Twenty-four years ago, after many years in the construction business, Don Smith decided to take a leap into the display fixture business. CMS was created on the foundation of superiority and affordability. Starting out in his home office shop, Smith sourced his innovative ideas and quality designs into amazing products. In the early years, CMS became known for its popular 3-tier merchandiser, which provided adjustability and efficiency throughout countless produce departments. Thousands of these merchandisers were sold to supermarkets across the Midwest. As the business grew, Continue reading
It shouldn’t be a big surprise that the millennial generation is making a huge impact on the retail world. This technology savvy group of individuals and their large amounts of ‘followers’ have scaled a diverse approach to grocery shopping. Rather than looking for inexpensive meals such as Top Ramon and Lean Cuisines, they’re taking a more organic and healthier approach by recognizing that fun and fresh are no longer fragmented when it comes to their food. Continue reading
A gluten-free diet is mandatory for people with celiac disease but it also has increasingly become integrated into the daily diet of many health-conscious shoppers. For supermarkets, this means participating in the expansion and incorporation of gluten-free products throughout the store. As a result, retailers everywhere are asking the question, “Should gluten-free products become integrated or segregated?” Continue reading
According to a news article on the Canadian Grocer website, cauliflower is going to be the new kale in 2014 and doughnuts are going to be huge (figuratively, that is). These are just a few of the trends predicted for this new year.
Vegetables will continue their recent hot streak with cauliflower and Swiss chard predicted to be the two trendy new vegies, taking over the mantle from kale. Continue reading
By now, we probably all know someone who has some form of gluten sensitivity or perhaps even has celiac disease, the autoimmune disorder caused when gluten is ingested. But who would have guessed a few short years ago how far-reaching the trend of gluten-free foods would go.
According to Nielsen, the portion of households reporting purchases of gluten-free food products hit 11 percent last year, rising from Continue reading
The numbers related to men grocery shopping, both single men and Dads, continue to rise. More research comes out practically every day related to the significance of this growing trend. Here are just a few factors related to male shopping habits:
- more frequent but quicker trips, with less overall purchases
- often come with prepared lists – but can be influenced by in-store promotions
- men are cooking more – and planning and shopping for family meals
- becoming more aware of the latest health and nutritional research
There are numerous ways to focus your displays to target male shoppers. Continue reading
Last month the New York Times ran a profile on the ever-growing and expanding importance for the perimeter areas of grocery stores. While center-aisle sales are down and remain challenging, many stores are re-thinking their design layout and allocating much more space to outside perimeter areas. As the article states, Continue reading