1. Associates & Employees
Apple retail store workers at the Cumberland Mall location in Atlanta filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 20, 2022, with 70% of the group of more than 100 eligible employees signing union authorization cards. This store’s employees become the first within the company’s U.S. operations to demand […]
  1. Associates & Employees
•  From the Los Angeles Times: “Whipsawed by the pandemic, spurred by fury over wage stagnation and alarmed by inflation, Southern California’s unionized grocery workers gained their biggest pay raises in decades Thursday as they ratified a new contract with the region’s largest food chains. “The three-year contract’s overwhelming approval, by 87%, followed strike authorization […]
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Apple associates at the retailer’s flagship Grand Central Terminal location in Manhattan have begun to formally collect signatures to form a union, according to a post on the organizers’ website. The group, called “Fruit Stand Workers United,” voted on Feb. 21, 2022 to affiliate with Workers United, the same union that has supported unionization efforts […]
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FreshDirect employees have reportedly become the latest retail workers to unionize after they ratified a collective bargaining agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), according to Supermarket News. Approximately 1,800 employees will be represented by UFCW Local 342. The FreshDirect workers include butchers, fish cutters, deli slicers and online order pickers across three […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize reported strong fourth-quarter results that beat expectations, helped by increased online sales boosted by the pandemic. A report by Reuters noted that the company’s net sales in the final quarter of 2021 totaled 20.1 billion euros ($22.8 billion), beating a forecast of 19.8 billion euros in a company-compiled poll […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Ahold Delhaize held its 2021 Investor Day yesterday, and in a series of presentations laid out its plans and targets for the next several years.  Among them:  “Ahold Delhaize expects to accelerate net sales growth with €10 billion ($11 billion US) in incremental sales from 2023-2025. Net consumer online sales are planned to double between […]
  1. Department: Food
The Bronx Times reports that “Ahold Delhaize-owned e-grocer FreshDirect and “its charitable partner, NY Common Pantry (NYCP), announced the launch of a new mobile pantry last week … Made possible by FreshDirect customer donations, the fully equipped vehicle, which will travel the streets of New York City, is the latest innovation in reimagining the pantry […]
  1. Corporate Finance
RTIH rounds up the retail systems ventures who have been making waves with major investments, including Gorillas, Fabric, Thrasio, and Attest. 1. kevin. kevin., a Lithuanian startup which provides a payment infrastructure for online, mobile, and physical sales, has secured $10 million of capital in a seed funding round. The investment, which brings the company’s total capital raised […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands — Ahold Delhaize has appointed Dave Bass to be managing director of its FreshDirect unit, effective September 20. He succeeds Farhan Siddiqi, chief digital officer of Ahold Delhaize, who has served as interim CEO since May.  Dave Bass “I would like to congratulate Dave on his appointment to lead FreshDirect,” Ahold Delhaize CEO Frans Muller […]
  1. Department: Food
Online grocer FreshDirect announced today that it will offer shoppers new discounts this fall on a selection of products across a variety of categories, beginning September 1. Fresh Direct has also introduced their parent company Ahold Delhaize’s private brands, including the natural and organic private brand Nature’s Promise and premium tier private brand Taste of Inspirations. […]
  1. Department: Beverage
The delivery of booze continues to expand. Online retailer FreshDirect is offering two-hour beer, wine and spirit delivery in the Hamptons and Montauk areas of New York state. The Hamptons and Montauk are exclusive areas where people from New York City vacation in the summer. The move makes sense, as people are willing to pay […]
  1. RetailWit QuickWit
Beyond Meat Inc on Thursday reported a wider quarterly loss than expected, due to higher transportation costs, new product innovation, and slowing sales to restaurants. Kellogg’s net sales rose 5.1% YOY to $3.58 billion in their latest earnings release. Strong demand for its snacks helped drive the quarter’s sales growth. In North America, Kellogg saw […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
David McInerney, the co-founder and CEO of e-grocery pioneer FreshDirect, which was acquired by Ahold Delhaize earlier this year, is stepping down from the company. “FreshDirect has been an amazing, life-changing, 20-year adventure for me,” McInerney said in a prepared statement. “I have been so fortunate to have worked alongside an incredible team of talented, […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
The Wall Street Journal reports that entrepreneurs in New York City are hoping “to cash in” on the city’s unique desire for fast delivery. “Two companies based in the city, 1520 and Fridge No More, have set up shop in recent months with just that promise,” the Journal writes.  “They are positioning themselves as alternatives […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Companies evolve, several years ago I was at a dinner with a group of industry leaders including founders of FreshDirect.  Like most companies starting out, they were highlighting their business model, and touting their success. I was touting the attributes of grocerant niche, meals, and meal components and questing if FreshDirect would every get into […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
  Companies evolve, several years ago I was at a dinner with a group of industry leaders including founders of FreshDirect.  Like most companies starting out, they were highlighting their business model, and touting their success. I was touting the attributes of grocerant niche, meals, and meal components and questing if FreshDirect would every get […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Honest To Goodness plant-based creamer Source: Honest To Goodness Danone unveiled Honest to Goodness, a line of plant-based coffee creamers, on Monday, hoping to capture some of the growing demand for non-dairy products as more consumers brew coffee at home. Gen Z coffee drinkers are guzzling about 28 billion cups of coffee per year, driving […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Wall Street Journal reports that Ahold Delhaize CFO Natalie Knight is saying that the company “plans to keep investing” in e-grocery “so that online shopping will become a larger part of the grocer’s overall revenue.” The Journal writes that for Ahold Delhaize, “the pandemic served as a wake-up call to accelerate its e-commerce business, […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Financial Times this morning reporting that Ahold Delhaize plans “to make more acquisitions in the US as the shift to ecommerce drives smaller businesses out of the market.” CEO Frans Muller tells FT that he expects considerable consolidation among small and family-owned companies without the capital to expand into e-commerce or succession plans that […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Our interview guest is Tobias Buxhoidt, co-founder and CEO of parcelLab; he discusses the importance of post-sale communication in e-commerce and why retailers should take ownership of the process rather than relying on third-party logistics firms. In news, we look at L Brands’ holiday sales updates and news that Lowe’s is expanding their outlet store […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ZAANDAM, the Netherlands – Ahold Delhaize closed its acquisition of a majority stake in the New York City-based online grocer FreshDirect after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission okayed the deal. Under the deal, announced on November 18, Ahold Delhaize acquires the majority share of Fresh Direct, and Centerbridge Partners is a minority equity investor with […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
After one of the most tumultuous years in recent memories, experts say 2021 will be the year grocers move from reacting to strategically managing for long-term growth. Having closed the book on one of the most tumultuous years in recent memory, grocers are now looking ahead to a 2021 filled with opportunity and uncertainty. Although […]

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A consumer confidence monitor that has been running since 1974 recorded its lowest-ever score this month. The well-established GfK index was down to -40 for May, meaning consumers are less confident now than at any time for nearly half a century. Joe Staton, client strategy director at GfK, said: “This comes as UK unemployment hits […]
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Giving credit where credit is due.  The grocerant niche filled with Ready-2-Eat and Heat-N-Eat fresh prepared food continues to drive top-line sales and bottom-line profits in every channel of retail foodservice.  According to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® the recent insights by the NPD group show just have important the […]