Trader Joes

  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
EasyBins is targeting busy suburban families with a service that lets people bundle products across retailers like Walmart, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. The focus is less on speed and more on reliability, assortment and affordability. 
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Associates working at a Trader Joe’s in western Massachusetts are the first at the chain to file for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board. “Over the past however many years, changes have been happening without our consent,” said Maeg Yosef, a worker at the store. “We wanted to be in charge of […]
  1. Associates & Employees
From the New York Times this morning: “In a sign that service industry workers continue to have a strong interest in unionizing after successful votes at Starbucks, REI and Amazon, employees at a Trader Joe’s in western Massachusetts have filed for a union election. If they win, they will create the only union at Trader […]
  1. International
The Washington Post reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Public Health Agency of Canada are investigating a hepatitis outbreak, positing that it may be linked to fresh organic strawberries. According to the story, “The agencies said the strawberries were purchased between March 5 and April 25. They were sold at […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Axios and the Harris Poll are out with a new survey in which they identify the most visible brands in America and gauge their reputations, ranking them from “excellent to “very poor.” The top nine, all rated as “excellent,” are, in order … Trader Joe’s, H-E-B, Patagonia, Hershey, Wegmans, Samsung, Toyota, Amazon, and Honda. Among […]
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Newsweek is out with a list, generated by BrandSpark International, of the “most trusted grocery stores as voted by American shoppers. BrandSpark surveyed 3200 Americans to capture their real opinions of what grocery store brands they trust the most.” The national top four:  Walmart, Kroger, Aldi, and Meijer. The northeast top four:  ShopRite, Walmart, Aldi, […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
The Boston Globe reports that “employees at a Trader Joe’s store in Western Massachusetts are looking to become the first unionized location of the cult favorite grocery chain. “A majority of workers at a Trader Joe’s in Hadley support forming an independent union under the name Trader Joe’s United, the union’s organizing committee said in […]
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From the Buffalo News: “Four years after emerging from bankruptcy, Tops Markets is staging a comeback. “Tops is spending $120 million over four years to update many of its stores in the Buffalo market, where the Amherst-based grocer originated 60 years ago. “It’s a sign of better times for the once debt-strapped company that for […]
  1. Department: Food
I got the following email from MNB reader Tony Stanton, which he said was “an open letter to Jeff Bezos”: Dear Jeff, I had an opportunity to visit your much anticipated and newest store in Murietta, California yesterday afternoon. Here is what I encountered. At the front door there was only a rent-a-cop security person to […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
The Dallas Morning News reports that grocers in the Dallas-Fort Worth market are preparing to bring their A-game as H-E-B starts opening stores bearing its eponymous banner there later this year – with the likely result being that “Dallas-Fort Worth grocery shopping is going to be the best it’s ever been in 2022 … The […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
On Friday we took note of a Business Insider story “about something that someone, somewhere finds to be controversial – a TikTok video suggesting that Trader Joe’s is a chain primarily targeted at affluent people. “According to the story, the video “spurred discussion around Trader Joe’s, a chain with around 530 stores and 10,000 workers, […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
Business Inside has a story about something that someone, somewhere finds to be controversial – a TikTok video suggesting that Trader Joe’s is a chain primarily targeted at affluent people. According to the story, the video “spurred discussion around Trader Joe’s, a chain with around 530 stores and 10,000 workers, predominantly being for rich people. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
 Diversifying our food system with plant-based meat, dairy, and eggs provides an opportunity for sustainable food system security in a retail world shaken by supply-side volatility and inflation. WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 24, 2022) — Amidst turbulent economic conditions amplified by the pandemic, supply chain issues, and inflation, new data released today by the Plant Based […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Customer satisfaction with retail is relatively stable, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s 2021-2022 ranking. The Retail Trade sector as a whole saw its score dip just 0.5% to 75.1 (out of 100). “Cool stability,” says ACSI managing director David Van­Amburg. “That’s the best way to describe the retail sector […]
  1. Department: Food
Axios reports on a new study from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) suggesting that “the price gap between organic and conventional foods is shrinking.” The study found  that “private-label organic items were 14.7% more expensive than regular food in January, down from 22.7% in April … The shrinking price gap is particularly noticeable in produce.  […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Wegmans said yesterday that it has secured a location for its first Connecticut store, in Norwalk, with easy access to I-95.  While approvals still have to be secured, the expectation is that the store will be a two-story format, close to will be 95,000 square feet in size, and with a parking garage. It will […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Got the following email from MNB reader Brad Morris, reacting to the Retail Tomorrow session at the NGA Show in which we formulated a business plan that could give independents a competitive edge: Let me first say that, after being a reader for almost twenty years, it a pleasure to finally meet, mask-less and face […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Customer satisfaction with retail is relatively stable, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s 2021-2022 ranking.  The Retail Trade sector as a whole saw its score dip just 0.5% to 75.1 (out of 100). “Cool stability,” says ACSI managing director David VanAmburg. “That’s the best way to describe the retail sector […]
  1. Media & Marketing
Black women have formed shopping groups on social media for Costco, Starbucks, Target and Trader Joe’s. Mercedes “Dee” Davis started a private Facebook group for black women that uses the hashtag #BlackGirlsInTraderJoes, which has over 44,000 members.
  1. Channel: Grocery
Newsweek has BrandSpark Internationals’ special edition of its BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards (BMTAs), “highlighting the most trusted grocery stores as voted by American shoppers.” Well, by 3200 American shoppers anyway. Here’s the list of the top five retailers, by region: National Walmart Kroger Aldi Publix Costco Northeast ShopRite Walmart Aldi Stop & Shop Wegmans Midwest […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — Amazon took the top spot in dunnhumby’s latest ranking of the nation’s top grocery retailers, with H-E-B following in second place and Market Basket leapfrogging three retailers to take the third spot away from Trader Joe’s. Wegmans held onto the fourth spot for a second year in a row. “The pandemic has massively […]
  1. Channel: Ecommerce & Digital
Customer data science analysis company dunnhumby, is out with the fifth annual dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI), which examines the approximately $1 trillion U.S. grocery market, and concluded that “in a second year dominated by Covid-19, Amazon cemented its leadership position, with H-E-B following in second place and Market Basket leap frogging three retailers to […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Glassdoor, the worldwide leader on insights about jobs and companies, just published its Best Places to Work in 2022 list and retailers should be excited. Of the 100 companies recognized, lululemon, Trader Joe’s, H E B, Wegmans Food Markets and numerous others competed for the top ranks.  To date, Glassdoor has more than 100 million […]
  1. Retailer Media
The top retailers consolidated their power in 2021 while a pack of grocers including Amazon Fresh, Walmart Neighborhood, and Brookshire’s moved fast up the ranks
  1. Shopper & Customer
CHICAGO — Amazon took the top spot in dunnhumby’s latest ranking of the nation’s top grocery retailers,  with H-E-B following in second place and Market Basket leapfrogging three retailers to take the third spot away from Trader Joe’s. Wegmans held onto the fourth spot for a second year in a row. “The pandemic has massively […]

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