BASHAS' CUTS PRICES ACROSS CHAIN
CHANDLER, Ariz. — Bashas' here last week began a program of cutting everyday prices on 10,000 items throughout the chain. The price cuts include national and private-label brands in every department of the store, and will continue for an unspecified but “extended” period, the chain said in a statement. Bashas' last week also announced that each of its stores in the Phoenix metropolitan area will give away a year's worth of groceries. Shoppers can enter the drawing at stores through April 30.
DON'T KEEP CREDIT CARD DATA: NRF
WASHINGTON — National Retail Federation executive David Hogan told a congressional panel last week that security standards imposed on merchants by the credit card industry — known as Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standards — are only “an elaborate patch.” Hogan, NRF's senior vice president and chief information officer, added that a system in which retailers would not be required to store card numbers would do a better job of protecting consumers against credit card fraud. “If the goal is to make credit card data less vulnerable, the ultimate solution is to stop requiring merchants to store card data in the first place,” he said. Hogan's comments came as he testified at a hearing on whether data security standards mandated by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council run by Visa, MasterCard and other major credit card companies reduce “cybercrime.”
GIANT EAGLE SUES CARD AUCTIONEERS
PITTSBURGH — Giant Eagle here has filed a lawsuit against two individuals who the chain claims misrepresented themselves as a charity to obtain discounted Giant Eagle gift cards. The lawsuit accuses Michelle Nicholas and Patrick Sheehy, owners of Easy Auctions, Warren, Ohio, of claiming to represent VFW Post 0419 in Warren to obtain the cards, then selling them in their store and online for their personal gain. Giant Eagle is seeking more than $145,000 it claims it is owed, plus punitive damages.
CONNECTICUT LOCAL OKS A&P STRIKE
WESTPORT, Conn. — Members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 371 here last week voted to authorize a strike against 15 A&P locations in Connecticut as “both sides are far apart” in talks on a new contract, the local said. The original contract, covering about 1,500 workers, expired Feb. 28. In a prepared statement, the local said job action could begin as soon as April 10.
SUPERVALU LAUDS THE FRESH GROCER
MINNEAPOLIS — The Fresh Grocer took home “Best in Show” honors in the Creative Showcase Awards for independent retailers supplied by Supervalu, the distributor, based here, said last week. Philadelphia-based The Fresh Grocer, which operates eight stores, also was recognized for best in-store merchandising and communications and best Internet/loyalty marketing in the peer-judged competition. Other category winners were Trig's Food & Drug, Minocqua, Wis. (advertising); Metcalfe's Sentry Foods, Madison, Wis. (community involvement); Niemann Foods, Quincy, Ill. (employee motivation); Mackenthun's, Waconia, Wis. (store design); and Festival Foods, Fond du Lac, Wis. (sustainability/green initiatives).