How many nonfood
companies have similar strategies in place?
Gavin Rothwell, analyst at Verdict Research, said: "Supermarkets have come a long way in nonfood
, with sales increasing 60% over the past five years, but there is much more to come.
Figures exclusively compiled for The Grocer reveal that St Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and the start of the school year are key seasons for core nonfood
categories after Christmas.
And some supermarkets are well placed to benefit from this Yuletide uplift in nonfood
According to Mintel, retailers are increasingly taking lower margins for nonfood
as they turn these markets into higher-volume categories--which reinforces the need for more space.
The Grocer has launched a new monthly section devoted to nonfood
in a major initiative that reflects the strategic importance of the sector for all retailers.
is now the "wow" factor for many a multiple supermarket chain in the quest for ever-better margins.
Sainsbury is working on the first wave of a new range of nonfood
products to be launched in stores at the end of the year.
One analyst notes: "These nonfood
`high margins' are Something of a red herring.
Prices in the nonfood
market in Armenia for July 2013 did not change , but grew by 4,3% versus July 2012.
Tesco has major plans to expand its dark stores serving food and nonfood
orders, including both home delivery and click and collect services.
L&R), which claims to be the largest nonfood
specialty distributor in the continental United States, has acquired the nonfood
and general merchandise business of United Natural Foods Inc.