Kroger is launching a mobile app designed to make it easier for customers to make healthy choices when shopping. The app will use dietitian-approved ratings to score products as either "green," "yellow" or "red" based on the nutritional content.
Walmart continues to invest in delivery services, with same-day delivery of groceries expected to be a retail necessity as the market continues to get more competitive. "Everyone is racing toward same-day delivery and I think we're set up really well," Walmart.com CEO Marc Lore said at a tech conference hosted by Fortune magazine.
Whole Foods Market stores are well connected to the Amazon Prime program as the online retailer holds its annual Prime Day, showcasing how the company hopes to draw shoppers into its ecosystem through the grocer. "For Amazon, it's all about getting and keeping people engaged," said Market Track's Ryne Misso, explaining that bringing new customers in now will ensure spending at the holidays.
TreeHouse Foods has sold the McCann's Irish Oatmeal brand to B&G Foods for about $32 million. "The divestiture supports our efforts to simplify and streamline our business and concentrate our efforts on private label categories that support our customers' corporate brand initiatives," said TreeHouse Foods CEO Steve Oakland.
Kosher practices work well in the production of sake, and a number of kosher sakes have been produced and sold successfully. The use of kosher standards to make sake is likely to continue because for all audiences, it reinforces the image of quality, says Monica Samuels, national sake sales manager for importer Vine Connections.
Performance reviews can be nerve-wracking for leaders, especially when constructive criticism is required, Gerry Valentine writes. It's best to offer examples of specific, recent situations when making corrective feedback, he argues.
Grocers should be even more focused on the freshness of foods, especially as home delivery changes the cycle of shopping and fulfillment, Deena M. Amato-McCoy writes. Grocers should also make sure they are connected to the customers who shop via smart devices.
Making pricing changes manually takes up valuable time and can keep stores from shifting prices more often, Paul Milner writes. With today's internet-connected grocery stores, updating digital is the best way to make sure prices match and change when needed, he writes.
Higher freight costs related to federal rules requiring truckers to have electronic logging devices are dampening retailers' demand for California melons, said Jim Malanca of Westside Produce. "We're all fighting to stay close to break even, and we're not doing very well," he said.
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