Supermarket Industry News Roundup: December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

Industry Pleased with Congressional Passage of Tax Reform Package
What has been classified as the most comprehensive tax reform package in more than 30 years was passed by Congress today, Dec. 20. Various food industry-related groups provided their comments on the reform, which is expected to be signed by President Donald Trump. Learn more via The Shelby Report. 

Retail Associations Join Forces in American Express Credit Card Fee Case
Retailers from across the United States have filed a joint amicus brief as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case against American Express. The case — Ohio, et al. v. American Express — centers on the legality of American Express rules that prevent retailers from offering benefits, including discounts, to consumers for using cards with lower fees, or even educating consumers about those fees. Learn more via Convenience Store News.

How the GOP Tax Overhaul Could Affect the Food Industry
Companies should brace for change. The 30-plus-year drought since the last tax code overhaul may be finally over as Congress sets out to vote on and place a now-finalized tax bill on President Donald Trump’s desk. Learn more via Food DIVE.

ShopRite Highlights In-Store Butcher Service for Holidays
ShopRite is highlighting its team of trained in-house butchers to assist customers with meat purchasing decisions for holiday entertaining. Services include personalized cuts, hand-tied prime rib roasts, special pre-orders and guidance on the best cuts and sizing of meat. Learn more via Grocery Business.

Roche Bros. to Meet Need for Grocery Store at Kendall Square In Cambridge
Roche Bros. plans to open a new Brothers Marketplace in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2019. Kendall Square is a development of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Raley’s Expands Ecommerce to Reno
Raley’s is launching the third phase of its eCart ecommerce platform, now servicing the Reno, Nev., metropolitan area. The expanded area is the next step in the West Sacramento, Calif.-based grocer’s investment in ecommerce, created with the purpose of making grocery shopping more convenient. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

5 Ways to Keep Center Store Relevant
It doesn’t get a lot of love these days, what with the current focus on fresh, but center store is still a force to be reckoned with. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Study: Hispanic Consumers are More Profitable Grocery Shoppers
A study from Acosta and Univision finds that Hispanic shoppers are more profitable than total U.S. shoppers. The research shows that while spending per trip is similar between the two groups, Hispanic shoppers go to the grocery store more frequently than other U.S. shoppers. Learn more via Food DIVE.

4 Tactics to Take Retail Foodservice Marketing to the Next Level
Gone are the days when most shoppers would pick up the Sunday paper and flip through store ads to make their shopping list—nowadays, targeted advertising and social outreach are what’s driving traffic to grocery stores. If grocery stores and supermarkets want to entice today’s shoppers with foodservice offerings from their prepared foods department, it’s essential to integrate the use of email, social media and mobile apps. Learn more via Grocery Business.

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