News Briefs

  • 2/22/2024

    Heritage Grocers Group Rolls Out New Loyalty Program


    Hispanic food retailer Heritage Grocers Group has launched a new loyalty program.

    Cardenas Rewards will provide value and added benefits to loyal customers of Cardenas Markets, an HGG banner company.

    “We are thrilled to offer our new and innovative loyalty program to our dedicated customers and are thankful for their participation,” said Adam Salgado, CMO of HGG. “This program is another great way for us to engage with our local community and show appreciation to our dedicated customers for choosing to shop with us. Similarly, this loyalty program will allow us to tap into data and trends to further customize our offerings to accommodate our customers’ evolving shopping needs. As HGG continues to launch exciting new initiatives such as Cardenas Rewards, we hope to welcome even more customers to the HGG family.”

    The Cardenas Rewards mobile app is now available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Customers can also sign up for the new loyalty program by visiting

    Once a customer has enrolled, to access their offers they can tap ‘Clip and Save’ to add their favorites to “My Card” or the “Cart” icon. Then, upon checkout, enter their phone number, or present the barcode on “My Card” or the “Cart” icon to redeem their offers.   

    Cardenas Rewards participating customers:

    • Will receive 1 point for every $1 spent 

    • Earn and redeem points on all purchases

    • Save on Cardenas’ digital deal of the week

    • Access exclusive weekly offers

    • Clip digital coupons

    • Take advantage of seasonal offers and promotional discounts

  • 2/12/2024

    SpartanNash to Expand Autonomous Inventory Robot Tally

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    After a successful pilot, SpartanNash plans to implement Simbe's autonomous inventory robot Tally in 60 additional company-operated stores across the Midwest. 

    "We first piloted Tally in 15 stores, and the success of that launch motivated us to expand Tally across more locations to help associates save time in inventory tracking and spend more time on the floor serving our store guests," said SpartanNash EVP, corporate retail Tom Swanson. "The real-time data intelligence Tally provides helps ensure our store guests' favorite items always stay fresh, are adequately stocked and priced competitively, helping us deliver the ingredients for a better life."

    Simbe's Store Intelligence platform informs product stocking, ordering, merchandising, and e-commerce fulfillment with real-time inventory insights across every store area. This data precision empowers associates to ensure items are available for store guests with accurate location and price, while freeing up their time for customer-facing work. As part of SpartanNash's commitment to customer-focused innovation, this Tally expansion follows the company's investment in other food technology solutions Upshop Magic™ and Flashfood. 

    "We're always impressed with how SpartanNash embraces innovative technologies," said Brad Bogolea, CEO of Simbe. "In retail's fast-paced environment, every data point matters. The expansion of our solution is a testament to their relentless focus on strengthening operations, supporting Associates, and delivering an optimal shopping experience. Working with the SpartanNash team is incredibly rewarding, and we can't wait to see the partnership grow from here."    

  • 2/11/2024

    Minted and Doordash Kick off Partnership With Valentine’s Day Collection


    Design marketplace Minted has partnered with commerce platform DoorDash to offer nationwide on-demand delivery of Minted greeting cards. The collaboration will begin with a Valentine’s Day collection, to be followed shortly by a broader assortment of cards for everyday occasions.

    This Valentine’s Day, shoppers can purchase greeting cards that feature the work of independent artists along with other gifts through DashMart, a new type of grocery and convenience store on DoorDash, and The Flower & Gift Boutique.

    Minted’s partnership with DoorDash caters to younger generations who have adopted online food delivery. In a LendingTree survey, 82% of consumers said they used on-demand delivery over the past year, and Millennials spent the most compared to other generations. Minted appeals to much younger consumers than the traditional greeting cards industry. A majority of Minted customers are between 19 and 38 years old, while the majority of greeting cards purchasers, industry-wide, are between 35 and 60 years old, according to the Greeting Cards Association. According to an Advantage Solutions survey, while the majority of Americans plan to purchase a Valentine’s Day card, 25% of men plan to put it off until one to two days beforehand. 

    “Millennials and Gen Z consumers seek the right balance in the products they buy: where convenience meets quality,” said Minted co-founder and CEO Melissa Kim. “At the same time, younger consumers increasingly value authenticity and purchases that align with their values. By partnering with DoorDash, Minted makes it possible for consumers to purchase artisanal products that express their individuality — and support the livelihoods of independent artists — with the immediacy and convenience of on-demand delivery.”

  • 2/4/2024

    Elevate Software Completes Acquisition of Mi9 Retail


    Elevate Software (Elevate) has closed the acquisition of Mi9 Retail (Mi9). Mi9 is a  provider of software solutions spanning merchandising, store operations, customer engagement, e-commerce, and business analytics for the retail industry.

    “Through the process of getting to know the Mi9 staff and the relationships they have with their clients, I have constantly been amazed at the closeness. I am deeply optimistic about the potential of Mi9 to further impact their clients’ businesses with great products, great service, and continued great relationships.” said Mike Byrne, CEO of Elevate. “The Mi9 team has built something truly impressive within the retail space, and I look forward to working closely with them. EVP and GM, Eugene Voronov will remain with the team in his current capacity providing leadership to Mi9 employees and continued commitment to Mi9 clients.”

    Neil Moses, CEO of Mi9 said, “Elevate’s focus on retail makes them a perfect partner for the Mi9 business. Their commitment to building and maintaining long-term customer relationships is a great outcome for our retail clients and will allow these retailers to remain focused.”

  • 1/29/2024

    Michaels Awarded New Educational School Supplies Cooperative Contract


    Michaels has been awarded the new Educational School Supplies cooperative contract through OMNIA Partners, one of the nation’s largest purchasing organizations for public and private sector procurement, by Region 4. 

    The publicly solicited cooperative contract enables public schools, organizations, or other eligible agencies registered with OMNIA Partners to shop more than 300,000 items through the MichaelsPro Education website and receive cost benefits including low minimums and free standard shipping on orders over $49.

    “Central to our mission at MichaelsPro Education is making it easier and more affordable for schools to purchase everything they need to infuse creativity into their curriculum and cultivate vibrant learning spaces,” said Bryan Waugaman, director of education and B2B sales at Michaels. “Through our agreement with OMNIA Partners, we’re enabling districts and teachers to spend less time thinking about the supply procurement process and more time fostering their students’ creativity and growth.”

    The MichaelsPro Education division offers items spanning multiple categories as well as bulk items available online with low minimums.

    OMNIA Partners works to connect the public sector to collective buying power. The Michaels cooperative contract provides arts and crafts supplies to public sector agencies. By using cooperative contracts, the cost of goods and services are ultimately reduced by aggregating the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

    “OMNIA Partners is excited to expand and grow our partnership with MichaelsPro Education, and their wide variety of creative supplies, as a key supplier in our comprehensive portfolio of industry-leading supplier partners, empowering our members to save time and money every day,” said Doug Looney, SVP of OMNIA Partners Public Sector Sales.

    To learn more and shop the MichaelsPro Education division, visit

  • 1/28/2024

    Shoprite Launches New Retail Tech for Curbside Grocery Pickup and Delivery

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    Wakefern Food Corp. supermarket banner ShopRite has launched Phononic’s 2nd Generation ACS (Active Cooling Solutions) Freezer and Refrigerator Totes at a ShopRite location in New York. Phononic’s Freezer and Refrigerator totes are used to pick, store, and stage online orders and save space in-store. 

    Phononic’s HFC-free actively-cooled totes also operate without traditional refrigerants, using technology that is more sustainable and cost effective.

    Curbside and delivery grocery orders are more popular than ever, and grocers continue to innovate to meet consumer demand. Advancements in e-commerce and sustainable cooling technology, such as the new tri-temp tote picking, storage and staging system from Phononic, are one example. Supported with 24-7 information sharing capabilities, grocers are equipped with tote utilization, cold chain compliance, and energy consumption data to maximize usage and efficiency.

    “The recent launch of the Phononic 2nd Generation ACS totes allowed us to create an Order. Pickup. Deliver. department in a store with a smaller building footprint. Local customers can now pick up their online orders at the store or have them delivered,” said Steve Savas, president, Shop-Rite Supermarkets, Inc. (SRS), which operates ShopRite stores in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the Hudson Valley in New York. “We are always looking for opportunities to be at the forefront of innovation in digital commerce, and we are excited to be the first grocer in the nation with this technology.”

    ShopRite’s launch of the Phononic 2nd Generation ACS Freezer and Refrigerator Tote solution at a New York store location has unlocked tangible gains, including a 70% reduction in staging room requirements with no impact on order volume, due to its size and portability, and reduced congestion during peak hours.

    “As the industry’s only solid-state cooling solution for curbside, Phononic’s Actively-Cooled tote makes economic sense,” said Larry Yang, chief product officer at Phononic. “Not only is it easy to integrate the totes into ShopRite’s existing operations, but it's incredibly scalable — capable of growing easily alongside ShopRite’s booming curbside business, and agile enough to keep up with daily order fluctuations.”

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