Arizona grocery strike averted
Phoenix The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 99, Safeway Stores and Kroger Co. said early Friday that a strike has been averted as workers consider a new agreement.
The group reached a tentative settlement on a new collective bargaining agreement late Thursday evening, according to a statement.
Local 99 will submit the tentative agreement to its Safeway, Fry’s and Smiths members with the union’s recommendation that it be approved. The union and the companies have agreed to extend the existing contract pending the outcome of the membership vote.
Union spokeswoman Ellen Anreder said no details of the tentative agreement would be released until the union and members have a chance to review the deal and vote.
Fry’s spokeswoman Meghan Glynn said the Arizona stores will operate normally.
The previous five-year contract between the union and the companies expired in October 2008, and employees have worked under a series of extensions, the last of which expired Oct. 31 of this year.
Meijer looks to win toy price game
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Meijer is attempting to position itself as the toy leader this week, by claiming its toy book has the lowest prices on several popular items this year.
In a comparison of the top 95 toys among such leading retailers as Meijer, Walmart, Target and Toys ‘r Us, Meijer said it outdid its rivals in terms of low prices by a substantial margin. The 95-toy sample showed that Meijer’s cumulative prices were $68.19 less expensive than Walmart’s; $181.21 less than Target’s, and $187.32 less than Toys’R’Us.
The company noted that, for example, it is offering the Playskool Monty Rex for $54.99, which is price in Walmart’s toy book at $64.00, in Target’s at $58.99 and Toys’R’Us’ at $59.99.
“The annual toy books are the first salvo in what promises to be a very competitive season in retailing,” said Jeff Handler, SVP marketing for Meijer. “We’re sending a strong message with our toy book that we will be competitive with any national retailer on toy prices this holiday season. In fact, our toy book shows us meeting or beating national players on 90% of identical toys.”
Target finds natural beauty with Sonia Kashuk brushes
MINNEAPOLIS Target announced that it is offering an exclusive line of Sonia Kashuk natural beauty brushes.
The Limited Edition Natural Brush Collection are made of bamboo, cork and wood and feature a mix of natural hair and synthetic fibers. Items in the collection range from $12.99 to $19.99.