Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
Video: Walmart on 'reimagining the workforce'

As one of the world's largest employers, Wal-Mart Stores has an obligation to help not only its own workers to achieve upward mobility and satisfaction in their jobs, but the retail industry overall, Walmart Foundation President Kathleen McLaughlin said in a presentation Wednesday.

Kroger to build 10 Ruler Foods stores  3

While industry attention is focused Kroger’s experiments in high-service fresh, the retailer is quietly expanding a nascent limited service, hard discount box.

Ocado nearing deal with Publix: Report 
British e-commerce giant Ocado is close to announcing a deal to expand to the U.S. for the first time, with speculation focused on Publix, according to reports out of the U.K. Monday.
Fresh ideas in store formats from Kroger, Ahold, Whole Foods  1
New concepts from these food retailers tackle customization for today’s shopper.
Small Blunders: Defunct brands provide a warning from the past 
It wasn’t all that long ago that a list of hot new brands in food retail would include Bloom, Marketside and Fresh & Easy right at the top.
Analysis: Kroger's Lucky strike in battle with Sprouts, Whole Foods  1

Sure enough Kroger is taking on a small-format, fresh grocer that will take it into Florida -- only it’s not The Fresh Market.

Kroger invests in natural chain Lucky's Market  1
Kroger Co. on Friday announced it has made a “meaningful investment” in Lucky’s Market, the Niwot, Colo.-based natural and organic chain with 17 stores in 13 states.
U.S. retailers better prepared for Aldi, Lidl threat: Report  4

Aldi’s rapid expansion and Lidl’s pending U.S. arrival aren’t likely to have as devastating an effect on top U.S. grocers as they had for counterparts in Europe, but their invasion will likely prove especially problematic for smaller operators and those focused on lower-income shoppers, an analyst said in a report Thursday.

Trader Joe's widening price gap with Whole Foods: Analyst  6

Trader Joe's appears to be widening its price advantage with rival Whole Foods Market, with indications that the Monrovia, Calif.-based retailer may have have ambushed Whole Foods with a fresh round of across-the-board price investments, an analyst said Tuesday.

Kroger considered joint venture for Fresh Market 

A strategic buyer — reported to have been Kroger — considered partnering with one or more private-equity firms in a joint venture to take over The Fresh Market, but dropped out of the process only days before The Fresh Market announced intentions to be taken private by Apollo Global Management.

Harris Teeter to deliver through Uber 

Harris Teeter said Monday that it was upgrading its Express Lane click-and-collect online shopping to include home delivery through a partnership with UberRUSH.

Instacart launches with H Mart 
Asian supermarket chain H Mart on Wednesday said it has launched online ordering and delivery through Instacart in Philadelphia, and would expand to six additional markets in coming weeks.
Weis highlights local suppliers in video series 

Local suppliers of fresh foods for Weis Markets — including some farmers supplying the company's stores for more than 50 years — are highlighted in a new series of videos the retailer produced.

83 Ahold-Delhaize stores for sale: Report  21
An industry trade paper on Monday published a list of 83 stores that Ahold and Delhaize are seeking to sell as part of their forthcoming merger, including all 20 Martin's stores in the Richmond area.
Union: 8 Giant stores to be sold in merger  5
A trade union representing workers at Giant-Landover stores in the metro Washington area have informed members that eight stores where its members work could be sold in order to meet antitrust approval of the Ahold-Delhaize deal.
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