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Giant Eagle implements location-centric planogram optimization tool across store base

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO — Giant Eagle on Thursday announced that the Pittsburgh regional grocer has adopted Galleria Retail Technology Solution’s Promotional Display Optimization solution throughout its supermarkets to help create store-specific display plans on a daily basis.

"We were already developing endcap planograms, but Galleria enabled us to complete the process more efficiently," stated Dan Schnorr, senior director of retail space planning for Giant Eagle. "As we implemented the process, and it was further refined working with Galleria, I was initially surprised to the degree that each endcap looked so different from store to store. All of our endcaps now feature more product family items than we displayed in the past."

Galleria designed a system that treats every Giant Eagle supermarket uniquely — with endcap displays now based on the anticipated demand within each store. This resulted in improved in-stock position, fewer out-of-stocks, increased sales and more satisfied customers, the company claimed.

"We rolled the system out by region at first, picking up new stores, both corporately and independently owned, as we went," Schnorr said. "It took a little bit of lead time, but now we’ve implemented the solution chain-wide for most of our Giant Eagle and Market District supermarket locations."

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Tesco says it will focus on profitability before expansion in the U.S.

BY Allison Cerra

LONDON — The break-even forecast for the U.S. division of Tesco has been pushed back to early next year, the U.K. retail giant announced in its fiscal-year results.

The company noted its projected break-even for its U.S. unit Fresh & Easy now will be later than its earlier guidance because "[we] intend to focus on delivering store level profitability first, before pushing on faster with the expansion we need to create sufficient scale to cover our overheads." Fresh & Easy — which operates stores across Arizona, California and Nevada — however, showed "promising results" in the fiscal year ended Feb. 25, with an 18% drop in losses against last year, along with delivering a sustained improvement in same-store sales throughout the year, Tesco said.

U.S. sales for the 2011-2012 financial year totaled about $1.02 billion and ended the financial year with 185 stores and expects to end the current financial year (ending February 2013) with 230 stores.

"The U.S. is moving in the right direction, but I’d like it to move faster," Tesco CEO Philip Clarke was quoted as saying. "I need to demonstrate to shareholders, who have been very patient with us, that we can do it."

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Dexas boosts kitchen products portfolio

BY Allison Cerra

COPPELL, Texas — Dexas has introduced two new kitchen products: a new melon slicer and watermelon cutting and serving board.

Dexas said its new watermelon cutting and serving board features a nonslip, raised edge that performs two functions: it holds the cutting board firmly and safely in place on the counter while also acting as a raised barrier to keep juice and seeds on the board. The item, which also is available in eggplant, lemon, tomato, green apple and orange shapes, also touts a propylene surface and is dishwasher safe.

Meanwhile, the Dexas melon slicer is an 11-in. serrated knife that easily slices through watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melons. The slicer’s red blade is made of high carbon stainless steel, while the handle is made of soft-grip TPE and has embossed pressure points for the fingers and thumb to provide precise control. What’s more, the slicer comes with a protective sheath that protects both the hands and the knife during storage.

For more information about these products, visit Dexas.com.

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