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Sam’s Club is embarking on some jumbo-sized growth plans. There’s some consolidation in the c-store space. And some new CBD regulations might be coming down the pike.
Instacart is cutting back on in-store shoppers. One c-store chain is making some hires as it expands. And fast-growing Aldi is opening a half dozen new stores–in one day.
Dollar Tree is getting a new CEO. Amazon is launching a prescription subscription. And there’s a whole lot of drama coming from an unlikely source: M&M's.
An uncertain 2023 was among the topics discussed in Orlando at this weekend’s FMI Midwinter Executive Conference. South Dakota is getting some new Kwik Star c-stores. And a new report details which states have it the worst when it comes to food inflation.
Is EG Group planning to sell off its U.S. c-stores? Convenience retailers in New York are steaming over a proposed cigarette tax. And Walmart is launching a new subscription program for small businesses.
A fuel brand is acquiring an electric-vehicle charging company. The government has made some major updates to organic food products. And one popular c-store chain is entering a new state.
U.S. retail sales in December fell 1.1% month over month—the second consecutive month of a sequential decline—while year-over-year growth tailed off to 6%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Grocery stores just barely stayed on the upside, with sales up 0.1% month over month and 7.3% year over year for December.
Wakefern is testing an autonomous c-store. What are drivers’ favorite places to stop for gas? And RaceTrac is expanding into a new state.
Instacart will pay workers in San Francisco more than $5 million to settle a gig worker case. The TravelCenters of America signed more than two dozen franchisees last year. And Publix is having another busy week.
Food prices are slowly inching down. Lots of new c-stores opened in December. And Ohio’s attorney general has filed a temporary restraining order against Dollar Genera.
A c-store veteran is retiring. A popular Kroger private-label brand celebrates 10 years – with an uncertain future. And there’s lots of new store opening news.
Inflation pushed Albertsons’ same-store sales higher during the third quarter. Expect more restaurant chains in convenience stores. And digital grocery sales keep surging–but are grocers prepared?
Walmart’s drones are taking off. Snack preferences differ by generation. And grocery hiring heated up in December.
Amazon is laying off even more workers than originally planned. Gas prices appear to be easing–for now. And online bulk products retailer Boxed might be putting itself up for sale.
A new study ranks the country’s most-trusted grocery and c-store retailers. There’s some acquisition movement in the convenience store industry. And Mastercard has come under fire from the Federal Trade Commission.
Albertsons is getting an expedited review of its planned $4 billion special dividend payout. Grocery Outlet and Wawa are among retailers to watch in 2023, according to new research. And Pops Mart Fuels has acquired six c-stores.
Grocers have growing reason to worry about competition from dollar stores. Increasing regulations and other factors are shaping tobacco sales. And Meijer is expanding its on-demand delivery.
Walmart is playing Santa with expanded drone delivery. Grocery sales are outpacing those in other retail segments.
Walmart launches text-based shopping. Lots of new grocery stores are opening. And here are the cities with the most-aggressive drivers.
Grocery prices continue to outpace inflation. Casey’s is getting into the retail media game. And more people are doing their online grocery shopping at big-box retailers, rather than traditional grocers.
The Parkland c-store chain is shaking up its executive ranks. Albertsons’ $4 billion shareholder payout remains on hold. And there’s a new president and CEO at tobacco maker Swisher.
There’s more consolidation coming to the ultra-fast grocery delivery space. Kum & Go is largely exiting the non-fuel c-store business. And one convenience store chain is bringing some innovative technology to the gas pump.
Grocery price hikes are slowing but they’re still up significantly from last year. Aldi has a very busy week coming up. And Cargill has a new CEO.
Retail theft is causing major headaches for Walmart. Juul Labs has settled thousands of lawsuits. And there’s a proposal to separate the FDA’s food and drug oversight functions.
Parkland’s president has left the company. PepsiCo is laying off hundreds of workers. And the proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger is getting a very close investigation.
Yesway is shelving its IPO plans. Amazon’s cashier-less tech is entering a non-Amazon grocer for the first time. And inflation, private brands and retail media are among the big grocery industry trends of 2022.
Job growth at food retailers sped up a bit in November. Some new players are getting into the retail media game. And Walgreens is now offering same-day delivery 24 hours a day.
Private label propelled Kroger to a strong third quarter. R.J. Reynolds is asking the country’s highest court to stop a flavored-tobacco sales ban. And Dollar General unveiled ambitious growth plans
Circle K is being fined by the EEOC. Congress is working to avert a potentially devastating rail strike. And a Walmart employee is suing the retailer in the wake of a mass shooting.
Kroger and Albertsons CEOs are appearing before Congress. Suncor Energy is holding on to its Petro-Canada c-store chain. And grocery visits the day before Thanksgiving dipped slightly compared to last year.
US Foods has a new CEO. The proposed Kroger-Albertsons merger is getting increased scrutiny. And Harbor Wholesale is getting bigger.
Kwik Trip’s CEO of more than two decades is retiring. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has ratified a new national contract with Kroger. And Dollar Tree had a good quarter, thanks to food and drink sales.
Merchants are demanding relief from swipe fees. Consumer groups are demanding grocers ditch digital-only coupons. And hundreds of New York City bodegas are poised to offer ultra-fast delivery.
Albertsons’ special dividend payout has hit another roadblock. Cigarette sales are down. And Southeastern Grocers is reportedly mulling a sale.
BJ’s Wholesale Club had a record quarter. The FDA is sending out warning letters to vape manufacturers. And one c-store chain has plans to dominate Detroit.
Target had a very rough third quarter. Gas prices are trending higher before Thanksgiving. And Pilot is getting serious about EV charging.
Walmart keeps becoming an even bigger force in grocery. Several c-store chains are investing in an e-commerce software company. And the CEO of Ahold Delhaize’s US operations is retiring.
Deli meats and cheeses appear to be the source of a listeria outbreak. RJ Reynolds wants to toss a new bill banning the sale of flavored tobacco products in California. And Amazon may be preparing to lay off as many as 10,000 workers.
Albertsons’ $4 billion shareholder payout remains on hold. Keurig Dr Pepper is extending its reach. And a mandate to put graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging has been postponed.
Big layoffs are coming to Juul. Target rolls out a super-sized new store design. And Foxtrot opens its first Maryland store.
Rising food prices led to a huge quarter for discounter Grocery Outlet. California voters upheld a flavored tobacco ban. And c-store packaged beverage sales are strong.
New research reveals what Kroger could gain from its merger with Albertsons. C-stores are a prime spot for product discovery. And Sprouts Farmers Market is opening two new stores.
Gas prices are dropping. But Thanksgiving dinner prices are climbing. Plus, why online grocer Thrive Market has no plans to open a brick-and-mortar grocery store.
Publix is opening a bunch of new stores. Refuel Operating acquired some new c-stores. And Homeland Grocery Stores has a new CEO.
Washington state has filed suit against Albertsons. Majors Management bought a half dozen c-stores. And Rouses Markets is growing–despite some big supply chain headaches.
Casey’s is doubling down on electric vehicle chargers. H-E-B is opening two new stores. And Trader Joe’s is set to sit down with its new union.
Dollar General is under investigation over pricing. C-store chain Murphy USA is showing its resilience. And grocery delivery platform Shipt is facing some heat over its independent contractors.
A Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn voted no on unionization. C-store chain Murphy had a huge quarter. And chef-humanitarian Jose Andres has some impassioned words for those in the retail food industry.