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27 марта, 00:30

A San Francisco Uber got stuck on stairs after driving down a pedestrian walkway

An Uber in San Francisco got stuck on stairs Monday after driving down a pedestrian walkway outside a Safeway store on Market Street. The car, a white Toyota Camry, got stuck at about 1:23 p.m. local time, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The car was being driven by a human at the time of the accident, according to an employee at Safeway.

10 марта, 16:52

Americans Are Falling Out of Love with These Failing Retailers

These stores experienced the biggest drops in customer satisfaction in 2017

02 марта, 16:45

The Most Disturbing Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Your Favorite Grocery Stores, Revealed

Raw meat in shopping carts and other gross and disgusting things that happen at grocery stores.

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22 февраля, 04:50

Rite Aid's Elixir Of Youth And NYSE Listing Beguile Albertsons

Cerberus Capital, which owns Albertsons (2,200 stores, including 1,300 Safeway supermarkets) has made a move to merge with Rite Aid, Merger being the operative word, because the biggest attraction for privately held Cerberus is that Rite Aid is listed (as RAD) on the New York Stock Exchange.

20 февраля, 14:34

Albertsons To Buy What's Left Of Rite Aid

After delaying a public offering of Albertsons in 2015, Cerberus Capital Management wants a return on its investment, and the owner of 19 grocery chains, including Safeway, provided the first glimpse of how the company plans on achieving that goal - at an optimal price point, of course. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Cerberus-owned Albertsons is buying the parts of Rite Aid that aren’t already being sold to Walgreens Boots Alliance. The combined company, to be based in both Boise, Idaho, and Camp Hill, Pa., would operate approximately 4,900 stores and 4,300 pharmacies across 38 states and Washington, DC, with a heavy presence along the coasts. The company’s new name is to be determined upon the deal’s close, expected by the summer. Walgreens had initially planned on a merger with Rite Aid, but dropped that deal over the summer in favor of buying more than 2,000 Rite Aid stores, or over half of the total. Albertsons is considered something of an innovator in the world of e-commerce: While the company owns 2,300 stores, it acquired the Plated meal service last year, and is in the process of offering the popular boxes of pre-measured ingredients to millions of store customers. And in a sign of the damage that Amazon has inflicted, the three largest US pharmacy chains are now all pursuing deals. All three of the U.S.’s biggest pharmacy chains are now pursuing deals in a sign of the threats they face as customers increasingly shop online. CVS has agreed to buy health insurer Aetna Inc., and Walgreens, in addition to the scaled-back Rite Aid deal, is in talks to buy drug distributor AmerisourceBergen Corp. , The Wall Street Journal recently reported. John Standley, Rite Aid’s CEO, will serve as the CEO of the combined company. The merger will help the company expand its food offerings to stand out from CVS Health Corp., Walgreens and Walmart. It will also expand Rite Aid’s e-commerce offerings. “We know that scale matters,” said Bob Miller, Albertsons chief executive. "We continue to grow to compete with all competitors, not just Amazon." Standley is to serve as the new company’s CEO, while Miller would act as chairman. Speculation as to who would succeed the 73-year-old Albertsons CEO had mounted in recent years. As WSJ points out, Amazon’s further push into grocery has caused supermarket stocks to tumble and prompted food retailers to search for deals in a sector known for razor-thin profits. A historic drop in food costs also hurt sales last year when it sparked a price war among grocers. Supermarket shoppers tend to be more loyal to a brand if they can buy their prescriptions with their food. Aside from owning pharmacies, Rite Aid also runs a benefits manager. Once the deal is done, Cerberus will own 70% of the combined company, while the rest will be owned by Rite Aid shareholders.

20 февраля, 14:05

Albertsons to buy Rite Aid as Amazon threat looms

At the same time, Amazon's foray is widely expected to disrupt the industry, prompting drug chains to beef up their businesses. Backed by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, Albertsons hopes the deal will help it become a formidable competitor to CVS Corp and Walgreens , and give its private equity owners a way to exit their decade-long investment in the grocer. Cerberus first took a stake in Albertsons in 2006 and scaled it through acquisitions including that of Safeway in 2014.

