Supermarket Industry News Roundup: November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

NGA Urges Congress to Fix Pass-Through Structure in Tax Reform
The National Grocers Association (NGA), 84 of its member companies and state trade association allies from across the United States, sent a letter to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, supporting comprehensive tax reform, but raising concerns regarding the treatment of pass-through entities in H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Learn more via Abasto.

Ahold, Supervalu Launch ‘Healthy Savings’ With UnitedHealthcare
Ahold USA, Supervalu and UnitedHealthcare have launched the “Healthy Savings” program designed to make healthier eating easier for UnitedHealthcare households in the Virginia/Washington, D.C., area. he Healthy Savings program, launched Nov. 15, offers participants more than $150 each month in instant savings on healthier foods purchased at any Giant Food, Shoppers Food or Farm Fresh store location. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Raley’s Expands Grocery Delivery With eCart
Raley’s has launched the second phase of its grocery delivery service through its e-commerce platform, eCart. First launched in August 2017 in Alameda, Calif., the service is now available to select zip codes in the Sacramento, Calif. region. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.

Independent Retailers Fall Short on Displays
Store owners, take note: Shoppers across the United States have given their opinion on local independent retailers, and the results aren’t all positive. During a typical month, Americans will visit a local seafood purveyor, butcher or delicatessen just four times in total. When visiting, many shoppers would describe the look of the displays as “cramped,” “rushed” and “nondescript,” which could deter them from coming again. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Grocers Among High Scorers in LGBTQ Workplace Equality
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) features a record-breaking 609 businesses that earned 100-point scores for their commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality. Sixty-five of those companies are from the food, beverage and grocery sector. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Guest Column: The Year in Review: The More Things Change…
In a year that saw so much change in consumer shopping and consumption habits and in grocery distribution channels, much has stayed the same in our industry. As Cindy Sorensen wraps up her 35th year in the grocery industry, she reflects on the beginning of her career. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

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.