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When “New Low Prices” Are Neither New, Nor Low (For Long)

When “New Low Prices” Are Neither New, Nor Low (For Long)

It’s an age-old question – which do grocery shoppers like more, sales and coupons that offer big savings off high regular prices, or just plain low prices? The country’s largest grocery chain is changing its strategy a bit, but its “new low prices” strategy is not exactly new, and its prices may not stay low. Read over this piece of[Read More…]

Monday, February 4, 2013, 9:12 AM Grocery & Retail News
Food Fight: Kraft Sues Restaurant Over “Cracker Barrel”-Branded Products

Food Fight: Kraft Sues Restaurant Over “Cracker Barrel”-Branded Products

Hear the name “Cracker Barrel” and what do you think of? For decades, the cheese and the restaurant have peacefully co-existed, even though they’re completely separate brands that just happen to share the same name. But the peaceful coexistence has been shaken, as the restaurant’s plans to expand into your local grocery store has Kraft crying foul. Kraft, the maker[Read More…]

Friday, February 1, 2013, 10:34 AM Grocery & Retail News
One Doomed Grocer Digs In, Another Gives Up

One Doomed Grocer Digs In, Another Gives Up

In her famously cheerful book “On Death and Dying,” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross identified five stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. One troubled grocery chain on the West Coast appears to be entering stage one, while another troubled grocery chain on the Gulf Coast has made it all the way to stage five. Nearly two months after its[Read More…]

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:10 PM Grocery & Retail News
Sorry, Louisiana (and Others), No Cheap Milk for You

Sorry, Louisiana (and Others), No Cheap Milk for You

Small-government advocates are in a bit of an uproar, about authorities telling us how much we should pay for milk. “Louisiana Milk Police Combat Prices That Are Too Reasonable,” headlines Libertarian magazine Reason.com. “Holy cow!” says Fox News. “Udderly ridiculous,” writes the conservative news site WND. They’re all reacting to a recent news report that’s not necessarily news to people[Read More…]

Monday, January 28, 2013, 12:42 PM Grocery & Retail News
Helpful Hint: Don’t Use Your Store Loyalty Card to Commit a Crime

Helpful Hint: Don’t Use Your Store Loyalty Card to Commit a Crime

Never mind discounts and digital coupons, here’s one way your grocery store loyalty card can help you get stuff for free – just use it to break into someone’s house and steal their food. That turned out not to be such a great idea for a York, South Carolina man last week. The Herald newspaper reports that a 28-year-old homeowner[Read More…]

Sunday, January 27, 2013, 9:35 PM Grocery & Retail News
Who Will Blink First on Credit Card Swipe Fees?

Who Will Blink First on Credit Card Swipe Fees?

If you’re going shopping this weekend, and paying with a credit card – watch out. Beginning Sunday, stores can charge you extra for it. Under the terms of a settlement reached last year, stores will have the option of adding a surcharge for credit card payments – passing the cost that they already pay to the credit card companies, on[Read More…]

Friday, January 25, 2013, 3:10 PM Grocery & Retail News
Will We Ever Really Order All Our Groceries Online?

Will We Ever Really Order All Our Groceries Online?

Remember when Webvan was going to revolutionize the supermarket industry? Ordering your groceries online and having them delivered to your doorstep was going to be the way we all shopped in the future. But Webvan went bust a dozen years ago. So is it the future yet? In an era when music stores have been supplanted by music downloads, and[Read More…]

Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 12:11 PM Grocery & Retail News
Doomed Grocery Store Gets Kicked While It’s Down

Doomed Grocery Store Gets Kicked While It’s Down

Poor Fresh & Easy – apparently routinely and illegally overcharging its customers wasn’t even enough to keep it afloat. Now, the troubled chain will have to pay fines it can’t afford, and agree to a pricing program that may well outlive it. San Diego’s District Attorney announced today that Fresh & Easy has been ordered to pay $833,136 in penalties[Read More…]

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:24 PM Grocery & Retail News
No Commissaries, No Problem?

No Commissaries, No Problem?

Judging by the vocal reaction from military families late last year, any proposal that would affect their commissary benefit is not a popular one. But a new survey suggests that many military families are actually fine with the idea. Really. That word comes from First Command Financial Services, a financial planning company that serves members of the U.S. military. Its[Read More…]

Friday, January 18, 2013, 9:28 AM Grocery & Retail News
We’re Closing, But We Care – Sweetbay to Shut Down a Third of Its Stores

We’re Closing, But We Care – Sweetbay to Shut Down a Third of Its Stores

Kevin the Meatbay Butcher is not amused. The personable, punny public face of the Florida-based Sweetbay grocery chain’s Facebook page fell silent today, so his platform could be taken over for a more pressing matter. The Sweetbay Facebook page became an impromptu counseling session, to help customers and employees take in the news that a third of the chain’s stores[Read More…]

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:02 PM Grocery & Retail News
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