Industry News

Increased customer counts and larger basket sizes drove improved comparable store sales for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage in the fourth quarter and fiscal 2018. [...]
Sat, Nov 17, 2018
Supermarket News
Board names Kim Eskew to take reins from Roger Collins [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Same-day delivery to be available in 18 markets [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Supermarket News
The management team at Ahold Delhaize came to Manhattan this week to unveil a broad plan to boost the global food retailer’s market share — notably at its largest business unit, Ahold Delhaize USA. Pillars of their strategy include greater investment [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Deal extends discount grocer’s market reach into metro New York [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Supermarket News
The survey of nearly 2,000 facility and energy management executives from 20 countries found that 57 percent of organizations in the U.S. and 59 percent of global organizations plan to increase investment in energy efficiency in the next year. [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
ACHR News
One of the largest trade associations in the nation, AHRI represents more than 300 HVACR industry member companies across the globe, with its membership accounting for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial HVACR equipment manufactured and sold in North America. [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
ACHR News
With the next few years, Sanhua is planning additional investment in the U.S. including a North American Headquarters. Houston is in the final list of cities being considered for the headquarters. [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
ACHR News
Harper General Contractors employees over 200 employees and does business in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. Its average project size is between $2 million and $12 million, with capabilities for projects up to $100 million. [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
ACHR News
New Peapod Digital Labs platform targeted at CPG companies [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Third-quarter results get lift from store, e-commerce investments [...]
Fri, Nov 16, 2018
Supermarket News
Online business booms as omnichannel strategy bears fruit [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Supermarket News
What’s new in the world of private label? The Idea Supermarket at the 2018 PLMA Trade Show in Chicago offered a peek at the latest offerings from retailers and manufacturers plus products soon to be entering the market. Wendy Wagner, director of reta [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Supermarket News
Leg Up Farm and its associated farmers market provide therapy, services and opportunity for special-needs children and adults. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Supermarket News
Barry Burnett, co-founder of Business Development Resources (BDR), a premier business training and coaching company for home services contractors, died Nov. 9 at age 67. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
ACHR News
By: David Fikes, Vice President, Community/Consumer Affairs and Communications, Food Marketing Institute  Community service is such an expected part of the food retailer profile. It is easy to take their neighbor commitment for granted, but each year, the Food Marketing Institute seeks to recognize the oft-overlooked, but numerous unmentioned contributions and gestures of goodwill that grocers make to enhance the communities they serve. Food retailers do much more than simply feed families through the food they sell to their customers. Retailers large and small-urban, suburban or rural enrich the lives of their shoppers through thoughtful community programs that often are iconic expressions of the spirit of that particular neighborhood. This year, grocers across the country stepped-up their various acts of generosity with personalized programs and initiatives to truly impact and benefit the communities they serve each day. Here are the 2018 Community Outreach Award Winners:  Youth Development Program Award Winner Apples for the Students Greer's Apples for the Students provides educational supplies (from pencils to printers) to schools at no cost to them. Since its inception by Greer's, 52 schools that have received free educational equipment because of Greer's. Greer's donated $60,500 towards school supplies/equipment in 2018 alone.  Neighborhood Health Improvement Award Winner Eating Healthy With Diabetes Albertsons Companies Eating Healthy With Diabetes is a grocery store tour offered at no cost and led by a locally registered dietitian and an in-store pharmacist. The program is on-track to conduct over 300 tours, with an average tour size of 8-10 individuals. Many Albertsons dietitians partnered with government programs and community groups on the tours. Program Addressing Hunger Winner Hy-Vee Food and Beverage Distribution in Wake of 2018 Tornadoes Hy-Vee, Inc. In response to major tornado damage across several Iowa communities on July 19, 2018, Hy-Vee donated meals, snacks and beverages to impacted residents and emergency workers. From Hy-Vee's efforts, more than 20,000 individuals benefitted from food assistance and Hy-Vee distributed 111,000 bottles of water across various communities. The total value of donations provided by Hy-Vee equated to approximately $200,000. “People's Pick” Social Media Award Winner Hospitality House Culinary Program BriarPatch Food Co-op Hospitality House is a community effort to help homeless Nevada County residents get back on their feet. BriarPatch Food Co-Op offered to fund their culinary job-training dinners by providing farm-fresh ingredients for meals that culinary students create for shelter guests. Students make dinner for the 54 men, women and children staying at the shelter, and they learn to consider costs while planning a balanced, nutritious meal. Watch the Facebook Live Announcement here.  [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
FMI News
LEED Zero builds on LEED by recognizing specific achievements in building operations and rewards projects that have used LEED as a framework to address important aspects of green buildings and taken their buildings to the next level by designing and operating toward net zero goals. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
ACHR News
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) campaign group has welcomed commitments by signatories of the Montreal Protocol to tackle concerns over high levels of emissions containing the ozone depleting substance CFC11. [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
At PLMA show, grocery veteran points to threat of deep discounters [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Supermarket News
Global retailer marshals omnichannel capabilities to boost U.S. market share [...]
Thu, Nov 15, 2018
Supermarket News
Johnson Controls donated a YORK® heating and cooling system with a Wi-Fi® capable YORK® touch-screen thermostat to better assist U.S. Army Spc. Marcus Moore. Cliff's Heating, A/C, Generator Professionals donated the HVAC installation services for the veteran's new home. [...]
