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December 11, 2012
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  Retail Beat 
  • Jewel-Osco offers last chance for Hostess products
    With Hostess Brands out of business, Jewel-Osco says stores in the Chicago area are receiving their final shipment of Twinkies and other items today. About 20,000 boxes will be distributed and will be sold at regular price, a Jewel-Osco representative says. Chicago Sun-Times (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Whole Foods partners with FoodFight on teacher wellness
    The Whole Kids Foundation of Whole Foods Market is working with nonprofit FoodFight to bring a teacher-wellness program to 2,000 teachers in six cities, with additional cities to come. "Our goal is to arm teachers with the critical knowledge and tools they need to change their purchasing and eating habits and become role models for their students," said Carolyn Cohen, co-founder of FoodFight. Progressive Grocer (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Energy-efficient Weis store opens in Pa.
    Weis Markets has opened its first store registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The 163-store chain expects approval from the U.S. Green Building Council. The 65,800-square-foot store in Fogelsville, Pa., has energy-saving features including skylights for natural light and refrigeration technology that cuts emissions by 60%. Supermarket News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
82% of companies have a CX blind spot. Do you?
Discover why 82% of companies offer mediocre experiences. Contrary to popular belief, CX isn't about a beautiful store or good service. Join retail expert Doug Stephens on August 3 to learn how great CX evolves from an ability to understand and identify remarkable moments in the customer journey. Reserve your seat
  • Report outlines shopper-marketing trends
    A study of shopper-marketing trends by Brick Meets Click found that more shoppers are using digital platforms and are willing to share personal data. Looking forward, more digital platforms might aggregate offers and focus on problems important to shoppers, such as health and the environment. Progressive Grocer (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
From Baby Boomer to Millennial
Michael Parrish Dudell, bestselling author and one of nation's leading Millennial voices, explains why now, more than ever, is the time for businesses to anticipate the rapidly evolving expectations of the new workforce or face the very real threat of irrelevance. Read the brief to get the facts on the huge impact Millennials will and are making in the workplace.
  Independent Operator Spotlight 
  • New Seasons selects Collie as president and CEO
    Wendy Collie, most recently president of privately held Knowledge Universe, will join New Seasons Market next month as CEO and president, as well as a board member. "I am honored and excited to lead New Seasons Market, one of the region's most respected employers and grocers, and a dedicated community supporter," said Collie, who also worked for Starbucks. The Oregonian (Portland) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health, Nutrition & Pharmacy 
  • Study suggests obese women eat 3 meals each day
    A study to be published in the journal Obesity found that obese women who ate three meals a day had lower fat in their blood than women who ate the same calories spread over six small meals. University of Missouri researchers say eating fewer but bigger meals is better metabolically and could lower the risk of heart disease. United Press International (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Supplier News 
  • Kellogg expands cereal and Pop-Tarts offerings
    Kellogg is adding several breakfast items, including Pop-Tarts Oatmeal Delights, topped with cinnamon oat crumble and offered in strawberry and maple brown sugar flavors. Cereal being introduced includes Mini-Wheats Crunch, bone-shaped Scooby Doo, Special K Chocolatey Strawberry and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Jacks. The Shelby Report online (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology Solutions 
  • Square adds digital gift card
    Mobile-payment company Square has added a gift-card option for the 250,000 merchants that accept Square Wallet, benefiting small businesses that otherwise might not offer a gift card. "You can send a Square gift card to anyone with an e-mail address," CEO Jack Dorsey said. "If they don't have a smartphone, they can print out a QR code." USA Today (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government Affairs  
  • USDA announces meat and poultry regulations
    The USDA is requiring that meat and poultry producers and importers wait for negative results of pathogen tests before food can enter the marketplace. "Many producers hold products until test results come back," said Elisabeth Hagen, undersecretary for food safety. "We're encouraging others in the industry to make this a routine part of operations." Supermarket News (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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