It’s hard to stay ambivalent about technology. Either you love it and can’t get enough of it, or you dislike the change it brings, and the way its newness encroaches on our lifestyles. Many are at least fearful of jumping fully on board, because technology, even with all of its potential, can be intimidating to learn and grow with. The prospect of turning central aspects of your natural products store over to these machines? It makes for a daunting decision to be sure, but ask those who have done it, and they’ll likely tell you it was fun, profitable and brought them closer to the needs of their store and its customers.

Enzymes. These proteins are a crucial part of one’s health. Though they are made naturally in the body and are also in raw foods, retailers should stress to shoppers that supplemental enzymes are important, too. The rationale for why is similar to that of taking a multivitamin: sometimes the enzymes that occur naturally in foods or in the body just aren’t enough.

When I lost my short-term memory six weeks after starting Lipitor, I immediately suspected my new medicine and discontinued the drug. At my next NASA physical, I was urged to resume taking it and reluctantly agreed, only to suffer a much worse memory loss a few weeks later. For 12 hours, I suddenly became a teenager with total recall for my high school days, but absolutely no awareness that I was a doctor, married with children and a former NASA astronaut. This began my decade of research on the subject.

An investment into private label is partly a bid to expand the unique brand that a store is, in essence, already providing to its community. Exclusive product offerings give customers a chance to take home with them the quality, the values and the healthy lifestyle that the store embodies for them to begin with.

It’s hard to stay ambivalent about technology. Either you love it and can’t get enough of it, or you dislike the change it brings, and the way its newness encroaches on our lifestyles. Many are at least fearful of jumping fully on board, because technology, even with all of its potential, can be intimidating to learn and grow with. The prospect of turning central aspects of your natural products store over to these machines? It makes for a daunting decision to be sure, but ask those who have done it, and they’ll likely tell you it was fun, profitable and brought them closer to the needs of their store and its customers.

There are 157.2 million females living in the United States (1), and all are fair game to be natural products shoppers. After all, millions of women want to become moms, and could benefit from proper nutrition; nearly all will go through menopause and may be looking for natural relief; and all want to avoid breast cancer and may want to hear how supplements can help.

One in five shoppers seek out gourmet foods when grocery shopping (1). Though you may not see yourself as a gourmet store per se, it’s likely that shoppers see your products as upscale and expect you to offer high-end foods and beverages.

New from Kinnikinnick Foods Inc. are gluten-free, ready-to-fill frozen pie crusts. Each package of Kinnikinnick Pie Crusts contains two 8-inch pie shells. At 100-calories per serving, the pie shells can be used to make any traditional single- or double crust pie, according to the company. In addition to being gluten free, the product is also free of dairy, tree nuts, peanuts and preservatives.

Flaxmilk is now available from Flax USA. The first of its kind, Flaxmilk is an all-natural, dairy-free drink made using cold-pressed flax oil. The product, according to the company, is delicious on whole-grain cereal. It also is plant-based and enriched with vitamins A, D and B12. Additionally, flaxmilk is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.