Albertsons / Safeway

  1. Channel: Delivery
In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, the top story was FTC turns to competition about Kroger / Albertsons merger. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the FTC wants to know how retailers
  1. Corporate Strategy
Starbucks announced yesterday that its “interim” CEO Howard Schultz, who took the job for the third time last April after Kevin Johnson stepped down, has passed the CEO baton to Laxman Narasimhan, who also becomes a member of the company’s board. This time around, Schultz will remain on the board, pledging to remain involved in […]
  1. CPG: Food
Albertsons yesterday unveiled what it said was “the redesign of its Open Nature brand as the company strives to become the brand of choice for those health-conscious shoppers seeking a more balanced lifestyle. Open Nature, which is part of Albertsons Cos. Own Brands portfolio, provides shoppers with tasty foods made with thoughtfully chosen ingredients that […]
  1. Department & Category
Today I am reporting in from the first day of the Western Michigan University Food Marketing & Supply Chain Conference, when Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran spelled out the reasons he believes the Kroger-Albertsons deal makes sense, why “growth is oxygen” for the best organizations, and the importance of eliminating friction from what he called “mindless […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Yesterday I featured an email from an MNB reader that read: I was in the Kansas City airport, the 2nd day of the “new” airport. Down in baggage claim of all places is an Amazon Go store. Now I don’t know what title the people assisting shoppers are called (mentors, geniuses, etc.) but they had […]
  1. Department: Food
BOISE, Idaho–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Open Nature brand debuts new dairy-free plant-based products and boasts one of the largest private label domestic grass-fed beef programs.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Common Dreams reports that “a progressive coalition of more than 100 unions and consumer advocacy groups from across the United States has come together to build the ‘Stop the Merger’ campaign, a national and state-level effort to prevent Kroger from acquiring Albertsons and establishing the country’s most powerful grocery cartel. “On Tuesday, the coalition announced […]
  1. Retailer Media
For an advertiser looking for real-time conversions on its ads, retail media is nothing short of magic. Retail media ads connect impressions directly to purchases. You can see exactly how many people saw your ad and then completed a transaction. No other ad medium comes close. With retail media, brands can reach tens of millions […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
A coalition of 100 organizations representing diverse interests from around the country have joined forces in the “Stop the Merger” campaign, a national and state-level effort to oppose the proposed $25 billion merger of grocery store chain giants Kroger and Albertsons. The announcement was made March 14. The coalition is announcing the launch of its […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Yesterday we pointed out a Wall Street Journal piece about how, as people return to physical stores, retail theft is rising, cutting into companies’ profits.  There are, the story notes, two kinds of theft – shoplifting and organized retail theft, which is a much bigger problem. I commented: The Journal story says that there are […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Last week we had a story about Kroger saying it would make “a more than $770 million incremental investment in its associates during 2023 … to raise average hourly rates, improve healthcare options, build new training and development opportunities, and more.” One MNB reader – obviously someone better at math than I am –  wrote: […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Welcome to a bonus episode of the Remarkable Retail podcast, presented by MarketDial. Steve and I are excited to take the podcast to the World Retail Congress at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, April 25th – 27th. Steve will also be joining an amazing roster of speakers to present his take on why organizations need […]
  1. Acquisitions, Divestitures & Mergers
Kroger said yesterday that it has hired John Boehner – the former Congressman from Ohio who served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015 – to help its lobbying effort aimed at federal approval of its proposed $24.6 billion acquisition of Albertsons. The Hill reports that “Boehner, who works for law […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Kroger yesterday announced “a more than $770 million incremental investment in its associates during 2023. The company will use this investment to raise average hourly rates, improve healthcare options, build new training and development opportunities, and more.” The company said that this “builds on the $1.9 billion incremental investments in wages and comprehensive benefits Kroger […]
  1. Partnerships & Alt Profit
