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“See For Yourself”, Indeed

“See For Yourself”, Indeed

As Walmart expands its ad campaign that invites shoppers to “see for yourself” how much lower their prices are, more competitors mentioned by name in those ads are starting to fight back. First it was Milwaukee-based Pick ‘n Save, now it’s Florida-based Publix. But first, some background. Since early this year, the “Walmart Challenge” ads have been rolling out across[Read More…]

September 16, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Can Loyalty Save Supermarkets?

Can Loyalty Save Supermarkets?

Sure, you’re loyal to your local grocery store – but do you have the card to prove it? More supermarkets are looking to the loyalty card as their ticket out of oblivion. Sacramento, California-based Raley’s, which also operates Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source stores across Northern California and Nevada, is the latest to unveil a store[Read More…]

September 14, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Paper, Plastic or Please Butt Out?

Paper, Plastic or Please Butt Out?

For a while, “paper or plastic” was not a particularly controversial choice at the grocery store. Increasingly, though, shoppers are finding that the “wrong” choice could cost them – or they may have no choice at all. A San Francisco judge on Wednesday upheld a law, set to take effect next month, that will ban plastic bags from virtually all[Read More…]

September 13, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Get Your Milk, Bread – and a New Outfit – at Kroger!

Get Your Milk, Bread – and a New Outfit – at Kroger!

If Walmart and Target can invade supermarkets’ territory by offering groceries, then Kroger is saying, right back atcha. The country’s largest traditional grocery chain is experimenting with offering shoes and clothes alongside its meat and produce. The test is taking place at a Kroger Marketplace store in Mansfield, Ohio. The Marketplace concept debuted in Columbus in 2004, with a 109,000-square-foot[Read More…]

September 12, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
New York’s Loss Could Be Northeast’s Gain

New York’s Loss Could Be Northeast’s Gain

A&P was Walmart before there was a Walmart – the largest retailer in the world, with thousands of stores coast to coast. Now, though, the financially-troubled company is hoping to unload a 16-store Manhattan grocery chain in its latest effort to save itself, and its 300 or so remaining stores in the Northeast. A&P confirmed to Crain’s New York Business[Read More…]

September 11, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Should Buy-Your-Own Beer Be Banned?

Should Buy-Your-Own Beer Be Banned?

Did you know your kids are buying beer at the local grocery store, using the self-checkout lanes? Really! They’re putting both beer and soda in their shopping cart, scanning the soda twice, and leaving with the beer. Why, there oughta be a law! Actually, there already are laws meant to prevent this. It’s against the law for kids to buy[Read More…]

September 10, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Store Closings Bring Sadness – and Shrugs

Store Closings Bring Sadness – and Shrugs

There’s a range of reaction to the news this week that Supervalu is closing dozens of Albertsons, Save-a-Lot, ACME and Jewel-Osco supermarkets (read: “Supervalu Sheds More Stores”). “I’m really upset about it,” said one customer of a soon-to-be-shuttered store. “Just a sign of the times,” sighed another. Only four ACME stores are on the list. But news of the impending[Read More…]

September 7, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supervalu Sheds More Stores

Supervalu Sheds More Stores

The good news from troubled grocery chain Supervalu is that the company isn’t going under, at least not imminently. The bad news is that your local store might be. Supervalu announced today that it will close about 60 “underperforming or non-strategic stores” over the next few months. Southern California will be hardest hit, with 19 area Albertsons locations on the[Read More…]

September 5, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Self-Scan’s Biggest Benefit: Convenience, Cost Savings or Coupons?

Self-Scan’s Biggest Benefit: Convenience, Cost Savings or Coupons?

Back in the Dark Ages of self-scanning at the supermarket – way back in 2011 – customers thought it was cool if they could use a store-provided “wand” to scan their items as they shopped. Yawn, that’s so last year. Now, at least one major supermarket chain is letting customers scan items with their own phone – and soon, you[Read More…]

September 4, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Whole Foods’ Gift Cards Are Better Than Yours

Whole Foods’ Gift Cards Are Better Than Yours

You don’t get the “paper or plastic?” question at Whole Foods Market very often. The green grocery chain did away with plastic bags several years ago, and now it’s sending plastic gift cards to the scrap heap – er, recycling bin – too. Whole Foods has announced that it will introduce two new types of gift cards – one made[Read More…]

September 3, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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