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Issue 08-05-2019

Grocers go mobile

NEW YORK — Food retailers continue to bolster their grocery pickup and delivery capabilities as a growing proportion of shoppers buy at least some of their food online. Kroger Co., Walmart, Giant Food, Wakefern Food Corp. and Weis Markets Inc. were among the food retailers announcing grocery fulfillment-related developments in July. Kroger chief executive officer

Walmart hones supply chain

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart is merging its store and digital supply chain teams in the United States. The retailer says the move is a next step in its effort to create a seamless omnichannel shopping experience for its customers. Greg Smith, executive vice president of supply chain at Walmart U.S., will lead the combined team,

Aldi puts expansion in high gear

BATAVIA, Ill. — Aldi has store grand openings planned in a half-dozen states as the grocer proceeds with a coast-to-coast expansion that by 2022 will take its store count to 2,500 in 36 states, from about 1,900 today. Aldi’s website identifies cities in Alabama, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas where new and remodeled stores

Amazon stays in the retail limelight

SEATTLE — Amazon reported strong sales for its fiscal quarter and said its Prime Day sale last month was the biggest shopping event in the company’s history, topping its combined sales for last year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday. At the same time, the company faces the threat of increased regulatory scrutiny. The Department of

Another 129 Fred’s stores will close

MEMPHIS — Discount retailer Fred’s Inc. continues its retrenchment, announcing last month that it was closing another 129 stores, leaving it with 80 centered on its distribution center in Dublin, Ga. The move is the latest in a series of store closings (including announcements in April and May) from Fred’s, which had 568 stores in

Govind gets key tech post at Target

MINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has named Hari Govind senior vice president of infrastructure and operations for the company’s technology team. Govind’s responsibilities will include overseeing cloud-and-compute capabilities, network connectivity and operations for the technology that powers Target’s stores, digital channels, distribution centers and office locations. He will report to Target executive vice president and chief

GIANT builds on innovations

CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Food Stores has celebrated some significant milestones with ribbon-cuttings recently. Last month GIANT president Nicholas Bertram joined store manager Tim Dinsmore and other dignitaries for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 100th store offering the GIANT DIRECT online grocery delivery service. Then on August 2 the company was scheduled to open its

Publix teams up with S.C. hospital

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix Super Markets Inc. will offer health services to residents of Beaufort County in South Carolina through a collaboration between its pharmacy business and Beaufort Memorial Hospital. The partnership calls for Publix pharmacies to deliver prescription medications to hospital patients, and to establish telehealth centers in two Publix locations in the county.

UPS services now available at CVS

ATLANTA — CVS Pharmacy stores nationwide have begun offering UPS package pickup and return services. The pickup options will roll out to more than 6,000 stores and combine two of the nation’s biggest brands. “This deal offers additional convenience to consumers in the e-commerce era,” said UPS chief marketing officer Kevin Warren. “Working with CVS

Raley’s ramps up shelf tag system

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The innovative shelf-tagging system Raley’s introduced two years ago to help shoppers make better decisions about the food they buy has been expanded to cover a wider range of merchandise. With the upgrade, Raley’s Shelf Guide now includes products shelved in nonfood aisles at the family-owned retailer’s 129 stores in Northern

Kroger, Ocado slate Georgia DC

ATLANTA — Kroger Co. and online grocery retailer and logistics specialist Ocado are planning to build a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Forest Park, Ga., not far from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The new CFC represents a $55 million investment that will create more than 400 new jobs, the companies said. “Kroger is incredibly excited to

A test for antitrust enforcement

A test for antitrust enforcement

The nation’s top consumer-facing technology companies, including e-commerce powerhouse Amazon, will encounter increased scrutiny from the federal government. The Department of Justice late last month announced that it is looking into the business practices of “market-leading online platforms,” an elite group led by Facebook, Google and Apple, as well as Amazon. Overseen by the department’s