Coming home after a long vacation is often described as coming "back to the grind" or "back to reality." For people who might have thrown away perishable foods before leaving, that reality often includes an empty refrigerator at inconvenient hours or in the throes of jet lag.
Royal Ahold has hired Hanneke Faber as chief commercial officer as part of a new executive committee leadership structure that the Dutch supermarket operator said would allow it to accelerate its "reshaping retail" business strategy by simplifying governance structure and decision making.
Royal Ahold is quadrupling the size of its share-buyback program amid strong first-quarter 2013 sales and the sale of its majority stake in a supermarket chain, the Netherlands-based supermarket operator said.
Ahold USA now has the largest number of stores that have received leadership in energy and environmental design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the supermarket operator said Tuesday.
Publix may join Royal Ahold later this month in making a bid for the more than 200 Harris Teeter supermarkets, according to a report published Friday by Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the situation.