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July 2017

Tue
18

Amazon launches meal kit service

The company has filed for a trademark for a service that touts, "We do the prep. You be the chef," and is already selling kits to select customers in the U.S.
Sat
15

CPG startups disrupting the dinosaurs

Two CPG startups with unconventional business models show why retailers and big brands have more to worry about than Amazon and Lidl.
Sun
09

Target rolls out next day delivery

Target has launched a pilot program aimed to help consumers get their grocery essentials delivered faster. 

June 2017

Mon
26

2017 Amazon Prime Day poised to be biggest ever

New data suggest that more consumers than ever plan to shop Amazon's 2017 Prime Day sale. 
Mon
26

Albertsons revamps merchandising, marketing team

Albertsons is strengthening its merchandising and marketing operations with two new appointments.
Mon
26

Dollar General has a new chief merchant

Dollar General has hired a former top Family Dollar executive to be its new chief merchandising officer.
Thu
22

Kroger CEO: We have advantages over Amazon

June 22, 2017 — Amazon.com’s deal to buy Whole Foods Market will change the supermarket landscape, but Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen believes Kroger has some built-in advantages.
Thu
22

China leads the way on online grocery

While Amazon, Walmart and other food retailers duke it out to establish themselves as the disruptor of the grocery sector, China already has the world's largest online grocery market.
Thu
22

Wegmans not planning on speeding up expansion

While an analyst says Wegmans Food Markets should accelerate its expansion along the East Coast, the company says it will stick to a slow rollout of new stores. 
Thu
22

Target's 'big bet' takes shape in Texas

Target has reimagined the store experience in a big way in the Lone Star State.
Mon
19

Southeastern Grocers loses 'turnaround chief'

A little more than two years after he was tasked with improving operations at Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, Harveys and Fresco y Más grocery stores, the president and chief executive of Southeastern Grocers is leaving.
Mon
19

Walmart has a new chief hipster

The founder of online apparel retailer Bonobos, Andy Dunn, will be in charge of all of Walmart’s vertically integrated operations.
Mon
19

Inside the mind of Whole Foods CEO John Mackey

A Texas Monthly cover story provides deep insight into the mindset of Whole Foods Co-Founder and CEO John Mackey and what might have led to the Amazon deal.
Mon
19

'Going local' just got easier at ShopRite

ShopRite has revealed plans to expand its Locally Grown program, which offers a wide variety of products throughout the supermarket, including farm-raised beef, seafood, flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, honey, craft beer and roasted coffees.
Mon
19

Costco steps up scrutiny of toxic chemicals

The warehouse is following in the footsteps of retailers such as Walmart, Target and CVS in asking suppliers to disclose the presence of certain chemicals.
Mon
19

Lidl brings its version of cheap groceries to America

Lidl has opened its first U.S. stores — including nine sites in Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina — giving American consumers their first look inside the Germany-based grocer that is positioned to compete head on with Walmart and Aldi.
Fri
16

Amazon makes a $13.7B bet on groceries

Amazon's plan to buy Whole Foods has sparked much debate about how the online retail giant could transform the U.S. grocery industry.
Fri
16

Kroger comps slide for second straight quarter

Profits at the country's largest grocery chain are sliding, but Kroger says it remains laser-focused on providing customers with the right value proposition.. 
Thu
15

Fresco Y Mas makes a cultural connection

Southeastern Grocers is expanding its Hispanic banner to 18 stores in South Florida.
Thu
15

Amazon Go is a go

Amazon is hiring a senior real estate manager to execute a strategic plan involving locations for future Amazon Go grocery stores.
Wed
14

Wegmans jumps on the grocery delivery bandwagon

Wegmans Food Markets has cut a deal with Instacart to offer delivery from its stores along the East Coast.
Wed
14

Jet.com jettisons Costco's private label brands

Walmart's Jet.com business is phasing out hundreds of products sold under Costco's Kirkland Signature brand from its assortment.
Mon
12

Target goes back to 'keep it simple'

Target says it is streamlining its digital operations to better compete with Amazon, Walmart and other retailers.
Mon
12

Space: The new supply chain frontier

In a world where speed and convenience rule, supply chain planning needs to look a lot different, leverage new tools and focus on the center of the shoppers’ universe.
Mon
12

Getting Workforce Management Right

No matter how far flung a company’s operations are or how complex compensation rules are, employers have a non-negotiable obligation to provide a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. 
Mon
12

Aldi readies for battle with Lidl

Aldi will invest $3.4 billion in the U.S. to grow from 1,600 stores to 2,500 over the next five years, as rival Lidl prepares to open its first U.S. stores.
Mon
12

Fred's still bullish on Walgreens-Rite Aid deal

According to a new SEC filing, Fred's Pharmacy has acquired the financing it needs to buy 1,200 Rite Aid stores, a condition of the proposed Walgreens-Rite Aid merger.  
Mon
12

Forrester shares view on future of pricing

Dynamic pricing has arrived and new research from Forrester Consulting shows shoppers are ready to embrace the phenomenon.
Thu
08

GMA to honor grocery industry icon

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will present Bob Mariano, the former chairman, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Inc., with its Hall of Achievement Award in September. 
Thu
08

Instacart is changing the way Americans shop for groceries

The company is planning to fill grocery delivery voids in smaller markets all across the country, giving it even more market share as it battles Amazon, Fresh Direct, Shipt and other services.
Thu
08

Gwyneth Paltrow + Serena Williams = more CPG disruption

There's another entrant in the direct-to-consumer food category, and this one has the backing of mega celebs Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams.
Wed
07

Amazon patents technology for robotic janitors

Amazon has won patent approval for technology that would allow transport inventory robots in its warehouses to handle janitorial duties and other jobs. 
Wed
07

FedEx CEO outlines the keys to business success

Hiring good people, sticking with core values and seeking a competitive advantage have been the keys to success for FedEx, founder and CEO Fred Smith said.
Wed
07

Albertsons makes a historic move in Oregon

The Albertsons Companies is positioning itself as a leader when it comes to contraception and Medicaid.
Wed
07

Here's what Walmart's grocery ATM looks like

The retail giant has set up an automated kiosk in Oklahoma City that allows shoppers to pick up groceries at any time of the day or week.  
Tue
06

Lidl's U.S. strategy includes supermodel apparel

The retailer has inked a deal with Heidi Klum, who will offer an exclusive fashion line at Lidl stores in the United States.
Tue
06

Amazon fires at Walmart with new Prime offer

Amazon is discounting its Prime membership for low-income consumers on food stamps and other government assistance.
Mon
05

Retail vet to be named CEO of Carrefour

The chief executive of French electronics retailer Fnac Darty is set to be appointed CEO of Carrefour, one of the largest mass retailers in the world.  
Mon
05

Dollar General invests in growth plan

Dollar General has cut the ribbon on a new distribution center aimed at facilitating the retailer's goal of 1,000 new stores in fiscal 2017.
Mon
05

Blue Apron sales to top $1 billion

Meal kit provider Blue Apron is going public and some of the figures it shares with potential investors are sure to stun competitors.
Fri
02

Meijer is opening a new format

Meijer plans to open a smaller urban-format store in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., under a different moniker: Bridge Street Market.
Fri
02

Walmart CEO outlines the future of shopping

Doug McMillon says competing aggressively on technology is important, but that Walmart's success will depend on on the efforts of its associates.
Fri
02

How food stamp cuts may hurt retailers

Households on SNAP benefits could lose more than $100 a month if Congress approves President Trump's budget.
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