PLMA October Leaderboard

Issue 11-28-2011

Supers make it new

NEW YORK — While big-box mass merchants are experimenting with smaller formats, a number of supermarket chains are achieving success with enhancements to their standard f­ormats. While big-box mass merchants are experimenting with smaller formats, a number of supermarket chains are achieving success with enhancements to their standard f­ormats. Two recent examples are a renovated

Troubles mount at Sears as sales fall, loss grows

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Higher markdowns and pricing pressures on appliances squeezed margins at Sears Holdings Corp. during its third quarter. Higher markdowns and pricing pressures on appliances squeezed margins at Sears Holdings Corp. during its third quarter. As a result, the retailer’s net loss for the period, ended on October 29, expanded to $421

Target hones Canadian plans

MINNEAPOLIS — As the cost of reopening the Zellers stores it acquired last year in Canada continues to mount, Target Corp. is reported to be looking to sell Zellers’ pharmacy files and start fresh with new ­pharmacies. As the cost of reopening the Zellers stores it acquired last year in Canada continues to mount, Target

Uwins exits from Fresh & Easy post

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets chief marketing officer Simon Uwins has left the chain. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets chief marketing officer Simon Uwins has left the chain. His departure comes as the retailer, a division of Britain’s Tesco PLC, is implementing changes to its strategy. Fresh & Easy has named

A&P takes steps to leave Chap. 11

MONTVALE, N.J. — A&P has received a $490 million commitment from investors that will enable the beleaguered grocer to emerge from bankruptcy as a private company early next year. A&P has received a $490 million commitment from investors that will enable the beleaguered grocer to emerge from bankruptcy as a private company early next year.

Next generation to take helm at Giant Eagle

PITTSBURGH — The top leadership post at Giant Eagle Inc. is staying in the family. The top leadership post at Giant Eagle Inc. is staying in the family. A new chief executive officer, Laura Shapira Karet, is set to take the reins at the regional supermarket chain early next year. She is the daughter of

Amazon bests discounters on pricing

NEW YORK — Despite enhanced shopping experiences and attractive deals online, Walmart and Target Corp. trailed e-tailer Amazon on pricing in the early stage of the holiday season, a recent analysis found. Despite enhanced shopping experiences and attractive deals online, Walmart and Target Corp. trailed e-tailer Amazon on pricing in the early stage of the

Lessons learned

NEW YORK — The economy’s current instability makes it difficult to make any definitive projections from the back-to-school season onto the holidays. The economy’s current instability makes it difficult to make any definitive projections from the back-to-school season onto the holidays. In prior years, particularly before the 2008 collapse of the financial markets, B-T-S performance

Regional supers stand out

As a group, the most effective and exciting retailers in America today are the nation’s regional supermarket chains. Name the retailer — Publix, H-E-B, Wegmans, Stater Bros., Hy-Vee, Weiss Markets — and a group of similarities emerges. As a group, the most effective and exciting retailers in America today are the nation’s regional supermarket chains.

In the end, shoppers call the retail shots

One of the most puzzling developments surrounding the traditional start of the holiday selling season was the furor over the decision by many retailers to open their doors at midnight on Black Friday or, in some cases, on the preceding day, Thanksgiving. One of the most puzzling developments surrounding the traditional start of the holiday