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25 мая, 18:17

Grocery Stores: An American Miracle

In a new book, the author Michael Ruhlman ponders the “extraordinary bounty” that’s available at relatively low prices, seven days a week.

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25 мая, 07:57

3 акции для консервативных инвесторов

Почему стоит обратить внимание на Kroger, McCormick и Altria.

19 мая, 16:30

Kelly Services, Investar Holding, Walmart, Target and Amazon.com highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

Kelly Services, Investar Holding, Walmart, Target and Amazon.com highlighted as Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day

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18 мая, 12:00

The Germans Are Coming... And Their Groceries Will Cost Up To 50% Less Than Wal-Mart

Back in February we reported that as America's deflationary wave spread through the grocery store supply chain, the scramble for America's bottom dollar was on, and it prompted America's largest low-cost retailer Wal-Mart to not only cut prices, but to squeeze suppliers in a stealthy war for market share and maximizing profits, a scramble for market share which is oddly reminiscent of the OPEC 2014 price fiasco and is certain to unleash a deflationary shock across wide portions of the US economy. As Reuters reported at the time, Wal-Mart had been running a "price-comparison" test in at least 1,200 U.S. stores and squeezing packaged goods suppliers in a bid to close a pricing gap with German-based discount grocery chain Aldi and domestic rivals like Kroger. Citing vendor sources, Reuters said that Wal-Mart launched the price test across 11 Midwest and Southeastern states such as Iowa, Illinois and Florida, focusing on price competition in the grocery business that accounts for 56% of the company's revenue. Notably, while Wal-Mart was considering cutting prices to match its competition, the near-monopoly retailer was also seeking offseting cost cuts from its own vendors, in what could lead to a deflationary shock that would ripple across the entire US grocery store supply-chain, with dropping prices leading to margin collapse inside the entire industry, and eventually a default domino effect.  And, as we also reported, as part of the relentless competition among the largest grocers Wal-Mart would have no choice but to proceed with even more aggressive price cuts in the future. The reason for this is that Germany-based discount grocer Aldi had emerged as one of the relatively new rivals quickly gaining market share in the hotly competitive US grocery sector, which already boasts Kroger, Albertsons Cos Inc and Publix Super Markets as stiff competitors on price. A second Germany-based discount grocer, Lidl, was planning to enter the U.S. market this year, which together with German Aldi would pose a serious threat to Wal-Mart's U.S. grocery business. Now, thanks to a follow up by Reuters, we can safely assume that the upcoming grocer price war is about to turn nuclear because the abovementioned German discount grocery chain Lidl, which is opening its first U.S. stores this summer and is eager to capture US market share at all costs, said its products would be up to 50% cheaper than competitors... which are already caught up in a margin-crushing price war. "This is the right time for us to enter the United States," Brendan Proctor, chief executive officer for Lidl U.S., told Reuters at a media event in New York late on Tuesday. "We are confident in our model. We adapt quickly, so it's not about whether a market works for us but really about what we will do to make it work." And as first order of business, what Lidl will do is generate huge losses by massively undercutting prices in hopes of capturing market share from established names like Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons. Think Uber but for grocery stores.  There is already a case study of what happenes next, should the two German invaders prove successful. Lidl, which runs 10,000 stores in 27 countries, and German rival Aldi Inc have already upended Britain's grocery retail market, hurting incumbents like Tesco Plc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc's ASDA supermarket chain. Looking ahead, Lidl said it would open its first 20 U.S. stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, starting on June 15. Eighty more will follow in the United States within the first year, which Procter said would create 5,000 jobs. Analysts cited by Reuters estimate the company will have more than 330 U.S. stores by 2020. The stores will be 20,000 square feet in size and have only six aisles. The retailer's in-house brands will account for 90 percent of the products. And while the latest German invasion may lead to dramatic changes within the hierarchy of established US grocers, one thing is certain: the US consumer is about to be the biggest winner yet again, as prices for (subsidized) groceries are about to plunge across the nation.

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17 мая, 20:16

Kroger's Meal Kits Could Make A Meal Of The Industry

Kroger’s test of meal kits is small but noteworthy. The meal-in-a-box industry, while relatively small when compared with supermarkets, meets a burgeoning need. Kroger might prove that supermarkets can own this service, but that means balancing a few sweet and sour notes.

