UFCW cancels all Kroger contracts after aggressive action by Fred Meyer

After 15 months of unsuccessful negotiations, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 555 announced Sept. 10 the cancellation of all its Oregon and Southwest Washington collective bargaining agreements with Kroger, which owns Fred Meyer and QFC. The collective bargaining agreements contain a no-strike pledge, so their cancellation frees the [...]

2019-09-20T15:29:31+00:00September 20th, 2019|Tags: , |

Walgreens to close 200 US stores

Walgreens plans to shutter 200 stores in the U.S. as the company pares back its locations in the U.K., the company said Tuesday. Parent company Walgreens Boots Alliance earlier this year announced plans to shutter 200 stores in the U.K. and review its U.S. footprint. The new store closures represent [...]

2019-08-12T15:56:18+00:00August 12th, 2019|Tags: |

Kroger Goes Full Robot to Take On Amazon

Kroger Co., the giant but aging supermarket chain, has unleashed a flurry of initiatives to ensure it won’t get thumped in a post-Amazon-buying-Whole-Foods world: It is revamping locations, bought a meal-kit company, and sold off its convenience-store business. Its biggest gamble, though, is a partnership with British online grocer Ocado Group [...]

2019-07-24T17:03:11+00:00July 24th, 2019|Tags: , , |

The Backlash Against Cashless Stores Is Growing

New Jersey legislators last week passed a bill forcing retailers to accept paper money, a move that takes aim at the growing number of restaurants and shops that are going cashless. By far the most prominent name in that space is Amazon, whose Go convenience stores are not only cashless; [...]

2019-02-19T16:34:20+00:00February 19th, 2019|Tags: |

Walmart, Google-backed Deliv end online grocery partnership

Walmart Inc and logistics firm Deliv pulled the plug on a key same-day grocery delivery partnership, dealing a setback in the retailer’s race against rival Amazon.com Inc to deliver groceries to customers’ homes. The world’s largest retailer began bolstering its partnerships with third-party courier firms to reach consumers in 100 [...]

2019-02-13T17:20:27+00:00February 13th, 2019|Tags: , |

Amazon Slashed Prices at Whole Foods. Now They’re Climbing Back Up.

Whole Foods is raising prices again, bowing to pressure from some consumer-product makers to cover rising packaging, ingredient and transportation costs on hundreds of products. Internal communications reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show the natural grocer raised prices from 10 cents to several dollars as suppliers have boosted their [...]

2019-02-13T17:18:43+00:00February 13th, 2019|Tags: , |
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