Elliot Zwiebach

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Roundy's cites some positive trends in Q4
Roundy’s said Wednesday slight increases in key metrics across its core markets helped boost sales and earnings for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 29.
Target details impact of data breach 1
Target Corp., Minneapolis, is committed “to making things right” following the data breach that was discovered in mid-December, Gregg W. Steinhafel, chairman, president and chief executive officer, told financial analysts Wednesday.
Private equity said to circle Safeway  6
Safeway is in play, and the market is trying to figure out what the likely outcome will be.
Weather puts focus on grocery essentials 
This winter’s harsh weather conditions may be having a negative impact on impulse spending at supermarkets, industry analysts told SN last week — although overall the cold and snow may be a positive force for at-home dining.
Gallery: Scenes from 2014 NGA Show
The time for digital is now, independents were told repeatedly during the National Grocers Association’s annual convention in Las Vegas earlier this month.
Walmart doubling small-store growth 1
Walmart said Thursday it is doubling the number of small-format stores it expects to open in the U.S. this year to between 270 and 300.
Safeway pursues initiatives during sale talks
As Safeway continues to discuss the possible sale of the company, it said Wednesday it is continuing to move forward on a variety of store-level initiatives, including clustering, localization and personalization.
Gelson's anticipates 5-10 store openings
Gelson’s Markets anticipates opening between five and 10 new stores in the medium- to long-term following completion of its acquisition Wednesday by TPG, the company told SN.
Shoppers seek health guidance, personal service: study
Consumers are willing to shop at regional food chains and independents who offer significant points of competitive difference, according to a report conducted for the National Grocers Association by Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru.
Campbell given NGA Industry Service Award 
The National Grocers Association presented its 2014 Industry Service Award Tuesday night to Jay H. Campbell Jr., president and CEO of Associated Grocers, Baton Rouge, La.
Health and wellness needs storewide approach, speakers tell NGA 
Retailers interested in making their stores a health and wellness destination need to be sure to let customers know they are in that business through signage and other point-of-sale materials, speakers told a workshop session Tuesday during the annual convention of the National Grocers Association in Las Vegas.
Retailers can avoid security breaches, speaker tells NGA 
The kind of security breach experienced by Target Corp. should never happen to independent retailers, the president and CEO of Mollie Stone's Markets, Palo Alto, Calif., told the National Grocers Association annual convention in Las Vegas.
Using digital media no longer a choice, NGA speaker says 
Mobile and social media are merging technologies that need to be part of an overall strategy, not a separate course of action, the author of "Socialnomics" told the National Grocers Association convention Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Women need to find balance between work and personal life, panelists say 
Women in the grocery business have to figure out how to balance work and family more so than men do, a panel of women acknowledged during a workshop session Tuesday at the annual convention of the National Grocers Association in Las Vegas.
Promoting organics boosts organic sales at Ball's 
Balls' Food Stores has been able to increase sales of organic produce by 30% over the last year by promoting it more —featuring six to 10 organic items in its ads each week and between four and eight in-store specials — at price points close to conventional products, Mike Beal, COO for the Kansas City, Mo.-based chain, said Monday at the annual convention of National Grocers Association in Las Vegas.

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