06 May

11 once-popular grocery stores that disappeared forever

2019-05-06T15:26:24+00:00May 6th, 2019|Tags: |

It's hard to successfully sell groceries. Margins in the business are notoriously low. You've also got to contend with ever-shifting customer preferences and stiff competition from other supermarkets, powerful e-commerce outfits like Amazon, and big-box giants like Walmart and Costco. And you can't forget the retail apocalypse that's been dragging [...]

02 May

Stop & Shop workers vote to approve contract

2019-05-02T11:39:34+00:00May 2nd, 2019|Tags: , |

Stop & Shop workers have approved a new contract, following an 11-day strike last month that crippled New Englandʼs largest and only fully unionized supermarket chain. Five United Food & Commercial Workers locals in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut representing 31,000 workers voted on the proposal over the course of [...]

01 May

Kroger, Walgreens test cameras in aisles

2019-05-01T23:35:28+00:00May 1st, 2019|Tags: , |

Retailers are testing out smart shelves and coolers with penny-sized cameras that collect information on shoppers and their purchases, according to the Associated Press. The technology is aimed at personalizing the shopping experience, but also raises questions about customer privacy. Kroger has placed cameras in two stores near Cincinnati and [...]

29 Apr

Regional grocery chains are in fight-or-flight mode

2019-04-29T16:58:24+00:00April 29th, 2019|Tags: |

The Publix Super Market in southeast Orlando is, at first glance, a standard American grocery store. It's a well-lit space with a pharmacy, a fresh produce section and more than a dozen aisles lined with neatly stocked shelves of cereals, beverages and canned goods, among other grocery cart items. But [...]