Top Retail RD Articles of Interest for 2021, RDBA Weekly

Top Retail RD Articles of Interest for 2021, RDBA Weekly

December 22, 2021
Sally Smithwick
TrendsBusiness SkillsCommunicationsRetail Dietitian ProfilesCareer Development

By Sally Smithwick, Managing Editor, RDBA Weekly

As we reflect on this past year, it’s a great time to look back at what topics and conversations resonated with our readers the most. Here’s a look at our TOP FIVE MOST READ RDBA ARTICLES from sharpening your business skills to learning lessons from peers.

1. Preparing a Presentation? Why Your Audience Matters Most
Whether you are back to in-person meetings or communicating more online, crafting a strong presentation is key to your ability to persuade, inform and motivate your network. As we continue to build our communications in the virtual world, it’s more important than ever to consider your audience and how best to reach them. An interesting statistic shows that the number of annual meetings worldwide on Zoom is now over 3.3 trillion! In our number one article of 2021, we offer up five tips on making sure you are prepared for your next presentation whether it’s to a group of doctors about the nutrition services you offer through your retailer or to a class of middles school students to inspire health eating.

2. Value of Registered Dietitians vs. Health Coaches
Wellness programs are becoming a larger part of the retail world where consumers are looking to their supermarkets for better ways to shop for and manage diseases. In addition to RDNs, some companies are adding health coaches to their teams. In this article, we walk you through the differences in these two roles and the value they both offer.

3. 5 Retail Shrinkage Terms All Retail RDs Should Know
We are proud to host a growing catalog of timeless information for retail RDs. Our number three most popular article from 2021 is actually a past, informative piece on Retail Shrinkage, a topic important to everyone as it can affect prices and employee wages. Employee theft, shoplifting, administrative errors, and fraud are the main causes of shrinkage. Here are five terms to help you strengthen your knowledge on how this affects your business.

4. 2021 Retail RD of the Year: Allison Delaney, MS, RD, LDN, Stop & Shop
Our Retail RD of the Year Award is one of our most gratifying events as it gives us the opportunity to shine a light on outstanding work in this field. In addition, this award is designed to inspire all retail RDs as they move through their careers and learn from those that are paving the way. Our 2021 recipient, Allison Delaney of Stop & Shop along with a talented group of five finalists are great examples of leaders in this industry. And as a reminder, applications are now open for 2022 Retail RD of the Year.

5. Lessons from the Supermarket: Looking Back before I Move On
In September of this year, Stephanie Schultz wrapped up a twelve-year career as a retail dietitian and ended her time in the retail grocery industry as Senior Director of Marketing & Communications for Festival Foods. In this article, Schultz shares some of her key learnings including things like being able to embrace change, getting a mentor, defining your brand and more. Read this inspiring article on building your career, and as she advises in the end “be human first.”