Armand Lobato

Armand Lobato

Best practices: Ten steps for receiving and breaking down a produce load

The old saying that “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” applies so well to receiving a produce delivery.

So much to be thankful for

No matter what, there is always something we can be thankful for.

How to balance labor caps and experience needs

Sports teams aren’t the only ones with labor caps.

The produce manager’s priority list

Last week I touched on reasons why produce managers get transferred from one store to another. It happens as managers move about, taking on other responsibilities, opening a new store or transferring for other reasons.

The art of the produce manager transfer

“You’re being transferred.”

Assessing the (fixed) assets — Four questions to ask about fixtures

Try this groaner on to start: I had a great IKEA joke, but it just didn’t come together. Speaking of furniture, among the most critical decisions a produce director makes are ones about new produce department fixtures.

The time is ripe?for year-round excellence in avocados

It wasn’t that long ago, in the early 1980s, when this young produce manager had an idea to sell four pallets of avocados in one weekend – in a store that normally only sold about six cases a day.

Unveiling retail standards for the produce department

To anyone outside the produce world, marketing fruits and vegetables in retail may seem like a quiet, even easy line of work.

‘Abundant’ displays sell more

There’s something about an abundantly stocked produce department.

7 tips for outstanding service

If you haven’t noticed, top-notch customer service is my pet peeve.