Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Lidl to establish N.C. hub
Lidl said Wednesday that it would open a regional headquarters and distribution center facility in Alamance County, N.C.
Kroger president Ellis retires abruptly

In what appears to be an abrupt parting, Kroger said Tuesday that its president and COO, Mike Ellis, had retired effective immediately. A successor would be named at a later date.

Ahold, Delhaize CEOs eye merger beyond synergies 

The CEOs of Ahold and Delhaize in an interview Monday stressed that their forthcoming merger would achieve more than just the considerable synergy savings they expressed to the investment community while announcing the agreement last week.

Observers weigh in on Ahold-Delhaize marriage 
The long awaited marriage of Ahold and Delhaize will help the company to attain the size and scale to compete with its biggest U.S. counterparts, but industry observers said they would wait and see whether the combination makes for a better retailer.
Aiming High: Inside Walmart's battle to beat sluggish sales with people and technology 
The fight to improve sales momentum at Wal-Mart Stores has moved to the front lines with an ambition to reawaken sales behind investments in people and technology.
As you like it: Omnichanneling at Walmart 
An integrated omnichannel offering at Walmart has grown to include online grocery in five cities, pickup service at all stores including a new app-enhanced offering at Sam’s Club, and tests like a Grocery Pickup depot.
What’s in store: Walmart beefs up fresh foods 

Wal-Mart Stores is stepping up presentation at its Neighborhood Market and Supercenters — particularly when it comes to fresh food.

Online grocery shoppers upping virtual purchases: Survey

More than half of online grocery shoppers say they are increasing the amount of total grocery shopping they do online, according to results of a new survey.

FreshDirect CEO: Technology powers trust
For online grocer Fresh Direct, technology is more than a means of taking orders and orchestrating delivery, but a way to build trust in food that shoppers can’t see, feel, smell or taste.
Consumer Goods Forum targets food waste  1
Responding to what it termed as “an enormous environmental, social and economic challenge,” the Consumer Goods Forum on Wednesday agreed on a resolution to halve food waste by 2025.
D'Agostino disputes landlord account
D’Agostino Supermarkets is disputing a landlord’s account of the closing of its Rye Brook, N.Y., store.
Ahold Delhaize: 'Limited benefits' in banner consolidation 
The CEOs of Ahold and Delhaize presented a long list of the potential benefits of their impending merger, but were careful to say the respective business strategies now underway at their U.S. banners would continue at least through closing, and that they saw limited benefits in consolidating banner names or store formats.
Update: Ahold-Delhaize deal in 'final stages'
Officials of Delhaize are expected to meet Wednesday with labor unions in Belgium to discuss its potential merger with Ahold, a move believed to be among the final steps in their courtship.
Ahold-Delhaize combo in 'final stages' 4

Ahold said Tuesday that it was in the "final stages of negotiations" on a potential merger with Delhaize Group, but stressed that no agreements have yet been reached.

Sudden closure for D'Agostino store: Report

A sudden closure of a Rye Brook, N.Y., D'Agostino store has raised new concerns about the financial health of the family-owned retailer.

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