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  • 5/23/2023

    Shipt Unveils Enhanced Member Dashboard, Perks

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    As it works to further invest in its customers, retail technology company Shipt is launching a set of value-added member perks, including a new member dashboard. Member benefits, lifetime savings, member-only offers, preferred shoppers and other information will be available on the enhanced personalized dashboard.

    With the new perks, annual and monthly Shipt members will now have access to a four-month free trial to a SiriusXM Streaming plan, free shipping/no service charge from, and the first-of-its-kind Preferred Shoppers feature, which allows members to create a list of their favorite shoppers. Members will also have continued access to members-only savings opportunities and unlimited $0 shopping and delivery fee on orders over $35.

    “Our members are core to what we do. We want them to know they’re appreciated and that Shipt will go above and beyond to add value to their lives from the very first moment they engage with us,” said Alia Kemet, chief marketing officer. “These current offerings are just the beginning, and we’re looking forward to sharing more value exclusively with our members through the rest of this year.”

    Shipt is an independently operated, wholly owned subsidiary of Minneapolis-based Target Corp., which is No. 6 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America, with nearly 2,000 locations. Founded and based in Birmingham, Ala., Shipt also maintains an office in San Francisco.

  • 5/23/2023

    Save Mart Ups its Retail Media Game

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    Broadening its digital reach, The Save Mart Cos. is teaming up with tech provider Swiftly to launch a retail media network. Through this venture, the parent company of Save MartLucky, and FoodMaxx banners hopes to bolster advertising opportunities for its suppliers and improve the omnichannel shopping experience for customers.

    The new retail media network allows for integrated coupon clipping, loyalty/rewards experiences, product browsing, weekly ads, sign-in and store locator features, run of site, run of category, and retail media placements, among other tools.

    “The Save Mart Cos.’ digital transformation journey is foundational to the company’s growth plan, including omnichannel engagement, loyalty and efficiency,” explained Tamara Pattison, SVP and chief digital officer at the grocer “Not only can we provide our CPG partners greater opportunities to expand their digital relationships with our growing customer base, but we can also enable them to drive greater performance and growth with improved targeting and measurement capabilities.”

    Added Sean Turner, co-founder and CTO of Seattle-based Swiftly: “The addition of website tools, combined with the in-app experience, allows [The Save Mart Cos.] to provide a more consistent and connected digital experience to their customers while increasing reach, engagement and loyalty.”

    Based in Modesto, Calif., The Save Mart Cos. operates more than 200 retail stores under the banners of Save Mart, Lucky California and FoodMaxx. In addition to its retail operation, the company also operates SMART Refrigerated Transport and is a partner in Super Store Industries, which owns and operates a distribution center in Lathrop, Calif., and the Sunnyside Farms dairy-processing plant in Turlock, Calif. Save Mart is No. 52 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America.

  • 5/22/2023

    Boston Beer Names New Supply Chain Officer

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    The Boston Beer Company Inc., maker of such brands as Samuel Adams, Truly Hard Seltzer, Truly Vodka Soda, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Dogfish Head, Hard Mountain Dew and Jim Beam Kentucky Coolers, has tapped Philip A. Hodges as chief supply chain officer (CSCO). He will oversee brewery management, procurement, customer service, engineering, safety, quality and planning.

    Hodges moves into the official role following a one-year stint as a supply chain advisor to Boston Beer. Since May 2022, he has improved brewery performance by reducing freight and warehouse costs and implementing systems that improve forecasting and inventory management, the company noted. 

    A 30-year CPG professional, Hodges was EVP of group supply chain at Copenhagen-based brewing company Carlsberg before working for Boston Beer. His extensive background also includes supply chain and operations positions at SABMiller, Mondelēz International and Kraft Foods Group.

    "Phil has influenced our supply chain approach since he first started consulting with us last year," said Boston Beer CEO David A. Burwick, to whom Hodges will report. "The supply chain team has been working hard to modernize our supply chain through investments in equipment and process and by implementing thoughtful gross-margin savings plans. We're looking forward to the significant impact Phil will now make in his new leadership position as our CSCO as we seek to generate substantial gross-margin expansion from our supply chain over the next few years."

  • 5/22/2023

    Lipari Foods to Acquire Comercializadora Del Midwest

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    Specialty food distributor Lipari Foods has reached an agreement to acquire Comercializadora Del Midwest (CDM), a provider of Central and South American specialty items. According to Lipari, the move will expand its portfolio of international products, as well as its distribution footprint in the Midwest.

