Author Archives: Grocery Headquarters

Future Forces: A new breed of retailer

Think about the possibilities of combining the best traits of two retailers. By Patrick Kiernan By now you may be living with one of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Food Forum: Addressing food production concerns

Technology is vital to maintaining a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply. By Jeff Simmons In a world of increasing food insecurity, millions of … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

The power of brands

Despite private label pressure, national brands continue to influence the supermarket landscape. By Craig Levitt To paraphrase Mark Twain, the demise of national CPG … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Cover Stories

From the Publisher: Checking out

Albertsons’ decision to eliminate self-checkouts should get retailers thinking about the overall role of technology in their stores.   By Seth Mendelson I am … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Spicing up soup sales

Manufacturers are looking to ethnic flavors, packaging enhancements and healthier offerings to invigorate soup sales. By Craig Levitt Soup sales are, to be blunt, … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 07 Article Archives, Center Store

USDA Announces Proposed Rule to Better Label Raw Meat and Poultry Containing Added Solutions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is proposing a new rule to establish common, easy-to-understand names for raw … Continue reading

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Getting on the brand wagon

Despite private label pressure, national brands continue to influence the supermarket landscape. By Craig Levitt To paraphrase Mark Twain, the demise of national CPG … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Center Store

Meat & Greet

Excellent meats, homemade prepared foods, local produce and groceries, plus outstanding customer service, are helping Edwards Food Giant carve out a niche. By Richard … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Retail Spotlights

State dinner

Attendees got the royal treatment at the Summer Fancy Food Show’s new venue in Washington, D.C. By Richard Turcsik Judging from the crowds, it … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Upfront

Working it out

Innovative workforce management solutions help grocers maximize staff productivity and bolster customer service. By Deena M. Amato-McCoy Labor continues to account for about 40% … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Tech Solutions

Naturally chilly

Natural refrigerants, improved compressor technology and monitoring systems are among the advancements in refrigeration systems. By Kim Ann Zimmermann Like many of the foods … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Equipment, Design & Operations

Talking Shop with… Jim Travis

The vice president of sales for the specialty coffee business at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters shares his thoughts on what the fast growing single-cup … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Talking Shop

Talking Shop with… Scot Aitcheson

The vice president of Yale dealer sales for Yale Materials Handling Corp. says that changes in warehouse operations are driving lift truck design. What … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Talking Shop

Sounding Board: Five scary digits

A California Supreme Court ruling restricting retailers from collecting ZIP codes could lead to costly penalties and impact how consumer data is gathered going … Continue reading

Posted in 2011 08 Article Archives, Columns

Publix Offers Customers Free Diabetes Screenings

LAKELAND, Fla., July 27, 2011 – Publix Super Markets will offer free diabetes screenings at more than 800 Publix stores this year. Appointments are … Continue reading

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Meijer Announces New Store Concept in Chicago Market

Less than two years after launching its first new format store in the Chicago market, Meijer is delivering another new concept to its Chicago-area … Continue reading

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Walmart to Open up to 300 Stores Serving USDA Food Deserts by 2016

Walmart announced that it will open between 275-300 stores serving the Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated food desert areas between now and 2016. These … Continue reading

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BI-LO Introduces Shopper-friendly E-coupon Program

Beginning Wednesday, July 27, BI-LO will offer customers exclusive e-coupons, providing them one more convenient way to save when shopping in stores.  The new … Continue reading

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Safeway, United Natural Foods Sign Distribution Agreement

United Natural Foods, Inc. announced that it has signed a three-year distribution agreement with Safeway. A brief transition period from Safeway’s current distributors is … Continue reading

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Supervalu and Save-A-Lot Join First Lady Michelle Obama to Announce Agreement With the Partnership for A Healthier America

SUPERVALU and its wholly owned subsidiary, Save-A-Lot FoodStores, joined First Lady Michelle Obama in announcing that it has reached a memorandum of understanding with … Continue reading

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A&P to Offer Discounts on Baby Items

The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company announced the launch of a new program to help customers save on their baby-related purchases.  Members of … Continue reading

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FMI Releases Research Aid on Access to Healthier Foods

The Food Marketing Institute has released of Access to Healthier Foods: Opportunities and Challenges for Food Retailers in Underserved Areas, a research resource exploring … Continue reading

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United Fresh Working Group Updating Audits Benchmarking Matrix

The United Fresh Produce Association’s Food Safety and Technology Council has re-opened the Audits Benchmarking Matrix for updating and inclusion of other fresh produce … Continue reading

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FMI Supports Repeal to Allow OTC Eligibility for Flexible Spending Arrangements

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) endorsed the Restoring Access to Medication Act (S. 1368/H.R. 2529), legislation allowing consumers the freedom to use their flexible … Continue reading

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Giant Eagle Opening Two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Fueling Stations

Building on its longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, multi-format food and fuel retailer Giant Eagle, Inc. unveiled its first two compressed natural gas (CNG) … Continue reading

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