Jon Springer

Retail/Whole Health Editor
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.

Instacart moves to hire in-store pickers

Grocery delivery service Instacart on Monday said it has begun to give its store pickers the option to convert from contractor to employee status, saying trained and supervised employees would provide additional quality and efficiency.

A&P acknowledges strategic options 18
A&P on Wednesday issued a statement acknowledging it is currently seeking strategic alternatives for its business, but said a sale of company assets was only one of its options.
Unions: A&P for sale 19
Labor unions representing workers at A&P and its banner companies on Monday said they had confirmed that the retailer is actively seeking buyers and has received interest from several potential purchasers.
CVS to buy Target pharmacies for $1.9B 2

Target Corp. said Monday it has agreed to sell its pharmacy business to CVS Health, which would rebrand and operate Target’s 1,660 in-store pharmacies under the CVS/pharmacy banner.

Lidl confirms U.S. expansion 22
German retailer Lidl on Friday formally announced it has established a U.S. headquarters and distribution facility, pledging to create "a unique experience for American consumers that will be unlike anything else in the market."
Whole Foods CEO: 365 will bolster strength in crowded field 4
Whole Foods envisions its nascent ‘365’ concept as a means to bolster its market offering of healthy foods with the expectation that demand for them — and competition for their sales — will continue to grow, co-CEO Walter Robb said Thursday during an investor conference.
Aldi to open 45 stores in California in 2016 5

Aldi on Thursday revealed details for its forthcoming invasion of Southern California, saying its first stores there would open in March of next year, with 45 openings planned by the end of the year.

Whole Foods reveals '365' small-store banner
Whole Foods Market on Thursday revealed a name for its forthcoming small-store concept — 365 by Whole Foods Market — and said the new division would be led by Jeff Turnas, who most recently led the retailer’s stores in the United Kingdom.

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