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Pundits Predict Lower Grocery Prices

Pundits Predict Lower Grocery Prices

If everyone’s prices are low, are anyone’s prices really low? While you ponder that, consider this recent prediction from the retail consultant AMG Strategic Advisors: within three years, the vast majority of retailers will largely ditch sales and promotions in favor of everyday low pricing. Super-savers accustomed to collecting coupons and waiting for sales may shudder at the thought; Walmart[Read More…]

December 26, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Today is the Busiest Grocery Day of the Year! Unless It’s Not.

Today is the Busiest Grocery Day of the Year! Unless It’s Not.

If you need to do some last-minute grocery shopping today, join the crowds. Christmas Eve Day just might be the busiest day of the year at your local supermarket. Unless it was yesterday. Or Saturday, or maybe the day before Thanksgiving. No one’s sure exactly. “Historically, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the grocery[Read More…]

December 24, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Free WiFi! But Is Your Supermarket Spying on You?

Free WiFi! But Is Your Supermarket Spying on You?

Isn’t it nice of your local grocery store to offer free WiFi? That way, you can use your mobile device to email, go online – and have your every move tracked while you shop. Nice! It’s well known that one of the tradeoffs of having a store loyalty card is that your store knows what you’re buying. Plenty of shoppers[Read More…]

December 20, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Commissary Comments on Coupons, Customers – and Closing

Commissary Comments on Coupons, Customers – and Closing

Over the past month, a benefit that’s much-loved by military families and little-known among many civilians has made headlines, as the U.S. Defense Department-operated Commissary grocery stores have been thrust into the middle of a budget-cutting debate. We’ve heard from the U.S. Senator who’s proposed eliminating the commissaries’ taxpayer-funded subsidy, and vocal supporters who have decried any effort to change[Read More…]

December 18, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Visit Your Dollar Store For More Coupons, Sales – and Smokes

Visit Your Dollar Store For More Coupons, Sales – and Smokes

In an increasingly competitive market, what’s a dollar store to do, to stand out? How about offering more coupons, sales – and cigarettes? Dollar General this week spooked investors and pleased shoppers, by expressing concerns about its sales figures and saying it plans to ramp up promotions in order to boost business during the holidays. “Our performance over the Thanksgiving[Read More…]

December 14, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supermarkets Prepare for One Last Twinkie Stampede

Supermarkets Prepare for One Last Twinkie Stampede

If you still have a hankering for a Twinkie, and you don’t want to pay hundreds or thousands (or millions) of dollars to buy one on eBay, hope you’re in the Chicago area, or can get there fast. The local supermarket chain Jewel-Osco today begins selling what it says “is believed to be the final shipment of Twinkies in the[Read More…]

December 11, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.

No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.

If a recent debate over U.S. military commissaries is any indication, the future of the government-subsidized grocery stores is an emotional issue. Many leaped to the commissaries’ defense this week, and some worried their Commissary was effectively getting ready to hold a going-out-of-business sale. You can fault some of the coverage, that may have overly simplified a complex and nuanced[Read More…]

December 6, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
“Whole Foods Quality With Walmart Pricing” Doesn’t Quite Work Out

“Whole Foods Quality With Walmart Pricing” Doesn’t Quite Work Out

“Fresh & Easy”? More like Costly & Failing. The British owner of the California-based, no-frills grocery store chain says it may be time to pack it in. At a time when ALDI is taking the U.S. by storm, Fresh & Easy represented another foreign-owned small-format grocer when it arrived on U.S. shores five years ago. It expanded to about 200[Read More…]

December 6, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
U.S. Military’s Grocery Stores Come Under Fire

U.S. Military’s Grocery Stores Come Under Fire

(Dec. 6th update: Read the latest developments here: “No, Your Commissary Is Not Closing. Not Yet, Anyway.”) (Dec. 18th update: And read even more here: “Commissary Comments on Coupons, Customers – and Closing”) If U.S. service members want to save on their groceries, shouldn’t they just clip coupons and shop the sales like the rest of us? That’s the gist[Read More…]

December 4, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supermarkets Crave Store-Brand Twinkies

Supermarkets Crave Store-Brand Twinkies

Hostess may be no more, but what would you think about “Great Value Twinkies”? “Market Pantry Ding Dongs”? Or Kroger putting “Wonder Bread” labels on its store-brand bread? It could happen. As the snack maker goes through liquidation, and eager fans grab what few Hostess treats remain on supermarket shelves (read: “Twinkies Sell Like Hotcakes”), the company says there’s a[Read More…]

December 3, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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