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Issues

Brand-centric focus

QUINCY, Mass. — Ahold Delhaize’s Ahold USA and Delhaize America divisions have announced a restructuring effort designed to strengthen their retail brands’ connection with their customers while also leveraging the combined company’s size and scale in such behind-the-scenes functions as financial and legal services, information technology, and not-for-resale procurement. As part of that move to

Dollar General unveils small-format concept

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General Corp. has opened its first small-format DGX stores, premiering the concept in Nashville and Raleigh, N.C. “We are excited about our new smaller-store concept and the opportunity to serve busy city dwellers with everyday-low prices on the essentials they need in a convenient, easy-to-shop format,” said chief executive officer Todd

Aldi set to reinvigorate store base

BATAVIA, Ill. — With more people shopping its grocery stores than ever before, Aldi recently announced an aggressive $1.6 billion investment, with an extensive plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 U.S. stores by 2020. The new store look, according to Aldi, delivers on its customers’ desire for a modern and convenient shopping experience

Time for supermarkets to take action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If the operators of traditional supermarkets intend to command as prominent a position on the retailing scene of the future as they do today, they must act audaciously to fend off competition from a growing range of sources, in particular e-commerce, and stay in sync with the changing expectations of consumers. Driven

Crenshaw, Colalillo are honored by FMI

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has honored two supermarket veterans for their contributions to the industry. Ed Crenshaw, chairman and former chief executive officer at Publix Super Markets Inc., was named winner of the Sidney R. Rabb Award, FMI’s highest honor, for excellence in serving the consumer, the community and the industry. FMI

Albertsons hires Disney exec

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. has appointed Narayan Iyengar as senior vice president of digital marketing and e-commerce. In this role, he will be responsible for leading all aspects of digital marketing, including loyalty programs, shopper marketing and the overall digital presence, as well as the e-commerce business, which includes home delivery. “As a company,

Kroger’s Fey succeeded by Clontz

CINCINNATI — Jerry Clontz, who recently served as senior vice president of operations for Harris Teeter LLC, has been named president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. He succeeds Joe Fey, who retired earlier this month. “Jerry is a proven leader who is passionate about this business and the success of his associates,” said Sukanya Madlinger, Kroger’s

Big issues loom over industry

Big issues loom over industry

The convention season began in earnest earlier this month with the NACDS Regional Chain Conference. This event, traditionally one of the more anticipated on the NACDS meetings calendar, is noted for setting the tone for the many meetings, conferences and trade shows that follow throughout the year. Devoid of the country’s largest retailers, and the

Grocers’ challenge in health, wellness

Grocers’ challenge in health, wellness

During wide-ranging remarks at the recent FMI Midwinter Executive Conference, Leslie Sarasin reiterated an important point about the nation’s supermarkets — the stores are ideally positioned to play a dominant role in meeting consumer demand for products and services that support health and wellness. The Food Marketing Institute’s president and chief executive officer talked about

Retail talent search

NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation kicked off its recent Big Show conference here with a discussion of the industry’s changing jobs picture, and the launch of an initiative meant to help stores and retailers find and retain the employees they will need to succeed in the future. “The jobs in the retail industry

Walmart U.S., Sam’s executives shuffled

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart is realigning its top management at its Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club units as the company moves to have several executives oversee both online and in-store operations. Doug McMillon, the company’s president and chief executive officer, said in a memo to employees that the moves were made to help Walmart become

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