Mark Hamstra

Supermarket News
Washington update: Politics trumps policy in 2014 
The looming election season, with control of the Senate up for grabs, means there will be little opportunity for action on some bills of importance to the industry before the lame-duck session in November and December.
Supplier diversity needs to be part of business plan: Panel 
Developing and growing a successful program of inclusiveness in the supply chain requires that the program fit into the overall goals and strategies of the organization, a panel of supplier diversity professionals said on a panel at FMI Connect in Chicago on Wednesday.
Shoppers seek grocery apps that provide solutions 
Retailers have the opportunity to tailor their mobile apps to meet the needs of different shopper segments, according to Nancy Childs, a professor of food marketing at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
Mid-market stores under pressure: Sarasin  3
It is becoming increasingly difficult for supermarket operators to play to the middle, said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO, Food Marketing Institute, in her keynote address Wednesday at FMI Connect in Chicago.
Food retailing 2025: Shoppers still want the basics, and then some 
What will the grocery shopper of tomorrow want from their supermarkets?
Communities: Attendees pursue specialized tracks at FMI Connect 
To help retailer and wholesaler participants get the most out of their FMI Connect experience, FMI is initiating a new service called FMI Connect Communities.
Ahold rolls out price, merchandising improvements  5
Ahold said Wednesday it plans to invest more heavily in the quality and merchandising of its fresh assortment, in employee training and in targeted price reductions in all of its U.S. divisions.
The Fresh Market not worried about price competition 
The Fresh Market isn’t particularly worried about the more competitive price positioning of Whole Foods Market, executives said in an earnings conference call Thursday.
SpartanNash plans store investments 
SpartanNash said Thursday it plans to invest in growing sales at the legacy Nash Finch retail locations it acquired last year, particularly in booming North Dakota.
Harris Teeter to expand price advertising 
Harris Teeter is touting its new low-price positioning with radio and TV ads in the Charlotte market, and will likely expand that effort to other markets as well, a Kroger executive said at an investor conference this week.
Buehler’s singing contest among flurry of gas promos 
Buehler’s Fresh Foods is allowing customers to vote for their favorite gas-station crooners to earn a tankful of gas.
Target ousts Canadian president Fisher 
Target Corp. said it has replaced the head of its struggling Canadian operations, naming 15-year company veteran Mark Schindele to succeed Tony Fisher as president of the division.
Regional report: Publix sets the pace in Florida 

Publix Super Markets’ expansion into the Charlotte market has been under the microscope for the past year or two, but that doesn’t mean the Lakeland-Fla.-based company has taken its focus off of its home state.

FMI Connect breaks new ground in a familiar venue 

FMI Connect breaks new ground in a familiar venue.

The Food Marketing Institute is returning to familiar ground as it switches back to an every-year schedule for its major trade show and brings the event back to Chicago, but much about the conference has evolved from its previous incarnations.

Merge right: 10 key markets  7
When Safeway unveiled its agreement in March to be acquired by Cerberus Capital Management — the parent of the Albertsons chain and other banners — the companies said there were no planned store closures as a result of the deal.
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