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Good News, Bad News: Prices Won’t Rise, But They Won’t Fall Either.

Good News, Bad News: Prices Won’t Rise, But They Won’t Fall Either.

It is perhaps a sign of the times that grocery stores don’t need to lower prices to generate excitement – they can just promise not to raise them. Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle has become the latest grocery chain to introduce a price-freeze program. Its “Low Price Lock” will guarantee that prices will not rise on about 300 selected items through the[Read More…]

October 10, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Wealthy Island is Grocery Poor

Wealthy Island is Grocery Poor

It’s hard to classify the “richest county in America” as a food desert. But grocery options in Nantucket, Massachusetts are dwindling – leaving residents with fewer choices, higher prices and louder complaints. The island, located 30 miles from Cape Cod, has just two chain grocery stores for its 10,000 or so residents. Soon it will have one. The Grand Union[Read More…]

October 9, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
When Customers Attack!

When Customers Attack!

Frenzied shoppers have been known to push, shove, shout and trample to get their hands on the hottest holiday deals on Black Friday. But would mobs of people do the same for some bottled water, discounted turkey and free shampoo? The Price Chopper grocery chain didn’t think so. They thought wrong. The Schenectady, New York-based chain had advertised a “Super[Read More…]

October 1, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Customers Prefer Pricey Organic Food, Says Pricey Organic Food Store

Customers Prefer Pricey Organic Food, Says Pricey Organic Food Store

The results are in, and “more Americans than ever are choosing natural and/or organic foods,” says Whole Foods. Which is good, because that’s what Whole Foods sells. The grocery chain has released the results of its fifth annual “Whole Foods Market Food Shopping Trend Tracker Survey.” It found that two-thirds of respondents call themselves value seekers: “someone very aware of[Read More…]

September 28, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Guns For Grocery Gift Cards

Guns For Grocery Gift Cards

If you’d like to score some free groceries, all you need is a gun! And you won’t even need a getaway car. That’s because Pennsylvania-based Giant Food Stores is offering free gift cards to anyone packing heat. Of course, there’s a catch. You have to give up the gun in order to get the gift card. Giant is teaming up[Read More…]

September 28, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Customers Get Overcharged, City Gets a Million Dollars

Customers Get Overcharged, City Gets a Million Dollars

Have you ever wondered when buying grocery items by the pound, if you’re also paying for the weight of the packaging? Well, you shouldn’t be. But the city of Los Angeles says a local chain has been charging customers that way repeatedly – so maybe a million-dollar penalty will get the store’s attention. Los Angeles-based Ralphs, a subsidiary of Kroger,[Read More…]

September 27, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Everyone Knows What You’re Buying

Everyone Knows What You’re Buying

Your grocery store isn’t the only one that knows what you’re buying when you use your store loyalty card. Turns out, Facebook does too! A report in London’s Financial Times reveals that Facebook has partnered with the data company Datalogix, to track how many consumers buy products after seeing ads on Facebook. How are they doing this exactly? By using[Read More…]

September 25, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
How Social Is Your Supermarket?

How Social Is Your Supermarket?

Sure, you like your local grocery store, but have you “liked” them? A roundup of the most and least popular grocery retailers on social media sites (see the full list below) can yield some interesting insights, though it also shows that “likes” aren’t necessarily everything. Florida-based Publix was recently criticized (in “Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer” magazine) for being “technology-challenged”: “Yes,[Read More…]

September 24, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Caution: Eating 10,000 Bags of Microwave Popcorn is Hazardous to Your Health

Caution: Eating 10,000 Bags of Microwave Popcorn is Hazardous to Your Health

Walmart recently announced that you can earn a 5% credit by buying some of its healthier store-brand products. Kroger recently discovered that you can earn $7.2 million for buying its store-brand microwave popcorn. A Colorado jury this week awarded that chunk of change to 59-year-old Wayne Watson, who says he developed a chronic condition called “popcorn lung” following his enthusiastic[Read More…]

September 21, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Down With Loyalty Cards: Another View

Down With Loyalty Cards: Another View

Some stores are loyal to their loyalty cards, others hope introducing cards will make their customers loyal to them. But still others refuse to go the loyalty card route – and they may be onto something. If you haven’t read the latest exciting issue of “Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer” magazine – and, really, what’s keeping you? – the trade publication[Read More…]

September 21, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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