Elliot Zwiebach

Retail/Financial Reporter,
Supermarket News
Divestitures clear 'key hurdle' in Albertsons-Safeway deal 2
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.
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.

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