Finding stability in the volatile plastic glove market

Sometimes the largest challenges come from the smallest things. Veterans of the grocery industry understand this truism better than anyone, as they live it every day. There’s always a new challenge arising in the industry that the average consumer may not even be aware of, but for grocers, navigating the challenge requires careful planning and the right partnerships.

And sometimes that challenge presents itself in the form of little plastic gloves. Yes, little plastic gloves.

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Topics: plastic gloves, gloves in grocery

Has your business considered an ACH Card? Here's why it should.


Here’s a fact retailers across the country know all too well: in their customers’ minds, cash is losing ground to cards and mobile payments, albeit much more slowly than most would expect. Consumers experience this every day — when payment comes due, they reach into their wallet, but instead of pulling out cash they likely opt for a card or their phone instead.

Credit, debit, or whatever they choose, it’s easy for the consumer to carry and use. For retailers however, it means additional fees on their already narrow margins.
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Topics: ACH card for business, ACH card creates customer loyalty, reduce card swipe fees, consumers pay with ACH card, ACH card for fuel purchases

Electronic B2B payment solutions? Here's what to look for...

Interested in streamlining your business’s vendor payment activities? Who isn’t? This is one task any retailer would love to expedite as long as it doesn’t jeopardize payment accuracy. If you haven’t explored electronic B2B payment solutions, this article can provide the information you need to identify the right provider for these services.

Electronic B2B payment solutions are a great way for retailers to speed up and simplify the payment process across their retail footprint. This can have an immediate benefit for your organization, but like any technology, there are quite a few options on the market.

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Topics: mobile payment options, bank payment processing, B2B payment solutions, vendor payments, Electronic B2B payments

Find alternatives to analyze your indirect spend

Sourcing and procurement professionals are in the spotlight as their organizations seek to improve operational efficiencies and cost-cutting measures. Simple procurement may involve nothing more than repeat purchasing of goods and services whereas complex procurement could involve deeper analysis of spending and finding long term partnerships with appropriate suppliers. No matter what your process it is important to analyze what you are spending in more areas than you think. Have you looked at your Indirect Spending?
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Posted by Topco Indirect

Thu, Jul, 20, 2017 @ 11:07 AM

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Topics: analyzing indirect spend, manage indirect spend

Is your business ready for EMV at the pump?

It's one of the hottest issues in the retailer space: EMV compliance, which is commonly viewed as the retailer's ability to accept chip based credit and debit cards. The retailer deadline to accept in-store EMV transactions was October of 2015. Retailers were mandated to install compatible equipment at the point-of-sale and work with the appropriate vendors to get the solution certified. Failure to do so resulted in retailers assuming the liability for chargebacks and fraudulent transactions.

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Topics: EMV and chip card compliance at the fuel pump

Investment Advisor Services…are you getting the best advice?


Your employees are your most valuable asset, and the growth of your business can be tied directly to the tireless effort they put forth every single day. And it’s because of these efforts that you want to provide for them in any way you can, not only to support employee retention but to reward them for the tireless effort they provide.

When it comes to these goals, you have a myriad of options. Company perks, vacation time and employee parties are nice, but for those long-term employees whose knowledge and experience really move your business forward, you need a long-term solution. The solution should include a sound investment strategy.
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Posted by Jeanne Rigney, Category Manager- HR Benefits

Tue, Jun, 27, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

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Topics: find the perfect fiduciary advisor, explore investment strategies, retirement strategies, a good investment strategy, find a good investment advisor

How does the spread of mobile payments affect your business?


From the products retailers sell to the services they provide, customers expect options. 

Payment options are also nice to have. Cash, credit and debit all have a place in the retail market, but while retailers may think these payment options are sufficient, customers are interested in other options, like mobile payments. 

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, evaluate other vendors, find better solutions and pricing, reverse auctions, mobile pay, mobile wallet, mobile payments

Trends in Transportation That Impact the Grocery Industry

Profitability in grocery supply chains relies on successfully moving product to stores and off shelves into consumers’ shopping carts. Even with trends moving toward farm-to-plate fare and locally sourced products, the industry will always need safe, effective and cost-effective transportation solutions. In managing transportation concerns, grocery retail and wholesale operators face multiple concerns including regulation, wage inflation, rising costs and liability.

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Topics: trends in transportation, transportation in grocery

Finding the right partner for your new HRIS system


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Posted by Tammy Morris, Category Manager, TopBenefits

Tue, Jun, 06, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, find better solutions and pricing, workforce management, employee timekeeping, payroll system, mobile records

What does the perfect Workforce Management system look like to you?


Payroll, mobile records and timekeeping are all essential components of your workforce management system. Together these pieces form the lifeblood of your business’s day-to-day operations. Ideally, these records provide a crystal-clear view of the daily expenses incurred and opportunities for you to cut costs and preserve your narrow margins. But have you ever considered the possibility that one of those needless expenses could be the system itself?

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Posted by Tammy Morris, Category Manager, TopBenefits

Wed, May, 31, 2017 @ 08:05 AM

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Topics: aggregated sourcing, best possible value, reduce costs, customize a business solution, business-essential tasks, find better solutions and pricing, workforce management, employee timekeeping, payroll system, mobile records