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1. Ahold, Delhaize seal $29B merger deal

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 24, 2015

Netherlands-based international supermarket operator Ahold has struck a merger agreement with Belgium-based Delhaize, a deal that would create a retail conglomerate with significant operations in the U.S. and Europe. The combined $29 billion company would operate 6,500 stores worldwide with banners including Stop & Shop, Giant and Food Lion. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/24) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/24)

2. Why Meijer resonates with millennials

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 26, 2015

Meijer's culture and history of making local connections resonates with millennial consumers, and although the demographic is often linked to demand for transparency and trust, that demand spans across generations, Meijer President JK Symancyk said Thursday. The retailer's status as a privately-held company allows it to keep its focus on the customer and its mission to serve them, he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (06/25)

3. How the Ahold-Delhaize merger will affect the market

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 25, 2015

The planned merger between Ahold and Delhaize Group would form a food retailer that would account for about 4.6% of the grocery market in the U.S., where the European company would do about 60% of its sales through banners including Food Lion, Stop & Shop and Giant. The deal would put the company in a good place to compete with Safeway, Albertsons and Wal-Mart, and "adds scale, allows us [to invest more] in innovation, and provides opportunities to develop our store formats in a highly competitive market," said Dick Boer, Ahold's CEO, who will lead the combined company. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (06/24) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/24)

4. Kroger keeps growth going in the center of the store

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 29, 2015

Kroger continues to report growth in the center store, driven in part by the retailer's investments in its coffee selection, efforts to reorganize center-store sections to make them more intuitive and a growing selection of natural and organic packaged foods. "We are probably one of the few outlets that continues to grow units in the center of the store, and...with as big a piece of business as that is for us or any more traditional or conventional retailer, it's important that those categories grow nicely," Kroger's Chief Financial Officer Mike Schlotman said. (free registration) (06/26)

5. Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Markets have a major advantage, experts say

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 26, 2015

Wal-Mart's Neighborhood Market concept has a major advantage over other industry players, bringing Wal-Mart's Supercenter prices to smaller, more easily accessible locations in urban areas, according to Moody's analysts. The retailer's 645-store Neighborhood Market concept is expected to eventually outnumber Wal-Mart's more than 3,400 Supercenters, the analysts predict, noting that the format has a "distinct competitive advantage over virtually anyone." Business Insider (06/24)

6. Wal-Mart shakes up supplier fees to offset wage hikes

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 25, 2015

Wal-Mart Stores informed 10,000 suppliers last week that fees and agreements will be changing soon, including amended payment terms that charge uniform fees for stocking items in new stores and warehousing inventory. The cost-sharing measure differs from the retailer's previous business strategy and "suggests that they are seeking areas to offset their increased investment in wages, as well as offset their lack of organic revenue growth," Tabs Group's Head of Consumer and Retail Analytics Kurt Jetta said. Reuters (06/23)

7. H-E-B, Publix, Trader Joe's offer top experiences, report says

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 24, 2015

H-E-B, Publix and Trader Joe's were ranked among the top four companies for consumer interaction in the 2015 Temkin Emotion Ratings. The retailers were the highest-ranked grocers, according to the rankings, and ALDI and Hy-Vee were also ranked high in the grocery category. Progressive Grocer (06/23)

8. Wegmans on track to open 1st urban store in Boston

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 30, 2015

Wegmans said it is committed to opening its first urban location in Boston's Fenway neighborhood by 2018, anchoring a $500 million mixed-use development project that will also include additional retail space, apartments, offices and parking. The city's Redevelopment Authority approved 75,000 square feet of grocery space for the new Wegmans location. (06/29) American City Business Journals (06/26)

9. Private labels must perform to stay on Kroger's shelves

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 25, 2015

Kroger treats its private-label items the same as other brands when it comes to performance and allows category managers to control whether private-label products are discontinued if they do not perform well. "It's not good for the category overall if you have items on the shelf that aren't moving because it can degrade the view of the category," Kroger's Chief Financial Officer Michael Schlotman said. "If they don't pull their weight on the shelf by sales, they will get discontinued." Supermarket News (free registration) (06/24)

10. Kroger readies for opening of largest Cincinnati store

FMI dailyLead® | Jun 30, 2015

American City Business Journals (06/29)

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