Supermarket Industry News Roundup: September 8, 2017

September 8, 2017

Indie Operator Tells Congress of Too Many Regs
In testimony on behalf of the National Grocers Association (NGA), the trade organization representing the independent supermarket sector, Carlos Castro, president of Woodbridge, Va.-based Todos Supermarket, spoke of the overwhelming number of regulations that keep small businesses from growing. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Raley’s Ups Label Transparency Game with Shelf Guide
Raley’s has added a new, one-of-a-kind shelf-tag program to help customers more easily understand nutrition facts and make more informed food purchasing decisions. Today, 59 percent of grocery shoppers experience difficulty in understanding nutrition facts on product packaging. At the same time, recognizing ingredients is the No. 1 influencer of consumers’ decisions to purchase a food or beverage. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Associated Food Stores ‘Stuff A Truck’ For Hurricane Relief
In an effort to support its neighbors in Texas and southwest Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, area shoppers can donate at the registers of their local Associated Food Store, supplied by Associated Grocers (AG) of Baton Rouge. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Rouses’ CEO Hand Delivers Groceries to the Heart of Hurricane Harvey
Donny Rouse delivers. In fact, Donny hand delivers from Rouses Markets as WGNO News with a Twist features guy Wild Bill Wood watches. The delivery is a semi-truck from New Orleans, stuffed with $60,000 worth of groceries.  The food is for people from Louisiana and Texas left hungry by Hurricane Harvey. At a food distribution warehouse, church volunteers unload the love. Learn more via WNGO.

ShopRite Hosts Labor Day Weekend BBQ to Benefit the Community
Over the Labor Day weekend, ShopRite of Newton had a great smelling, delicious tasting bar-be-que outside the store. Proceeds from this event benefited local food banks. Since 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated over $40 million to Feeding America Food Banks. Throughout September –during Hunger Action Month–patrons can “fight hunger from the heart” by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar. Learn more via Sparta Independent.

RDBA Launches Social Media Dashboard for Retail Dietitians
The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA) has launched its Social Media Dashboard, which gives retail RDs an opportunity to manage their social media in one place while providing real-time results of their influence. In addition, members can compare their social media ranking against other RDBA members. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.

Online Grocery Growth Accelerating
It should come as no surprise that ecommerce is becoming an important contributor to supermarket sales, but a new study has the numbers to prove it. Online grocery purchases average 3.4 percent of total store sales for supermarkets offering the service, but the number jumped to 5.2 percent of total sales for those retailers that have had the service for at least four years, according to Brick Meets Click’s new “Grocery Ecommerce Supermarket Scorecard Report.” Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

7 key areas for digital transformation in grocery
To survive tsunamis of technology disruption, further empower the consumer to act independently and enable new competitors, traditional grocers must address a key aspect of their business. Digital transformation is the new imperative across the grocery ecosystem. Learn more via Food DIVE.

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.