My role at Hannaford in Nashua, NH can be described as ever-changing. No day is the same. I could start my day doing a low salt store tour for a group of individuals with congestive heart failure and end it doing “food play” with a cheerful group of 7 year-olds looking to earn their Healthy Shopper Patch as part of the scouts.
The current coronavirus pandemic has impacted every individual’s life in some way. With the recommendations around social isolation and given the key role retailers play in the food supply chain, the industry is in overdrive ensuring shopper safety and availability of food.
Identifying your strengths can provide a significant and positive shift for your career and life. When you are aligned with your talents you will feel more confident and your expertise can be used to create a successful job and life that you love. Understanding your strengths takes self-knowledge so you can apply them to the various aspects of your job. Here are five questions that can help you discover, assess and leverage your strengths:
At the ShopRite of Clark, I am responsible for the health and wellness education and outreach to ShopRite guests, associates, and surrounding community. Programs include supermarket tours, individual and family nutrition counseling, culinary demonstrations, health fairs, and lunch and learns. As the in-store nutrition expert, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge to guests at the point of sale, which I find very inspiring.
Given retailers’ expansive geographical reach, it’s not uncommon for retail dietitians to manage a team, work for, or have colleagues in a different geographic location. Peak shopping hours create ideal times for healthy living programs, resulting in varied work schedules for retail RDs. The end result is heavier reliance on technology to build relationships amongst teams.
With plant-based food alternatives gaining market share, there is also increased scrutiny regarding how these products are identified and promoted. Conventional agricultural groups such as beef and dairy, for example, have been very focused on how plant-based alternatives to their products are being labeled and in 2019 there was significant state legislative activity and law suits on labeling. While the regulatory issues surrounding plant-based products remains largely unsettled here are some current and future considerations:
Millennial Parents food-shop with high anxiety. Their time constraints, financial stresses, healthful eating desires, and large physical distance from supportive relatives create openings for retail dietitians to connect and bond these big food spenders to specific supermarkets.
When it comes to negotiating for a desired salary or benefits many people feel uncomfortable and avoid asking for what they want. In fact, Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever, authors of “Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change”, found that women in particular are more apprehensive regarding negotiating and do it far less than men. This failure to negotiate salaries at the start of their careers could leave up to $2 million on the table. Here are some tips for polishing your negotiating skills to get what you deserve: