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Wakefern Food Corp.

Wakefern partners with S4RB to build data collection portal

Wakefern partners with S4RB to build data collection portal

KEASBEY, N.J.  — Wakefern Food Corp. is teaming up with Solutions for Retail Brands (S4RB), a global, consulting-led software business, to provide new information sharing software for Wakefern and its own brand vendors. S4RB’s Affinity platform for Wakefern will allow the retailer to use a proprietary online portal and database to provide real-time data and

ShopRite launches #EssentialThanks campaign

ShopRite launches #EssentialThanks campaign

KEASBEY, N.J. — ShopRite has kicked off a campaign to thank the important healthcare workers, first responders and supermarket associates everywhere who are serving our communities through the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign, called Essential Thanks, gives everyone an opportunity to show their gratitude by posting a thank you note to COVID-19 frontline workers. “The COVID-19

Wakefern Food Corp. implements enhanced safety protocols at stores

Wakefern Food Corp. implements enhanced safety protocols at stores

KEASEBY, N.J. – To help protect its associates and shoppers, members of the retailer-owned supermarket cooperative, Wakefern Food Corp., have initiated its latest measure to enhance the safety of its customers and associates. Beginning next week, stores will implement a temperature monitoring program. As part of the initiative, stores will use Non-contact Forehead Infrared Thermometers to

Wakefern announces programs to enhance benefits and compensation 

Wakefern announces programs to enhance benefits and compensation 

KEASBEY, N.J.– Wakefern Food Corp. has rolled out two programs for its cooperative members’ retail store associates that provide a temporary wage premium and enhanced sick and leave benefits. The program would impact tens of thousands of dedicated associates working across ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, Price Rite Marketplace, Dearborn Market and Gourmet Garage stores during

Wakefern appoints two new executive posts

Wakefern appoints two new executive posts

KEASBEY, N.J. – Wakefern Food Corp. has  promoted Steve Henig to the new role of chief customer officer and named Bryant Harris chief merchandising officer. Henig has spent nearly three decades at Wakefern progressing through various procurement roles as well as holding leadership positions in corporate merchandising and marketing. He most recently served as vice

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

Retail Forecast 2020: Chain Drug Execs Look Ahead

DIR fees are again top of mind for pharmacy operators beginning another year without relief from these “phantom” expenses. At the same time hope springs eternal for retailers looking to broaden affordable and accessible health care offerings when such services from more traditional providers can be out of financial reach for many people. Chains also

Keptner named Rite Aid chief marketing and merchandising officer

Keptner named Rite Aid chief marketing and merchandising officer

CAMP HILL, PA. — Rite Aid Corp. announced on Thursday that Erik Keptner, a proven leader with more than 20 years’ experience in retail marketing, has been named to the newly created position of senior vice president and chief marketing and merchandising officer, effective June 24, 2019. In this position, Keptner will be responsible for

Wakefern and ShopRite associates receive 2019 YWCA TWIN Awards

Wakefern and ShopRite associates receive 2019 YWCA TWIN Awards

KEASBEY, N.J.  – Wakefern Food Corp. announced the Wakefern, ShopRite Supermarkets and ShopRite of Carteret recipients of the 2019 YWCA “Tribute to Women and Industry” (TWIN) Award. The YWCA TWIN Award Dinner May 16 recognized the achievements and significant contributions made by women within their industries in managerial, executive, supervisory and/or professional roles, and was

Wakefern appoints Erik Keptner SVP of marketing

Wakefern appoints Erik Keptner SVP of marketing

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. has named supermarket industry veteran Erik Keptner to serve as senior vice president of marketing. Erik Keptner Keptner brings nearly 20 years of experience to his new role at Wakefern, the nation’s largest retailer-owned cooperative. He will be responsible for developing marketing and merchandising strategies for the cooperative, whose member

Wakefern to host store brand sourcing event

Wakefern to host store brand sourcing event

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. plans to host a store brand sourcing event on Thursday, May 17. The one day exclusive supplier program at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, N.J., will pair potential new vendors with Wakefern buyers and category managers in private, 20-minute meetings. ECRM (Efficient Collaborative Retail Marketing)

Wakefern promotes two executives

KEASBEY, N.J. — There has been significant movement within the executive ranks at one of the largest retailer-owned cooperatives in the United States. On the heels of promoting Chris Skyers to vice president of corporate merchandising, Wakefern Food Corp. has now tapped Cathy Magistrelli as vice president of health and beauty care. Magistrelli joined Wakefern

Wakefern names Chris Lane as exec vice president

Wakefern names Chris Lane as exec vice president

KEASBEY, N.J. — Wakefern Food Corp. has promoted Chris Lane, senior vice president of product divisions, to executive vice president of the company. Lane, a 13-year veteran of Wakefern, will guide day-to-day operations and strategy planning. Wakefern comprises 50 member companies that own and operate supermarkets under the ShopRite, The Fresh Grocer, PriceRite and Dearborn