Sysco steps away from US Foods acquisition following federal court injunction

Sysco Corp. won't be appealing a federal court ruling against its planned $3.5 billion acquisition of US Foods and will be going back to the drawing board to determine other venues for expanding its food distribution business.

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How grocers, food retailers can keep up with restaurants

Grocery retailers, armed with unprecedented levels of insights and technology, have the opportunity to provide consumers with the experiences and products they demand.

From stock options to oranges: Whole Foods Rewards is a natural for growth

Whole Foods is enjoying the fruits of its marketing labor these days, but its long-term success may rely more on its affinity for workers than affinity with shoppers.

Three micro-trends of the retail customer experience

There are several ways the retail customer experience is actually becoming smaller, and it seems to be a good thing for sales and customers.

Whole Foods’ paycheck may hinge on prices

People buy at Whole Foods because it stands for more than food, so simply dropping prices doesn’t solve its perception issue.

Maximizing the value of a retail loyalty program

The grocery industry seemingly changes daily, with new products and initiatives to meet rapidly shifting consumer preferences as well as new technology that continues blurring the lines among social, mobile, CRM and loyalty programs. Given this level of marketing turmoil,...

Speedy checkout wins retail technology of the year

The top retail innovation in InformationWeek's Elite 100 went to Kroger Co.'s QueVision system.

Egging for the bigger basket

The saying goes that you've got to crack a few eggs to make an omelet, but this year coloring a dozen eggs may crack your budget. The price of eggs is at a historical high, thanks in particular to international...

What Whole Foods teaches us about visual merchandising

As much as any retailer can, Whole Foods embodies the notion that stores aren't simply places to buy things.

Retail customer satisfaction improves for a third consecutive year

Better customer service, discounting more than offsets a drop in customer satisfaction with online retail.

Independent grocers: Three ways to gain a trade promotions edge

When it comes to capturing their fair share of impact from trade deals, independent grocers have long struggled to match their crosstown, big-chain rivals. Scale is a key challenge.

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July 4 holiday consumer spend reflects healthy growth spurt

Consumers will spend more on July 4 food celebrations this year than they did last year, with total spend on food items expected to hit $6.6 billion.

Instacart expands personal delivery into Miami communities

Grocery patrons in northeast Miami-Dade county will now have another food shopping option given Instacart expanding its delivery operations, according to a Miami Herald report.

CVS buys up Target pharma sites in $1.9B purchase

CVS Health is buying mega retailer Target’s pharmacy and clinic business units for $1.9 billion, which gives CVS Health an additional 1,660 pharmacies across 47 states.

Report: Consumers will use subscription-based services if easy, affordable

Consumer study reveals top subscription services and how super subscriber shoppers select Internet, cable, mobile phone, streaming, grocery and other services.

Grocery store sales surpassed by restaurants for the first time

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery store sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association reported.

Whole Foods and Cravy partner to test grocery delivery

Cravy, a West Palm Beach, Florida-based technology company, and Whole Foods Market have teamed up to test an on-demand delivery program for residents in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach, Florida.

Whole Foods delivers record Q2 sales

Whole Foods ended the quarter with total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash, and investments of approximately $1.1 billion.

Chef Ernesto launches all-natural foods at select Dollar Trees

Chef Ernesto is announcing a nationwide rollout of its all-natural frozen food line now available at Dollar Tree stores from New England to North Carolina.

Buying groceries online gaining acceptance globally

More than half of global consumers are willing to buy groceries online, according to Nielsen Global. Survey also shows 57 percent of shoppers consider grocery shopping in a retail store a fun day out for the family.

Report sees growth in multichannel grocery shopping

Multichannel grocery shopping is surging across the globe, with the birth of a new child being a primary driver of an increased propensity to buy online, according to the findings.

Hy-Vee selects Interactions for experiential marketing services

Interactions will engage shoppers through experiential marketing events in 50 store locations in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, with plans to expand to more than 145 stores throughout the year.

Roundy's selects Market6 for vendor collaboration portal

The leading Midwest grocer has selected Market6’s retailer/supplier collaboration software platform, Market6 Foundation, to deliver a new vendor collaboration portal for Roundy’s enterprise-wide merchandising team and consumer goods supplier community.

Sam's Club offering free health screenings, to members and non-members

Sam's Club announced that it will host 10 free monthly health screenings in 2015 for members and non-members, covering a wide range of tests to manage and discover potential health issues.

Report details shopping behaviors of US Hispanic population

Hispanics account for one-sixth of the U.S. population, totaling 53 million people. These shoppers have increased their spending more than 200 percent since 2000, with purchasing power projected to surpass $1.7 trillion by 2017.

Nielsen: Global perceptions of store brands improve, but share of basket varies by country

The Nielsen Global Survey of Private Label polled more than 30,000 Internet respondents in 60 countries to understand how consumer perceptions about private-label quality, value, assortment and packaging translate into sales around the world.

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One of the few things all humans share is the need for sustenance, making the supermarket one of the rare universal shopping experiences. But smart grocers can differentiate themselves by making the experience spectacular — few retailers have a product that is so well loved and needed by everyone, and intelligent use of marketing, ambiance, store design and aroma can make it an experience people are eager to have.