Category Archives: CPG Industry

Re-posted with permission from Supermarket News | By Craig Rosenblum   No one knows Aldi US better than Jason Hart. He joined the company in 1993 as a management trainee, then ascended to the ranks of president of Aldi US, and most recently, CEO of Aldi US. Today, Hart — a member... View Post
Re-posted with permission from Supermarket News | By Jim Hertel   Slow growth usually results in cost-cutting measures to keep profits rising. But the latest trend in cost cutting seems deeper and more pervasive than at any time in decades, and it’s occurring during a nominal... View Post
Re-posted with permission from Progressive Grocer | By Paul Weitzel Consider this scenario: Your competitor just launched a promo offering an aggressive price point for online purchases. And for even greater savings, they offer a super-aggressive price point if the shopper signs up for their... View Post
The CPG manufacturers’ most strategic growth initiative is often new product introductions. The industry, faced with stagnant sales, is gearing up for an unprecedented number of new item introductions. As illustrated below, new items introductions jumped by 13% in 2013 and double-digit increases... View Post
Competitive Edge is a monthly journal providing actionable insights into the ever-changing world of consumer goods retailing. Topics focus on a variety of challenges currently facing retailers and consumer packaged goods manufacturers including growth strategies, new product launches, pricing,... View Post
Jon Hauptman shares his views on Aldi's growth plan. Re-posted with permission from Chicago's WBEZ, 91.5. The article, originally published on February 4, 2014, was written by Monica Eng. When Whole Foods promises a new store in impoverished Englewood and Aldi thrives in posh Lincoln Park,... View Post
BMO Webinar Recap featuring Jim Hertel Special thanks to guest blogger, Michael Fordney. BMO Financial Group hosted a webinar Jan. 28 on the state of the grocery industry. I had the honor of moderating the discussion with our two featured speakers about grocery industry trends and financial... View Post