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It's a pleasure to introduce our latest feature in our Follow My Path blog series: @Jewel Hunt ! Jewel is the Group Vice President of E-Commerce at Albertsons Companies and she serves ​on multiple IDDBA committees and is our past chairwoman. Thank you Jewel for sharing your career journey with the IDDBA Community! Read her path below. 1. Describe your journey that brought you to your current position. My current role is working with a great team at Albertsons Companies, where I am the Group Vice President of E-commerce (Division Operations). I began my career journey 39 years ago as a part-time bakery clerk and checker. I advanced to become a cake ...
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COVID-19 has had a historic and instant impact on the global grocery retailing landscape. IDDBA’s What’s in Store is being updated for the third time this year with insights on COVID-19’s impact on the grocery industry including a view of altered consumer behavior, e-commerce insights, and the latest sales data for the latest 52 weeks ending September 6, 2020 and latest 13 weeks ending September 6, 2020 all this and MORE. The COVID-19 pandemic is spurring an unprecedented acceleration in technological development in the grocery industry. Many grocery brands are establishing direct-to-consumer (DTC) purchasing by selling products directly to their customers ...
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I am delighted to share our next Follow My Path blog that features @Dotty VanderMolen , who is the Midwest Director at Advantage Fresh. Dotty serves ​on the IDDBA Board of Directors and the Deli Advisory Committee. Thank you Dotty for sharing your career journey with the industry, it's a pleasure to share your story! Describe your journey that brought you to your current position. My journey in the Industry and my current position has been a long one. I started working in the first Kroger Deli in Grand Rapids, MI.  I then got the position of Deli Manger at the same store. When Kroger left the Grand Rapids area I had an offer to work for a food broker.  ...
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Once unknown, the phrase "social distancing" has become ubiquitous in the past few months, as coronavirus concerns have made physically distancing a well-understood part of a strategy for public health and safety. Inevitably changes in social behavior have huge impacts on the grocery world and they also drive the potential for opportunity. With "the unprecedented" come shifts that can be taken advantage of with new technology or new ways of thinking. Some of these shifts can be simple improvement on technology we're already very used to. Digital loyalty programs are nothing new, but integration with mobile apps is a simple expansion that makes sense under current ...
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On July 30 th , we participated in the second in series of webinars with PMA (Produce Marketing Association). This webinar featured a panel of 5 retailers discussing the innovations and incredible work and commitment their companies have undergone in the past four months to support their communities and maintain operations. The webinar was great on many levels addressing numerous complexities and I highly recommend checking it out in the webinar library here . With continued uncertainty in some many parts of retail operations, one of the things I enjoyed the most from the panel was their diverse viewpoints on where we are going and how we are going to ...
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On one level, I feel confidently that self-service is top of mind for retailers right now as it is the number one question in my inbox. Most of the emails can be summed up with- “Hey Angela, I really want to get back to my self-service donut case. Tell me someone else is braving it.” Well, I would love to, but I cannot. We are seeing service cases start operation again at many stores, but so far nothing definitive or near consensus on self-service bakery cases, salad bars or hot food bars. I have read articles assuming that they are over forever, our ed team has spoken to case companies that are prepared with kits to transition the fixturing and have started ...
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This week's Follow My Path blog features Vice President of Deli Bakery and Prepared Foods, @Voni Woods , of Giant Eagle, Inc.! Voni is an active IDDBA member and serves on multiple committees. It is a pleasure to share her journey throughout the industry and her personal experiences. Follow Voni Woods' path below!  1. Describe your journey that brought you to your current position. It’s been a long but simple journey!  I’ve been a merchant, a buyer and seller of fresh food my entire career.  Lots of stops along the way to learn something new and add to my portfolio of successes. The path from Team Member for 1 year and then Deli Manager for the ...
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As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping our industry and how we go about doing business. From the aisles to our offices, we are seeing the impact that this virus is inflicting. As an industry resource for our members and community, IDDBA wants each one of you to know that we are here and ready to support your business throughout these unprecedented times. Whether it’s helping our members stay up to date with the current trends and shifting industry landscape, or offering an online platform to help everyone stay connected, we are ready to arm you with tools to help buffer the COVID-19 blows. Speaking of resources, have you heard of the IDDBA Career ...
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We know that the COVID-19 virus has been top of mind and impacting the industry in numerous ways. We see new information in the news daily. Grocers are ramping up and streamlining hiring to keep pace with demand caused by coronavirus restrictions causing a supply issue for foodservice distributors and manufacturers. Consumers are exhibiting unique shopping behavior as well, and in some areas shelves are empty of key items including some fresh food items. The best way to keep alert is to turn to data. By recording, analyzing, and utilizing data we can recognize consumer patterns and behaviors to better meet their needs. IRI Marketing has shared reports with ...
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That’s right, extra What’s in Store content. The annual What’s in Store Trends Report is not just annual anymore. For the first time we’re offering updated content quarterly. On March 4th you’ll have new and updated data added to your edition of What’s in Store 2020. With our quarterly updates we are excited for our What’s in Store users to receive cutting edge trends, data, and research. There is a guide to the update incorporated in What's in Store to help you navigate the new data; the guide is also available for download by clicking here .  Every day we see new fads in the news, notice altering consumer habits, and experience innovation ...
