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Jay Jacobowitz

Jay Jacobowitz
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Jay Jacobowitz is president and founder of Retail Insights®, a professional consulting service for natural products retailers established in 1998, and creator of Natural Insights for Well Being®, a comprehensive consumer marketing service designed especially for independent natural products retailers. With over 40 years of wholesale and retail industry experience, Jay has assisted in developing over 1,000 successful natural products retail stores in the U.S. and abroad. Jay is a popular author, educator, and speaker, and is the merchandising editor of WholeFoods Magazine, for which he writes Merchandising Insights and Tip of the Month. Jay also serves the Natural Products Association in several capacities. Jay can be reached at (800)328-0855 or via e-mail at jay@retailinsights.com.

Want Some Trash With Your Amazon Order?

Over half of all products sold on Amazon’s website are from third-party sellers that either warehouse the products with Amazon, or ship them directly...

2020 Retailer Playbook

At WholeFoods Magazine, we address our monthly commentary toward U.S. independent natural products retailers. We do this out of our belief that it is...

Amazon Bricks-and-Mortar Retail Sales Down

Amazon is growing rapidly. Just not in its physical stores. In late October, the company reported an overall 24% increase in revenues during its third-quarter...

Transaction or Human Connection?

Hearts Ever play hearts? It is an odd card game because there are two ways to win: ending with the fewest, or no points; or...

People – Your Biggest Expense – Use Them!

Our ruling-class politicians have ordered us to increase starting wages, and let’s not kid ourselves, our largest competitors, such as Walmart and Amazon, are...

Amazon-Whole Foods Two Years In

We’ve now twice lapped Amazon’s August, 2017 acquisition of Whole Foods Markets. With the benefit of hindsight, do we believe Amazon was executing a...

A Life of Enormous Impact: Marlene Beadle

In April, 1976, more than 43 years ago, Marlene Beadle launched her first 1,000-square-foot natural foods store in Federal Way, Washington. It would eventually...

Noble Work

In the 1960s, as the world worried about a population explosion that would cause global food shortages, chemical companies reassured Americans that, with technology,...
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Stress & Fatigue Drive Youth to Natural Early

You, the independent natural products retailer, are used to helping older shoppers address chronic health issues of aging. But today, younger generations—millennials, ages 25...

2019 Retail Insights® Retail Universe for Premium Natural, Organic Food, Supplement...

While total U.S. retail food stores grew 2% in 2018, natural organic products grew 5.26%—more than 2.5 times the rate. New natural organic food...