Supply chain

Retailers

Kroger Expands Fulfillment Network in Ohio

A 61,000-square-foot facility in the Columbus area will serve as a last-mile cross-dock location that can reach customers up to 200 miles away, the retailer said.

Retailers

Grocery Dominates in Axios-Harris Reputation Rankings

In the annual ranking of the most visible U.S. companies, Trader Joe's, H-E-B and Wegmans make up the top five, while Publix and Kroger are among the top 25.

Echoing Walmart, Target said that higher transportation costs and excess inventory squeezed profits in the first quarter.

"We urge the agency to clearly reassure consumers that Abbott has taken appropriate steps to come into compliance with food safety regulations and resume safe production so that consumer confidence in the safety of its products can be rebuilt," said FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin.

As consumers show concern for stockouts of baby formula, Abbott has entered into a consent decree with the FDA on the necessary steps to resume production and maintain its Michigan plant that shut down earlier this year.

Producer prices for eggs soared 161% year over year and wholesale grain prices spiked 41% in a month that saw wholesale food inflation significantly outpace overall producer price inflation.

The retailer and wholesaler, battling with an activist investor group over the makeup and direction of its board, reported a preliminary comp-store sales increase of 7.2% in Q1.

Retail leaders and manufacturers discussed with the president what they're doing to combat a nationwide baby-formula shortage that saw out-of-stocks spike to 43% for the week ended May 8.

The parent company of Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Mas is partnering with ECRM and RangeMe to host a virtual event for suppliers looking to pitch their retail-ready products.

Target, CVS and Walgreens are among the companies imposing restrictions.

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