Trader Joes

  1. Shopper & Customer
  At the intersection of what’s for dinner, where will I get dinner, more and more consumers are asking what is the fastest solution (84.6%), then what is the cheapest (51.4), and will everyone be happy with the food (49.2%) according to Foodservice Solutions® most recent grocerant scorecards.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA […]
  1. Associates & Employees
People worried that the labor-management sky is falling because of all the publicity that pro-union movements have gotten lately can relax. The Washington Post reports that “Union membership in the United States fell last year to a new low even as the labor movement scored a string of significant victories at high-profile companies that have […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
USA Today has begun what it calls a series of articles about Wegmans, the upstate New York company that started as the Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company in 1916 and now has become a regional powerhouse with 109 stores and more on the way, including its first unit in Connecticut and one in New York’s […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Regular reader of this blog know that the halo of ‘better for you’ is one of the key drivers of the successful growth and consumer adoption of the grocerant niche.  According to Steven JohnsonGrocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® Trader Joe’s focus on food quality, variety, portion size, combined with a true understanding […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
  Food matters even when it come to home value.  Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions® shares with our regular readers year after year the research from California-based Attom Data Solutions, a provider of real estate and property data. So, here we go, according to a new analysis from Attom, Trader Joe’sleads the […]
  1. Channel: Specialty & Other
The Guardian reports that Trader Joe’s “is rolling out new, unofficial policies at stores across the US starting in January 2023 … that will mandate part-time workers work a minimum of three days a week to maintain their employment with the company.” According to the story, employees – who wanted to remain anonymous because of […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
On Friday, we took note of a Wall Street Journal story about how “the U.S. economy grew at a 2.6% annual rate in the third quarter despite a slowdown in consumer spending during the summer amid high inflation and rising interest rates.”   I commented about the mixed messages: I’m not an economist, and have […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Data powered by Earnest’s Orion spend dataset. Supermarket sales excludes food sales at big box and warehouse club retailers like Walmart and Costco. Albertson’s (ACI) short run as a public company may be coming to a close as it enters talks to merge with the nation’s second largest grocer and largest supermarket chain, Kroger (KR). […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
More reactions to the proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger, one MNB reader wrote: I’ve worked closely with both chains in the past and spent 14 years working for Kroger.  This acquisition doesn’t make sense to me for the following reason: Duplication of stores with Kroger in all major Safeway/Albertsons divisions: Seattle, Portland, Southern California, Southwest (PHX), Denver, […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
CT Insider has a story about how years before Wegmans opens its first Connecticut store on Route 1 in Norwalk, one supermarket competitor – just a quarter-mile or so away – already is getting busy competing. Here’s how the story frames the scenario: “ShopRite customers in Norwalk will see the bustle of activity near the […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
Paradoxes are both familiar and common to the human condition. They are brain teasers that reveal faults in our senses and errors in human logic. Authors and poets delight in paradoxes because they stop the reader in their tracks to ponder the apparent contradictions. Like the familiar phrase, “Less is more,” or when Shakespeare’s Hamlet […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We reported yesterday that the state of California yesterday filed a lawsuit against Amazon on antitrust grounds, charging that the online retailer stifles competition by penalizing sellers for offering products elsewhere for lower prices. MNB reader Tom Murphy replied: Nothing new in the market on this.  Walmart and Kroger have for years forbidden vendors from […]
  1. Department: Nonfood
We’re revisiting some of our favorite questions and answers from past episodes. Scott answers a question about how Trader Joe’s has succeeded without offering delivery or online shopping. He then gives dating advice to the young and single in an era of dating apps, and offers his thoughts on why business school is still worth […]
  1. Stores & Formats
We took note the other day of a Washington Post story about specific food product shortages that exist in a number of different countries.  The one identified in the US was Sriracha, which prompted me to joke about hoarding a bunch of it after I read about a coming shortage several months ago. One MNB […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The recently announced Amazon Fresh checkout-free stores UK slowdown is part of a larger movement, observes Celia Van Wickel, Senior Director, Digital Commerce at Kantar. Amazon is said to be halting its expansion plans in the UK due to claims about the macro-economic environment and revenue performance. In a LinkedIn post, Van Wickel says: “Only […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Bloomberg Second Measure is out with an analysis of how consumer spending has changed during a time of high inflation and supply chain issues, concluding that “average transaction values increased the most year-over-year at H-E-B and The Kroger Company, but Ahold Delhaize saw the most growth in year-over-year sales. “H-E-B and Kroger saw the most […]
  1. Associates & Employees
There are strong signs that the “Great Resignation” is still having a major impact on the U.S. job market as a whole, and on the retail and hospitality industries in particular. That’s in part because employers’ difficulty filling jobs has itself become a big factor in job dissatisfaction. According to the 2022 Job Seeker Nation […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Interesting piece from The Street about Costco, which “has famously been a good place to work. It even paid its employees $15 an hour way before most places.”   And while Costco gets good reviews on Glassdoor, the website where employees can rate their employers, a small percentage of them – 792 out of more […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
Responding to last week’s story about changes being made at St. Joseph’s University to the business program that will make it more customer-centric, one MNB reader wrote: As a graduate of St. Joseph’s University’s Masters of Food Marketing program, I am pleased to know that Dr. Stanton and the Haub School of Business are breaking […]

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