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FreshDirect co-founder David McInerney steps down as CEO

FreshDirect co-founder and CEO David McInerney is leaving the pure-play online grocer, four months after the company’s acquisition by global food retailer Ahold Delhaize. McInerney is stepping down from FreshDirect effective today and will be succeeded on an interim basis by Farhan Siddiqi, chief digital officer of Ahold Delhaize, the Zaandam, Netherlands-based company said.......Read More

Amazon expands own-brand grocery lineup with Aplenty

Amazon has added a new food line called Aplenty to its private-brand grocery roster.Sold online and in-store via Amazon Fresh supermarkets, Aplenty at launch includes such items as pita chips, potato chips, crackers, cookies and mustard, Seattle-based Amazon said Monday. Plans call for hundreds more Aplenty products to roll out over the next year, covering such categories as.....Read More

Costco posts 13% comp-sales gain in second quarter

Food and e-commerce were among the bright spots as Costco Wholesale Corp. posted double-digit sales gains for February and its fiscal 2021 second quarter. Quarterly earnings missed Wall Street’s projections, however, as Costco recorded significant COVID-19 costs, mainly from pandemic-related pay hikes........Read More

Walmart’s omnichannel game plan yields fiscal 2021 sales boost

CEO Doug McMillon says retail giant will ‘stay ahead’ with investments in e-commerce, supply chain, wages Walmart tallied robust sales gains, including strong U.S. comparable-sales growth, for its fiscal 2021 fourth quarter and year, despite missing Wall Street’s adjusted earnings forecast and posting a quarterly GAAP net loss.......Read More

Lidl offers extra pay to U.S. workers receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Arlington, Va.-based Lidl US said Wednesday that the additional payment will help offset  employee costs related to receiving a coronavirus vaccine, including travel expenses and child care. Workers’ schedules also will have flexibility to accommodate appointments for the vaccine, the company added......Read More

Stater Bros. extends $2 hourly wage bonus into January

San Bernardino, Calif.-based Stater Bros. said Tuesday that all hourly employees in its store, distribution, transportation and construction operations and corporate offices will receive an extra $2 per hour worked for another two weeks, effective as of the work period starting Dec. 27..........Read More

Walmart sells off its Argentina business to Grupo de Narváez

As it continues to restructure its international presence, Walmart Inc. has agreed to sell its business in Argentina to Grupo de Narváez, a South American retail group. No financial terms were released. Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart said it will continue to support the business through transition services and sourcing agreements under the new ownership, but will not retain an equity stake.........Read More

Southeastern Grocers eyes more effective promotions

Southeastern Grocers is building on efforts to personalize customer engagement by making its promotions more effective.The parent of Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harveys and Fresco y Más supermarkets, Southeastern Grocers in June implemented the Eagle Eye Solutions AIR Platform to create a central hub for continuously capturing customer data and interactions across retail channels,....Read More

Grocery retailers feel impact as nationwide protests escalate

Just like the rest of the nation, grocery retailers are watching and waiting as the strife from protests over the death of George Floyd is exploding in cities coast to coast. Through the weekend, protests were ongoing in more than 30 cities, ....Read More

Pandemic pushes shoppers to expand ‘retailer repertoire’

Encountering empty shelves and disarray at their regular stores, many U.S. consumers turned to other retailers or went online to buy groceries and daily essentials as the coronavirus outbreak started and then escalated, a study by market research firm Kantar revealed....Read More

OCEAN HEALTH INFLUENCES CONSUMERS’ SEAFOOD CHOICES

According to recent research by consultancy firm Changing Tastes, most American consumers are worried about the effect of ocean health on fish and seafood, with a majority now concerned about heavy metals, plastic contamination and radiation in their fish and seafood, as well as the use of forced labor and antibiotics.....Read More

FMI CHANGES NAME, BECOMES THE FOOD INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

FMI said the new identity, launched Tuesday, reflects its strategy to expand its representation of the food marketplace from its traditional membership of grocery and other food retailers include their suppliers and other business partners......Read More

WEIS, BROOKSHIRE’S GET MORE PERSONAL WITH ONLINE GROCERY

Weis Markets and Brookshire Grocery Co. have enlisted e-commerce specialist Mercatus to make online grocery shopping more relevant for their customers......Read More

THE BIGGEST TRENDS IN CENTER STORE IN 2019

Health & wellness, “clean” products and authentic flavors were the drivers behind sales growth in center store in 2019......Read More

LIDL TO OPEN FIRST LONG ISLAND STORES NEXT WEEK

Lidl US has moved up the timetable for the opening of its first Long Island, N.Y., stores from its acquisition of metropolitan New York grocer Best Market. Lidl said Monday that it plans to open stores in Center Moriches and West Babylon on Dec. 11. A brand-new store,.....Read More

SHOPPERS WOULD GO LOCAL FOR SAME-DAY DELIVERY

Though Amazon has raised customer service expectations in online retail, shoppers would order from local stores if they could provide same-day delivery, a survey from last-mile delivery.....Read More

SUPERMARKET CAFÉS ACCUSED OF HAVING ‘IRRESPONSIBLE’ CHILDREN’S MENUS

A number of supermarket cafe chains including Marks & Spencer and Tesco are serving children unhealthy and unsustainable meals, according to a nationwide analysis......Read More

HOW BRANDS CAN MAKE THEIR WAY INTO SHOPPERS’ CHRISTMAS DINNER PLANS

Christmas. A time of year when shopper demand is at its highest. Prices hit rock-bottom and the nation’s heartstrings are pulled by the much-anticipated Christmas adverts (and we enjoy debating which retailers got it right and which got it horribly wrong)......Read More

   

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