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Old 09-29-2009, 12:51 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Depends on where one shops. I've never considered w-mart to be a "real" grocery store compared to those that sell nothing but... groceries.
Ditto that!
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Old 09-29-2009, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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This. I'm more than happy spending $2 for a box of what are essentially double stuft Oreos in a white walmart brand bag, instead of $3 for real oreos.

Or, 2.50 for 24 oz box of Walmart Wheeties vs $4 for a 17oz box of real Wheaties.
I feel the same way. I buy so much of my groceries at WalMart until my pantry looks all tidy and neat with all the matching packaging. They can package it as cheap as they want to if they continue to pass the savings my way.
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Old 09-29-2009, 03:03 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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You would never know there were less choices at any supermarkets in my area, in fact I think there are more.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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I don't like WM new pkging. Doesn't it cost more $$$$ to change pkging. So guess who's going to pay the cost of new pkging "US" the consumer. I hate shopping there to begin with. They know they have 98% of us, cause the price is cheaper then elsewhere.
Now everything looks the same. I guess that's why they do it, so we the customer has to look at every single package, so we buy more.
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Old 09-30-2009, 01:28 PM
 
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I don't like WM new pkging. Doesn't it cost more $$$$ to change pkging. So guess who's going to pay the cost of new pkging "US" the consumer. I hate shopping there to begin with. They know they have 98% of us, cause the price is cheaper then elsewhere.
Now everything looks the same. I guess that's why they do it, so we the customer has to look at every single package, so we buy more.
The packaging should cost the same whether it's white with a little blue on it or blue with a little white on it.. It takes that same amount of time to print and convert no matter what the color is. The blue ink may cost more but per package you would not even notice the difference in cost . Probably about 1/10 of a cent.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:27 PM
 
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Most grocery stores are purging items that do not meet their sales volume standards. This is becoming such a big deal that the idea of one-stop shopping is no longer possible. This is another way stores are cutting costs at the customers expense.
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:44 PM
 
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Most grocery stores are purging items that do not meet their sales volume standards. This is becoming such a big deal that the idea of one-stop shopping is no longer possible. This is another way stores are cutting costs at the customers expense.

Thanks Donsabi!! This subject intrigues me. Any recommendations for other stuff to look at like websites, or whatever, geared toward the grocery industry that discusses these trends?
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Old 10-01-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: California
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Yes. There are several different grocery chains in my area and if I want a specific thing I sometimes have to go to multiple stores because each one seems to concentrate on specific items/brand names/varieties. Nob Hill is owned by Rayley's and we have both in my town, but even though they both carry the same brand of a specific cereal only one carries the variety I use. Another independent store carries a lot of smaller, less popular brands and that is always worth a trip just for a change of pace.
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:16 AM
 
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This is becoming such a big deal that the idea of one-stop shopping is no longer possible. This is another way stores are cutting costs at the customers expense.
I think that's a bit of an exaggeration. They're eliminating certain brands, but not entire categories. If you can't find say, your favorite brand of raisin bran, there's still 3 other raisin bran choices there.

I've always found grocery stores to have too much variety, personally. I'm not particularly brand loyal, and I would much prefer a smaller store that was quicker to get through. Stores like Trader Joes appeal to me for this reason... now if only they were open later at night (they close at 9). Or if we had an Aldi around here, that would be nice too.
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:17 AM
 
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Thanks Donsabi!! This subject intrigues me. Any recommendations for other stuff to look at like websites, or whatever, geared toward the grocery industry that discusses these trends?
supermarketnews.com
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