business news in context, analysis with attitude

Glenn Snyder, one of the most influential writers and editors in the supermarket industry, has passed away, due to complications related to Parkinson's disease. We asked Michael Sansolo, who worked with Glenn for many years, to offer some remembrances…

For nearly 50 years, Glenn Snyder was a tireless advocate of the changing face of the supermarket industry, particularly the inclusion of general merchandise and health and beauty care. He wrote countless articles in Progressive Grocer about the benefits to sales, profits and customer satisfaction that robust non-foods could create.

Honestly, he was relentless about it and thankfully I got to experience it during my 13 years as his colleague. One of my favorite magazine covers was a parody of the famous New Yorker view of the world, done through the eyes of our non-foods’ maven. In that world, produce and meat were small, distant departments, while non-foods categories dominated the landscape.

Glenn’s tireless efforts were well known throughout the industry to the point that a rival magazine once honored him as one of the key difference makers in advancing the cause of what were then new categories.

More than that, he was a friend and mentor who helped me immensely when it came to both public speaking and the value of well-timed irony. Everyone who knew him well understood that Glenn possessed remarkable timing when it came to exasperated sighs.

Glenn had been battling Parkinson’s disease for many years before passing away this Sunday. His voice, presence and sighs will all be missed.
KC's View: