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George Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, RetailWire
George Anderson has extensive executive-level experience in editorial, marketing and sales in the advertising, retail/wholesale and print, video and digital media industries. Mr. Anderson has served as the editorial voice of RetailWire since the site's founding in 2002 and has been interviewed by a wide variety of media outlets including the Charlotte Observer, Providence Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, Wall Street Journal Radio and others. Previously, Mr. Anderson served as president and creative director of the IdeaBeat Creative division of IdeaBeat.com. His duties included creating Online Profit Guides and Company Spotlights recognized as "Best of the Net" by About.com for a blue-chip list of consumer goods manufacturers and technology companies. Before joining IdeaBeat, Mr. Anderson created a successful sales and marketing communications and custom publishing company called Not Your Average Agency. Mr. Anderson's experience includes eight years with Progressive Grocer Associates/Maclean Hunter Media, where he held a variety of marketing services and sales management roles. His assignments included work in the company's four divisions including Progressive Grocer, Frozen Food Age, Retail Technology, and Retail Insights (Supermarket Insights and Convenience Store Insights video division.) For editorial inquiries, please contact George at: RetailWire 116 South Union Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016 908-325-2499
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  • Posted on: 02/22/2021

    Do grocers need to get better at planning for weather-related disasters?

    Both, I think. ;o)
  • Posted on: 02/22/2021

    Do grocers need to get better at planning for weather-related disasters?

    I don't believe your assertion that no such similar weather event has happened in living memory in Texas is correct, but don't take my word for it. You can check out the National Weather Service, which breaks out "significant snow fall events" by regions within the state. Here's the one for North Texas. To Gene's earlier point, he's absolutely right that different places are better equipped than others to deal with unusual events such as a snowstorm in Texas. The reality, however, is that some places that have historically been able to deal with the rarity of such events are finding them increasing in frequency. The primary responsibility, in this case, lies entirely with the state's elected officials and the power providers. That said, essential businesses that Texans depend on for their health need to be prepared.
  • Posted on: 02/22/2021

    Do grocers need to get better at planning for weather-related disasters?

    I don't think anyone would seriously argue that the state government and the largely unregulated utilities in Texas need to do better. That doesn't change the equation for retailers who if the above were true would still be reliant on parties other than themselves to protect against foreseeable events.
  • Posted on: 02/22/2021

    Should suppliers help fund retailers’ omnichannel investments?

    Slotting fees by any name are just that. EDLP retailers that have eschewed upfront fees to focus on driving top line sales have consistently outpaced Hi-Lo operators for years. This seems like it could be a short-term fix and just another incentive for brands to develop their own direct-to-consumer businesses.
  • Posted on: 02/22/2021

    Do grocers need to get better at planning for weather-related disasters?

    While I see what you're saying about extraordinary events, this is the third time since 1999 (so about once every 10 years) that Texas has one of this extraordinary winter events. Climate change data suggests that weather occurrences such as this are more, not less, likely to happen going forward.
  • Posted on: 02/08/2021

    Who won this year’s Super Bowl ad contest?

    As a fellow Garden Stater, I too am oath bound to support the Boss in all things. That said, I'm never going to get used to seeing him wear a cowboy hat even though I know that there are plenty of people in New Jersey's horse country and rural counties that wear them everyday. As a Packer fan going back to Vince Lombardi's teams, the State Farm spot just made me sad even though it probably was pretty funny.
  • Posted on: 02/04/2021

    Is Kroger justified in closing stores over a hero pay ordinance?

    Kroger's opposition to the ordinance is based on facts that demonstrate the inconsistencies/deficiencies of the Long Beach ordinance. The real question is how it will play in the court of public opinion. Perception, as we all know, is often a replacement for reality. That doesn't seem as though it will play well for Kroger in this instance although I could be wrong. Closing stores in any community that is largely lower income and populated by minorities is not a great look for a retail brand at this time (there's that perception thing again). I hope A) that something can be worked out so members of those areas will still have good options for getting their groceries and B) that Kroger finds a way to address its grievance with the local government without talking past its customers in this case. There's no doubt that store associates will be losers as these locations shut. The stores' customers will be right there with them.
  • Posted on: 01/28/2021

    Will vaccine reluctant Americans slow the retail comeback from COVID-19?

    While anecdotal information may provide qualitative insights, it should never be substituted for or be given more weight based on quantitative findings - AKA facts.
  • Posted on: 01/19/2021

    Should store associates deliver online orders?

    Sounds like a great idea if, as others have pointed out, it makes financial sense for the associates and the retailer. I do wonder, however, how many online orders are placed where a level of personal service is required upon delivery. I have rarely even known a delivery was being made in the past without hearing the dog bark or the bell ring. I'm perfectly happy to have Alexa tell me a package is here and go out to the front porch to retrieve it. Will Zumiez and others be happy to have an associate spend 15 minutes or more on the clock talking with customers or will the associates be looking at their smartwatches trying to move along to the next delivery?
  • Posted on: 01/14/2021

    Is Amazon on its way to becoming America’s favorite grocer?

    Amazon is certainly aware of the percentage breakout of shoppers by store and online. You don't have to look any further than the Whole Foods acquisition and the origination and expansion of the Amazon Fresh conventional supermarket concept for proof.
  • Posted on: 01/14/2021

    Is Amazon on its way to becoming America’s favorite grocer?

    It was interesting looking at the numbers and comparing them to my own personal experience. Here in our New Jersey home Amazon/Whole Foods (produce and supplements), ShopRite (conventional groceries), Trader Joe's (unique food finds) and Target (conventional groceries and non-foods) have been the top four recipients of our expenditures going back to March.
  • Posted on: 01/14/2021

    Is Amazon on its way to becoming America’s favorite grocer?

    One of the interesting findings of the dunnhumby research is that Trader Joe's remains in the top three retailers while continuing to only offer in-store as an option to shop.
  • Posted on: 01/13/2021

    Walmart to deliver groceries to temp-controlled smart boxes at customers’ homes

    I loved Streamline and was sorry to see them go. It was nice of them to leave the refrigerator behind.
  • Posted on: 01/08/2021

    Shopify dumps Trump’s stores from its platform

    Agree on both points. Facebook and other social media channels also needed to do the same.
  • Posted on: 01/08/2021

    Shopify dumps Trump’s stores from its platform

    Research from Morning Consult finds that 63 percent of voters (85 percent of Democrats and around 40 percent of Republicans) blame President Trump for the events of Wednesday. Fifty percent say they have a more favorable view of companies that have condemned Mr. Trump's actions and 43 percent are more likely to buy from them as a result. The research also found that 38 percent of Republicans would have a more favorable view of brands denouncing those involved in the riot. Another 30 percent of GOP voters said it wouldn't have an effect one way or the other. All of the above suggests that there are clear business implications for companies that choose to say or do something or not. It's up to our expert panelists, such as yourself Bob, to weigh in on the relative pros and cons of such actions.

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