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1. New CEO named following Safeway-Albertsons deal

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 13, 2015

Retail veteran Robert Miller has been appointed the new CEO of Albertsons, New Albertsons and Safeway, the three supermarket banners included in the recent $9.2 billion Safeway-Albertsons deal, according to parent company AB Acquisition. Miller replaces Safeway CEO Robert Edwards, who will become vice chairman of the board of directors. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (04/11)

2. How Kroger strives for the omnichannel balance

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 14, 2015

Customer feedback is key in shaping a retailer's transition from traditional to omnichannel, said Shashank Saxena, Kroger's director of digital and e-commerce technology. He also advises retailers to keep up with big-picture trends, tweak business models as trends change and take great care when testing changes to core brands. Huffington Post, The (04/12)

3. Why ALDI is underestimated in the U.S. market

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 17, 2015

ALDI is likely "the most underestimated grocery retailer" in the U.S., with operational efficiency that keeps costs low without compromising customer satisfaction, according to a report from the Hartman Group. The German retailer, which expects to have nearly 2,000 stores operating in the U.S. stores by 2018, has a customer base that is "virtually identical" to Wal-Mart's, but its expansive premium, organic and gluten-free ranges also draw in more upscale consumers, the report revealed. FoodNavigator (04/15)

4. Martin's prepares to roll out new small-format store

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 16, 2015

Martin's Super Markets will unveil its new small-format Martin's Express banner next month, the company said. The 26,200-square-foot store, which is designed for easy shopping, will feature a range of the most popular items from Martin's stores, as well as a cafe, Starbucks Coffee kiosk, salad bar, full-service butcher, deli foods and sandwiches. Supermarket News (free registration) (04/15)

5. Meijer launches online ordering, curbside pickup program

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 17, 2015

Meijer is testing online grocery ordering with curbside pickup for more than 23,000 grocery items, prepared foods, specialty cakes and party trays. The service, dubbed Meijer Curbside, is now available at a store in Michigan, with plans for possible expansion throughout the state and in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. Progressive Grocer (04/16)

6. Target taps former Safeway exec for grocery refresh

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 14, 2015

Target has appointed former Safeway executive Anne Dament to serve as its senior vice president of merchandising with food and essentials. In the role, Dament will spearhead Target's efforts to revamp its grocery segment and appeal to shifting consumer habits through efforts including expanding private-label items and offering more organic, gluten-free and local products. The retailer will also focus on specific product categories popular with young, urban consumers, including yogurt, granola, coffee, tea, healthy snacks and craft beer. Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The (04/13) ABC News (04/13)

7. Marsh Supermarkets shuttering 4 Ind. stores amid mounting competition

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 13, 2015

Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model), The (04/09)

8. Publix to re-banner 2 former Lowes Foods stores in N.C.

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 15, 2015

Publix Super Markets has acquired two former Lowes Foods stores in North Carolina, adding to the eight stores the Florida-based chain opened there last year, Publix CEO Ed Crenshaw said. The company plans to remodel and reopen the stores under the Publix banner but has not yet set a date. Progressive Grocer (04/14)

9. Coborn's enters Wis.'s traditional grocery market

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 14, 2015

Coborn's has acquired four Marketplace Foods grocery and liquor stores in Wisconsin in a deal expected to close next month. The newly-acquired stores will continue to operate under the Marketplace Foods banner, and they represent Coborn's first traditional grocery stores in the state, Coborn's spokeswoman Rebecca Kurowski said. St. Cloud Times (Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (04/13)

10. ALDI seeks staff for former Bottom Dollar locations

FMI dailyLead® | Apr 15, 2015

ALDI is hosting a series of job fairs in an effort to hire staff for its new stores opening in former Bottom Dollar locations across New Jersey and Pennsylvania and for some existing ALDI stores. The German-based discount chain purchased all 66 stores from Bottom Dollar last year and is seeking store associates, shift managers and manager trainees. (Morristown, N.J.) (04/14)

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