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• A group of 90 grocery home delivery drivers working for Safeway.com has voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first-ever Teamster contract last night. These drivers are now full-fledged Teamsters for the first time in their careers as Safeway drivers.

According to the Teamsters announcement, “The new agreement will bring many improvements to the working conditions and lives of these drivers. Wages will increase across the board, with some of the lowest-paid drivers seeing double-digit percentage increases. The group will also finally receive affordable health care, which most did not previously have access to as they were held to part-time hours and the costs were prohibitive.”

The deal was struck after a year of negotiations and, finally, a strike authorization.


• Ahold Delhaize is saying that, in addition to centralizing its various US e-commerce businesses on its Peapod platform, it also plans this year to update its Stop & Shop chain with a “fresh new format.”

CEO Franz Muller has said that more details about the new Stop & Shop format will be released in November.

I’ve argued here for a long time that I think Stop & Shop is in desperate need of a refresh, though I concede that this may because the two stores closest to my house are two of the smallest, most depressing stores in the fleet.
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