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1. How Trader Joe's workers help set the chain apart

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 23, 2015

Trader Joe's employees are part of the reason the chain's shopping experience stands out from competitors, David DiSalvo writes. "What this all amounts to is a shopping experience that changes my mind about shopping experiences. Trader Joe's proves that even when you get the other elements of the experience right, people still matter most," he writes. Forbes (02/19)

2. ALDI maps aggressive expansion plans for Texas, U.S.

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2015

Germany-based discount supermarket chain ALDI has opened 89 stores in Texas since entering the state in 2010, and it sees the potential to grow to 450. The chain, whose stores are smaller than typical supermarkets and feature mainly private-label products, plans to have about 2,000 U.S. stores by 2018. Dallas Morning News (free content), The (02/24)

3. Target to double its organic, natural product program

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2015

Target's Made to Matter program will double the number of natural, sustainable and organic products to more than 200 in its second year, through exclusive deals with 31 brands. The program features products ranging from new Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors to fair-trade soccer balls, all of which will be sold exclusively at Target for six months. Star Tribune (Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.) (02/20)

4. Albertsons operating chief to retire after 4 decades with retailer

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 24, 2015

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5. Food sales will fuel Target's future growth, CEO says

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 26, 2015

Food sales are key to keeping Target shoppers coming back more often, and the retailer is working to continue upgrading its food selection with more organic, natural and gluten-free products, CEO Brian Cornell said. "[F]ood is going to play a very important role and complement our other signature categories to make sure we drive traffic to our stores and to our website," he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (02/25)

6. How Hannaford measures up with sustainability

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 25, 2015

The sustainability practices employed by Hannaford Supermarkets has saved the grocer $15 million annually, diverted 125 million pounds of waste from landfills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 430 million pounds, according to a study by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. Manomet awarded 179 of the grocer's 184 stores with its Grocery Stewardship Certification last year, while the five remaining stores received provisional certifications, the study found. Progressive Grocer (02/23)

7. Meijer makes bigger moves into fashion

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 23, 2015

Michigan-based supermarket chain Meijer aims to double its apparel sales, which now comprise about 8% to 10% of total sales, Group Vice President Lynn Hempe said. The retailer will revamp its fashion racks, boost advertising in glossy fashion magazines and launch its own fashion publications and a style website. Detroit Free Press (02/21)

8. What the Albertsons-Safeway merger looks like today

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 23, 2015

The merger of Albertsons and Safeway has created a company with about 2,240 stores with combined sales of $58.3 billion. The newly-created company, which will maintain the retailers' pre-merger banners, is among the top five grocery retailers in the country, according to Supermarket News' Western Retail Editor Elliot Zwiebach. "The new entity is quite a powerful company," he said. Supermarket News (free registration) (02/13)

9. Kmart expands K-Fresh concept with Ohio supercenter rebrand

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 20, 2015

Kmart has converted a supercenter in Chillicothe, Ohio, to the retailer's new K-Fresh concept, adding to the two K-Fresh stores piloted in Illinois and Hawaii, with a fourth one planned in Pennsylvania. The K-Fresh concept is part of the retailer's move away from supercenters, and the new stores offer a wider selection of grocery items than the chain's Kmart stores. Chillicothe Gazette (Ohio) (02/16)

10. Out-of-stocks: 3 strikes and you're out

FMI dailyLead® | Feb 23, 2015

In this consumer-driven landscape many business imperatives remain, but the struggle around on-shelf availability is more than just a revenue problem. With our trading partners at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, FMI recently commissioned a study conducted by JDA Software that shows a disturbing three-strikes-and-you're-out pattern when it comes to customer loyalty. Read more.

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