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Attracting new talent. The future of our industry. We’ve all heard the phrases throughout the workplace around finding and keeping the right hire. With this in mind, we are faced with the question: how do we solve this need? It’s with great pride to share a light at the end of this tunnel. While IDDBA supports our members through scholarships, grants, and programs, there’s one in particular that intimately works with the next generation of industry leaders. Fresh Careers. Our Fresh Careers program is built around a hands-on, mentoring philosophy that runs in conjunction with IDDBA’s annual tradeshow. It’s a program that helps university students network ...
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Happy new year! For the education team at the IDDBA with the new year comes our annual biggest challenge. In just a few short days, the planning meetings for What’s in Store Live will begin and with the meetings comes the challenge. Challenge, you ask? Well, maybe that is a strong word. Allow me to back up. What’s in Store Live is a big project- for IDDBA 2020 , we have 25,000 square feet of show floor with which to execute a compelling area of forward-thinking merchandising. Our stated long-term goal is to showcase multiple ideas and concepts that retailers can leverage to increase basket size and grow sales in their departments. Often this is tactical, ...
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First off, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year! As we enter 2020 let us not forget to celebrate the achievements of 2019. There’s no doubt in my mind that we all worked hard, persevered, and most importantly, we grew. I say, with confidence, that IDDBA is ready to embark on 2020 initiatives that will bring new opportunities and growth to our members. We have many things to anticipate about 2020. For starters our IDDBA community will be meeting in Indianapolis for IDDBA 2020 . This will be the first year we bring our show to Indy, and we are excited as ever. Not only are we launching the new show floor area, The Visionary Pavilion , but Indianapolis ...
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This week's Follow My Path blog post features IDDBA's Education ​Director @Angela Bozo ! Angela shares the various experiences she has encountered as she maneuvered through the food industry. Read below to follow her path!  1. Describe your journey that brought you to your current position. I grew up in the restaurant business, so work and food have always been tied in my mind. Due to some familial circumstance, I ended up in Dallas, TX after college and was hired as a Foodie for Central Market. This job cultivated my passion for grocery and helping people shop. It did not, however, make me want to stay in Texas and so when I was able to move, I chose ...
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At IDDBA we believe the best way to not just survive, but to thrive is to adopt a philosophy and vision. This philosophy can be summed up by several pillars we call  "Our Influencers” . One of these influencers is technology because as our President, Mike Eardley, says, “through technology, shoppers' lives are changing at an ever-increasing pace. Technology marches on and failing to march onwards with it is a sure way to be left behind…Information is a central facet to this change.” To keep pace with the rest of the world, IDDBA has transformed the 34 th edition of What’s in Store to be a digital resource for our members. We’ve heard your comments ...
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It is an honor to introduce our new chairman of the board @Gaetano Auricchio ! Gaetano is the Executive Vice President of BelGioioso Cheese, Inc. where cheese recipes have been passed down from generation to generation all the way from Italy to America. BelGioioso has been a member company of IDDBA for 36 years. They have been an active exhibitor throughout this time at our tradeshows and a sponsor to our What’s in Store Live program. We are thrilled to have Gaetano help lead our association during this upcoming year. Hearing his background and learning about his experiences has been a treat. Below Gaetano answered some questions to share his story that has ...
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Where can you find over 10,000 dairy, deli, and bakery professionals under one roof swapping ideas, inspiration, and innovation? The same place where you can witness over 800 companies exhibiting their products: the IDDBA tradeshow. Our tradeshow has built a distinguished reputation over the years. With this reputation comes pride and responsibility. Pride, because of the success and growth that we’ve seen over the last 55 years of being an association that serves the dairy, deli, bakery, and foodservice industry 365 days. Alongside our pride is the responsibility to deliver what we promise to our members and show attendees. It is IDDBA’s responsibility to ...
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This weeks Follow My Path features @Karri Zwirlein , Director of Bakery, Deli, & Prepared Foods at Tops Markets! Karri is an active leader in the industry as well as IDDBA. I'm excited to introduce Karri and share her career path with you all. 1. In two sentences, sum up how you got to where you are professionally.  I believe I am where I am today because I’ve had the opportunity to be surrounded by great advisors, mentors, who have helped me focus on my path and overcome the obstacles that come my way. 2. What is your guilty food pleasure? I would have to say…Ice Cream. 3. How long have you been at your current role? I have been the Director ...
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Depending on where you are it might seem this is a wee bit late for Back to School (BTS).  My southern friends and family have already started back. School supplies bought, schedules adjusted, rush hour traffic relived, and it seems as though there are more things to do than there is time in the day. Here in the Midwest we are gearing up for that “storm” to hit next week and this mom is not ready so I will spend my long weekend trying to get ready. Maybe it is a sigh of relief to say all that…now onto the real message. BTS season brings about cooler weather (hang on some of you it will happen), football, and oh my goodness a focus on holiday selling seasons ...
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