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The new issue of Facts, Figures & The Future, the e-mail newsletter produced by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), ACNielsen, and Phil Lempert, is out this morning, with compelling stories on the following topics:

  • Solving the Shopper. Shoppers are price conscious in one aisle and extravagant a few feet later. So how do you figure out what the customer really wants?

  • The Changing Landscape Of Pharmacy. Retailers looking for a sure bet on the revenue and loyalty dimensions would do well to consider the pharmacy.

  • African Americans Are Eating Healthier: How Are You Meeting Their Needs? This signals an opportunity for both retailers and manufacturers to develop products to meet this group's needs.

There also are reports about store openings and closings, an economic snapshot of the nation in the final months of 2002, a story about private label development, and a piece about the challenge of convenience stores.
KC's View:
Mandatory reading for anyone looking for a fast and informative peek at the changing nature of the supermarket industry. And you can get a free subscription – just go over to the Facts, Figures & The Future button on the right hand side of the MNB home page, and click on it…