15 мая, 13:11

The Men Who Take 'Women's' Jobs

As employment options shrink in parts of the Midwest, many men who once worked in manufacturing are finding new careers in health care.

11 мая, 16:44

Whole Foods (WFM) Q2 Earnings Meet, Sales Beat Estimates

Whole Foods (WFM) has been revamping pricing strategy, concentrating on value offerings and affinity programs, and unifying purchasing structure in view of heightened competition.

10 мая, 23:28

What Retail Apocalypse? These Stores are Expanding, Not Closing

Since the start of 2017, more than 3,200 store closures have been announced, and many are from some of the biggest names in the retail industry. There are, however, some corners of the retail industry that are expanding their store count instead of shrinking it.

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10 мая, 23:20

Kroger is launching a Blue Apron killer — and it has two huge advantages

Kroger is diving into the fast-growing meal-kit business. The supermarket chain is offering...

10 мая, 16:30

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF, Deckers, BestBuy, Humana and Kroger

Zacks Investment Ideas feature highlights: TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF, Deckers, BestBuy, Humana and Kroger

09 мая, 16:10

Things You Need to Know Before Whole Foods' (WFM) Q2 Earnings

Despite prevailing headwinds, Whole Foods (WFM) has been quite resilient and increased roughly 22% in the said time frame.

04 мая, 18:43

Why Aldi is the Grocery Store of the Future

In a time when the grocery shopping experience is undergoing a change, in audience, service, and merchandising, a name in the food retail industry is making quite the footprint: Aldi.

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28 апреля, 16:13

18 Best Foods You Should Always Buy at Trader Joe’s

Want to get the best deals on your groceries? These are the foods you should stock up on the next time you shop at Trader Joe's.

25 апреля, 00:20

Whole Foods (WFM) Soars on Buyout Talks By Albertson

Shares of Whole Foods Market, Inc. (WFM) rallied Monday afternoon after a Financial Times report suggested that Albertson, a U.S. supermarket operator, is exploring the possibility of buying the high-end grocery store chain.

20 апреля, 19:33

Why Whole Foods Is Flying High Again

Whole Foods stock is soaring after news broke that Jeff Bezos has considered buying the chain. It’s another example of the huge growth in organic food stocks.

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20 апреля, 05:59

6 Things You Should Never Buy at Aldi (and 6 Things You Should)

Sure, the products on Aldi’s shelves are cheaper than those at your local grocery store, but does the quality measure up?

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18 апреля, 19:07

"It's Very Shocking" - Georgia's Cobb County Waited 2 Days Before Admitting Critical Voting Machines Stolen

In a stunning report, Cobb County's Channel 2 Action News has learned that critical voting machines were stolen just days before polls will open for a special election. State officials are investigating after equipment was taken from a Cobb County precinct manager’s vehicle.  Cobb County Elections Director Janine Eveler said the stolen machines cannot be used to fraudulently vote in Tuesday’s election. The four so-called ExpressPoll machines were the computers poll workers used to check-in voters, and check those off who cast ballots. According to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the equipment was stolen on Saturday evening while the vehicle was parked at the Kroger on Canton Road. Kemp's office says Cobb County Elections waited two days to tell his office about the theft of the machines. The four so-called ExpressPoll machines were the computers poll workers used to check-in voters, and check those off who cast ballots. Kemp released the following statement Monday afternoon: "It is unacceptable that the Cobb County Elections Office waited two days to notify my office of this theft.   We have opened an investigation, and we are taking steps to ensure that it has no effect on the election tomorrow. I am confident that the results will not be compromised." Given the intense focus of the Left in using this special election as proxy for America's dissent against President Trump (having given up on their "Russians did it" narrative in recent weeks), one wonders just why (and who) these machines would be stolen? “It’s very shocking, especially with the climate we have of voter fraud out there,” one Georgia voter told Channel 2’s Ross Cavitt. Of course, as we noted earlier, an equally important question raised by the interview below is, since when does a newbie candidate running in a tiny Georgia congressional district, that will have no impact of the Republican majority in the House, get national airtime on CNN?