14 февраля, 15:30

15 Money-Saving Secrets That Grocery Stores Don’t Want You to Know

The psychology behind grocery store layouts and spending is nothing to scoff at. Grocery stores are riddled with sneaky spending tactics.

07 февраля, 05:50

Whole Foods Employees Miserable: "Seeing Someone Cry At Work Is Becoming Normal"

Whole Foods' new inventory management system aimed at improving efficiency and cutting down on waste is taking a toll on employees, who say the system's stringent procedures and graded "scorecards" have crushed morale and led to widespread food shortages, reports Business Insider.  The new system, called order-to-shelf, or OTS, "has a strict set of procedures for purchasing, displaying, and storing products on store shelves and in back rooms. To make sure stores comply, Whole Foods relies on "scorecards" that evaluate everything from the accuracy of signage to the proper recording of theft, or "shrink." Some employees, who walk through stores with managers to ensure compliance, describe the system as onerous and stress-inducing. Conversations with 27 current and recently departed Whole Foods workers, including cashiers and corporate employees — some of whom have been with the company for nearly two decades — say the system is seen by many as punitive. -BI Terrified employees report constant fear over losing their jobs over the OTS "scorecards," which anything below 89.9% can qualify as a failing score - resulting in possible firings.  'Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal': Employees [email protected] uses "scorecards" to punish employees for failing to comply with its inventory management system https://t.co/AqpEaKPcbC pic.twitter.com/m16jHKznnW — Business Insider (@businessinsider) February 1, 2018 Store managers test employees twice weekly, according to company documents, while corporate employees from the store's Austin, Texas headquarters conduct monthly walkthroughs which stores must themselves pass.  "I wake up in the middle of the night from nightmares about maps and inventory, and when regional leadership is going to come in and see one thing wrong, and fail the team," a supervisor at a West Coast Whole Foods told Business Insider. "The stress has created such a tense working environment. Seeing someone cry at work is becoming normal."   Despite the heart-palpitating shortcomings of the OTS system, employees, supervisors and industry analysts have said that Whole Foods' previous inventory management system was inefficient and needed to be updated.  "Whole Foods had a very decentralized approach, which adds complexity, and complexity adds cost," said Jim Holbrook, CEO of private label and retail consultancy Daymon Worldwide, which recently started working with Whole Foods. Under the old system, buyers at the store and regional levels had more sway over what to sell. With OTS, however, those decisions have been shifted to the Austin corporate offices - a similar approach to conventional supermarkets like Safeway and Kroger.  It remains to be seen whether this business model — and OTS — will work for Whole Foods. Holbrook believes it will. He said Amazon, which purchased Whole Foods last year for $13.7 billion, would be able to help Whole Foods work out the kinks with OTS. "Amazon is very good at managing logistics behind the scenes," Holbrook said. "Whole Foods will be a better shopping experience as a result." Many employees are also hopeful that Amazon will fix the new system. "We all just hope that Amazon will walk into some stores and see all the holes on the shelf," a 12-year employee of a Midwest Whole Foods said. -BI In their defense, Whole Foods says it's order-to-shelf (OTS) system allows employees more time to engage with customers - a poorly thought out response.  "The team members are really excited about" order-to-shelf, said Whole Foods EVP of operations David Lannon last year on a call with investors, adding "They're really proud when they're able to achieve that, which is lower out-of-stocks, less inventory in the store, being able to be on the sales floor talking to customers and selling more products." Boston Whole Foods (Paul Fantoni)Whole Foods employees around the country thought that was hilarious. One such disaffected West Coast supervisor said "On my most recent time card, I clocked over 10 hours of overtime, sitting at a desk doing OTS work," adding "Rather than focusing on guest service, I've had team members cleaning facial-care testers and facing the shelves, so that everything looks perfect and untouched at all times." Many Whole Foods employees at the corporate and store levels still don't understand how OTS works, employees said. "OTS has confused so many smart, logical, and experienced individuals, the befuddlement is now a thing, a life all its own," an employee of a Chicago-area store said. "It's a collective confusion — constantly changing, no clear answers to the questions that never were, until now." An employee of a North Carolina Whole Foods said: "No one really knows this business model, and those who are doing the scorecards — even regional leadership — are not clear on practices and consequently are constantly providing the department leaders with inaccurate directions. All this comes at a time when labor has been reduced to an unachievable level given the requirements of the OTS model." Other employees have complained about a lack of training as a key reason as to why the OTS system is failing.  "The problem lies in lack of training and the fact that every single member of management from store level to corporate is over tasked and overburdened," according to one former corporate employee who conducted walkthroughs at East Coast locations.  Some even suggested that Whole Foods corporate had no clue about working in stores - and that the new OTS protocols were absurd.  "In the beginning, we actually had a checklist where one task was to initial that you initialed off another task."  I worked at Whole Foods several years ago and left right as they were implementing on the spot quizzes and inspections for all departments. That family feeling was going away as team leaders left due to poor scores. I think Amazon just added to the issues. — Bullet Proof Uncle (@BikingTech) February 3, 2018  

