Published on: November 11, 2009
• Dow Jones
reports that Tesco’s UK market share grew from 30.6 percent to 30.7 percent during the most recent quarter, compared to the same period a year earlier, while Walmart-owned Asda’s share was up from 16.9 percent to 17.3 percent. J. Sainsbury’s market share went up from 15.7 percent to 15.9 percent, while William Morrison Supermarkets saw a market share jump from 11.3 percent to 11.7 percent.
According to the story, “the combined market share of the discount retailers - Aldi, Netto and Lidl - was 6.1 percent, the same as a year earlier.”
• Marketing Daily
reports that Kroger is offering pet insurance in its stores, selling accident-only policies for $9.95 per month. According to the story, the offering is “intended to appeal to the 62% of U.S. households with pets, especially the 70% of those with more than one animal. The company estimates the pet insurance market to be $328 million this year, while Americans shelled out $11 billion in vet bills.”
• California-based Save Mart Supermarkets said this week that chairman/CEO Bob Piccinini “will reward 10 employees with cash prizes of $10,000 each during his annual six-week tour of all 252 of the company’s stores, distribution centers, warehouses, and offices. The 10 employees are being recognized through the company’s Customer Connection program for delivering excellent customer service and fostering a friendly shopping experience for their customers.”
“There’s no better time than the holidays to thank all of our employees for the hard work they’ve done all year and to reward the service superstars that bring our customers back to our stores,” Piccinini says. “By visiting every single store and support facility in our chain, I have the opportunity to personally reconnect with our employees. And I always get a big charge out of delivering the prizes to our top winners.”