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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.

How will you compete in 2019?

At the beginning of the year, you must decide where to focus your time and money for the best return. And this year may...

Bringing Sales Home with “Buy Local”

In December, we reported excerpts from our conversation with Michael Kanter, co-founder 45 years ago of Cambridge Naturals, in Cambridge, MA. Michael was one...

Bringing Sales Home With “Buy Local”

As a small, independent natural products retailer, there’s a lot you can’t do. You can’t carry the broad assortment of natural and organic perishable...

Preparing Your Store for Sale – Part Two

In September, we outlined the most important steps we believe you need to take to get your store ready for a successful sale. To...

Tip of the Month: How’s Your Lighting?

There is a lot of talk today about energy efficiency in store design, from enclosed recirculating heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, to low-emissions...

Preparing Your Store For Sale – Part One

If you are like the majority of owners of U.S. independent natural organic products stores, you are the founder. You may have started your...

One Year on — Amazon Whole Foods

Next month, Amazon will reach its first anniversary owning Whole Foods Market. How’s it doing so far? As we expected, Amazon will not spend...
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Amazon Whole Foods – One Year On

A year ago this week, the retail world changed forever when Whole Foods Market CEO John Mackey announced ecommerce behemoth Amazon.com was buying the...

Let’s Get Physical

“Dr. Drew” Pinsky, the board-certified internist and celebrity doc, has a new app called “Heal.” You can use it on your computer, tablet or...

Word-of-Mouth. So…20th Century?

­One of the biggest “Aha!” moments from WholeFoods Magazine’s 40th Annual Retailer Survey, was the jump in marketing spending reported by independent natural organic...