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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.

COVID-19 Diary: Retailers, in their own words about what happened.

At their May 19, 2020, meeting, the Brattleboro, Vermont Selectboard passed a resolution requiring face coverings to be worn by customers and employees in...
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Even Online Commerce Needs Physical Stores

Amazon opened its first Amazon Go Grocery store in Seattle at the end of February, ballooning the size of its “Go” footprint to about...

2020 Retail Insights® Retail Universe for U.S. Premium Natural, Organic Food,...

Mark 2019 as the year natural organic sales momentum shifted from Amazon to Aldi. The German hard discounter has deftly adjusted its assortment to...

Earth Fare: R.I.P

Earth Fare, begun as a single natural foods store in Asheville, NC, in 1975, was one of the first in the U.S. independent natural...

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...