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July 11

24 Updates

Competitors
Inmar
Inmar Exits Print-at-Home Market as Load-to-Card Redemption Climbs 67%

GlobeNewswire | 10 Jul 2018

Inmar announced today that the company is discontinuing its Print-at-Home (PAH) offering and re-allocating resources to Load-to-Card promotions, which are showing significant growth. Load-to-Card redemption volume climbed 67 percent in 2017 and more than doubled from Q1 2016 to Q1 2018 (+134 percent). Read more

Valassis Communications, Inc.
Valassis Finds Building Shopper Loyalty is Key in Current Retail Climate

Business Wire | 10 Jul 2018

Valassis a leader in activating consumers through intelligent media delivery today announced new study findings which provide insights for retailers to better compete and drive repeat traffic both in-store and online. Read more

Retail Partners
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Walmart in same-day delivery grocery push via Jet.com

Chain Store Age | 10 Jul 2018

Business Expansion

Walmart is upping the ante in the grocery delivery wars in one of the nation’s most competitive markets. “This is a key building block that is part of Jet’s strategy focused on urban centers and will help us build personal relationships with customers while offering them a unique assortment, tailored experience and personal service,” said Simon Belsham, president of Jet.com. Read more

Walgreens Co.
Walgreens Is Expanding Its Medication Disposal Kiosks To Flagstaff

Gcmaz | 10 Jul 2018

Business Expansion

Walgreens Is Expanding Its Medication Disposal Kiosks To Flagstaff Walgreens drugstores are launching an expansion of medication disposal kiosks throughout Arizona. The kiosks are available year-round in 35 select Walgreens drugstores across Arizona, including a new location in Flagstaff at 2610 East Route 66. Read more

Safeway Inc
Safeway Debuts Its Own 7-Flavor Vegan Ice Cream Line

Vegnews | 11 Jul 2018

New Offerings

Supermarket chain Safeway recently added seven vegan flavors of ice cream to its Open Nature brand. Four Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert flavors are made with an almond-milk base (Peanut Butter & Cookies, Chocolate Fudge Brownies, Coffee Caramel Fudge, and Banana Walnut Fudge), while three feature a cashew-milk base (Vanilla Bean, Cookie Dough, and Salted Caramel Cluster). Read more

Weis Markets, Inc.
Weis Markets Deploys Next-Gen WiFi, Delivers Superior Mobile Experiences

RIS News | 10 Jul 2018

New Offerings

Weis Markets has standardized on Aruba’s wireless infrastructure to deliver improved efficiencies, drive sales, and provide customers with a superior mobile experience. According to Jacob Koch, manager of systems administration for Weis Markets, employing a secure, high-performance wireless infrastructure is critical to meeting the retailer’s key corporate objectives. Read more

ShopRite
ShopRite Kicks Off Summer Snacking Campaign

Shoprite | 10 Jul 2018

Customers can explore delicious and nutritious snack solutions with the help of ShopRite Dietitians Love to snack? You’re not alone. Recent consumer research says American consumers are snacking in record numbers, with some Americans reporting that they snack up to six times daily. Read more

Albertsons, LLC.
Albertsons Companies First Quarter Conference Call

GlobeNewswire | 10 Jul 2018

Financial & Business Performance Events

Albertsons Companies, Inc. has announced the time and date of a conference call to discuss the Company’s financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018. The conference call, which will be hosted on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11 a.m. Read more

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
J Sainsbury PLC announces appointment of new Non-Executive Chairman

J-sainsbury | 11 Jul 2018

Management Changes

Martin will work closely with David Tyler for a handover period and Sainsbury’s anticipates that Martin will assume the role of Chairman from the beginning of the new financial year in March 2019 or soon after, at which point David Tyler would step down from the Board. Read more

Rite Aid Corporation
Rite Aid Sends Letter to Shareholders

Riteaid | 10 Jul 2018

M&A Activities

Rite Aid Corporation today announced that it has issued a letter to shareholders in connection with its proposed merger with Albertsons Companies Inc. Read more

Target Corporation
Target merchandising exec joins Christopher & Banks

Retailleader | 10 Jul 2018

Management Changes

A veteran merchandising executive at Target has been hired as the new Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer at Christopher & Banks. Andrea Kellick will be joining the company on July 16 and she will be responsible for merchandising, product development and sourcing. Read more

