Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Walmart reduces HQ staff by 450
Confirming long-held speculation, Wal-Mart Stores on Friday announced that it was laying off 450 associates at its home office in Bentonville, Ark. — changes CEO Doug McMillon said would help the retailer become “a more nimble organization that serves customer better.”
Walmart previews Atlanta e-commerce facility
Wal-Mart Stores on Thursday previewed a new dedicated e-commerce distribution facility near Atlanta.
A&P reveals $12.6 million in insider payments 9
A&P in a document filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court late Wednesday detailed $12.6 million in payments for top executives and other insiders in the year leading to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy — monies that creditors may seek to “claw back” in the case.
Auctions set for A&P stores 9
More than 100 bidders making 300 offers for A&P-owned stores are expected to participate in a court-led bankruptcy auction of the retailer's stores Thursday and Friday in New York.
Symancyk to leave Meijer for outdoor retailer Academy

J.K. Symancyk is departing his role as president of Meijer Inc. to take over as president and CEO of Academy Sports + Outdoors, a Katy, Texas-based sports and outdoor lifestyle retailer.

Shipt CEO: Service differentiator in e-grocery space 
As Bill Smith sees it, the e-commerce space for groceries still has plenty of room to grow. And the CEO of Birmingham, Ala.-based Shipt intends to stake out ground for a service-oriented, membership-based, on-demand grocery concierge.
Food takes a gut check
“Gut health” and associated probiotic properties were all the rage at Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore.
Food Bazaar bids for 4 A&P stores 8
New York-based ethnic superstore operator Food Bazaar has agreed to buy four stores as part of A&P’s bankruptcy auction, A&P revealed in filings.
Whole Foods to lay off 1,500 2

Whole Foods Market on Monday said it would eliminate 1,500 jobs in the coming weeks as part of a commitment to invest in technology and lower prices.

Wakefern, Morton Williams make A&P bids 6
A&P on Friday disclosed that Wakefern Food Corp. has been designated as a “stalking horse” for a package of 12 A&P and Pathmark stores set for auction.
A&P: More than 100 bidders in store auction 6

With the sale of 95 stores to Acme and Stop & Shop out of the way and 25 stores closing, A&P is now turning its attention to the disposal of the remainder of the chain — a process that could shape into an "everything must go" sale.

New documentary honors Food Lion founder 2
A new documentary celebrating the business accomplishments of Food Lion co-founder Ralph Ketner is being released in time for Ketner’s 95th birthday this month.
WalmartLabs acquires shopper insight technology PunchTab
Wal-Mart Stores’ technology arm, @WalmartLabs, on Tuesday said it has acquired Silicon Valley software company PunchTab, with intentions of using the company’s technology to tailor offers to its Sam’s Club shoppers.
Expo East: Salatin challenges food system 'orthodoxy'

In a speech provoking an emotional response from Natural Products Expo East attendees, Joel Salatin called for an end to a prevailing “conquistador mentality” to farming and food systems in the U.S. in favor of “nurturing approach” he argued is superior and more sustainable.

Acme, Stop & Shop adjust offers in A&P sale 7
The auction of A&P stores to “stalking horses” Acme and Stop & Shop are to go on as scheduled Monday, although with five fewer stores than initially anticipated.

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