Kroger Partners With Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s iconic Red Kettles are once again scheduled to ring in the season at The Kroger Co.’s family of stores. Customers and associates generously support the campaign each year, helping provide food, clothing, toys and social services in the communities where funds are raised. “We couldn’t do what we do in communities nationwide

Kroger Announces Employee Promotion

The Kroger Co. has promoted Jeffrey Burt to Group Vice President of Perishables Merchandising and Procurement. Burt previously served as vice president of Deli/Bakery Merchandising and Procurement for the company, a position he has held since 2004.  Prior to that, Burt held leadership roles at QFC, the Kroger division based in Seattle. Burt began his

Georgia Customers To Save at the Pump

The Kroger Co., and Shell are expanding their joint rewards program to give metro Atlanta and Northern Georgia area customers the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Oct.25, every time Kroger customers in the

Kroger, Shell Expand Fuel Rewards

The Kroger Co. and Shell are continuing the expansion of their fuel rewards loyalty program that provides shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card or other Kroger family of stores loyalty cards to earn points that can be redeemed for fuel discounts at participating Shell stations. Originally launched in

Kroger, Union Reach Agreement

Associates of Kroger’s Columbus Division, an affiliate of The Kroger Co., have ratified an agreement with United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75. The agreement covers approximately 3,000 associates in Toledo and Northwest Ohio working in 26 stores and 12 fuel centers. Stores are located in the metropolitan Toledo, Ohio area and Findlay, Fremont, Tiffin,

Kroger Donates $3 Million For Breast Cancer Awareness

In partnership with key suppliers, The Kroger Co. has committed $3 million in donations to support breast cancer initiatives in communities across the country where Kroger customers and associates live and work. Kroger’s annual breast cancer campaign, “Giving Hope a Hand,” again will feature associates from across the company who are breast cancer survivors. This

Shell Leaps into Loyalty

At a Glance: Shell’s Fuel Rewards Program   In an effort to bring value to its fuel customers and branded marketers, Shell Oil Products U.S., in July, launched its Grocery Rewards program with several of the nation’s largest supermarket brands in markets across the country. Customers earn one fuel point for every dollar spent at

Kroger and Shell Join Forces

The Kroger Co., has teamed up with Shell to give customers in Dallas- Fort Worth and surrounding communities the chance to earn fuel savings at the pump. The exclusive alliance provides Kroger shoppers the opportunity to save on fuels by using their Kroger Plus Card. Beginning Aug. 30, every time Kroger customers in the area

7-Eleven Adds Promotion Optimization Solution

7-Eleven Inc. has selected KSS Retail for its price modeling, forecasting and optimization solution for 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. and Canada. 7-Eleven plans to use KSS Retail’s PriceStrat and Heartbeat systems to conduct extensive market-basket analytics and affinity analysis to drive more effective promotions. It also plans to deploy PriceStrat’s cigarette buy-down capabilities to

Cardtronics To Manage Kroger ATMs

The Kroger Co. has entered into a multi-year ATM managed services agreement with Cardtronics USA Inc. to have Cardtronics provide ATM management services in approximately 800 Kroger grocery and convenience store locations, including ATM installation, complete cash management, maintenance, customer service, monitoring and transaction processing services. Cardtronics expects to begin managing the Kroger ATMs starting

Indiana Retailers Seek Sunday Beer Sales

The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers has started a new campaign called, “Change It Indiana” that seeks to build public support to allow Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana, the Chicago Tribune reported. The group, which includes Kroger, Marsh, Meijer, CVS and Circle K stores, argues that 47 states allow Sunday carryout sales and that

Kroger Makes Strides In Sustainability

The company’s 2010 Sustainability Report, recently published online, shows the company has reduced overall energy consumption by more than 27%, and includes updates in four core areas:            —Reducing its carbon footprint, especially by decreasing energy usage;            —Eliminating and recycling waste including reducing plastic bag use;             —Lowering the impact of

C-Store Kidnapping Sparks Safety Review

After a clerk was abducted from a Cedar Rapids Kwik Stop c- store Monday, May 17, attention has been drawn to the safety of clerks who work the late shift, KCRG-TV reported. It also has prompted c-stores to take a look at the safety measures they have in place. In Cedar Rapids, a law requires

7-Eleven Debuts Private-Label Beer

Dallas-based 7-Eleven Inc. is launching Game Day, a new store-brand premium lager, now entering 4,200 7-Eleven stores in 17 states, the Dallas Morning News reported. 7-Eleven plans to market the beer as “premium lager beer at a below-premium price,” said Dan Skinner, 7-Eleven’s category manager for alcohol beverages. “Our customer has been telling us for

Valero Adds Policies To Prevent Underage Tobacco Sales

The Valero company has agreed to a set of measures aimed at reducing tobacco sales to minors at more than 4,900 gas station convenience stores operating nationwide under Valero trademarks, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Wednesday. “Valero owns 1,000 convenience store outlets and has nearly 4,000 franchise outlets, so this will make a difference,”

Kroger Endorses Rapid Recall Exchange

The Kroger Co. is endorsing Rapid Recall Exchange, an online service that standardizes and accelerates food and product recalls and withdrawals. The Rapid Recall Exchange, developed by GS1 US in collaboration with the Food Marketing Institute and Grocery Manufacturers Association, is the industry’s only online standardized recall notification system. Using consistent forms and processes, retailers

Low Prices Replace Customer Service As Loyalty Driver

In a vast departure from COLLOQUY’s 2008 report on consumer loyalty to U.S retailers, Walmart dominated the 2010 COLLOQUY Retail Loyalty Index, in results that reflect a reality of the Great Recession – low prices drove consumer loyalty. COLLOQUY, the publishing, education and research division of LoyaltyOne, previously published the COLLOQUY Retail Loyalty Index in

Kroger and Shell Kickoff Grocer Rewards Program

The Kroger Co. and Shell have teamed up to launch a customer loyalty grocer rewards program in several U.S. cities. The rewards program provides shoppers the exclusive opportunity to earn savings on fuels when using their Kroger family of brands loyalty card at their local Kroger or Ralphs stores.  Beginning on Feb. 15, Kroger and

Kroger Opens Smith’s Express C-store in Utah

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores, a division of the Kroger Co., has opened its first Express fuel station and convenience store at 1974 S. 1100 East in Sugar House, Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.   A second location at 873 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City is set to open this month. Both

Lifeway Foods Donates to Haiti

Lifeway Foods Inc., makers of the probiotic dairy beverage called Kefir, will donate 5% of the proceeds from all Lifeway and Helios brand Kefir and ProBugs product sales in the U.S. generated through shipments during February to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of Haitian relief efforts. The effort strives to provide life-saving supplies

Kroger Joins Haiti Relief Efforts

The Kroger Co. announced that donations from customers and associates are expected to exceed $1 million to support the American Red Cross’ Haitian relief efforts. In addition, The Kroger Co. Foundation has donated $250,000. Kroger customers and associates have already contributed more than $600,000 through local collection points set up last week. All funds collected

A Certified Success

View From the Top: Certified Oil’s Leadership Team If experience is an accurate indicator of a company’s success, Certified Oil has a bright future. Three members of the company’s senior leadership team have been with the company for more than 30 years, and several others have major oil, grocery and management consulting backgrounds. The leadership

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