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• Delhaize announced that in honor of Veterans Day tomorrow, its Food Lion, Harveys and Reid’s stores will offer a 10 percent discount to active and retired military personnel “to show their support and appreciation for those who are currently serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.” To receive the discount, active military, reservists and veterans should request the discount at check-out along with their loyalty card.

• Supervalu announced that it plans to implement a broad scale, strategic Scan Based Trading program for its Direct Store Delivery (DSD) business. The program, developed by iControl Systems USA, will be implemented in this calendar year.

• The Sacramento Bee reports that “unable to reach agreement on a new labor deal, big unionized chains including Raley's extended their current contract for another 11 days with the United Food and Commercial Workers, the union said Wednesday.
The extension, the second since talks began in September, covers 60,000 workers in Sacramento, the Central Valley and Bay Area. It runs through Nov. 19.”

The negotiations are taking place in an environment where Raley’s is facing greater competition than ever from non-union companies such as Walmart and Fresh & Easy. In addition, Raley’s said earlier this week that it has decided to stop providing health coverage to its retired hourly employees age 65 and older, saying that its current financial situation makes it impossible to offer it as a continuing benefit.
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