Help your employees see the importance of vision benefits

An annual eye exam is about more than just preserving your healthy vision. Your eye exam can also be an integral first step in helping you manage or even improve your overall health and well-being. For example, did you know your eye exam can identify warning signs of serious health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure? They’ve even been used to discover brain tumors. Discovering these conditions during your eye exam means treating them sooner rather than later, when the problem may have grown more serious and the treatment more expensive.

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Posted by Tammy Morris, Category Manager, TopBenefits

Tue, Oct, 31, 2017 @ 09:10 AM

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Topics: employee vision benefits, vision insurance, vision plans, vision benefits

Controlling your healthcare expenses by focusing on disease management

In a market where margins are notoriously narrow, every expense you can reduce helps, right? Too bad your healthcare costs haven't received the memo.

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Posted by Tammy Morris, Category Manager, TopBenefits

Tue, Oct, 24, 2017 @ 09:10 AM

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Topics: reduce healthcare expenses, disease management, control healthcare expenses, restore health, identify health risks

An employee purchasing program is a smart buy for your company

Your employees face a challenge and it’s one you may not realize is there, as the warning signs are hard to see. Maybe it’s a request to work overtime, a plea for a raise or a request for a loan from the company. Different instances all stemming from the same source: your employees may be in real financial trouble.

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Topics: employee purchasing program is a smart buy, paycheck to paycheck, employees in financial trouble, real-world financial emergency, employee purchasing program options, employee purchasing program

4 reasons to join a GPO

Group purchasing organizations, otherwise known as GPOs, are a market mainstay in many industries, and in a highly competitive market like grocery they can offer some strategic advantages. If your company has heard of a GPO in the past but never actively pursued such a partnership, here are four reasons why joining a GPO will benefit your business.

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Topics: 4 reasons to join a GPO, financial savings, Reduced risk, Expert advice, grocery industry trends

Optimizing value by sourcing your construction needs

Construction work can be an exciting proposition, particularly if it is new construction. The work can represent a sign of growth, of innovation or your ability to continue to offer the best possible value to your customers. However, construction work can also be an expensive proposition, particularly if you haven’t optimized the process.

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Topics: manage your construction projects, Optimize value by sourcing your construction needs, new construction sourcing, store construction, save money on construction contracts, working with a contractor, control construction costs, control supplier markups, work with construction suppliers, store renovations

What's the key to job retention in the grocery and retail industry?

They say good employees are hard to find, and in the grocery industry, it seems, they are very hard to find, especially when you want to add to your staff or retain existing employees.

As an industry, the grocery business experiences turnover at a rate of 26.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. At the same time the national average is 18.8 percent.

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Topics: Find good employees, retain your best employees, employee retention, employee engagement, company culture, the key to job retention, staff turnover

Think strategically before the roof caves in…literally

Most of the time you don't give your roof a second thought…until that moment when there’s a problem. A hole, a leak, or in severe cases, a peel back of varying levels, and suddenly your roof is your top concern. Are you ready?

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Cut the costs, not the power, of your electrical service

From breakers and outlets to overhead lights, lighting is an essential aspect of your store and one you likely take for granted. After all, isn’t that where the saying, “As easy as turning on a light,” comes from? But in those instances where the lights don’t turn on, suddenly things aren’t so simple.

Whether you’re building a new facility or remodeling a current one, the in-house electrical system cannot be overlooked. It’s your lighting and you need it everywhere — absolutely everywhere.

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Topics: cost cutting techniques, cut your electricity costs, cut the cost of electrical service, smart sourcing for cutting electricity costs, avoid dark grocery aisles

3 strategies for successfully managing supply distributors

No retail operation can survive alone. In order to sell product, you must first receive it, and to do this, you depend on the relationships you have with your distributors. Each distributor presents a unique partnership with its own set of opportunities and challenges, which begs two questions: Are you making the most of the opportunities? Are you minimizing the challenges?

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Topics: Manage distributor relationships, broker good deals, manage distributors, work with distributors, find new distributors, strategic sourcing helps manage distributors

What do new competitors and new business methods mean for your company?

America is known as the land of opportunity, and while we always believed this truism for individual people, history has shown us that it holds a lot of merit for corporations as well.

Every year, companies from overseas establish fledgling footprints in the United States. Like their American counterparts, some fail and disappear quickly, while others succeed and expand their reach, becoming household names in the markets where they exist.

In the retail/grocery space three such companies immediately come to mind: IKEA and Aldi which arrived decades ago, and the newcomer Lidl that will become a major player in the U.S. market starting this year. How big a player? Lidl plans to open 20 stores this summer and 100 by the end of this year. Atlantic coast states like the Carolinas and Virginia are the first target, but Lidl has a demonstrated interest in Texas as well. As its business grows, it’s only natural that it would seek new markets in other parts of the nation.

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Posted by Topco Indirect

Wed, Sep, 06, 2017 @ 09:09 AM

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Topics: competition in grocery, new business methods