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1. Amazon to enter drive-thru grocery market, sources say

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 27, 2015

Amazon is reportedly planning to launch a drive-thru grocery concept in California, where customers would be able to place orders online and pick them up at the facility at a chosen time. Sources said an Amazon subsidiary has already acquired a Sunnyvale, Calif., site that would include a 11,600-square-foot warehouse and eight car stalls. "We are seeing the emergence of the next generation of the food distribution system," Brick Meets Click Chief Architect Bill Bishop said. The Verge (07/25) American City Business Journals (07/24)

2. Whole Foods announces openings of 1st 365 stores

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 30, 2015

Whole Foods Market will roll out the first five units of its new 365 by Whole Foods Market small-format stores in the second half of 2016, with plans to add 10 more in 2017, the company said. The first 365 stores, which will be about 30,000 square feet in size, will be located in Los Angeles' Silver Lake neighborhood, Santa Monica, Calif., Portland, Ore., Houston and Bellevue, Wash. Supermarket News (free registration) (07/29)

3. K-VA-T acquires 29 BI-LO stores in Tenn., Ga.

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 24, 2015

K-VA-T Food Stores will purchase 29 BI-LO stores in Tennessee and Georgia with plans to convert the stores to its Food City banner, the companies announced Thursday. The deal expands K-VA-T's portfolio by 28% and the transitions should be complete by early October. Supermarket News (free registration) (07/23)

4. Haggen's road to expansion turns bumpy

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 29, 2015

Haggen's roll-out of 146 new stores has been complicated by a lawsuit filed by Albertsons over unpaid assets and criticism from a local labor union following worker layoffs and reduced hours that are part of an effort to cut costs at some locations in the retailer's new Southwest division. "Our challenge is to establish and grow the brand in competitive new markets," Haggen's Pacific Southwest CEO Bill Shaner said. American City Business Journals (07/28) The Seattle Times (07/27)

5. SuperValu growth plans could include Save-A-Lot spin-off

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 29, 2015

SuperValu will consider creating a separate, publicly-traded company for its Save-A-Lot discount grocery banner, in an effort to find more growth opportunities in a competitive industry, the retailer said Tuesday. The Save-A-Lot chain has more than 1,300 stores nationwide, with plans to open 100 more by early 2016. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (07/28)

6. 99 Cents Only picks former Wal-Mart exec as new merchandising chief

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 28, 2015

Supermarket News (free registration) (07/27)

7. Raley's picks new natural, organic foods supplier, sources say

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 30, 2015

Supermarket News (free registration) (07/29)

8. How Wal-Mart, Target CEOs have built momentum in 1 year

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 29, 2015

Wal-Mart and Target saw new CEOs take the helm one year ago, and they have both launched efforts to build momentum for the retailers in a competitive market. Under Greg Foran, Wal-Mart is in the process of boosting its minimum wage and improving operations and fresh foods, while Target has posted a 36% increase in share prices under Brian Cornell following its departure from the Canadian market as it moves forward with updating its merchandise mix with a focus on grocery, style, kids and wellness. CNBC (07/28)

9. Kroger, ALDI host hiring events to support growth

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 28, 2015

Retailers Kroger and ALDI are hiring new employees to support growth. Kroger will hold a job fair in Indiana to fill 1,200 positions at stores across the state, while ALDI is holding recruiting events through August to fill openings at stores in four Alabama markets. The Huntsville Times (Ala.) (07/27) The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (07/27)

10. Wal-Mart tops global retail list

FMI dailyLead® | Jul 30, 2015

Wal-Mart was named first on a list of top global retailers for 2015 compiled by Planet Retail based on sales forecasts for this year. Wal-Mart earned the top spot with sales projected to reach $527.8 billion and a focus on strategic initiatives that include growing e-commerce and restoring its performance in some global markets, according to Robert Gregory, Planet Retail's head of advisory. Costco Wholesale, Carrefour, Kroger and Tesco rounded out the list's top five. Supermarket News (free registration) (07/29)

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