Post Categories: December 2013

Happy Holidays!

dec13-happy-imgIt’s hard to believe that the holidays are already upon us and 2014 is right around the corner! 2013 has been a busy and productive year for all of us at Interactions. We’ve welcomed some great new additions to our retail team in recent months, including Jerry Slater, the new Vice President of our Meijer team, Elite Marketing Interactions; Tonya Alter, Account Executive for our Taste of Albertson’s team; and Karlee Semancik, Business Manager for our Albertson’s Intermountain Division. We’ve also had some exciting successes with this publication. With your input, we’ve refined and expanded our content to better serve you, our readers—and we’ve received several accolades in the process.

Most recently, Retail News Insider was recognized by the San Diego Press Club, one of the largest communication associations in the United States, for having the Best Trade/Internal Publication. In addition, Retail News Insider was honored earlier this year with the International Association of Business Communicators’ Gold Quill Merit Award for Digital Communication Vehicle, the Communicator Award of Excellence for Employee Publication and Content Marketing Association recognition as one of the top Best Feature Columns for our monthly “From the Front Lines” column.

Of course, we know there’s no time to rest on our laurels. We’ve put together another informative issue for you this month, packed with everything from a tailored look at key predictions for holiday retail sales to tips for Sales Advisors on engaging hurried shoppers during this busy season—and throughout the year.

We also have a lot planned for Retail News Insider in 2014. We’re researching a whole new batch of technologies, trends and best practices for our popular Market Watch feature (see page 7), plus we’ll be adding regular updates on Interactions’ Specialized Services, Merchandising, Marketing and Insights divisions. Stay tuned for more! If you know of any colleagues who might be interested in receiving a copy of our future issues, please send us a note to

On a more personal note, I want to take a moment wish each of you the happiest of holidays. I know it’s a busy time in retail, but I truly hope you’ll find some quality time to spend with your friends and family and to celebrate the joy of the season. Have a safe and happy New Year—and we’ll see you in 2014!


Jeff Engel
Senior Vice President

The U.S. Retail Team