Wed, Nov 14, 2018
ACHR News
The information compiled for this ranking from WalletHub was compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Energy Information Administration, the Federal Highway administration, the American Automobile Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and The Regents of the University of Michigan. [...]
Wed, Nov 14, 2018
ACHR News
The organizations have agreed to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial relationship to promote the safe and efficient use of refrigerants applied in refrigeration technology — both commercial and industrial. [...]
Wed, Nov 14, 2018
ACHR News
By Kelli Windsor, Director, Digital Communications, Food Marketing Institute As a digital communications professional I like to take a step back from my day-to-day job of actually doing digital communications and look at FMI's Food Retailing Industry Speaks with a practitioner's eye. I like to look at the tactics my fellow communications professionals are pursing in their B2C efforts and examine what is working and what is not. I've shared my thoughts in previous blog posts, but I'll be honest, today I'm a bit surprised by what I'm going to write. The Rise of Email According to the Speaks survey respondents, email is the wave of the future for grocery store customer outreach. Ninety-two percent of respondents report using email to communicate with shoppers and when they share their plans to invest more in the future, email ranks number one with 63 percent planning to allocate more resources in the next two years. For comparison sake, 96 percent of respondents are invested in Facebook currently, but only 60 percent plan to allocate additional resources to this communication vehicle in the next two years. So, the future of grocery store customer communications is through email? I consulted my marketing colleagues for some insight and I think the reality isn't more emails, but better emails. The rise of marketing automation systems that have the power to provide more personalized content to recipients could be one reason more food retailers are planning future investments in email communications. The Fall of SnapChat While food retailers have invested in several social media platforms to communicate with customers, it's clear SnapChat is falling to the bottom of their list. Only 20 percent of survey respondents are currently invested in SnapChat, while 66 percent are using Instagram and 60 percent are using Twitter. In looking to the future, only 22 percent of respondents plan to allocate additional resources toward SnapChat in the next two years. Investment plans for other platforms (Instagram at 58 percent and Twitter at 39 percent) are much higher. It's clear SnapChat has not proven itself as a communications channel for food retailers. When We Talk About Social Media, We Mean Facebook It's clear that when we talk about food retailer's social media programs, Facebook dominates the discussion. Not only is it the number one customer outreach vehicle with 96 percent of respondents using it, but we can also infer its influence on food retailer's social media programs when they evaluate the effectiveness. Seventy-nine percent of food retail respondents use social media programs as a differentiation tactic to build a competitive advantage, but only 28 percent consider this tactic successful. Take food retailer's heavy investment in Facebook and combine it with all the turmoil that platform has faced this past year and it's no wonder communications professional are questioning the effectiveness of this tactic at reaching shoppers. More consumers are adjusting their social media habits due to privacy and other concerns raised about Facebook and the result is a stalling of progress on social media communications. The Missed Storytelling Opportunity I always find it [...]
Wed, Nov 14, 2018
FMI News
Study shows more than half of shoppers willing to pay more for simpler experiences [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Supermarket News
Shufersal’s 272 stores installing advanced automated retail platform [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Supermarket News
The Energy Star partnership solidifies A. O. Smith as a trusted manufacturer of high efficiency water heaters. It also provides valuable lead generation for loyal A. O. Smith contractors. [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
ACHR News
A new survey of members of the European contractors’ association AREA has revealed that a majority of respondents are aware of the illegal trade of refrigerant that infringes regulations intended to curb use of higher GWP products. [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Through this integration, FieldPulse users will be able to track their company vehicle locations directly from the FieldPulse dashboard. [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
ACHR News
By Doug Baker, Vice President, Industry Relations - Private Brands, Technology for Food Marketing Institute Remember the good old days when shoppers would bump into you with their carts while you were restocking because they were walking around searching for what they wanted? Now, of course, shoppers are just as likely to bump into you because their noses are buried in their smartphones, looking for more information about products on your store's shelves that they want. Here's some news: When shoppers are at home, they're often staring at their computer screens to get information about the products they want BEFORE they hit your food retail aisles. Retail Dive tells us 67 percent of shoppers research products online before they head for your store. Another study points out that half of all Millennials use their phones in-store to research products they're looking for. Why are they doing this? Why is accurate product data so important to consumers today, and why is it important to you, the food retailer? First, accurate information about products matters to consumers. Digital tools make it easy for shoppers to obtain information, and because they've come to expect product details from online providers, they now expect it from food retailers, too, when they're in your store or before they shop. Thanks to SmartLabel®-enabled technology, which more and more consumers are aware of, shoppers can combine in-store and online resources almost simultaneously and seamlessly. Second, this burgeoning access to information feeds upon itself. Consumers have specific diets they follow - be it gluten-free, fat-free, dairy-free, etc., and they want information that helps them meet their own guidelines. Millennials, to a greater extent than older generations, want to know about the ethics and sustainability standards of the products they buy and the companies they do business with. We hope you dive into the variety of transparency resources we have for you, including new research, The Transparency Imperative: Product Labeling from the Consumer Perspective. If you know a small brand that would like to fine tune and or organize their data better, FMI Emerge hosted a recent free webinar, Learning to Use Your Label and Ingredients for Sales Growth. [...]
Tue, Nov 13, 2018
FMI News