    Founded in 2007, CDM services 380-plus customers in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin, and has approximately 26 employees. The company globally sources more than 1,200 items from 12-plus countries throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.

    “We are thrilled to welcome the CDM team into our family as we develop the Latino category,” John Pawlowski, President & COO of Warren, Mich.-based Lipari. “[The company] did an incredible job focusing on the customer and supplier relationships while building out their program as a trusted partner. We are excited to integrate their expertise with our distribution footprint, leading to significant opportunities for all of our business partners.” 

    “We knew Lipari was a trusted partner that would build upon our company values centered around people, relationships, trust and focus on the customer,” added Roberto Gomez, owner of Clive, Iowa-based CDM. “We are excited to see the growth and development as our companies work together, creating new opportunities for all of our customers and suppliers.”

    Claudio Zarate will continue as leader of CDM.

    Founded in 1963, Lipari delivers a wide range of quality bakery, dairy, deli, packaging, seafood, meat, grocery, foodservice, confectionery and convenience food and beverage products to 11,000-plus customers across 28 states.


  • 5/23/2023

    Cabinet Health Bringing Sustainably Packaged Medications to CVS

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    Sustainable health care company Cabinet will roll out to more than 700 CVS stores across the country in bid to rid the medicine aisles and homes of American consumers of single-use plastics. By partnering with the largest prescription market shareholder in the United States, Cabinet aims to introduce CVS’ many shoppers to a sustainable alternative to conventional over-the-counter (OTC) drug packaging.

    Cabinet’s system is free from single-use plastic and even offers fully compostable refill pouches. More than five SKUs of its ethically sourced and batch-tested OTC medications will be available at CVS in new retail-ready packaging that includes various bottle sizes. 

    To mark the CVS launch, Cabinet is kicking off a summer-long marketing initiative as it travels the country in its Medicinemobile. Stopping in 10 key CVS markets across the United States, Cabinet will collect old medicine bottles that can’t be recycled to create works of art. 

    Ahead of the rollout, Cabinet introduced its latest packaging solution: Cabinet 3.0 features the shatter-proof frosted glass bottles now available in several sizes, increased pill counts and saved costs of up to 20% per pill compared with typical OTC medications, according to the New York-based company. The retail-ready packaging highlights the brand’s mission while raising consumers’ awareness of the environmental impact of their purchase. 

    Cabinet’s medications, including Allergy Relief, Pain Relief, Cough + Cold Relief, and Digestive Care, will be available at CVS starting May 26.

    With its CVS Pharmacy subsidiary operating almost 10,000 locations nationwide, Woonsocket, R.I.-based CVS Health is No. 7 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2023 list of top food and consumables retailers in North America.  


  • 5/23/2023

    Mother’s Market & Kitchen, Upside Form Partnership

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    Mother’s Market & Kitchen, an independent organic and natural health food store chain with 12 Southern California locations, and retail tech company Upside have teamed up to offer the retailer’s customers the chance to earn cash back while shopping.

    “This partnership presents an exciting opportunity for us to not only broaden our customer base and enhance the value we offer to our patrons, but also gain valuable insights and data-driven analytics to improve our overall service and offering,” noted Dorothy Carlow, CEO of Costa Mesa, Calif.-based Mother’s Market & Kitchen. “By leveraging Upside's data-driven approach, we’re better equipped to meet the evolving needs of our customers while delivering them value and quality.” 

    Together, Mother’s Market & Kitchen and Upside aim to provide the retailer’s current customers with more purchasing power while expanding its reach through margin-bound promotions that inspire real behavioral change. Upside’s cash-back offers entice both new and existing customers to visit participating stores. Retailers using Upside’s platform have seen their customers’ basket sizes grow by an average of 10% and their customers’ visit frequency increase by 1.7 times each month, according to the tech company.

    “Mother’s Market & Kitchen is a savvy grocer finding profitable ways to help their customers combat rising inflation costs, while keeping up with larger chain competitors,” said Tyler Renahagan, VP of grocery at Washington, D.C.-based Upside, which also works with such grocers as Schnucks, Cardenas Markets, Coborn’s, Price Chopper, Gelson’s, Piggly Wiggly and Save A Lot. “In today’s climate, where consumers demand greater value and grocers require profitable growth to succeed, partnerships like these can make a significant difference.”

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