Retailers interested in pursuing health and wellness programs at their stores must be willing to make a total storewide commitment to the concept, a panel of industry executives said Thursday during a discussion at Supermarket News at Expo West in Anaheim, Calif.
Costco Wholesale Corp., Issaquah, Wash., said Thursday weak holiday sales, combined with several “anomalies,” resulted in lower earnings for the second quarter and first half ended Feb. 16, while sales increased for both periods.
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.
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.
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.
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.