Supervalu to host first-ever national sales expo
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Supervalu on Monday announced it will host its first-ever national sales expo, Sales 4 All Seasons, this summer.
“This is going to be a huge event and I’m really excited at the commitment Supervalu and our suppliers are making to our customers by delivering this national show,” stated Janel Haugarth, Supervalu president of independent business. “Our retailers will gain new insights into creative solutions and products that will help them continue to be successful local grocers. The event also provides a valuable networking opportunity with their fellow retailers and experts from our supplier community.”
The three-day event, which will be held Aug. 12 to 14 at the RiverCentre in St. Paul, Minn., brings together all of Supervalu’s former regional shows into one major sales and education event. The event offers nearly 2,000 independent grocery retailers the opportunity to access Supervalu’s supplier network via a sales expo featuring hundreds of exhibits, displays and products for every department and category across the store. New trends, fresh, new seasonal products and Supervalu’s exclusive promotional buying opportunities will be center stage throughout the three days, the company noted.
“Our suppliers will have a unique opportunity to share consumer insights, as well as showcase new products and promotions. Together, this is the type of show that can help our customers set themselves apart from the competition by combining so many great resources and opportunities under one roof,” Haugarth said. “In addition to being a big deal for our customers, we’re very proud to bring this type of event and its economic impact to the Twin Cities.”
The Sales 4 All Seasons expo will start with an education day featuring numerous training seminars, consumer insights and industry education resources for attending grocers.
Supervalu anticipates approximately 3,000 total attendees at the event, ranging from its independent retailers to industry personnel, grocery and food suppliers and employees.
Supervalu will also announce winners of its 2014 Master Marketer competition, which celebrates the top marketing campaigns of the company’s independent retailers.
Additional details about Supervalu’s Sales 4 All Seasons expo, including registration information and agenda updates, will be available via the event website, Sales4AllSeasons.com. The website will be accessible by March 24.
Amazon’s shopping app ‘Flow’ makes online shopping easier
NEW YORK — The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch on Friday featured Amazon’s shopping app "Flow," which enables consumers to add an item to their shopping cart after scanning the product with their smartphone’s camera.
It can be used as a sort of "showrooming" tool or it can be used at home in place of drafting a shopping list — just scan, click and ship.
According to Amazon, the latest 2.1.1 for Android allows users to scan multiple items at once — Flow now recognizes multiple items in a single view. "With Flow you can identify tens of millions of products, including books, DVDs and packaged household items like a box of cereal or a box of tissues."
A version 2.2.1 also can be downloaded from the iTunes store for Apple products.
Flow’s History feature gives the user access to all their scanned items, sorted by date, product category, item name or scan type.
NRF: Retail employment up year-over-year
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation calculated that retail employment was down 21,600 jobs in January 2014, yet up 230,000 jobs year-over-year. December retail employment figures were revised up to a gain of 57,000 jobs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report showed that January total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 113,000, with the unemployment rate at 6.6% and the labor force participation rate at 63%.
NRF research shows that much of the retail job loss was due to severe weather and localized in sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores. NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said the government needs to do more to improve the job situation.
“While it is always positive to see an increase in private sector hiring and a decrease in unemployment, it is alarming that employment can’t shift into a higher gear,” Shay said. “Despite seasonal factors at play in today’s employment report, it remains incumbent on policymakers to lead the nation’s recovery and move beyond partisan disputes over raising the debt ceiling and refocus attention on patent, tax and immigration reform, which will spur economic growth, opportunity and job creation.”