Industry News

The war on sugar is in full swing. How can you help your customers make better choices? [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
Supermarket News
ABC Home & Commercial Services, headquartered in Austin, Texas, recently received the Lennox Ultimate Comfort Partner of the Year Award from Lennox Industries Inc. [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
ACHR News
By: Steven Harris, Director, Policy Development and Regulatory Compliance, Food Marketing Institute There are a lot of new faces around Washington, DC these days. Many of the lawmakers currently in Congress were not holding their seats just a few years ago. As representatives of the industry in Washington, one of FMI's main jobs is to meet every member of Congress and to educate them about the industry and how our member companies can provide safe, quality and affordable food every day to customers across the globe. We rely heavily on our members to share their stories with their representatives by coming to Washington during our annual fly-in and throughout the year. One of the most important stories of the industry is the significant contribution that FMI members have on communities in every congressional district in the country. There are 535 elected representatives and senators in the U.S. Congress, and we feed families (including lawmakers' families) and provide jobs in the districts of each and every one of these elected officials. According to recent analysis released by FMI, our industry pays over $167 billion in wages to its almost five million workers in the U.S. Our significant economic impact includes the $367 million in wages in House Speaker Paul Ryan's district in Wisconsin as well as the over 11,000 jobs in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's congressional district in California. The industry has both a powerful and bipartisan effect on federal, state and local economies across the country. We encourage you to look at the data in your operating districts to help further illustrate the important role that your company plays as food retailers, as merchants, and as employers. The full economic impact analysis and interactive map breaks down the data by state, congressional district, and state legislative district, and can be accessed at: www.fmi.org/GrocersImpact. [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
FMI News
Airtime 500, Addison, Texas, and Perfect Technician Academy, Weatherford, Texas, are working together to offer aid and assistance to the approximately 300 veterans affected by the unexpected closure of the Retail Ready Career Center in Garland, Texas. Students affected by this closure are encouraged to visit www.hvacvets.com to begin the aid process. [...]
Thu, Oct 19, 2017
ACHR News
E&H Family Group sells 13-store Ohio chain to employees [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Supermarket News
Third acquisition of 2017 comes as company posts $25M loss in Q2 [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Supermarket News
In RAC Magazine’s first Podcast, we are joined by a true industry stalwart to talk about aims to bring the smartphone revolution to ensuring best practice and compliance with F-Gas regulations and safety standards such as EN378.  Mr Fox also touches on potential planning for a post-Brexit phasedown environment. [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
The award recognizes the developers’ outstanding commitment to best practices in energy efficiency and sustainability for the retrofit of a once-vacant 90-year-old former Sears building that is not only revitalizing the community around it, but reducing operational costs. [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
ACHR News
A. O. Smith was recently awarded the Strategic Partner of the Year award by Nexstar Network. The business-development and best-practices organization for independent home service plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electrical professionals has over 580 member contractors and 114 partners in the U.S. and Canada. Since 2013, A. O. Smith has been a partner of Nexstar’s strategic partner program. [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
ACHR News
By: Steve Markenson, Director of Research, Food Marketing Institute Just two short months ago I started at FMI as the director of research. Through my first assignment, releasing the 67th edition of The Food Retailing Industry Speaks (Speaks) report, I quickly became immersed in the exciting and evolving food retail world. This survey of industry executives is designed to annually take the pulse of the industry. Having owned my own market research business for almost 20 years, I can certainly relate to the challenges and opportunities being navigated by food retailers through the turbulence facing the industry. In my previous career, I fended off non-traditional competitors in our industry, navigated the world of employee health care benefits, recruited and retained the best staff, found new opportunities and ways to do business in a tumultuous industry to ensure my company's survival, and maintained and grew the business's customer base in the new world of social media and technology. All these challenges and opportunities in business are not foreign to me and I both empathize and see the possibilities for the industry. Here are some key highlights from the Speaks report based on the Worry Index, where senior leaders in the food retail industry are asked to provide feedback on the positive or negative impact on sales and profits from a list of macro and micro issues.     Competition from non-traditional food retailers and online sales are now universal concerns impacting sales and profits. In addition, grocery retailers are now reporting online retailers are having a more tangible impact in areas such as foot traffic, basket size and center store sales.   Virtually all retailers are concerned about the impact of interchange fees, cost of health care and upward wage pressures on their bottom lines. Consumers' focus on health and wellness and leveraging food to manage and avoid health issues are seen by many grocery retailers as opportunities. In response, most are expecting to increase organic, locally sourced, and health and wellness SKUs over the next two years. In addition, many plan to offer more consumer wellness programs, retail dietitians and nutrition guidance programs.   Many grocery retailers are focused on and finding success in using customer service in general and the checkout experience specifically to differentiate themselves from the competition. Community support and ties are also used with success by many retailers to differentiate themselves. Fresh departments such as produce, meat, deli and fresh prepared will see expansion in their space allocation and offerings in the next two years. This is not surprising given the high level of use as differentiators and success of these perimeter departments. The utilization of cost effective social media and technology driven outreach to customers has grown and will likely continue to grow in the coming years.  Grocery retailers are currently using multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and technology driven outreach such as [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
FMI News
Moody’s lowers debt rating on privately owned chain [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Supermarket News
Grocer to add former Andronico CEO and health specialist during reshuffle [...]
