Jon Springer

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How HelloFresh Boxes Sustainability

The fast-growing meal-kit company is moving to take further advantage of what it believes is a more environmentally friendly model for food retailing, says Jeff Yorzyk, its U.S. director of sustainability.


How Grocery Outlet Picks Its Teams

With ambitions to grow its footprint at a 10% annual clip and offering the opportunity for experienced workers to become their own boss, Grocery Outlet is generating a lot of operator interest, CEO Eric Lindberg said.

In an upbeat Q2 recap, the food wholesaler said it anticipates that CPGs will pass along rising costs and promotions as their assortments rebound; COVID sales benefits remain strong.

COVID sales trends backed by a strong operational performance helped the retailer post 16.1% sales gain in fiscal 2020, CEO Jonathan Weis said.

The Planned Grocery service, which tracks future grocery stores, has integrated a parallel database of new home development activity from a sister company.

The retailer said its smaller store, intended to showcase a revamped go-to-market strategy and support a more profitable business, will debut this year in four new-builds and one renovation.

As Kroger makes strides in improving profitability of digital, robots go to work.

Well-positioned for changing consumer behavior, the membership warehouse club is “not the same company we were 12 months ago,” CEO Lee Delaney said.

The longtime wholesale-retail partnership is extended to 2027, at which point Amazon could consider a consolidated buying solution.

The retailer said strong digital growth, 10.6% non-fuel comps and price investments helped it gain market share in the fiscal fourth quarter while setting expectations for the COVID cycle into perspective.

Easing restrictions—but incomplete vaccinations—in places such as Mississippi and Texas draws condemnation from some industry groups and leaves retailers on their own to request but not enforce safety measures.

The retailer has quietly stepped up its rollout of dual-branded Family Dollar-Dollar Tree stores, bringing the single-price point offering to rural towns and strongly outperforming legacy Family Dollar units.

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