February 1, 2004
Safeway Inc. execs get millions while grocery workers get the shaft ("Safeway Rewards 11 Top Execs," Jan. 26). Chief Executive Steven Burd should be ashamed, but I don't think he and his fellow executives have any feelings. After all, they've cashed in their stock and made a bundle. Now the company can fall apart. Grocery companies and grocery workers have lost too much already, more than they can ever make up. But Burd and his cohorts are raking it right into their pockets, while the employees could possibly lose their pensions, health plans and any hope they have of enjoying a decent life.
April 16, 2003 |
Supermarket giant Safeway Inc. on Tuesday warned of a lower-than-expected profit in its fiscal first quarter, a result of slumping sales, lower margins and higher expenses. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company, which operates about 1,700 stores including Vons and Pavilions in Southern California, blamed its declining profit on the high cost of streamlining its marketing efforts and continued soft sales.
December 15, 2005 |
Vons parent Safeway Inc. said Wednesday that profit might rise as much as 15% next year as the grocery company benefited from remodeled stores. Earnings will probably climb to $1.55 to $1.65 a share, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway said in a statement. The company said comparable-store sales would increase about 3% in 2006, exceeding its forecast gain of as much as 2.8% this year. Safeway, the third-largest U.S.
April 7, 2004 |
The Oregon Public Employees Retirement System joined the campaign to oust from the board of Safeway Inc. Chairman Steven Burd and two directors, bolstering an effort launched by four state pension funds in March. The five funds, which hold 7.5 million company shares, are protesting a 60% decline in Safeway's stock price in the last five years, directors' ties to buyout firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and their business links to the No. 3 U.S. supermarket chain.
November 19, 2003 |
Shares of Longs Drug Stores Corp. surged as much as 17% on Tuesday on speculation that the company might be acquired by another grocery or drug retailer. The stock reached a high of $25.60 before closing at $24.12, up $2.23, or 10%, on the New York Stock Exchange. More than 2.9 million of the company's approximately 37 million shares changed hands. "It has to be takeover speculation," said Franklin Morton, who manages $15 billion in assets at Ariel Capital Management in Chicago, including 5.
September 9, 2004 |
Safeway Inc. Chief Executive Steven Burd said Wednesday that its new labor contract in Southern California should lower the pay gap by one-third between it and non-union rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., helping to free up capital to expand and remodel Safeway's stores.
April 14, 2004 |
Safeway Inc.'s board of directors is recommending that shareholders vote against proposals that seek to separate the posts of chairman and chief executive held by Steven Burd, a government filing said Tuesday. The board of Pleasanton, Calif.
January 31, 2011
Your Jan. 3 story "Is It Your Boss' Business?" contains a misrepresentation about Safeway's experience controlling healthcare costs. Here are the facts straight from the source. Safeway's "all in" healthcare costs (for employees and the company) are the same today as they were five years ago, which is 33% lower than the national average increase in healthcare costs. During this period, Safeway reversed the national trend of rising obesity within our workforce and reduced the weight of that same group year-over-year.
September 15, 2013 |
Would you be willing to share with your employer how much you eat, drink, smoke or exercise? And would you be willing to make lifestyle changes in return for a break on the cost of your health insurance? The University of Minnesota offered such discounts to its workers. Actions such as completing a health questionnaire, biking to campus or setting personal fitness goals earned insurance discounts beginning at $300. Nearly 6,000 employees accepted the bargain. But do such programs have the intended effect of healthier employees and lower healthcare costs?
September 27, 2002 |
Lower prices for meat and food staples, as well as consumers forsaking fancier labels for cheaper brands, caused profit at Safeway Inc. to slide 9% in its fiscal third quarter, the company said Thursday. The nation's third-largest supermarket chain, which operates under the Vons name in Southern California, reported profit of $281.3 million, or 60 cents a share, compared with $309.2 million, or 60 cents, a year earlier. Sales rose 1.2% to $8.1 billion for the period ended Sept. 7.