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March is National Frozen Food Month

March is National Frozen Food Month in the U.S. Promoted by National, Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association Inc (NFRA), this year’s theme is ‘Savor the taste of real food… just frozen’.
11 March, 2019

Data insight: don’t be data rich but knowledge poor

With the evolution of online trading, social media and other digital transformations, there is plenty written about the fact that “data is the new oil” – all helping to fuel this current evolution. Some would even say it’s a revolution.
06 March, 2019

What breakfast drinks can teach us about product innovation for own brands

They say that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, and in my life that is so true. After a good eight hours sleep (partner’s snoring permitting), it is important to refuel and re-energise yourself by starting your day with sufficient...
27 February, 2019

When performance is measured, performance improves

Most people recognise the maxim from their business life, but the concept pervades our personal lives too. Consider the Apple Watch and Health app; how many iPhone users have not checked the ‘health app’ to see their step count at least once? Some...
20 February, 2019

Being vegetarian in 2019: quorn is still king in UK supermarkets

With Veganuary 2019 now at a close, it’s been interesting to follow and try out some of the meat alternatives taking our society by storm.
13 February, 2019

Did you shop at Lidl this Christmas?

With the Christmas trading results all in, Kieran Forsey takes a look at the learnings for private brands and where to focus in 2019.
06 February, 2019

Time to stop the pop? Retailers should strive to make all their own brand packaging easily recyclable.

With the furore around packaging waste in the UK seemingly reaching fever pitch, consumers and the press are increasingly protesting, boycotting and calling-out product packaging which is deemed bad for the environment.
30 January, 2019

Building supplier engagement through helpdesks and support

At S4RB we often talk about the three pillars of supplier engagement: Communication Support Transparency But how do you get from this list of words to the end result of actually engaging with your suppliers?
24 January, 2019

How many people does it take to implement a PLM?

The question may not be as pithy as a pending bar room joke, but in discussion with an own brand retailer, we recently found ourselves having this very discussion.
16 January, 2019

Is supplier engagement a nice to have?

Regular readers will know that we are huge exponents of retail own brand teams working with their store brand suppliers as ‘one team’- and meaning it (as opposed to just talking to it).
09 January, 2019
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