Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
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.
Jewel held in contempt in 2011 EEOC case
Jewel-Osco and its former owner, Supervalu, were found to be in contempt of court for multiple violations of a consent decree the companies signed in 2011 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a federal district judge in Chicago ruled Thursday.
Dollar General committed to Family Dollar pursuit, Dreiling says
Dollar General Corp. remains committed to acquiring rival Family Dollar Stores, Rick Dreiling, chairman and chief executive officer, told analysts Thursday.
Fresh & Easy testing new-concept store in Las Vegas
Fresh & Easy said it plans to expand its single-store test of a new go-to-market strategy at seven more Las Vegas stores — part of an ongoing effort to reinvigorate its brand.
Fresh Market expanding direct-mail effort
The Fresh Market is expanding its use of targeted direct mail offers — to encourage greater frequency of store visits — following positive consumer responses from its initial tests, Craig Carlock, president and CEO of the Greensboro, N.C.-based chain, told analysts Thursday.
Target hopes to differentiate food offerings
Target Corp. said Wednesday it intends to offer food assortments that are clearly differentiated from its competition.
Healthcare, economy are top retail concerns: FMI Speaks
Food retailers are most concerned about managing the costs of healthcare and also about the state of the economy, according to the 2014 Speaks report issued Tuesday by Food Marketing Institute.
Smart & Final to launch brand-awareness effort
With more than two-thirds of its customer base coming from the consumer segment rather than business shoppers, Smart & Final Stores plans to launch a brand-awareness marketing campaign early next year for its Extra banner stores, Dave Hirz, president and CEO of the non-membership warehouse chain, told analysts Wednesday.
Sprouts taking long-term approach to pricing 1
Sprouts Farmers Market looks at pricing as a long-term proposition rather than responding quickly to competitive changes, chain executives told analysts in a conference call.
Analysts upbeat about Whole Foods strategies
Industry analysts said Thursday they believe the approach Whole Foods Market is taking to price investments is viable and likely to succeed over time.
Whole Foods expects to expand pricing effort
Whole Foods Market is “encouraged” by the pricing experiments it is running in several markets and expects to expand testing to more markets over the next few months if results continue to be positive, John Mackey, the company’s co-CEO, told analysts Wednesday.
Berkeley, Calif., approves first-of-its-kind beverage tax
Berkeley, Calif.,will become the first U.S. city to impose a beverage tax after voters on Tuesday approved a penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages by a margin of approximately 75%.
Regional Report: Northgate Gonzalez offers sneak peak at Latino series 
Northgate Gonzalez Market, Anaheim, Calif., is taking an animated approach to the Day of the Dead celebration — it’s offering customers a chance to take an early look at “Muertoons,” a new animated series that centers around the traditional Mexican holiday, Dia de los Muertos.
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