02 февраля, 16:00

The Banana Trick and Other Acts of Self-Checkout Thievery

“Anyone who pays for more than half of their stuff in self checkout is a total moron.”

22 января, 08:36

CNBC: 13% населения США голодает, 20 миллионов детей питаются по талонам

В то время как некоторые американцы имеют привычку отмечать праздники и выходные за обеденным столом с полным ассортиментом различной еды и напитков, миллионы их соотечественников не располагают финансовой возможностью побаловать себя и своих близких чем-то вкусненьким даже на Рождество или Новый Год. Согласно данным благотворительной организации "Feeding America", занимающейся сбором продовольствия и его поставкой по всей стране для дальнейшей выдачи всем нуждающимся, сегодня в стране из-за хронического недоедания страдают свыше 42 миллионов человек (порядка 13% от общей численности населения Соединенных Штатов).Даже несмотря на то, что восстановление экономики идет довольно высокими темпами, уровень безработицы достаточно низок, а инфляция практически отсутствует, 16,8 млн американских домохозяйств (12,7% от общего числа) в прошлом году регулярно испытывали чувство голода - такие сведения содержит статистика Министерства сельского хозяйства США, на которую ссылается CNBC. Три года назад эта цифра была еще выше и достигала 26%, неуклонно увеличиваясь с момента начала кризиса в 2008 году - сегодня ситуация осложняется тем, что в связи с изменениями в законодательстве сотни тысяч получателей талонов на еду могут лишиться этой льготы уже в ближайшие месяцы. Эксперты также отмечают, что за последнее время услугами программы дополнительной продовольственной помощи (SNAP) пользуются все больше дееспособных людей - это обусловлено тем, что в настоящий момент порядка 95 миллионов человек не имеют постоянной высокооплачиваемой работы, выпадая таким образом из числа экономически активного населения. Помимо этого, в число бедных традиционно попадают пенсионеры и несовершеннолетние - так, около 20 миллионов школьников воспользовались "фудстемпами" и получили несколько бесплатных порций супа или упаковок хлеба в 2016-м.Между тем, стремление к экономии средств и необходимость подстраиваться под новые реалии заставляет власти искать альтернативные способы решения проблемы голодающих - так, недавно было объявлено об инициативе под названием "Meal Connect", реализация которой стала возможной благодаря выделенному IT-корпорацией "Google" гранту в размере $1,6 млн. Суть ее состоит в том, чтобы небольшие магазины или фермерские хозяйства сдавали оставшиеся нереализованными товары на специальные склады, адреса и телефоны которых будут объединены в единую базу и доступны с помощью специального приложения для телефона. О своем желании принять участие в акции уже заявили такие крупнейшие ритейлеры, как Target, Safeway и Sam's Club, возможности которых позволяют распределить на связанные с благотворительностью нужды порядка 1 миллиарда фунтов продукции.(http://usapress.net/ekono...)

