Supermarket Industry News Roundup: December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

Independent Supermarkets Fight Frivolous ADA Lawsuits
The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, and 28 state trade associations urged the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Reform and Education Act of 2017 (H.R. 620) in a letter sent to lawmakers. Learn more via Abasto. Independent Supermarkets Fight Frivolous ADA Lawsuits

Industry Encourages Senate to Pass Tax Reform Bill
The National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, and 152 state trade associations and food retailers requested that the Senate ensure that the bill it passes will achieve rate parity between C-corporations and pass-through entities, which account for almost half of NGA’s member companies. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Julio Avila Challenges NYS Bagging Champion
Martone, who works at the Tops grocery store in Big Flats, earned the New York State title for being the fastest grocery bagger in 2017. Last year, Martone earned a second place finish in the state. Now, she must face her toughest test. Learn more via My Twin Tiers.

Vallarta Supermarkets’ New Store in Pasadena Surpasses Expectations
Vallarta Supermarkets, one of the nation’s largest Hispanic supermarket celebrated the opening of its 50th store in Pasadena, California, with the presence of former boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya, founder Enrique Gonzalez, Sr., his family and local dignitaries. Learn more via Abasto.

C&S Names Mike Duffy as New CEO
C&S Wholesale Grocers has named Mike Duffy as its new CEO, effective Jan. 8. In this capacity, Duffy will assume leadership responsibility for C&S’s strategic development, customer satisfaction and day-to-day operations. Learn more via Grocery Business.

Price Rite Unveils Rebranding, Names Dorey President
Wakefern Food Corp has launched a rebranding of its Price Rite discount banner and elevated Jim Dorey to become president of the chain. Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern unveiled the first fully rebranded store — touting the new name and logo of Price Rite Marketplace — at a remodeled location in Secane, Pa., last week. The remodeled store includes a brighter, revitalized ambiance with new signage, a modern, whitewashed wood backdrop and additional offerings, such as the Sweet Spot dessert case. Learn more via Supermarket News.

SpartanNash Debuts At-Home Delivery Through Fast Lane
SpartanNash is enhancing its Fast Lane personalized online grocery shopping experience with the addition of at-home delivery. Fast Lane customers can select at-home delivery at Orders are shopped by a team of Fast Lane personal shoppers, who focus on selecting quality items from each aisle of the store—including beer, wine and spirits. Learn more via Grocery Business.

Grocers’ Mobile Apps Need to Do More: Survey
Although some grocers continue to add bells and whistles to their own mobile apps, consumers generally use them for three basic reasons: reward points and coupons, price checks and in-store guidance. But new research from Progressive Grocer shows that consumers are desiring more functionality and innovation in this area. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

NGA’s Supermarket Industry News Roundup is a weekly summary of news articles that highlights conversation around the independent supermarket industry and consumer trends. The links included in the summary have content that is not controlled by NGA.