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SN Top 10: Hy-Vee, Stop & Shop, Kroger top the week's headlines

UFCW cites ‘echoes of Haggen’ in proposed C&S deal. The United Food and Commercial Workers union on Wednesday expressed deep concerns about the proposed acquisition of 413 Kroger- and Albertsons-owned stores by C&S Wholesale Grocers.“It looks like Haggen 2.0,” said Kim Cordova, president of UFCW Local 7 in Colorado and Wyoming, referring to Haggen’s 2015 implosion after acquiring 146 Safeway and Albertsons stores to satisfy antitrust concerns as part of the Safeway-Albertsons merger.

More top stories: 

  • Hy-Vee: Our 2023 Supermarket News Retailer of the Year
  • Mitchell Grocery scion plans upscale grocery, restaurant concept in Augusta
  • Kroger CEO: Merger is not an ‘arm wrestle’ with rest of the industry
  • Kroger remodels Houston store with Hispanic focus

In other news, Stop & Shop, an Ahold Delhaize USA company, is partnering with Badger Technologies to expand its use of Marty the Robot at more than 300 Stop & Shop stores throughout the Northeast. The robot now conducts product checks to help ensure greater on-shelf availability for customers by alerting store associates when items need re-stocking. In addition to flagging out-of-stocks, this smarter version of Marty detects misplaced items while continuing the usual task of spotting potential floor hazards and spills. Badger Technologies multipurpose autonomous robots were first rolled out at Stop & Shop stores in January 2019.

Other top stories: 

  • TikTok launches holiday discounts to compete with Amazon, Walmart
  • Chicago studies possibility of city-owned grocery store
  • Calif. bill seeks to address pharmacy staffing levels
  • Uber Eats to accept SNAP benefits in 2024
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