Michael Garry

Supermarket News
Kroger Readies Suppliers for Data Sync 
SAN ANTONIO — One year after announcing the launch of Project Mercury, Kroger Co. finally has touchdown in its sights.
Retailer Leverages IT to Prepare for Health Care Reform 
SITKA, Alaska — Hames Corp. here, which operates six retail stores, is preparing for the final rollout of the Affordable Care Act next year by leveraging budgeting and forecasting software that closely manages personnel costs for his 150 employees, between 55% and 60% of them full-time.
PMA to Offer Online UPC Tool
SAN ANTONIO – The Produce Marketing Association will launch a new tool on its website on June 17 to facilitate the transfer of brand-owner UPC numbers for packaged produce from suppliers to retailers.
Kroger Suppliers Embark on Data-Sync Project
SAN ANTONIO — Kroger announced Wednesday that it has begun rolling out its Project Mercury data synchronization and master data management project in nine product categories, or “classes.”
Best Practices Announced for Product-Data Accuracy
SAN ANTONIO – A group of food retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers announced today a five-point best-practice process to improve the accuracy of product data shared between manufacturers and their trading partners.
FMI Applauds Efforts to Curb Patent Trolls
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Food Marketing Institute commended the Obama administration for enacting a series of executive orders and proposing legislative recommendations that will further protect businesses from Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) – also known as “patent trolls” – that aggressively pursue patent-infringement lawsuits usually regarded as unfounded.
Weis Converts Cooking Grease Into Fuel Oil, Methane 
SUNBURY, Pa. — Working with a third-party provider, Weis Markets here recycled 330,000 gallons of cooking grease taken from its 164 stores last year, as part of a grease-trap recycling program that is unusual in the food retailing business.
Students Help Paint Mural on ShopRite in Food Desert 1
PHILADELPHIA — Students from a local middle school yesterday put the finishing touches on a mural along the side of a 71,000-square-foot ShopRite scheduled to open Aug. 3 on Fox Street in the Nicetown section here, bringing fresh food to what is considered a “food desert” neighborhood.
Gallery: A Tour of the New Connecticut PriceRite 3
DANBURY, Conn. — The PriceRite division of Wakefern Food Corp., Keasbey, N.J., opened its 52nd store here on May 22, filling a void left upon the closing of an A&P Super Foodmart at this location more than a year ago.
Marketing, IT Form Tech Tag Team  1
Retailers’ marketing and IT departments are coming together to take advantage of digital marketing opportunities.
Gallery: A Tour of PSK/Foodtown’s Loyalty Program
MT. VERNON, N.Y. — PSK Supermarkets here, which operates nine Foodtown and three Freshtown stores located within, and just to the north, of the New York metropolitan area, has one of the more active loyalty marketing program in the industry, with more than 90% of its business processed through the card.
PriceRite Fills Void in Conn. Town 1
DANBURY, Conn. – The PriceRite division of Wakefern Food Corp., Keasbey, N.J., opened its 52nd store here today, filling a void left upon the closing of an A&P Super Foodmart at this location more than a year ago.
PSK Foodtown Cultivates Big Spenders Via Loyalty Program
MT. VERNON, N.Y. — If you spend $300 or more per month at one of the nine Foodtown or three Freshtown stores operated by PSK Supermarkets here, company co-presidents (and brothers) Noah and Dan Katz want to know who you are.
BrightFarms to Build Greenhouse in DC Food Desert
WASHINGTON – BrightFarms, New York, announced that it is building a 100,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse in Ward 8 here that will grow enough crops to meet the fresh vegetable consumption needs of up to 5,000 residents in what is considered a “food desert” area lacking close access to fresh foods.
Technology Excellence: Taking the Long View 
While technology is often regarded these days as a flashy, constantly changing phenomenon — as it undoubtedly is — the three companies receiving SN’s 2013 Technology Excellence Awards all share an old-fashioned consistency in their approach to IT.
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