Claire’s is celebrating the opening of its next-generation store in Paris with a Fashion Week event on March 6, 2023 that will spotlight the brand’s partnership with fashion designer Nicola Formichetti and V Magazine. At the same time the brand also is expanding its presence across grocery stores in the U.S. Parisian Store Offers Glimpse […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. today reported sales growth for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 28. For the fourth quarter, net sales increased 5.9% to $34.82 billion. Comparable-store sales (excluding fuel) increased 6.2% from a year ago. Fourth-quarter sales of its Our Brands merchandise increased 10.1%. Kroger in the quarter celebrated the […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Company Release – 3/2/2023 Fourth Quarter Highlights Fiscal 2022 Highlights CINCINNATI, March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2022 results, provided 2023 guidance and updated investors on how Leading with Fresh and Accelerating with Digital continues to position Kroger for long-term sustainable growth. Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
During the early 2000s, while the retail industry was getting battered by e-commerce, grocery stores were seemingly safe. Twenty years — and a pandemic — later, much has changed; e-commerce and delivery services have transformed grocery retail. Today, when consumers visit a store, they enter with much higher expectations. A convenient and smooth, seamless shopping […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
The American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ACSI) Retail and Consumer Shipping Study 2022-2023 is out, reporting that “while overall customer satisfaction with the Retail Trade sector slips 0.5% to a score of 74.7 (out of 100),” significant ground has been gained by a number of retailers, especially those with a specialty focus. Some excerpts: •  “Customer […]
  1. Department & Category
  Top of the day to you!  The team at Foodservice Solutions® wants to thank Microsoft’s Bingfor writing today’s Blog.  Our team ask some basic questions about the grocerant niche and here is what Bing came up with: According to the web search results, Steven Johnson is the founder of Foodservice Solutions® and the resident […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Arizona Attorney General will investigate the proposed merger between Kroger and Albertsons over concerns that it could result in higher grocery prices for consumers. Kroger operates Fry’s Food & Drug Stores and Smith’s Food & Drug Stores in the state. Albertsons’ stores include its namesake chain and Safeway.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Attorney General Kris Mayes yesterday announced that her office “is launching an anti-trust investigation of the proposed merger between The Kroger Co., parent company of Smith’s and Fry’s Food & Drug Stores, and Albertsons Companies, which operates supermarkets under the Albertsons and Safeway brands in Arizona.” “Hardworking Arizonans struggle daily to put fresh, healthy food on […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Newsweek has published a list of the best loyalty (rewards) programs in the U.S. and H&M (specialty apparel), Bloomingdale’s (department stores), Zappos (footwear)and Randalls (supermarkets) toped their respective verticals.
  1. Trends & External Forces
The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice is “ramping up” work on an antitrust complaint against Apple Inc., focusing in part on “Apple’s policies governing mobile third-party software on its devices, which has been the focus of much of the criticism targeting Apple’s competitive practices. The department is also looking at […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Google Cloud and Accenture are expanding their strategic partnership with a series of new initiatives to help retailers modernize their businesses and transform store operations.   Accenture’s AI.Retail platform — which helps retailers better utilize data and artificial intelligence to optimize common operations such as customer acquisition, pricing and promotions, assortment and supply chain — […]

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  2. Partnerships & Alt Profit
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  4. Technology & Innovation
Get ready because the empty truck cabs in motion are coming. Gatik, which is involved in autonomous middle-mile logistics, has announced a multi-year commercial collaboration to transport customer orders within Kroger’s Dallas distribution network. The operations will launch in a few weeks. Under the collaboration, Gatik’s medium-duty autonomous box trucks will transport fresh, customer-favorite products from […]
  1. CPG: Food
  2. Channel: Grocery
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  11. Owned Brands (Private Label)
Albertsons yesterday unveiled what it said was “the redesign of its Open Nature brand as the company strives to become the brand of choice for those health-conscious shoppers seeking a more balanced lifestyle. Open Nature, which is part of Albertsons Cos. Own Brands portfolio, provides shoppers with tasty foods made with thoughtfully chosen ingredients that […]