Supermarket Industry News Roundup: November 3, 2017

November 3, 2017

Humility and Teamwork are the Key to Success for Carlos Castro
Todos Supermarket is not a powerful supermarket chain and does not pretend to be. They only have two stores, but they employ 180 people, making them one of the main employers in Prince Williams County, Virginia. The owner of the stores, Carlos Castro, native of El Salvador, has been perfecting his business for 27 years and earning the appreciation and respect of the community. He has become a voice that is heard by local leaders, his colleagues in the food industry and at the political level. Learn more via Abasto.

Absecon Woman Places Third in ShopRite’s Best Bagger Contest
An Absecon woman finished third among baggers from 23 companies who competed in the Best Bagger Contest held Oct. 24 at the ShopRite of Greater Morristown. Michelle Mastromatteo works in the Absecon ShopRite on the White Horse Pike. Learn more via Shore News Today.

Raley’s Invests $300,000 To Benefit Children’s Health and Wellness
Raley’s is hoping to have a direct impact on youth nutrition and wellness by offering education grants in the communities it serves through the redesigned Extra Credit Grants program. Raley’s says it has received a diverse set of grant proposals from local accredited K-12 schools and school districts; requests spanned from supporting the delivery of a complete food literacy curriculum to the purchase and installation of water filtration and bottle filling stations. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Sendik’s Launches Red Bag Rewards Program Powered by AppCard
Wisconsin-based grocer Sendik’s Food Market has launched a new rewards program powered by AppCard, a personalized marketing and shopper analytics platform for grocers. The Red Bag Rewards program rolled out today in all 18 Sendik’s locations across the metro Milwaukee area, including the banner’s smaller-format Fresh2GO stores and online via Sendik’s Express. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Kowalski’s Join Healthy Savings Program
Coborn’s, Cash Wise, Marketplace Foods and Kowalski’s Markets are partnering with Healthy Savings at 51 Minnesota locations to offer healthier foods at an affordable price. Healthy Savings, a program sponsored by health plans, government entities and employers, provides members with savings of more than $50 each week on foods qualifying in the top 1/3 of healthy items in the typical grocery store. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Vallarta Supermarkets Campaign Raises $203K For Mexico, Puerto Rico
Responding to natural disasters that devastated Mexico and Puerto Rico, Vallarta Supermarkets raised a total of $202,939 during a recent customer outreach campaign to benefit the many people who were impacted or displaced. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Study Finds In-Store Shopping is an ‘Act of Love’ for Consumers
According to a new report from The Hartman Group, grocery shopping is seen as enjoyable by many consumers. This is good news for brick-and-mortar stores in some respects. However, as shopping and consumers evolve, retailers need to make investments to keep that love strong. Learn more via Food DIVE.

7 Ways to Better Compete Against Discount Grocers
Although Lidl may be off to a slower start in the United States than many predicted, now isn’t the time for grocers to exhale and take their eye off the ball regarding the real threat that discounters and other value retailers pose to their bottom lines. Lidl is here for the long term, and if its history of rollouts in other countries bears out, it will take the early lessons learned from its initial June launch, and then modify and scale quickly. According to Planet Retail, Lidl is still expected to generate net sales of $5 billion within five years. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

The Tools for Becoming a Data-Centric Grocer
Across the globe, the retail industry is seeing a new era – one driven by data and getting a shakeup like none ever seen before. From Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods – and thus, its complementary set of customer data – to Alibaba and some experts’ opinions that it may hit $1 trillion in market cap before Amazon does, significant occurrences are forcing retailers, including grocers, across the globe to rethink how they define a customer-first strategy in the age of new retail. 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.