Independents

Retailers

Personalized Terminals Check Out for Allegiance

New checkout terminals at 3 Foodtown stores are building customer engagement, Allegiance execs say.

Technology

Building Better Tech to Help Mom-and-Pop Grocers Compete

"We think about the impact that technology can have—not everybody has the ability to build out sophisticated technology themselves," Vori CEO Brandon Hill says.

The National Grocers Association said the hours-of-service modifications, passed last year, are helping retailers weather ongoing supply-chain woes.

The family-owned and -operated company has sold its 13 convenience stores to Global Partners LP; its neighborhood grocery stores in Vermont were not part of the deal.

An included provision that allows commercial drivers under the age of 21 to operate over state lines would help ease pressure on supply, the National Grocers Association says.

Associated Wholesalers Grocers CEO David Smith sought to give lawmakers something to chew on as he detailed the struggles his company has faced in competing against bigger players.

The president of Wright’s Market, an independent grocery store in Opelika, Ala., is honored for his participation in government relations.

"Even to this day we're experiencing really low fill rates on a lot of these popular items," says Chris Jones, asserting that grocery's biggest names are unfairly using their pricing power to crowd out smaller players.

Promoting culinary discovery while delivering the basics takes finesse. Kelsey Collins, category manager for Dom's Kitchen & Market in Chicago, talks about Dom's approach to bringing it all together.

In Chicago's Lincoln Park, this bright, sleek new market aims to make customers' next meal more memorable.

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