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Old 02-03-2016, 02:25 PM
 
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Yes. Stop & Shop and Giant of Landover are both union.
Makes it any difference whether a store is unionized or not? Are they closing the store for a day when they have a union assembly? Probably not. Post offices in Germany are sometimes closed because of those union assemblies. Maybe that will happen twice a year. Mostly just when I have to go to the post office, because the DHL postman has delivered my package to the post office
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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I don't really recall the details but obviously paying non-Union wages is significantly cheaper.
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Old 02-03-2016, 03:29 PM
 
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I don't really recall the details but obviously paying non-Union wages is significantly cheaper.

Oh, that's completely different in Germany. It normally doesn't make any difference in the wages whether a company is unionized or not. Especially in the grocery retail industry it even seems better for the employees if the company isn't unionized (at least financially). Aldi for example is strictly opposed to unions, but it pays by far the highest wages in the industry. The other big discounter chain Lidl allows the founding of works councils but it has constantly trouble with the union, at least in the past. But Lidl also pays much higher wages than what the union demands. Paying higher wages means you are able to attract the smartest employees.
I am in favor of worker participation. But union leader often seems corrupt. Just look at all those scandals at Volkswagen.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Publix sees opportunity in Virginia for growth. It could create excitement because it is a well operated supermarket.
One underrated area of Publix is inventory management. I think half their cult status in Florida (the land where 3/4ths of their shoppers were born Somewhere Else) is because it's the place where you can find the Taylor pork roll/scrapple/Winn-Schuler's bar cheese/Grace Jamaican meat patties that no one else in town seems to have. They've already got a distribution system up and running for North Carolina and I can understand wanting to try out a new market that can largely be served by North Carolina's resources already in place.

The employee-owned thing also helps with general store upkeep and customer service. Their employee stock purchase plan has gotten very good return rates over the years, and there's incentive for everyone to pitch in when it means better store outcomes that lead to higher stock prices for employee-owners.
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Old 02-03-2016, 06:49 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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One underrated area of Publix is inventory management. I think half their cult status in Florida (the land where 3/4ths of their shoppers were born Somewhere Else) is because it's the place where you can find the Taylor pork roll/scrapple/Winn-Schuler's bar cheese/Grace Jamaican meat patties that no one else in town seems to have. They've already got a distribution system up and running for North Carolina and I can understand wanting to try out a new market that can largely be served by North Carolina's resources already in place.

The employee-owned thing also helps with general store upkeep and customer service. Their employee stock purchase plan has gotten very good return rates over the years, and there's incentive for everyone to pitch in when it means better store outcomes that lead to higher stock prices for employee-owners.
Real scrapple? The PA Dutch type?
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Old 02-03-2016, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Real scrapple? The PA Dutch type?

I do not know how real it is, but I've seen something called that in the frozen foods section of my local Publix a few times. Their store managers are good at finding niche market products upon customer request and will give just about anything a try in their local store inventory for a time. (And if that doesn't sell well, there are apparently ways to arrange for special orders of many items.)
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:44 PM
 
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Ohh, I thougt Food Lion is a smart and affordable alternative to pricier grocery stores. Thank you for the information. That makes a lot of sense. Delhaize in Belgium is much worse than Albert Heijn (Ahold) in the Netherlands. Most Delhaize stores looks very old (but electronic shelf labeling and scanning handhelds for the customers) dreadful cramped and somewhat messy. They have to fight against so many hard and soft discounter and larger supermarkets. Belgium is so overcrowded with supermarkets. Ahold in the Netherlands is much better positioned. But I would expect that Food Lion is good at private labels? That's extremely common in Belgium. Much more than in the Netherlands.
It would be nice if Food Lion became a smart and affordable supermarket alternative. Operating a higher-priced supermarket lagging behind stronger supermarket participants does not bode well.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:52 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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One underrated area of Publix is inventory management. I think half their cult status in Florida (the land where 3/4ths of their shoppers were born Somewhere Else) is because it's the place where you can find the Taylor pork roll/scrapple/Winn-Schuler's bar cheese/Grace Jamaican meat patties that no one else in town seems to have. They've already got a distribution system up and running for North Carolina and I can understand wanting to try out a new market that can largely be served by North Carolina's resources already in place.

The employee-owned thing also helps with general store upkeep and customer service. Their employee stock purchase plan has gotten very good return rates over the years, and there's incentive for everyone to pitch in when it means better store outcomes that lead to higher stock prices for employee-owners.
Publix has an excellent point-of-sale system, and manages it inventory well.

Publix's distribution unit does not have a distribution center in the Charlotte Division yet. As more stores are announced in North Carolina and Virginia, it will be necessary to add a distribution center to support existing and additional stores. Eight hours one way from Publix's Dacula, Georgia, distribution center to Richmond could be expensive.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:54 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Makes it any difference whether a store is unionized or not? Are they closing the store for a day when they have a union assembly? Probably not. Post offices in Germany are sometimes closed because of those union assemblies. Maybe that will happen twice a year. Mostly just when I have to go to the post office, because the DHL postman has delivered my package to the post office
I have been to unionized Kroger and A&P stores. They operated just as well, if not better, than non-unionized supermarkets.
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Old 02-04-2016, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA, from Boston
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Publix sees opportunity in Virginia for growth. It could create excitement because it is a well operated supermarket.
Well it is well operated, it's no more so than say Kroger. In fact, if you put me in one and asked me to identify which I was in, I couldn't.

Publix selection is on the weak end.

It's fine. But nothing special. And while I'm happy to see Richmond getting a new grocery store, it's not precisely an underserved market, I don't see how one gets growth out of the most bizarrely oversaturated grocery market in the US
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