June 11, 2013 |
What would you order from Amazon's new grocery project ? For some of us, it's almost an existential question. Just as millions of Americans have taken to food shopping as a form of recreation (witness the crowds at your neighborhood farmers market), along comes a plan that treats it as drudgery and promises to relieve you of the burden. Drudgery? Well, sure, in some cases. But which ones? I have to admit the first time I read about the program, my first thought was: “The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills delivered to my doorstep?
June 3, 2013 |
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest produce seller, is trying to keep pace with rival grocery stores by freshening up its selection of fruits and vegetables. On Monday, the Bentonville, Ark., mega-retailer unveiled a new initiative to speed up delivery of farm-grown goods from the fields to shelves by trimming many of its middlemen and buying 80% of its produce directly from local growers. The strategy strips out the time needed for third-party wholesalers to consolidate produce from farms before sending it off to the dozens of regional Wal-Mart distribution centers.
August 1, 2013 |
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. shares are gearing up to hit the public market at higher-than-expected prices a day after Whole Foods Market Inc. let down Wall Street with its earnings. But when asked about the increasingly crowded natural and organic grocery space, Whole Foods Co-Chief Executive Walter E. Robb told rivals: “Bring it on.” “I would just say we love competition,” he told a conference call of analysts. “I think we feel good about our chances going forward.” Robb's co-CEO, John P. Mackey, attributed the burgeoning field to “the nature of capitalism.” “Success breeds competition,” he said.
December 29, 2011 |
Danny Meyer began doing most of the household grocery shopping when his fiancee started graduate school. Meyer goes to Whole Foods in Chicago for produce and specialty items, Jewel-Osco for staples and Trader Joe's when he needs to really stock up. He says he is not particularly brand-loyal and is susceptible to impulse buys. "I walk in and go with the flow of the store, going aisle by aisle," he said. "I like to walk through all the aisles even if I don't think I need anything there, because sometimes something will catch my eye. " Meyer, 35, is part of a growing contingent of men taking over grocery duty.
July 26, 2012 |
Lest men get lost in the feminine hygiene section or the towering array of probiotic yogurts, a New York grocery store has created a testosterone haven: a so-called man aisle stocked with all the goods a dude could desire. It's a supermarket man cave of sorts, according to the New York Post . The dedicated aisle at Westside Market NYC features steak sauce, condoms, booze, deodorant, razors and other gentlemanly necessities. The grocery store's selection of beer sits next to the special section, dubbed the "Aisle of Man. " Elsewhere in the market, customers can find more evolved fare, such as Apollinaris sparkling mineral water imported from Germany, organic produce and Kashkaval cheese.
June 29, 2007
Re "Another employee's butchered benefits," column, June 27 Steve Lopez is campaigning for the potential strikers of the grocery chains with his tear-jerk article about a meat cutter in a bind financially. By his reference, he also is promoting a group trying to get the government to force the grocery chains to give their employees more money and benefits -- socialism, yeah! The man, with his 3-year-old son, came out of a shelter in Long Beach to take an entry-level job at Vons for $7.55 as an apprentice meat cutter, and in two years moved up to head cutter at $17.38 an hour.