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• In Nebraska, the Journal Star reports that “Nash Finch Co., which owns the Sun Mart grocery stores in Lincoln, has announced plans to buy Bag 'N Save supermarkets based in Omaha. The deal includes 11 Bag 'N Save stores in the Omaha area and one in York ... The purchase will give the company 27 grocery stores in Nebraska, more than double the number in any other state where it operates.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

• The Washington Post reports that “Florida farmworkers and their supporters are staging a fast outside Publix Super Markets headquarters in Lakeland. The fast, organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, started Monday and will last through Saturday,” as the coalition pushes Publix “to join a program that supports pay increases for tomato pickers and prevents human rights violations against farmworkers.”

Fox Business reports that American Express “is testing the sale of prepaid cards in some Wal-Mart stores.

“The New York-based lender is marketing the reloadable cards, which can be used wherever American Express is accepted, under the name ‘bluebird’ in about 180 of the discount retailer's stores on the West Coast, Laura Kelly, an executive helping spearhead the company's push into prepaid cards, said in an interview Monday ... Kelly declined to discuss specific details about the program or whether it will be expanded into additional stores, but said it is part of American Express's strategy to appeal to a broader swath of consumers.”

• CouponNetwork.com, a provider of online coupons and savings experiences powered by Catalina, today launched “Like Rewards,” which it describes as a “Facebook fan accelerator” that is “designed specifically to help brands understand and optimize the in-store impact of their social initiatives. The new solution increases the value of coupons found on CouponNetwork.com for consumers who ‘like’ their favorite brands and offers on Facebook.”

The company says that the product’s integration into Catalina’s multi-channel, online and offline, communication platforms should provide insight “into the in-store impact of their social initiatives and enable brands to engage their fans beyond the Facebook wall.”
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