Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Dollar General launching urban convenience concept  1
Dollar General on Wednesday announced plans to introduce a new small format store, tentatively branded DGX, which the company described as a kind of convenience store for urban shoppers seeking foods for immediate consumption.
Tops 3Q loss deepens on new-store expenses 1
Tops Friendly Markets late Tuesday said net losses deepened in the fiscal third quarter as it incurred increased expenses acquiring and opening several new stores, while same-store sales slipped due to effects of deflation.
Kroger testing new strategies at Fred Meyer 
Kroger Co. is testing a new go-to-market strategy at select Fred Meyer stores in Spokane, Wash. and Coure d'Alene, Idaho, including a greater emphasis on food, and the introduction this month of a new rewards loyalty program called "My Freddys."
Arizona grocery workers OK new contract 1
Union workers at Fry's, Safeway and Smith's stores in Arizona have voted to approve a new contract with employers.
Kroger playing 'catch-up' on logistics
Kroger’s sustained same-store sales growth and share increases in some markets are putting a strain on the company’s ability to serve those markets efficiently.
SpartanNash to buy produce distributor Caito 
SpartanNash said Friday it has entered into an agreement to purchase produce distributor Caito Foods Service and Caito's Blue Ribbon Transport business in a deal officials said would strengthen Spartan's offering of high-growth items like fresh prepared foods.
Mrs. Green's supply woes continue 1
The supply issues plaguing Natural Markets Food Group — an issue company officials hoped to have solved by this week — have since worsened, leading some industry observers to conclude vendors fear a Chapter 11.
'Streamlined structure' for Whole Foods' front office  2

The dismantling of Whole Foods Markets' co-CEO office announced Wednesday was made in solidarity with the company's recent efforts toward greater efficiency in stores, sources told SN, and while it costs a leader who brought imaginative merchandising flair and a conspicuous concern for Whole Foods' role in society to the front office, the company's determined and visionary co-founder remains.

Target's grocery chief departing  2

In a move suggesting Target has failed to reverse disappointing sales trends in grocery, SVP of grocery Anne Dament is departing the company effective Nov. 18.

Robb out as co-CEO in Whole Foods shakeup  6
Whole Foods on Wednesday said it was eliminating its co-CEO structure, with John Mackey to take over as sole CEO effective Dec. 31 and Walter Robb remaining as a member of its board of directors.
Kroger confirms guidance but 3Q hangs in balance 
Kroger Co. on Wednesday affirmed its financial guidance for the remainder of the fiscal year but said same-store sales in the current third quarter may or may not fall within that range.
UNFI names Spinner chairman

United Natural Foods on Monday said its president and CEO, Steven L. Spinner, will take over as chairman of the board, succeeding Michael S. Funk following the distributor's annual meeting in December.

Publix drives small comp increase in 3Q 1

Publix Super Markets said Tuesday that sales in its fiscal third quarter increased by 2.4% to $8 billion and that comparable-store sales improved by 0.9%.

Weis 3Q profits down; investments spark sales 
Weis Markets on Monday said net income declined by 16.9% in the fiscal third quarter as the retailer absorbed costs associated with the acquisitions of Food Lion and Mars Super Market stores, as well as sales-driving initiatives to offset deflation.
Online could boom in 2017 as baskets, frequency grow
Online grocery is poised for a major boom in 2017 as an increase in "click-and-collect" options from U.S. retailers like Kroger and Walmart facilitate a consumer shift from buying specific items online infrequently to buying large baskets more frequently.
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