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Sep 17, 2007

Movable Banners: Lucky Is Up, Kash n' Karry Is Down

Is there some cosmic force that makes the industry seek symmetry? Probably not, but consider this: Last month in this space we took a look at the bold....More
Sep 17, 2007

How Price Is Taking Center Stage in Latest Retail Battles

A string of reports in recent weeks shows supermarkets are under intense pressure to keep prices in line. Is the economy finally catching up to them?....More
Sep 10, 2007

Biodiesel Offers Retailers a Way to Make a Green Statement

One of the more interesting debates taking place in the environmental arena is the role that biofuels should play. On the surface, as an alternative....More
Sep 10, 2007

Recounting the Industry's Long Days of Summertime

Now that Labor Day has passed and the unofficial end of summer is here, let's take a look at a few of the events that marked the season. We'll start....More
Sep 03, 2007

Countdown to Tesco: Why Few Retailers Are Deeply Worried

It's close to the moment of truth in the American Southwest. Soon all the talk and speculation will be over. Tesco will arrive here in November to....More
Sep 03, 2007

Winn-Dixie Stores' Tenuous Pullback From the Brink

A few months ago, it started to look like the beleaguered Winn-Dixie Stores had a chance to step back from the brink, overcoming formidable odds....More
Aug 27, 2007

Retailers Forming Fruitful Ties With Farmers' Markets

When Whole Foods announced its plans to open a three-story, 50,000-square-foot store in Manhattan's Union Square, many of the city's chefs, along with....More
Aug 27, 2007

How Consumer Trends Flow From One Stage to Another

Every now and then, social trends surface that have the capacity to power major changes in the way the industry does business. In time, such trends....More
Aug 20, 2007

Retail Sales: Supermarkets Gain, but Hold the Champagne

There’s some cause for celebration in the latest sales data from Information Resources Inc., but the good news is tempered by looming threats....More
Aug 20, 2007

Resurrecting a Venerable Banner: The Lucky Gambit

In what may be the biggest-ever experiment in restoring a moribund retail brand, Save Mart is re-bannering 72 of the Albertsons stores it acquired in....More
Aug 13, 2007

Stater Bros. Makes a Gigantic Investment in Its Future

In a dramatic move that should reduce complexity and improve efficiency, Stater Bros., the operator of 163 stores in California's Inland Empire, will....More
Aug 13, 2007

Supermarkets Find Footing in Competitive Environment

Much more quickly than it appeared, Wal-Mart phobia is abating. It was not very long ago that every traditional retailer was, if not panicked, at....More
Aug 06, 2007

How Inflation's Sting Hurt More Than First Anticipated

The current round of inflationary pressure isn't a body blow to food retailers. Moreover, there are indications that inflation concerns are easing for....More
Aug 06, 2007

Southland Action: Tiers Shed; Effects Linger; Tesco Looms

During the past couple of weeks, important news has emanated from Southern California that will eventually resonate well outside that region. The most....More
Jul 30, 2007

Increasing Federal Attention to Food Safety in the Offing

Increasingly lax food-safety regulations and enforcement efforts have contributed in some measure to incidents that have undermined consumers’....More
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