Issue 10-07-2013

BI-LO will go public

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains has filed for a $500 million initial public offering (IPO). Citigroup, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank Securities are the lead underwriters on the ­offering. The parent company of the BI-LO and Winn-Dixie supermarket chains has filed for a $500 million initial public

Succession plan is set at Kroger

CINCINNATI — Next year a new chief executive officer will be taking the helm at the nation’s biggest supermarket retailer. Next year a new chief executive officer will be taking the helm at the nation’s biggest supermarket retailer. Kroger Co. president and chief operating officer W. Rodney McMullen, 53, is slated to take the CEO

Hepfinger, Weis CEO, steps down

SUNBURY, Pa. — David Hepfinger has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Weis Markets Inc. He has left the company to pursue other interests. David Hepfinger has resigned as president and chief executive officer of Weis Markets Inc. He has left the company to pursue other interests. Vice chairman Jonathan Weis replaces Hepfinger

Modest forecast for holiday sales

NEW YORK — Retailers shouldn’t have high hopes for holiday sales growth, which likely will be slim to moderate, according to two retail sales forecasts. Retailers shouldn’t have high hopes for holiday sales growth, which likely will be slim to moderate, according to two retail sales forecasts. Deloitte’s Retail & Distribution practice pegs November through

Target services fire back at online competition

MINNEAPOLIS — Two new offerings from Target Corp. address areas where many consumers are apt to go online: baby products and digital video. Two new offerings from Target Corp. address areas where many consumers are apt to go online: baby products and digital video. At 10 Chicago-area stores, Target is piloting an enhanced baby care

Survey finds Publix is tops in Rx satisfaction

BOULDER, Colo. — Publix Supermarket Inc.’s pharmacy operation is North America’s favorite, based on customer satisfaction according to a study of 3,600 consumers conducted by Market Force Information, a provider of customer intelligence solutions. Publix Supermarket Inc.’s pharmacy operation is North America’s favorite, based on customer satisfaction according to a study of 3,600 consumers conducted

Exec VP, supply chain named at Family Dollar

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores Inc. has named Jeffrey Macak executive vice president, supply chain. He reports to Mike Bloom, president and chief operating officer. Family Dollar Stores Inc. has named Jeffrey Macak executive vice president, supply chain. He reports to Mike Bloom, president and chief operating officer. "With more than 25 years of

Employers alter health coverage

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreen Co. is one of the latest additions on an expanding list of large employers that are attempting to control costs by having employees shop for health care coverage in a private marketplace. Walgreen Co. is one of the latest additions on an expanding list of large employers that are attempting to

NRF asks court to fix credit card fee deal

WASHINGTON — The National Retail Association (NRA) has asked a federal judge to "right or reject" a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees. The National Retail Association (NRA) has asked a federal judge to "right or reject" a proposed settlement of an antitrust lawsuit over credit card swipe fees. NRF

U.K. retail leaders on march

After a lull in positive activity, retailing in the United Kingdom is once more making news. Several events have marked the country’s rebirth as a retailing center, but two deserve special mention. After a lull in positive activity, retailing in the United Kingdom is once more making news. Several events have marked the country’s rebirth

Power of social media can help build sales

Anyone who continues to have doubts about social media’s impact on what goes on at retail should consider the experience of Duane Reade. Anyone who continues to have doubts about social media’s impact on what goes on at retail should consider the experience of Duane Reade. The company, a division of Walgreens that operates some