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Retailers need to see what consumers want

Retailers need to see what consumers want

The past month has seen retailers from Amazon.com to Target Corp. to Kroger Co. launch new online grocery shopping ­initiatives.Which raises the question: Do consumers really want to shop for their food in this way? A recent Gallup poll suggests that they do not. Gallup’s latest Consumption Habits poll found that 81% of U.S. adults

Kroger picks test market for driverless delivery

Kroger picks test market for driverless delivery

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. said it has picked Scottsdale, Ariz., as the test market for a grocery delivery service using self driving vehicles. Kroger had previously announced a partnership and Nuro to begin testing grocery delivery using Nuro’s technology. The company announced Thursday that the pilot will involve a single Fry’s Food Stores location

United Natural Foods to acquire Supervalu

United Natural Foods to acquire Supervalu

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — United Natural Foods Inc. has agreed to acquire Minneapolis-based wholesaler and retailer Supervalu Inc. The deal is valued at about $2.9 billion, including the assumption of outstanding debt and liabilities. UNFI says the transaction represents an opportunity to diversify its customer base and expand its market reach and scale. The company said

Trade war top threat to retail employment

The retail industry is a major employer of Americans, with the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimating that the retail trade (including food services and drinking places) accounts for 28,984,100 jobs in the United States. That compares to 19,855,000 jobs in health care and social assistance, and 12,596,500 jobs in manufacturing. It is possible to imagine

Walmart names new SVP of health and wellness

Walmart names new SVP of health and wellness

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart has hired healthcare industry veteran Sean Slovenski to serve as senior vice president of health and wellness at Walmart U.S., effective August 1. He will report directly to Walmart U.S. president and CEO Greg Foran. “Sean is a proven leader and entrepreneur with an established track record in defining and building

Wakefern names Erik Keptner SVP of marketing

Wakefern names Erik Keptner SVP of marketing

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. has tapped supermarket industry veteran Erik Keptner to serve as senior vice president of marketing. Keptner brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role at Wakefern, the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative. He will be responsible for developing marketing and merchandising strategies for the cooperative, whose member companies own

Retailers decry California privacy law

Retailers decry California privacy law

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation denounced new privacy legislation passed in California Thursday. The law has been described as the strictest online privacy law in the country, giving consumers more control over the data companies collect about them. NRF called it “deeply flawed” and said retailers’ ability to provide customer service could be severely

Walmart to sell majority stake in Brazil operation

Walmart to sell majority stake in Brazil operation

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart on Monday said it has sold a majority stake in its Brazilian operations to a private equity firm. The move is the second pullback from an international market this year for Walmart, which in April announced that it would merge its ASDA division in the United Kingdom with supermarket rival J.

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