Wed, Oct 18, 2017
Supermarket News
Retailers, suppliers seek to provide a center store experience that resonates with today’s consumers [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Supermarket News
Late this summer, Supermarket News conducted its 14th annual Survey of Center Store Performance. Not surprisingly, respondents cited online retail—and the growing threat of limited-assortment discounters like Lidl—as competition to center store sales [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Supermarket News
Acme president succeeds Valenzuela in expanded role [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Supermarket News
A look back at some of the glitz, glamour and major innovations that took some of the top prizes at the 2017 RAC Cooling Industry awards, which took place at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel on September 27, 2017. [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
The Wichita Business Journal has announced the individuals who will be recognized in its annual Human Resources (HR) Professionals awards program. 2017 marks the fifth year the publication has honored the HR talent behind the most successful companies in Wichita, and this year’s honorees include Brandi Richardson MBA, SHRM-CP, PHR, senior human resources generalist at Johnson Controls. [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
ACHR News
The Dakota-Scott Workforce Development Board (WDB) recently recognized Uponor North America (Uponor) as an Employer of Excellence award winner in the large-company category. [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
ACHR News
Partners with Deliv to expand upon its Curbside Express click-and-collect service [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Supermarket News
Shares of traditional supermarkets down in double digits year-to-date [...]
Tue, Oct 17, 2017
Supermarket News
Even as Natural Grocers grows beyond its Colorado home base, the health food store holds — and continues to increase — strict product standards. We met with Alan Lewis, the company's director of special projects, to learn why this matters in today's competitive natural retail environment. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Supermarket News
Other popular SN newsletter stories were about supermarket mergers, Lidl’s traffic, Walmart’s plan to curtail store growth and reports on Sprouts, Southeastern Grocers, Costco, Metro and “clean” meats. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
Supermarket News
Edwards Heating & Air, an HVAC company deeply rooted in the greater Atlanta area, will be giving away a brand new home furnace package at this year’s Taste of Acworth, and the Taste of Kennesaw, Nov. 4, valued at approximately $1,000 each. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News
Houston-area homeowners and businesses with properties damaged by the recent historical flooding are potentially facing looming problems with their climate control systems that may not be obvious to the untrained eye. Carrier and Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), a trade association representing the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, are warning that standing water associated with flooding can result in system failure well after the water has receded. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News
By: Sue Borra, RD, Chief Health and Wellness Officer for FMI and Executive Director of the FMI Foundation    A recent report prepared by the Hartman Group for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Foundation found that 41 percent of all meals eaten by American adults are eaten alone. That number is increasing and outpacing the growth of single-person households. While dinnertime reigns as the most commonly enjoyed “family meal” occasion, breakfast and lunch are an emerging battleground for shared mealtime market share. A key takeaway from the same report also cited that 88 percent of people surveyed believe that food eaten at home is healthier because they have more control over ingredients and portions when they prepare their own food. With those statistics in mind, coupled with the data about the health and societal benefits of families eating together, the FMI Foundation reignited its National Family Meals Month™ campaign, which implored the food retailing industry to encourage families to eat one more meal together each week in September. The Foundation is well positioned to fulfill its nutrition and health mission aligned with the launch of this campaign. The most recent FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study found that nearly half of Americans see their “primary food store” as a significant ally in their attempts to achieve their health and wellness goals. While their store ranks behind trusted resources such as their own family or doctor, the food retailer is far ahead of health insurance companies or restaurants. Related, as revealed in the 2016 Food Retailing Industry Speaks analysis, retailers see opportunities to grow their customer loyalty with 76 percent saying they are competing on strategies related to solutions for family meals and 74 percent saying they are implementing consumer wellness and family health programs. In 2015, the first year of the campaign, nearly 40 percent of food retailers said they participated in the National Family Meals Month and at least 70 percent have stated they are making plans to do so this year[i]. The Foundation prepared its Best Practices and Excellence in National Family Meals Month™ Programing report with specific turnkey suggestions that any company can undertake to participate, but the initiative comes down to eight simple imperatives: Take advantage of the omnichannel meal solutions marketing strategies you are already implementing to promote the program. Build on what your company did for National Family Meals Month™ last year and use the momentum and feedback to do even more this year. Engage consumers through personal messaging. A study prepared for FMI by Nielsen found that 95 percent of people who knew about the campaign last year learned of it via social media or e-mail. Understand that, because each family is different, they will interpret the campaign differently and it is incumbent on you to suggest a variety of ways in which they can participate. At the same time, take note of the cultural makeup of the communities you serve and prepare collateral materials [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
FMI News
In a world of ordinary mortals, more than 1,000 dedicated tradespeople descended upon Las Vegas from all over the globe to obtain the intellect, indomitable will, and super hero prowess necessary to grant them near invincibility in the HVACR, plumbing, and electrical trades. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News
The home energy market is heating up with the steadily increasing number of homes that have undergone energy ratings by certified professionals. The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently announced that more than 2 million homes in the U.S. have now been rated with a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score, which is designed to measure a home’s energy efficiency. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has completed 71,352 Home Energy Score ratings as of Sept. 17 — 25 percent of which have been conducted since Jan. 1. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News
In this age of information, homeowners are more educated than ever before. How could they not be when the answers to their questions are a simple Google search away? [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News
Today, in addition to helping Emerson champion modulation technologies, compressor electronics, and helping contractors sell the concept of comfort, Zellmer is receiving numerous honors, including the inaugural Legends of HVACR Award, which was presented to him at the 2017 Service World Expo. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News
If you’re reading this article right now, then it’s safe to assume you’ve heard of George “Butch” Welsch. Aside from being a regular contributor to The NEWS, Welsch is president of St. Louis-based Welsch Heating & Cooling Co., and the man…well, he’s a legend. Welsch was recognized at the 2017 Service World Expo as the first of this year’s three inaugural Legends of HVACR Award winners. [...]
Mon, Oct 16, 2017
ACHR News