PLMA's Chicago Private Label Trade Show is Back! In-Person!

PLMA’s Nov. 14-16 Private Label Trade Show will be held in-person! Anthony Aloia, corporate VP and chief showrunner, shares all the details. Click here for video.

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PLMA Live! Interview: Stew Leonard’s Sampling Strategy

Stew Leonard discusses the innovative way his supermarket chain recently sampled a store brand product. Plus, Paul McLean, the chain’s chief merchandising officer, talks about new organic private label products headed for store shelves. Click here for video

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PLMA Live! News Desk: Store Brands Post Double-Digit Growth

Spending on private label grew nearly 12% last year, according to exclusive NielsenIQ data. Carol Angrisani reveals additional findings. What’s ahead for supermarkets now that more restaurants are reopening? Graham Leary outlines strategies. Maureen Donoghue looks at how businesses are catering to the digital shopper. Click here to download video

PLMA Live! Interview: Establishing Long-Term Customer Loyalty

To succeed in today’s challenging retail environment, trading partners must take differentiation to the next level, says Bahige El-Rayes, a partner at Kearney. This requires capturing consumer mindshare and understanding unmet needs, El-Rayes says. Companies can then create products and services with unique characteristics that set them apart from the competition. Click here for video.

PLMA Live! Speaker Series: Understanding Gen Z

Marcie Merriman, Americas Cultural Insights and Customer Strategy Leader at EY, shares her insights about the future of consumerism: how societal shifts put Gen Z in control. Click here for video.

PLMA Live! News Desk: The Changing Consumer

Food shoppers are much different today than they were prior to the pandemic. How are retailers responding? Join news anchor Jodi Daley as she speaks with CART's Gary Hawkins about e-commerce innovation. Plus, Carol Angrisani reports on the launch of virtual wellness programs. Maureen Donoghue examines what’s ahead for the Center Store. Also, PLMA announces "Lunch and Learn," the exclusive new program with live and interactive meetings designed to strengthen manufacturer-retailer partnerships. The three, one-hour lunchtime programs will be held April 8, 22 and 29.Click here for video.


Veronica Carvalho Looks at Robotics at Retail

Robots are being used to check inventory, disinfect the store, serve food and increase fulfillment speed. Veronica Carvalho reports on the latest programs in place at retail. Click here for video.

Carol Angrisani Looks at Loyalty Programs

As retailers respond to changing consumer behavior, they look to revive their loyalty programs with an emphasis on private brands. Carol Angrisani showcases the retailers who are leading the way in promoting store brand loyalty that will last far beyond the pandemic. Click here to play video.

Private Label Week: Retail Trends & Consumer Demand, Kara Sheesley, NielsenIQ

PLMALive! Presents Private Label Week was the industry's first online trade show, held from Feb 1-5, 2021. Nearly 5000 people logged in to see the show, over 1000 retail executives from 390 companies visited to communicate with more than 800 exhibiting companies. One of the highlights of the event were the video reports featured from retailers, industry experts and business journalists. Among them, Kara Sheesley, Nielsen IQ VP of Retail Engagement and U.S. Industry Relations speaks on shopper trends during the pandemic.  Click here to play video. 

The trade show will remain open through April 30 for retailers and exhibitors.

Private Label Week: Walgreens sees pandemic opportunity

The pandemic is creating an important opportunity for store brands at Walgreens. Speaking at PLMALive’s Private Label Week, Andrea Collaro, senior director of owned brands health and wellness, said shoppers increasingly want products that offer both preventive care for themselves and their families as well as value.

Walgreens is putting a high priority on differentiation of its private label products. She explained that being equivalent and slightly better than the national brand is a critical component of differentiation as well, noting that there are areas where Walgreens’ private brands go beyond what the national brand offers. The retailer is looking for suppliers to play a key role in this process. “As you think about your product portfolios and what you have today, do you have any customer-led innovation in the healthcare space, unique offerings or ideas?” she asked.