How Much Do Electronic Shelf Labels Cost—and Can You Afford Not to Use Them?

Over the past few weeks, we have focused our articles on various tips, processes, and technologies which, when used as part of a retailer’s margin management strategy, can help you protect your ...

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How Much Do Electronic Shelf Labels Cost—and Can You Afford Not to Use Them?

How Much Do Electronic Shelf Labels Cost—and Can You Afford Not to Use Them?

Over the past few weeks, we have focused our articles on various tips, processes, and technologies which, when used as part of a retailer’s margin management strategy, can help you protect your bottom line. We’ve described ways to use data to optimize a prepared food strategy, trim unnecessary waste due to product recalls, even protect profit margins against the invasion of the dollar stores. 

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Data: The Key Ingredient in a Profitable Prepared Foods Strategy

Data: The Key Ingredient in a Profitable Prepared Foods Strategy

With so much focus on the fresh food movement, we shouldn’t lose sight of the importance of a grocer’s prepared food items. There are still plenty of customers that don’t cook on a regular basis, or simply don’t have time in their busy schedule to devote to preparing food at home. And don’t forget that prepared foods—meats, salads, cold cuts, sliced cheeses, cakes, pies, and so on—are wildly popular for holidays and convenient for impromptu gatherings of family and friends.

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From Romaine to Ground Beef and Beyond, Why Pay More for Recalls Than Necessary?

From Romaine to Ground Beef and Beyond, Why Pay More for Recalls Than Necessary?

Over the past 12 months, three major E. coli outbreaks decimated sales of Romaine lettuce, rearranging and upsetting the salad bowls of America. Numerous salmonella scares caused recalls of eggs, chicken and turkey—not to mention nearly 20 million pounds of ground beef—from a number of different suppliers. And that’s just a fraction of fresh food recalls that made the news in 2018, and it doesn’t touch on recalls of packaged, frozen or prepared foods.

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Does the Fresh Food Movement Help or Hurt a Retailer’s Bottom Line?

Does the Fresh Food Movement Help or Hurt a Retailer’s Bottom Line?

The modern trend toward preparing and enjoying tastier, healthier and more sustainable foods continues, and it goes by many names. The fresh food movement. Slow food. Farm to table. These and many others are all delayed reactions to decades of fast and prepared foods and their effects on our culture, obesity, and our overall health. By and large, all these foodie movements have something in common. They reject unhealthy ingredients, additives, excess calories, and dubious nutritional value of prepared foods, not to mention lackluster taste, in favor of a flavorful and often (but not always) healthier dining experience—even if it costs more and takes longer to prepare.

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A Dollar Saved, A Dollar Burned: In the Age of the Dollar Store, Margin Matters Even More

A Dollar Saved, A Dollar Burned: In the Age of the Dollar Store, Margin Matters Even More

Ask any retailer, and you’ll be hard pressed to find one that isn’t worried about rising competition from online shopping. eCommerce technology solutions can help retailers fight back on that front. However, according to Forbes, the true disruptors aren’t online giants like Amazon or Walmart. Instead, there’s a quieter and stealthier threat to the strained margins of traditional grocers: the “dollar stores.”

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The Modern Retailer’s Top 5 Resolutions for 2019

The Modern Retailer’s Top 5 Resolutions for 2019

At TRUNO headquarters in Lubbock, Texas, we may not have snow for the holidays—it’s not even dipped to freezing this week—but we can’t help inserting the holiday spirit into everything we do this time of year. Lately we’ve written about what we’re so thankful for in 2018, as well as this year’s perfect Christmas gift for retailers. We even talked about how to stay jolly while protecting yourselves from holiday shoplifters.

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Why We're Thankful for Data

Why We're Thankful for Data

At TRUNO, we have a lot to be thankful for: our customers, our partners and all the great folks who make up the TRUNO team. But we’re also thankful for data, because it drives so much of what we do as a company and how we’re able to help retailers thrive.

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eCommerce Meets Point of Sale Meets Back Office, That’s TruCommerce

eCommerce Meets Point of Sale Meets Back Office, That’s TruCommerce

TRUNO has its roots in point of sale solutions, which means we understand both the complexity and the importance of those systems. We also know it’s vital your POS integrates seamlessly with your back office software. Together, these solutions create the lifeblood of your store. But as customer preferences and needs change, you’ll need new and different technology in order to keep up.

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How Retail Technology Solves the Challenges of a Store Operator

How Retail Technology Solves the Challenges of a Store Operator

As vice president of sales for TRUNO, I’m constantly thinking about how we can improve the lives of store operators. My passion for helping retailers solve challenges is a direct result of my own career in the industry. I know first-hand the thoughts that keep a store operator up at night, but I also know how the proper retail technology can help them sleep easier.

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How to Overcome the Biggest Challenges in Price Management

How to Overcome the Biggest Challenges in Price Management

Having spent my entire career in the grocery industry, I’ve had first-hand experience with the challenges our customers face. I spent more than a decade as an IT director for a 14-store grocery chain. While that role presented plenty of challenges, it gave me insight into one of the most difficult roles in the grocery store—back office management. 

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