Melaina Juntti

NFM Weigh in succession planning
What are the key aspects of succession planning?
Handing off your business is a scary thought, as is losing your rock-star general manager. A retailer, a consultant and a store owner share their best tips for fewer headaches during staff and ownership transitions.
For this health food store, 'our most educated customer is our best customer'
Its constantly shifting customer base makes education a priority for Fayetteville, North Carolina-based Apple Crate. Owner Brenda Harris shares how the store to is helping improve health for all.
What are the best ways for retailers to engage in food and supplement politics?
Whether it’s securing access to supplements or fighting for the right to know what’s in our food, here are nine nuggets of advice for engaging.
How can retailers make promotions more profitable?
A distributor, a retailer and a promotions manager offer tips for making the most of your promotions.
Mark Squire: Organic visionary, non-GMO pioneer, retail revolutionary
The owner of Good Earth Natural Foods, one of three stores that began the Non-GMO Project, says retailers "can be leaders on any number of other important food issues."
Meet Robynn Shrader, the champion of co-ops 1
Explore the power of association and the industry's future with National Co-op Grocers CEO and natural products industry veteran Robynn Shrader.
How can retailers better manage out-of-stocks?
Empty store shelves can sabotage sales, ding retailers’ cred and threaten customer loyalty. Three retail experts offer advice.
9 ways to increase basket size
Great business growth at natural foods retailing happens incrementally—one product, one basket at a time. We tapped three experts to offer tactics you can use to increase basket size day in and day out.
Mixed signals in South Africa 

In South Africa, change is quick and constant. Much of that change has been for the good—few  nations could have overhauled racial relations so completely—but any nations can stumble. In the case of supplements, South Africa stumbled hard.

“Our legislative and regulatory framework is a mess,” says Norman Fels, chairman of the Health Products Association of Southern Africa (HPA). “If enforced, it will signal the demise of many small and medium-size companies in our industry.”

Angie O’Pry Blades: Partnership key to independent natural retail success
Grassroots approach and manufacturer commitment to natural help Fiesta Nutrition Center stand up to the competition.
9 tips for making your private label a success 4
With store-brand acceptance among consumers at an all-time high, you already have a captive customer base. Now go forth and wow them with your own-brand products.
What processes or programs can retailers implement to reduce wasted food?
As a retailer committed to keeping people and the planet healthy, you’re already making solid efforts to avoid wasting food in-store. But is there even more you can do? Probably. Here are nine expert tips.
Bringing natural & organic to the Bahamas
Angela Lightbourn, marketing coordinator at the island's first natural products store, Fresh Market, is helping improve health and well-being in her homeland.
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