Elliot Zwiebach

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Articles by Elliot Zwiebach
Health and wellness must be storewide: retail panel
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 earnings dip in Q2
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.
Calif. labor talks start slowly
Negotiations between the Southern California food industry and seven locals of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are scheduled to resume Thursday.
Q2 earnings drop, sales rise at Village 1
Village Super Market, Springfield, N.J., said a charge for future lease obligations pushed net income down while sales increased for the second quarter, which ended Jan. 25.
Calif. retailers cope with bag restrictions 1
As the California legislature prepares to consider a new proposal to ban single-use plastic bags throughout California, retailers in Los Angeles are already dealing with implementing the ban.
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.

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