Wal-Mart US chief makes progress on store improvements | Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo parent to cut 250 non-store jobs | Meijer names 26-year company veteran as new president
 
October 5, 2015
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Wal-Mart US chief makes progress on store improvements
Wal-Mart US chief makes progress on store improvements
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Wal-Mart US CEO Greg Foran set an ambitious timetable for making the company's 4,600 US stores easier to shop, and embarked on a schedule of surprise visits to find problems and fix them. The retailer said it has met its Oct. 1 deadline on some fronts, including shortening checkout lines, but it's still working on cutting costs and on Friday the company announced 450 job cuts at headquarters. Bloomberg (10/2)
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Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo parent to cut 250 non-store jobs
Winn-Dixie, Harveys and Bi-Lo parent Southeastern Grocers is cutting 250 support office jobs at its Jacksonville, Fla., headquarters and regional centers across seven states. "The changes will enable Southeastern Grocers to reinvest in improved quality, service and value for customers, develop store improvement programs across the network and support the stores more effectively," the company said. Supermarket News (free registration) (10/2)
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Kroger tries out smart shelving in Cincinnati store
Kroger tries out smart shelving in Cincinnati store
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Kroger is experimenting with "smart shelf" technology in a Cincinnati-area store, installing 2,200 Edge shelves that can show digital price tags and ads. The technology, developed by Kroger, might also eventually have the ability to communicate with shoppers' smartphones, read their shopping lists and light up products when shoppers approach the shelves. The Cincinnati Enquirer (tiered subscription model) (10/2)
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Remke Markets looks to data to personalize loyalty program
Remke Markets has launched a new loyalty marketing program that features a data analysis platform from ProLogic Retail Services that can help the retailer track purchase data and engage customers with personalized offers. The program targets different types of shoppers with offers based on previous purchases, such as top shoppers, new shoppers, lapsed shoppers and category-specific shoppers. Progressive Grocer (10/2)
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Associated Food promotes "ugly" produce with Misfit program
Associated Food promotes "ugly" produce with "Misfit" program
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Several Associated Food Stores have partnered with Robinson Fresh to launch a produce program that offers a discount variety of "ugly" seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Misfit program aims to raise awareness and encourage the reduction of food waste, and offers a treasure hunt experience for customers, the companies said. Supermarket News (free registration) (10/2), Progressive Grocer (9/30)
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Supplier News
Promised Land gets seasonal with pumpkin-flavored milk
Promised Land Dairy launched a new seasonal Pumpkin Spice milk that features pumpkin flavor and a holiday spice blend. The limited-edition milk will be available through December at some Brookshire Bros., H-E-B, Central Market and Kroger stores in Texas. DairyFoods.com (10/1)
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Havas introduces Keurig Kold and all your favorite cold drinks
Havas Worldwide New York, with Brand New School, has created a 30-second "Make Your Favorite Cold Drinks" spot for Keurig Kold that starts with a batch of Coca-Cola. The ad interplays logos of the many cold soda brands available with vibrant graphics and glimpses of the drinks being made. "It's that rare opportunity to help create the first impression of the brand, so it needs to have a strong perspective and be filled with memorable and iconic moments," said Brand New School's Chris Dooley. Adweek (10/1)
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FMI Spotlight
Food retail social media manager interview: Leah McGrath with Ingles
FMI research suggests that more and more food retailers are investing in the role of the supermarket registered dietitian. As supermarkets transform into health care destinations, RDs remain critical resources to answer the demands of today's health-conscious shoppers. Understanding the opportunity for shopper engagement regarding wellness, we chatted with Leah McGrath RD, LDN, corporate dietitian for Ingles Markets Inc., about how she's leveraging social media as a tool to educate customers. In addition to having her own dietitian Twitter handle and Facebook page, Leah also runs @InglesDietitian. With more than 9,200 followers, she's part of the new wave of social media savvy supermarket dietitians. Read more.
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Global Update
UK shoppers must now pay for their plastic bags
Britain's retailers must now charge about 8 cents apiece for plastic carrier bags, under a new law aimed at cutting waste and raising about $110 million a year for charity. Merchants have replaced the thin free bags with thicker plastic bags designed to hold up over several shopping trips. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (10/5), The Grocer (U.K.) (10/5)
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Food Safety and Security
Texas Star pulls macadamia nuts, trail mix over salmonella fears
Possible salmonella contamination prompted the recall of Texas Star Nut and Food Co.'s Nature's Eats Natural Macadamia Nuts and Southern Grove Simply Raw Trail Mix from the market. Affected products, sold in 6- and 8-ounce packages, respectively, were sold at retail establishments in Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Texas between June 20 and Sept. 9. Food Poisoning Bulletin (10/3)
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