Mark Hamstra

Mark
Hamstra
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AWG ADDS FOOD ITEMS TO DOLLAR MERCHANDISE OFFERINGS 
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Associated Wholesale Grocers, Kansas City, Kan., has added more than 400 food items to its inventory of "dollar" merchandise since
STUDY SEES PURPOSE IN SLOTTING FEES 
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Slotting fees serve to make the introduction of new products more efficient by mitigating the risk of product failure and signaling
SPARTAN LABEL REDESIGN BOOSTS SALES 
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Spartan Stores has increased the market share of its core private-label Spartan brand 4% since the wholesaler and retailer introduced
PANELISTS CITE NEED FOR MORE THAN MONETARY COMPENSATION 
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Financial compensation alone does not create a positive work environment, according to panelists at the Western Michigan University
NEW PRESIDENT OVERSEES A MORE EFFICIENT MEIJER STORES 
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Meijer Stores had the second-most profitable year in its history in 2004 after implementing a sweeping cost-cutting initiative and
BIG TIME 
When Dick Herbert had an idea about how to improve the presentation of his wholesaler's weekly ad circular, he just walked right into the company's recent
FORMER ROUNDY'S RETAILERS PREPARE TO CHANGE PRIVATE LABEL 
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nash Finch's acquisition of two Roundy's warehouses in Lima, Ohio, and Westville, Ind., should add about $1 billion to the wholesaler's
EARLY EASTER SALES LAY AN EGG 
For food retailers, sales this spring have been about as soft as the Easter Bunny.Easter fell on the last Sunday in March, about three weeks before it
AHOLD TO INVEST HEAVILY IN U.S. STORE REMODELS 
ZAANDAM, Netherlands -- Ahold here said it would triple the number of remodels at its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover chains this year as it seeks to regain
CONSTRUCTION DELAYS 
The traditional supermarket industry is recycling itself.Supermarket companies are shifting their investments away from new-store openings and into remodels,
WHOLE FOODS EYES ITS OPTIONS 
AUSTIN, Texas -- Whole Foods Market's employees will still have plenty to celebrate on July 4, analysts said, despite the fact that the company will have
S&P MAY DOWNGRADE DEBT RATINGS 
NEW YORK -- After the three largest supermarket companies reported mediocre results for 2004 and weak outlooks for 2005, Standard & Poor's here last week
KING SOOPERS GETS NEW LABOR PACT 
DENVER -- Union workers at Kroger-owned King Soopers and City Market stores in Colorado have approved a new labor contract that reduces pay and benefits
LEASES GETTING MORE EXPENSIVE 
Retailers have been hit with a rent increase.It's not their landlords that are sticking them with it, however, but their accountants. After years of skirting
WILD OATS MARKETS EXPANDS OFFERINGS 
BOULDER, Colo. -- Wild Oats Markets here last week said it is pursuing several initiatives to reverse losses posted in the fiscal fourth quarter and year

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