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3 Tips for Small-Business Owners Competing With Chains

When you run a small business that competes with national chains, it's not enough to be locally owned. That might get the people in your community to stop by and wish you luck. But in most cases, it won't be enough to win sustainable business.

Secure Payments Partnership formed by leading retail associations

A group of retail and payments industry leaders — including the Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association — today announced the formation of the Secure Payments Partnership (SPP), a partnership created to promote security across the payments system. According to the new organization, SPP marks the first time these interests representing diverse parts of the payments system have joined forces to address the ongoing battle against payment fraud and devise improvements for the U.S. card payment system.

Many Americans unconvinced about buying groceries online

For most U.S. consumers, it will take a big change in shopping behaviors and attitudes to shift their grocery purchases online, according to a new study by Morning Consult. Of 2,000 U.S. adults polled, 67% have never purchased packaged food or beverage products online, the e-survey and market research firm said in its “Consumer Insights On The Food and Beverage Industry” report. Meanwhile, 65% of those who have never bought groceries online indicated that they have no interest in doing so in the future.

4 Behavioral Declines Set to Disrupt Grocery in 20 Years

Growing up in Hawaii, one realizes quickly that swimming in a pool is vastly different from swimming in the ocean. In a pool, a pretty good swimmer can go wherever they want and doesn’t worry about much except for the other swimmers getting in the way. In the ocean, however, a pretty good swimmer has little choice but to go where the ocean current wants and has many things to worry about.

How Grocery Retailers Build Top-Shelf Reputations

A closer look at what Harris Poll's leaders are doing so well By Bryan Roberts
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