22 января, 08:36

CNBC: 13% населения США голодает, 20 миллионов детей питаются по талонам

В то время как некоторые американцы имеют привычку отмечать праздники и выходные за обеденным столом с полным ассортиментом различной еды и напитков, миллионы их соотечественников не располагают финансовой возможностью побаловать себя и своих близких чем-то вкусненьким даже на Рождество или Новый Год. Согласно данным благотворительной организации "Feeding America", занимающейся сбором продовольствия и его поставкой по всей стране для дальнейшей выдачи всем нуждающимся, сегодня в стране из-за хронического недоедания страдают свыше 42 миллионов человек (порядка 13% от общей численности населения Соединенных Штатов).Даже несмотря на то, что восстановление экономики идет довольно высокими темпами, уровень безработицы достаточно низок, а инфляция практически отсутствует, 16,8 млн американских домохозяйств (12,7% от общего числа) в прошлом году регулярно испытывали чувство голода - такие сведения содержит статистика Министерства сельского хозяйства США, на которую ссылается CNBC. Три года назад эта цифра была еще выше и достигала 26%, неуклонно увеличиваясь с момента начала кризиса в 2008 году - сегодня ситуация осложняется тем, что в связи с изменениями в законодательстве сотни тысяч получателей талонов на еду могут лишиться этой льготы уже в ближайшие месяцы. Эксперты также отмечают, что за последнее время услугами программы дополнительной продовольственной помощи (SNAP) пользуются все больше дееспособных людей - это обусловлено тем, что в настоящий момент порядка 95 миллионов человек не имеют постоянной высокооплачиваемой работы, выпадая таким образом из числа экономически активного населения. Помимо этого, в число бедных традиционно попадают пенсионеры и несовершеннолетние - так, около 20 миллионов школьников воспользовались "фудстемпами" и получили несколько бесплатных порций супа или упаковок хлеба в 2016-м.Между тем, стремление к экономии средств и необходимость подстраиваться под новые реалии заставляет власти искать альтернативные способы решения проблемы голодающих - так, недавно было объявлено об инициативе под названием "Meal Connect", реализация которой стала возможной благодаря выделенному IT-корпорацией "Google" гранту в размере $1,6 млн. Суть ее состоит в том, чтобы небольшие магазины или фермерские хозяйства сдавали оставшиеся нереализованными товары на специальные склады, адреса и телефоны которых будут объединены в единую базу и доступны с помощью специального приложения для телефона. О своем желании принять участие в акции уже заявили такие крупнейшие ритейлеры, как Target, Safeway и Sam's Club, возможности которых позволяют распределить на связанные с благотворительностью нужды порядка 1 миллиарда фунтов продукции.(http://usapress.net/ekono...)

22 января, 05:54

CNBC: 13% населения США голодает, 20 миллионов детей питаются по талонам

Между тем, стремление к экономии средств и необходимость подстраиваться под новые реалии заставляет власти искать альтернативные способы решения проблемы голодающих – так, недавно было объявлено об инициативе под названием «Meal Connect», реализация которой стала возможной благодаря выделенному IT-корпорацией «Google» гранту в размере $1,6 млн. Суть ее состоит в том, чтобы небольшие магазины или фермерские хозяйства сдавали оставшиеся нереализованными товары на специальные склады, адреса и телефоны которых будут объединены в единую базу и доступны с помощью специального приложения для телефона. О своем желании принять участие в акции уже заявили такие крупнейшие ритейлеры, как Target, Safeway и Sam's Club, возможности которых позволяют распределить на связанные с благотворительностью нужды порядка 1 миллиарда фунтов продукции.

12 января, 17:58

Walmart and 14 Other Stores Everybody Loves to Hate

Shoppers love Trader Joe's and Amazon but are disappointed with their experiences at other stores, such as Walmart, one of the most hated stores in the U.S.

