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January Question: Which trade show will be your biggest buying opportunity in Q1?

 
Atlanta Gift - 27.27% (12 votes)
 
Winter FFS - 20.45% (9 votes)
 
Dallas Market - 31.82% (14 votes)
 
NY Now - 0% (0 votes)
 
IH+HS - 4.55% (2 votes)
 
Expo West - 9.09% (4 votes)
 
Other - 6.82% (3 votes)
Total Votes: 44


December Question: What's the most popular price point for holiday gifts?

 
Under $10 - 10% (9 votes)
 
$11-$25 - 34.44% (31 votes)
 
$50+ - 18.89% (17 votes)
 
$26-$49 - 28.89% (26 votes)
 
$100+ - 7.78% (7 votes)
Total Votes: 90


December Question: What is your greatest concern as we head into 2013?

 
Economy - 50% (5 votes)
 
Cost of goods - 20% (2 votes)
 
Increasing competition - 10% (1 vote)
 
Finding & training staff - 0% (0 votes)
 
Government regulations - 20% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 10


November Question: If you could use only one marketing tool, it would be:

 
Store newsletter - 22.22% (2 votes)
 
Social media - 0% (0 votes)
 
E-mail marketing - 33.33% (3 votes)
 
Text messaging - 0% (0 votes)
 
Events - 44.44% (4 votes)
Total Votes: 9


October Question: Are you targeting Gen Y/ Millennials with your marketing?

 
Yes - 53.33% (8 votes)
 
No - 46.67% (7 votes)
 
Unsure - 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 15


September Question: Do you expect the recent Stanford University study (which concluded organics were no more nutritious than their conventionally-produced equivalents) to negatively impact sales of your organic products?

 
Yes - 27.27% (3 votes)
 
No - 54.55% (6 votes)
 
Uncertain - 18.18% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 11


August Question: Are you planning to remodel an existing store or open a new location within the next year?

 
Yes - 58.33% (7 votes)
 
No - 33.33% (4 votes)
 
Unsure - 8.33% (1 vote)
Total Votes: 12


June Question: Will you spend more on online/mobile marketing this year?

 
Yes - 0% (0 votes)
 
No - 0% (0 votes)
 
The same - 0% (0 votes)
 
We don't do online marketing. - 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 0


March Question: Are you planning to hire additional staff?

 
Yes - 56.25% (9 votes)
 
Maybe - 18.75% (3 votes)
 
No - 25% (4 votes)
Total Votes: 16


January Question: In the coming year, our biggest potential growth category is:

 
Condiments & Sauces - 21.05% (8 votes)
 
Deli & Cheese - 18.42% (7 votes)
 
GMO-free - 15.79% (6 votes)
 
Kitchenware - 10.53% (4 votes)
 
Local - 13.16% (5 votes)
 
Prepared Foods - 18.42% (7 votes)
 
Tabletop - 2.63% (1 vote)
Total Votes: 38


October Question: How many seasonal employees will you hire (at each of your locations)?

 
Less than 5 - 29.41% (5 votes)
 
Five - 10 - 5.88% (1 vote)
 
11 or more - 5.88% (1 vote)
 
None - 58.82% (10 votes)
Total Votes: 17


September Question: What are you planning to tout most heavily for the holiday season?

 
Custom Gift Baskets - 16.13% (5 votes)
 
Gadgets & Kitchenware - 22.58% (7 votes)
 
Gift Cards - 6.45% (2 votes)
 
Specialty Food - 35.48% (11 votes)
 
Wine & Accessories - 9.68% (3 votes)
 
Catering - 0% (0 votes)
 
Unsure - 9.68% (3 votes)
Total Votes: 31


August Question: Which of the following are you using the most to promote your business in Q4?

 
Advertising - 21.74% (5 votes)
 
Email - 0% (0 votes)
 
Newsletters - 8.70% (2 votes)
 
Public Relations - 8.70% (2 votes)
 
Social Media - 60.87% (14 votes)
Total Votes: 23


April Question: What do you believe is the biggest government regulatory and legislative issue facing the gourmet retail industry today?

 
Efforts to delay or repeal swipe fee reform - 18.18% (4 votes)
 
Food safety - 18.18% (4 votes)
 
Health care - 4.55% (1 vote)
 
Government deficit spending - 27.27% (6 votes)
 
Internet sales tax - 22.73% (5 votes)
 
Other - 9.09% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 22


March Question: Which tradeshows have you attended in the first quarter?

 
Fancy Food Show - 47.44% (37 votes)
 
AmericasMart - 12.82% (10 votes)
 
International Home + Housewares Show - 23.08% (18 votes)
 
Natural Products Expo West - 16.67% (13 votes)
Total Votes: 78


November Question: Will you participate in the Small Business Saturday Promotion that aims to increase traffic at independent retail stores the Saturday after Thanksgiving?

 
Yes - 86.67% (13 votes)
 
No - 13.33% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 15


September Question: In the past year, has retail theft:

 
Increased - 72.73% (8 votes)
 
Stayed the same - 27.27% (3 votes)
 
Decreased - 0% (0 votes)
Total Votes: 11


August Question: What will be your best-selling gift this holiday season?

 
Cheese - 12.77% (6 votes)
 
Chocolate/ Confections - 31.91% (15 votes)
 
Kitchenware - 21.28% (10 votes)
 
Specialty Foods - 21.28% (10 votes)
 
Wines - 12.77% (6 votes)
Total Votes: 47


June Question: Are you adding products in holiday/seasonal packaging to your store(s)?

 
Yes - 76.19% (16 votes)
 
No - 19.05% (4 votes)
 
Undecided - 4.76% (1 vote)
Total Votes: 21






Find Reports & Data

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Although department sales dipped slightly, PG exclusive research reaffirms in-store bakeries’ role as image builders and fresh-success boosters..

Progressive Grocer's 2013 Meat Operations Review: Reinforcing the Case

Though higher beef prices blunted discernible gains, other fresh meat categories fortified the fortunes of many retailers responding to this year’s annual meat department report card..

Progressive Grocer's 2013 Deli Operations Review: Over the Counter

Deli operators are confident in the coming year and looking at training to better serve shoppers..

Progressive Grocer's 2013 Seafood Operations Review: Catch a Wave

Though not quite on top of the world, supermarket seafood departments are picking up good vibrations from positive consumption trends and quality-minded consumers..

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While retail sales gains remain the focus of the main course, economic agita simmers as grocers seek new ingredients to keep the pot steaming..

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