Target Techstars alum Inspectorio raises $10M, brings on Ecolab as investor

Houston Business Journal | 10 Jul 2018

Funding Activity

Inspectorio, a startup that makes technology for supply-chain inspections, has closed on a $10 million round of funding from an investor group that includes Techstars and Ecolab Inc. Minneapolis-based Inspectorio plans to put the capital toward ramping up growth, the company said Tuesday. Read more

Vendors
Information Resources Inc
Pallas Selects IRI SalesOut As Data Sharing And Technology Partner

Kam City | 10 Jul 2018

Procurement & Sales

Leading Irish foodservice distributor, Pallas Foods, has announced a multi-year deal with IRI Company SalesOut. Pallas Foods is part of the wider Sysco Family of companies, including the Brakes Group, and has over 8,000 customers and a portfolio of over 12,500 products in the Island of Ireland. Read more

Companies of Interest
Pinterest
Pinterest's rudimentary consultancy gives retailers advice on in-store merchandising

The Drum | 10 Jul 2018

New Offerings

Pinterest has been gleaning its visual insights to offer brand partners data-backed advice on how and when to display products in the offline world. Read more

Shipt
Shipt Adds Hy-Vee Grocery Delivery in Kansas, Minnesota and Missouri

EIN News | 10 Jul 2018

New Offerings

Shipt, a leading online marketplace, today announced it will begin same-day delivery of an assortment of groceries and household essentials from Hy-Vee in four major Midwestern cities. Read more

Instacart
Hy-Vee teaming with Instacart for grocery delivery to front door

Wjbc | 10 Jul 2018

Partnerships & Alliances

Hy-Vee announced a new partnership on Tuesday with two national online grocery delivery services, Instacart and Shipt, to expand Hy-Vee’s delivery footprint and provide new and convenient shopping options to Hy-Vee customers in more than two dozen markets including Bloomington-Normal starting July 24. Read more

Associations
Food Marketing Institute
Do You Eat Well?

Food Marketing Institute | 10 Jul 2018

Did you eat well on July 4th? I am guessing food was a key part of your holiday activities, most likely a traditional barbeque. Read more

National Retail Federation, Inc.
Retailers Say New Tariffs Against China Will ‘Boomerang Back to Harm U.S. Families and Workers’

National Retail Federation | 10 Jul 2018

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a list of $200 billion of Chinese imports to be subject to new tariffs. Read more

Gwynnie Bee meets consumers where they are

National Retail Federation | 10 Jul 2018

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a list of $200 billion of Chinese imports to be subject to new tariffs. Read more

Grocery Manufacturers Association
Farm Groups at Odds with Grocery Manufacturers Association on Biotech Label

Wnax | 13 Jul 2018

Ag groups have filed comments on USDA’s proposed biotech labeling rule. The National Corn Growers and American Soybean Associations, and Farm Bureau are at odds with the Grocery Manufacturers Association regarding what they want on the label. Read more

Industry Updates
Why the Fresh Market is closing stores

Retailleader | 10 Jul 2018

Cost Cutting

The cut-throat competition in the food retail space is forcing the Fresh Market to reduce its store footprint. The company has revealed plans to close 15 stores in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin within the next month. Read more

Why shopper loyalty should be Priority No. 1

Retailleader | 10 Jul 2018

Retailers looking for an edge in this extremely competitive retail landscape need to focus on garnering loyalty from shoppers, according to a new survey. Fresh research from Valassis reveals that 34 percent of shoppers – and 47 percent of millennials and 57 percent of millennial parents – have just one preferred retailer for each purchase category. Read more

Hopster Pulls the Plug on "Dying" Printable Coupons

Coupons In The News | 10 Jul 2018

Another printable coupon provider not named Coupons.com is calling it quits. This time, it’s Hopster, the five-year-old site that once let you “boost” the value of your coupons, then just let you print from a selection of coupon offers, later tried branching out into the receipt-scanning space, and now appears to have run its course altogether. Read more

Dean Foods Enjoys More Good Karma

Consumer Goods Technology | 9 Jul 2018

M&A Activities

Dairy products giant Dean Foods Co. has increased its ownership percentage to take a majority stake in Good Karma Foods, maker of flaxseed-based milk and yogurt alternatives. The investment signifies Dallas-based Dean Foods’ growing commitment to plant-based foods and beverages. Read more

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