Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Gallery: Top wholesalers of 2015
SN compiles a list of the top wholesalers for 2015.
Gallery: 2015 top alternative formats 2
Which alternative formats bring in the most sales? This list of top performing alternative formats is part of SN's Top 75 list of U.S. and Canadian retailers with the most food sales.
2015 Top 75: The Big Picture  1
Changes in the annual ranking reflect the multichannel nature of food retailing.
Family Dollar urges 'yes' vote on Dollar Tree
Family Dollar Stores reiterated its request Monday that shareholders vote in favor of its agreement to merge with Dollar Tree, citing indications from the Federal Trade Commission that the merger would be more advantageous than a competing proposal for Family Dollar by Dollar General.
Costco sales up but possible headwinds loom
Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., said sales were up 5% in December, though an industry analyst said financial headwinds might mean tough going for the company in the months ahead.
Ralphs pops cork on wine bar 1
Consumers in downtown Los Angeles can stop into the local Ralphs Fresh Fare either to shop or to lift a glass or two at a new in-store wine-and-beer bar.
Divestitures clear 'key hurdle' in Albertsons-Safeway deal 1
Albertsons and Safeway said Friday they will divest 168 stores across eight states as a step toward obtaining Federal Trade Commission clearance for their merger, which they said is scheduled to close in January.
Bilingual grocery promotion moves to SoCal
A bilingual promotional program aimed primarily at Hispanic consumers that has been available only in Texas is expanding to Southern California.
Gallery: ‘Smarter’ Fresh & Easy debuts in Las Vegas
Fresh & Easy is getting “smarter” with a new-look store that made its debut in Las Vegas in late November as part of an effort by the chain’s new owners to reinvigorate the brand.
Aldi now testing credit cards
Aldi is testing accepting credit cards in several U.S. markets, with a national rollout possible if the test is deemed successful, the company said.
Year in Review: Wellness, digital mark 2014 grocery 
It was a year when organics went mainstream, Market Basket went viral, Whole Foods went bargain, and more attention went toward Internet grocery shopping since Webvan’s IPO.
Costco contemplates more international expansion
As Costco Wholesale Corp. continues its international expansion, it is contemplating warehouse opportunities in China but is not yet ready to move on them, Richard A. Galanti, EVP and CFO told analysts.
Wholesalers face serious challenges, report says
Serious financial challenges are likely to continue for U.S. grocery wholesalers for at least the next five years, and companies that fail to improve efficiency and deliver increased value to customers will be in danger of shutting down, according to a report by IBISWorld.
Don't be afraid of analytics, 'big data' study advises
Retailers need to stop being intimidated by the “big” in “big data” and ask themselves how analytics can deliver specific and practical benefits to the bottom line and thereby strengthen their competitive position, according to a study by Brick Meets Click.
Food and beverage sector boosts job numbers
Approximately 10% of new retail jobs in November came from the food and beverage sector, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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