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Monday, August 31, 2015

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A Scheduling Note From The Content Guy

As is my custom at this time of year, I'm taking the week before Labor Day off ... though I promise that Michael Sansolo and I are monitoring the news in case any major stories occur. (Like anything to do with Haggen...)

MNB will be on hiatus until Tuesday, September 8, when we'll return with all new stories and commentaries. Between now and then, the MNB archives will, of course, be open. And, I may post the occasional note or picture on Facebook if the spirit moves me … You can keep up with me here.

Thanks, as always, for your patience … I hope you enjoy the last few days of summer.

Slàinte!

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From MyWebGrocer...

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Register Now for the Shopper Marketing Conference & Expo


Visit www.ShopperMarketExpo.com for a complete list of speakers, exhibitors and the full conference agenda. Register today to reserve your spot!

The Shopper Marketing Conference & Expo is the world’s largest gathering of shopper and retail marketing professionals, and is an official event of the Path to Purchase Institute.

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New from Kellogg. Special K® Medley Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches

Kellogg brings frozen breakfast sales to life with two new Special K® Medley Flatbread Breakfast Sandwiches. Each brings new flavors and ingredients shoppers have been looking for, including spinach-infused eggs or crisp bacon combined with tasty cheese between bagel flatbread made with whole grain. 

See more at centerstoregrowth.com.

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From ReposiTrak...


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There's Good News, And More Good News



From MNB, May 29, 2015:

USA Today reports this morning that "companies are scrambling to hold on to workers amid a tightening labor market and higher turnover, doling out bigger raises, expanding benefits and providing more training and other perks ... The U.S. unemployment rate last month fell from 5.5% to a near normal 5.4%, helping shift the labor market's balance of power to employees. In March, 2.8 million workers quit their jobs, largely to take other positions, the most since April 2008.

"Companies are responding. Wages, salaries and benefits jumped 2.6% in the first quarter, the most since 2008, according to Labor's Employment Cost Index."


This is just the beginning...and it is both good news and good news. It means that there is competition for great jobs at great companies, and that great people can find great opportunities. But they can't do it alone.

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It's time to get to work.

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From the National Grocers Association (NGA)...

The Financial Management & Technology Conference is a highly interactive educational program uniquely tailored to independent grocers to help improve financial status, better utilize technology solutions and position your company for growth. Developed in conjunction with FMS Solutions, this conference will gather independent operators from across the country to provide industry-best practices, review case studies, share practical ideas to grow their business and participate in panel discussions with industry leaders.

Speakers include Andreas Schulmeyer, former SVP/CFO-Global Ecommerce, Walmart, and Ken Esch, Private Company Services, PwC.




Click here for more information and to register!

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Happy With Your Digital Marketing?


Webstop provides comprehensive grocery websites with advanced integration of mobile features, digital coupons and other award winning marketing tools for grocers. To talk to us, call 727.942.2797 or just email shawn@webstop.com

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The Reviews Keep Coming In...

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- John M. Dumais, president/CEO, New Hampshire Grocers Association

"Kevin is an engaging speaker who really brought the content to life.  He customized his program to meet our needs to ensure our event was a success!"
- Kim Richardson-Roach, Network of Executive Women (NEW), New England Region

"The response to this session was overwhelmingly positive. The audience appreciated the lively and enlightening exchange between the moderator and panelists ... the spark you added to the panel as moderator contributed to the flame of excitement this event engendered ... Thank you for helping ground the material in a reality readily recognized ..." - Leslie G. Sarasin, President/CEO, Food Marketing Institute (FMI)

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