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Ralph Jacobson

Global Consumer Products Industry Marketing Executive
IBM

Well, as a grocery store manager in my distant past, I can tell you that the canning supplies category was always one of the best at collecting dust on its shelves. If mason jars are indeed seeing somewhat of a resurgence in popularity, I would look at exactly what...

For many urban regions of the U.S., a steady improvement of the economic strength in local communities has helped drive movement deeper into more specialty food products versus traditional items. A key aspect of engaging these newer consumers is to create awareness of product assortment and benefits. Education is...

With the explosion of product reviews by consumers here in the U.S., I feel this is one trend that is not really all that different from a cultural perspective between Europeans and Americans. I think there is no reason why this type of store couldn't take hold here. U.S....

Of course this is a good opportunity, however, as online grocery continues a relatively slow adoption, the very premise of online food shopping seems to be the obstacle. As long as online grocery has been around (since approx. 1989!), the U.S. population has not been quick to embrace it....

With the rise in popularity of farmers' markets in the U.S., and the long-time tradition of these markets in growth regions of the world, I believe this is a great idea. If the product is of good quality in taste, but just not in appearance, supermarkets should definitely take...

The U.S. and some other countries have set the tone for over-worked labor forces. While Continental Europeans will riot if their 35-hour workweek and summer holiday vacations are threatened. I do believe a work/life balance is key. However, the challenge comes in retail online and offline stores. There will...

A simple rule that so many merchants have forgotten: "The customer is ALWAYS right." That's right, the goodwill that comes to those organizations that don't hassle customers can be virtually limitless. There are great examples around the world of this. I actually don't think the challenge is language barriers....

Funny. Working in a IT firm, I have found it more challenging to get meetings outside IT, since those line of business execs outside the CIO's office hear my company's name and think, "You need to talk with our CIO." However, I have also found that having a compelling...

I think CPG and retail brands have actually been doing a good job of responding to and even enabling this trend for years. Convenience and prepared food in single-serving packaging has been around for decades. "Grab-n-Go" is nothing new and that whole mantra caters to the lonely consumer. There...

Depending upon the volumes of product transacted at these farmers' market events, local merchants can begin to feel a negative impact. The more innovative merchants are leveraging these farmers' markets as an additional outlet of their stores by having a presence at the markets themselves. I personally feel that...

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