talked CBD (12:22). Then we had our second doctor, Dr. Aruna Weerasooriya from Texas AM Prairie View who shared his research on Food as Medicine (26:03). We learned about Scan Based Trading with Karen Sickle from Park City Group. If you want to learn more contact David Dunn. Finally, we were joined by Kelsey Bright from SPINS. Kelsey shared how members can monetize all the data they collect.
In the US 90 million people spend 6 hours and 37 minutes each week listening to podcasts. Almost 40 percent of people between 25 and 54 listen to one podcast a month. That’s a lot of people. In a Word Camp KC 2019 presentation, Brent Bowen of Sparkade gave a presentation about how a podcast can fit into a brand’s marketing plan. Podcasting is easy and cost effective. More importantly, podcasts are another way to to build brand personality and engage with customers. It’s no secret that people buy from people they trust and like. The intimate nature of listening combined with the ease of consumption make podcasts an ideal part of a brand’s marketing mix. Blogs and videos can only be viewed in a few settings. Customers can listen to podcasts any time. This is what is driving their growth in popularity. Audiences develop a closeness with podcasts that they don’t with other mediums. Hearing the host talk directly to them builds trust. That trust is what leads 65 percent of listeners to buy a product they hear about…
On this month’s show we are talking Shelf Stable Juice with Brian Adams (2:53). Followed by Melissa Davis discussing the new look Learning and Development department (8:36). Finally, Jessica Magnussen drops in to talk about the new price changes in DSG, and things members can do to bring down costs and grow sales at the same time (16:10)
This month is all about the Compete magazine. The latest issue dives into digital marketing. Sean sits down with three authors. First up is Lisa Nelson to talk about websites (4:43). Then Morgane Freeman gives a snap shot of Instagram (11:43). Finally, Kurt Kloeblen talks about the issue as a whole and gives five things retailers can do in the digital space (19:59).
We are at the Innovation Showcase this month. The show was great. There was no way to talk to all the amazing vendors. We did talk to Melanie Greben from Conagra Brands about snacking (:54), Pat Hughes from eGrowcery on how to optimize your labor force for online shopping (5:34), Steve Mehmert from T4 Solutions about e-commerce delivery solutions. Finally, we talked to one of the main speakers at the show, Jason Dorsey (26:38). Jason studies generational differences, and how retailers can harness those differences both in terms of sales and workforce management. Apologies for the sound issue on the conversation with Jason, but the information was too good to leave out.
The Innovation Showcase is March 25-27 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, KS. Sean sits down with Kurt Kloeblen to preview the show. Visit awgshowcase.com for more information and to download the app.