Kraft Becomes Mondelez

Mondelez International Inc. is commemorating its launch as a new company with events around the world. Joined by 14 employees from five continents, chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld rang the opening bell on the NASDAQ Global Select Market last Wednesday to mark the second day of trading under the company’s new ticker symbol MDLZ. Kraft…

Holiday Sales Forecast

Higher consumer confidence levels, increased impulse buying, and consumer intent to spend more could all lead to an upside surprise in 2012 holiday spending, according to Nielsen analyses. For sales in 89 categories across five key departments (food, beverages, alcohol, health/beauty, and homecare), Nielsen is forecasting spending for November and December, 2012 to reach $98.3…

Finding Security

Protecting credit-card numbers from increasingly savvy hackers can be a daunting task, especially for single-store operators without the IT knowledge and personnel. But retailers, regardless of their resources, must still do what they can, considering how credit-card data theft was an $8 billion industry last year. Hackers are writing software specific to point-of-sale (POS) systems.…

Subway Extends Pizza Concept to C-Stores

The Subway restaurant brand has been quietly building a new pizza concept that reflects the made-to-order format increasingly popular in the fast-casual segment. The concept, Mama DeLuca’s Pizza, is currently co-located with Subway locations, and the company sees big opportunities to usher the concept into c-stores, reports Abbie Westra for CSP Daily News. “We started…