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  • 3/25/2024

    Martha Stewart’s latest partnership is with Tractor Supply Company

    Tractor Supply Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart believes women don’t have to sacrifice style while working in the garden.

    Tractor Supply Company, the country’s largest rural lifestyle retailer, is launching the Martha Stewart Garden Apparel Line in collaboration with Martha Stewart, Marquee Brands and French Dressing Jeans Inc. The line will initially launch exclusively at Tractor Supply beginning the week of March 25 in 50 select stores and online.

    The collection, which is launching with eight clothing items, is priced from $24.99 to $69.99. Debut pieces include a puffer vest, cargo convertible pants, a garden work shirt and more. 

    “This new line of apparel reflects my passion for gardening and outdoor work, so I am thrilled to share it with consumers,” said Stewart. “With creativity and hard work at the core of gardening, this collection embraces artistry and functionality, bringing ease to those who strive to keep a healthy, beautiful garden.”

    In a release, Tractor Supply noted that women’s apparel continues to be an important product category for the company, especially when it comes to gardening.

    “This launch with Martha Stewart is the perfect way for us to bring fashion and function to our gardening customers, with great new styles and products our customers can’t get anywhere else.” said Seth Estep, chief merchandising officer at Tractor Supply Company. 

    As of Dec. 30, 2023, Tractor Supply operated 2,216 namesake stores in 49 states, along with 198 Petsense by Tractor Supply stores in 23 states.

    Marquee Brands has an extensive portfolio of brands including Martha Stewart, The BCBG Group, Ben Sherman, Dakine, Sur La Table, Body Glove, Emeril Lagasse, Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in a Pod and Bruno Magli.  

  • 3/24/2024

    Wegmans to close 48 stores — temporarily — for eclipse


    Wegmans Food Markets doesn’t want its store employees to miss an upcoming celestial event.  

    The grocer will close 46 of its stores in upstate New York and two in Pennsylvania on Monday, April 8, to allow employees an opportunity to view the total solar eclipse.  The stores, which are located in the path of the eclipse, will close for 30 minutes. 

    All services, including pharmacy and Meals2Go pickup, will be unavailable during the 30-minute closure.

    "The opportunity to experience a total solar eclipse comes once in a lifetime, and we don't want our employees to miss out,” said Wegmans regional manager Patrick Bourcy, according to WSTM. “We appreciate all that our employees do to help our customers prepare for and enjoy events like this, and in return, we welcome the opportunity to make this a celebratory and memorable occasion for them."

    Based in Rochester, N.Y., Wegmans operates 111 stores located along the East Coast.

  • 3/22/2024

    Amazon shoppers mostly female, white — and other Amazon insights


    Numerator has gathered some interesting demographic and psychographic highlights about the average Amazon shopper.

    In 2023, 81% of U.S. households shopped Amazon at least once. The average Amazon shopper spent $2,662 at the retailer last year, making 72 purchases, according to the market research firm. This equals out to almost $37 per purchase. 

    Other insights from the Numerator report are below.

    •Amazon saw 99% repeat rate for customers.

    •Amazon shoppers are more likely to be Gen X and millennials compared to all U.S. shoppers.

    Nearly half (48%) of Amazon shoppers are in the middle-income range ($40-80k), while 28% fall into the high income bracket ($80k+).

    •Amazon shoppers are slightly more likely to be impulse buyers compared to all U.S. consumers.

    •Amazon shoppers are mostly female (75% of Amazon shoppers) and while (67% of Amazon shoppers.)

    Sixty-eight percent of Amazon shoppers are homeowners, and 38% live in suburban areas

    To view Numerator’s Amazon Retailer Snapshot, click here

  • 3/21/2024

    Report: Target upping bonuses for salaried employees


    Target Corp.’s salaried employees can expect a bigger bonus this year.

    The company will double the annual bonus payout is gives to salaried employees in late March. The increased payout was first reported by Bloomberg

    In a statement to Chain Store Age, Target spokesperson Brian Harper-Tibaldo said that, similar to many companies, Target offers a bonus plan for select employees, including leaders in its stores and supply chain operations, that is designed to reward their performance in driving its results. 

    "The bonus structure is informed by goals set at the beginning of the fiscal year, and includes sales performance and profit outcomes,” he said. “Based on Target’s performance in 2023, including the $2B in additional profit growth our team delivered that exceeded the goals we set at the beginning of the year, we’re rewarding our team accordingly.”

    Target’s salaried employees receive an annual bonus that is based on the company’s performance and the eligible amount set as part of their compensation, reported CNBC. The retailer will pay 100% of employees’ eligible annual bonus amounts for the most recent fiscal year, an increase from 50% in the prior year, the report said.

    As of Feb. 3, Target employed about 415,000 full-time, part-time and seasonal team members, according to a regulatory filing. The majority of the company’s employees are not salaried. 

  • 3/20/2024

    Trader Joe’s opening 16 stores — here are the locations

    Trader Joe's

    Trader Joe’s continues to expand its footprint across the United States.

    The grocery store chain has listed 16 upcoming locations on the announcements section of its website. Five of the sites are in California. 

    Trader Joe’s did not provide opening dates for any of the listed stores. But it does say on its website that "Our crew is working hard so we can open our doors in 2024."  

    Earlier this month, the grocer opened a new store in Everett, Wash. 

    Here is the list of Trader Joe’s upcoming locations.

    • Reno, Nev.;
    • Chandler, Ariz.;
    • Milwaukie, Ore.;
    • Salt Lake City, Utah;
    • Coeur d’Alene, Idaho;
    • Clearwater, Fla.; 
    • Raleigh, N.C.; 
    • Leesburg, Va.; 
    • Middletown, N.J.; 
    • Mt. Pleasant (Isle of Palms) S.C.;
    • Sugar Land, Texas; West Springfield, Va.; 
    • South Pasadena, Calif.; 
    • Santa Clarita, Calif.; 
    • Sherman Oaks, Calif.; 
    • Santee, Calif.; and
    • Poway, Calif.

    Trader Joe’s operates more than 500 stores across 42 states and Washington, D.C.

  • 3/19/2024

    SpartanNash promotes chief human resources officer

    Nicole Zube

    Food solutions company SpartanNash has promoted one of its senior VPs.

    Nicole Zube has been promoted from senior VP to executive VP and chief human resources officer. Zube joined the company in September of 2022 from Kellogg Company, where she spent over 10 years and most recently served as head of HR.

    She worked in a variety of human resources roles at Kellogg, including a three-year stint in the United Kingdom, where she was senior HR director of European supply chain and senior HR director of European talent and diversity. Prior to Kellogg, Zube worked in various HR positions during her eight-year career at Procter & Gamble.

    "Nicole's work to support our family of 17,000 associates has better positioned the company to deliver on our promise of customer-focused innovation," said SpartanNash CEO Tony Sarsam. "Nicole has driven remarkable, measurable impact that is felt by every individual associate across the organization, and we are proud to recognize her talent, leadership and passion with this well-deserved promotion."   

    SpartanNash operates 144 brick-and-mortar grocery stores, primarily under the banners of Family Fare, Martin's Super Markets and D&W Fresh Market, in addition to dozens of pharmacies and fuel centers.

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