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SN Top 10: Market Basket, Kroger, Publix top the week's headlines

In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, Market Basket named as top inflationary-times grocer ranked as the top story. Market Basket beat out discount giants Aldi, Dollar General, Walmart and others as the top-ranked grocer for inflationary times in an inflation-focused edition of the dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI). The dunnhumby RPI Special Inflation Edition 2022 report, released Tuesday, determined that the grocery bill represents the largest line item in the household budget that consumers can immediately change amid record price inflation. In turn, customer data science specialist dunnhumby said, the retailers best-positioned to save shoppers money are generating visits faster and building stronger emotional ties with customers during inflationary periods.

Other top stories:

  • Kroger tests eCart for self-serve curbside pickup
  • Study: Food retailers see potential digital sales pass them by
  • Prices top-of-mind for holiday grocery shoppers
  • Two Publix VPs to retire, another appointed

In other news, The National Grocers Association (NGA) may be getting some high-level assistance in its more than 18-month push for federal lawmakers and regulators to crack down on so-called grocery retail “power buyers.” NGA lauded comments yesterday by Federal Trade Commissioner Alvaro Bedoya, in an address in Minneapolis, that the FTC re-energize the Robinson-Patman Act to clamp down on dominant big-box, online and chain grocery retailers that exhibit anticompetitive behavior that puts independent grocers at a marked disadvantage in supply and pricing.

Among other stories:

  • The Fresh Market makes pair of VP promotions
  • Lidl readies rotating price-cut campaign
  • SN 2022 Retailer of the Year: The Kroger Co.
  • DoorDash boosts presence in grocery retail arena
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