Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Walmart officials outline new associate initiatives 2
Walmart on Wednesday said it was resurrecting an old slogan — “Our people make the difference” — as part of a comprehensive effort to help associates better serve customers.
Private investor to buy 330 Family Dollar divestitures 1
Dollar Tree said it has agreed to sell 330 stores to private equity firm Sycamore Partners in order to meet federal antitrust requirements of its deal to acquire Family Dollar Stores.
Observers skeptical as Fairway plans downsize 2
Fairway Market, the New York fresh grocer whose new ads encourage shoppers to “eat big and live large” is tightening its belt and thinking small.
SpartanNash Q1 profits up on flat sales

SpartanNash reported first-quarter financial earnings that exceeded Wall Street expectations on the strength of cost controls and merger synergies amid flat revenues.

Delhaize chairman: Seeking scale in merger 4
Delhaize Group officials on Thursday said a need to generate greater scale to provide fuel for investment is sparking industry consolidation in the U.S. — and by extension, its own talks of a merger with rival Ahold.
Sales stagnant for Ahold in Q1 1

Ahold said U.S. sales were down in the first quarter and comps were flat, citing effects of lower gas prices, an earlier Easter holiday, and harsh winter weather.

Fairway sales slide in Q4; smaller prototype announced
Fairway Group Holdings on Tuesday reported sales and earnings that missed expectations during the fiscal fourth quarter, cutting decreased store traffic due in part to new competition and the effect of harsh winter weather on sales.
Ready, Set, Grow: The Growth List 
SN highlights 10 retailers with significant plans for new stores in 2015.
Grocery Outlet to grow ‘extreme value’ in conventional sites 
Grocery Outlet is looking for a few good men. And their wives. Or vice versa.
Walmart slows new store growth to fund virtual expansion 
Walmart has shifted his expansion focus from the small-store format to e-commerce.
Aldi keeps its eyes on the road as opening pace accelerates 
Aldi isn’t the kind of company that takes a lot of chances.
Sales slow in Q1 for Fresh Market 4
The Fresh Market on Thursday reported softer than expected sales for the fiscal first quarter, although earnings met expectations.
Amazon leads SN's inaugural Digital Top 10 
SN’s inaugural Digital Top 10 may be a running shot at a moving target — but as the industry already knows, online sales are worth taking aim at.
SN Digital Top 10 list of online grocery sales leaders 
SN's Digital Top 10 list of online grocery sales leaders.
Instacart: ‘Trojan Horse’ or ‘retailer’s best friend’? 
Instacart's head of business development and strategy, Nilam Garenthiran, says retailers can outsource their e-commerce without compromising their brand or the relationship with their shoppers.

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