12 декабря 2017, 15:25

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies unexpectedly at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, an impassioned progressive defender of one of America’s most liberal bastions, died suddenly Tuesday. He was 65. Lee, the first Asian-American mayor of the city, died at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg General Hospital after suffering cardiac arrest while grocery shopping at a local Safeway just hours before, his office said. Lee was surrounded by his family, including his wife, Anita, and his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, as well as many political leaders when he passed away. Lee, a former city administrator, was appointed mayor in 2011 after Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected lieutenant governor of California. Lee won reelection in 2015 and served as the 43rd mayor of the city. The son of immigrants, Lee grew up in a public housing project in Seattle. In San Francisco, he took the reins of a city in transition just as the tech boom took hold. Unemployment plummeted as major tech giants like Twitter moved into town, but the mayor also struggled with the challenges tech created, including homelessness, skyrocketing rents and property values that put homeownership out of reach for many longtime residents and an emerging younger generation.“He clearly had a lot more to do, and a lot more to give,’’ said former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who was at the hospital with Lee’s family Tuesday morning.In the hours after San Franciscans received the shocking news of Lee's death, there was an outpouring of emotion.Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a statement, said: “Ed was an excellent mayor of a great but sometimes challenging city. His equanimity and quiet management style was effective and allowed him to solve problems as they occurred.”House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, said: “Mayor Lee’s first priority was always the people. As a community organizer, civil rights lawyer and hard-working son of an immigrant family of modest means, Ed Lee understood that the strength of a community is measured by its success in meeting the needs of all of its people. He knew the rhythms and the workings of San Francisco at the most granular level, and dedicated decades to improving the lives of all San Franciscans.”Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) lauded Lee on Twitter on Tuesday as “a fierce advocate for civil rights” who “worked tirelessly for workers’ rights and his leadership will be missed.”Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf tweeted that Lee “led with a compassionate heart,’’ and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called him “an unshakable force for good.”

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08 декабря 2017, 19:49

Tyson Foods увеличила долю акций в Beyond Meat

Один из крупнейших в мире производителей свинины и курятины Tyson Foods заявил об увеличении доли акций в производителе искусственного мяса Beyond Meat. Заметим, что стартап Beyond Meat занимается также продажей бургеров, сделанных главным образом из белка гороха, дрожжевого экстракта, сока свеклы и кокосового масла, а также поставляет свою продукцию таким компаниям, как Whole Foods Market и Safeway. Финансовые и прочие условия сделки не разглашаются. Между тем, известно, что до заключения соглашения Tyson Foods принадлежало 5% акций Beyond Meat.

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08 декабря 2017, 19:39

Tyson Foods увеличила долю акций в Beyond Meat

Один из крупнейших в мире производителей свинины и курятины Tyson Foods заявил об увеличении доли акций в производителе искусственного мяса Beyond Meat. Заметим, что стартап Beyond Meat занимается также продажей бургеров, сделанных главным образом из белка гороха, дрожжевого экстракта, сока свеклы и кокосового масла, а также поставляет свою продукцию таким компаниям, как Whole Foods Market и Safeway. Финансовые и прочие условия сделки не разглашаются. Между тем, известно, что до заключения соглашения Tyson Foods принадлежало 5% акций Beyond Meat.

07 декабря 2017, 04:02

Every Hilarious Thought Only Had By People Who Live In a Town With No Walmart or Target

No big box stores in your town? Then you've probably had these hilarious thoughts before.

01 декабря 2017, 21:22

15 Money-Saving Secrets That Grocery Stores Don’t Want You to Know

The psychology behind grocery store layouts and spending is nothing to scoff at. Grocery stores are riddled with sneaky spending tactics.

27 ноября 2017, 22:23

KURT SCHLICHTER: Dating Tips For Prominent Democrats. We’ve learned so much about what women f…

KURT SCHLICHTER: Dating Tips For Prominent Democrats. We’ve learned so much about what women face in the last few weeks, and you liberal men should take this as an opportunity to change – specifically, out of your flapping bathrobes and into some Dockers. Groping, flashing, molesting shrubs – believe it or not, some women consider […]

24 ноября 2017, 17:11

Kennedy Wilson (KW) Acquires Apartment Complex in Issaquah

Kennedy Wilson (KW) purchases a 343-unit residential community, Atlas, in Issaquah. The acquisition expands the company's multifamily asset portfolio.