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Fancy Food Show, January 16 - 18 in San Francisco

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Wed, Jan 12, 2011 @ 18:01 PM

A quick note that I will be at the Fancy Food Show at the Moscone Center from January 16 - 18.  We will be trawling the floor, visiting some of our current suppliers and looking for new and innovative consumer products our customers may appreciate and enjoy.

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Topics: wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO, wholesale products, wholesale cookies, Fancy Food Show, Consumer Products, President and CEO, Tradavo

The Scylla and Charybdis of Retail

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Sat, Oct 30, 2010 @ 07:10 AM

Running a retail operation is quite like navigating between Scylla and Charybdis, the very daunting tasked face by the Homeric hero, Ulysses.  How so?

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Topics: retail advice, wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO, wholesale products, planogram, out of stock, backstock, inventory, retail pricing, SRPs

What's the Frequency, Kenneth?

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Sun, Oct 24, 2010 @ 07:10 AM

Many people may remember the 1994 Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number one song by REM. The song itself was taken from a strange encounter between Dan Rather and a slightly off-kilter duo who kept pressing him with that inscrutable and now memorialized question.

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Topics: wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO, wholesale products, club store

Are you crazy for Brent & Sam's cookies? (hint -- if not, you will be!)

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Sat, Oct 16, 2010 @ 08:10 AM

We are very excited about Brent & Sam's cookies, which we just added to our lineup under our Lance Direct Specialty Store.  While not as well known as some of our other brands, Brent & Sam's cookies, made from scratch, and to order, are the absolute favorites of retailers and their customers.

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Topics: wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO, wholesale products, Brent & Sam's, wholesale cookies

The 5 Most Painful Mistakes Made by Hotel Retail Managers - Part 5

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Tue, Oct 12, 2010 @ 12:10 PM

Painful Mistake #5 - Buying the Wrong Products and Pricing Incorrectly

Retailing is both an art and a science -- and many hotel  managers have a very good sense of aesthetics from their experience designing and operating hotels.  It's the science part that may be elusive.

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Topics: retail advice, hotel pantry, hotel supplier, wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO, wholesale products, club store, retail science, planogram

The 5 Most Painful Mistakes Made by Hotel Retail Managers - Part 4

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Tue, Oct 12, 2010 @ 08:10 AM

Painful Mistake #4 - Going to the Club Store

Let's face it -- we all love going to Sam's, Costco, BJ's and the Wal-mart superstore for personal purchases as well as for some hotel supplies from time-to-time.  Products stacked a mile high and new and interesting products make going to the Club Store a real adventure -- a treasure hunt, even.

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Topics: hotel pantry, hotel supplier, wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO, wholesale products, club store, Costco, Sam's Club, BJ's

The 5 Most Painful Mistakes Made by Hotel Retail Managers - Part 3

Posted by Bobby Martyna

Mon, Oct 11, 2010 @ 17:10 PM

Painful Mistake #3 - Using your Buying Group for Hotel Retail Purchases

This is a very common, but painful mistake.  Buying Groups, also known as Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) are a very well considered concept for purchasing many items for hotels -- including furniture, fixtures and equipment, and in some cases, food service items.

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Topics: hotel pantry, hotel supplier, wholesale snack distributor, Bobby Martyna, Tradavo CEO