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Some very different reactions to the management moved at Supervalu, as one MNB user wrote:

I would like to comment on the promotion of Brian Audette to President of Cub Foods.  I have known Brian for most of the 21 years he has been at Supervalu.   I often remember my very first meeting with Brian in the early 1990’s as he was working with the vendor community to help discover the path forward regarding the newly developing area of “category management”.  He was then, and he still is, a class act!   It is gratifying to watch someone receive much recognized attention for the work they have done.   I have always felt this way about Brian as I have watched his  rise through the ranks of Supervalu.  I am confident he will lead Cub Foods with the same integrity and leadership he has for the first 21 years of his career.   

Another MNB user wrote:

Coming on the heels of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the metaphor “Re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”  seem appropriate.

We’ll see.

Regarding Walmart’s investment in small stores, one MNB user offered the following analysis:

WalMart math, 15 Neighborhood Markets equal one Supercenter. The smaller the store, the tougher to run and make money.

True. Except that you are not factoring into the equation the fact that Walmart is looking at the small stores as potential delivery depots that will help drive online sales and allow it to better compete with Amazon.

Responding to yesterday’s story about postal union recommendations for how to make the US Postal Service viable again, MNB user Bobby Martyna wrote:

I think this is a starting point -- and especially noteworthy that a union recognizes that extraordinary pay scales and benefits are part of the problem (implied by 'sacrifices' they are willing to make).  What gets me annoyed is when the phrase, "among the lowest in the world" is used, whether it is regarding stamps, fuel prices or anything else.

America used to be the place other nations looked to for economic leadership.  Now we look to how bad things are in other nations and think that we could be as bad as they are, if we only tried.

And, on another subject, MNB user Joe Luehrmann wrote:

I know that everybody is excited about seeing large chains flooding into the underserved urban neighborhoods in Chicago and Detroit.

What is NOT mentioned is what impact that will have upon those merchants who NEVER abandoned those neighborhoods.  For example, as Jewel and Dominick stores opened in the south side of Chicago, local independents like Moo and Oink have been forced out of business.

What is going to happen to all those stores in Detroit's historic Eastern Market when these chains put down a few stores in the city?

KC's View: