Unions Ratify Dominick’s Contracts
Chicago, Dominick’s employees represented by United Food and Commercial Workers Locals 1546 and 881 here ratified two separate three-year contracts, ending three years of negotiations with Dominick’s parent, Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway. Union employees have been working under an extension of a contract that expired Oct. 6, 2002. Safeway CEO Steve Burd said the ratification would allow Safeway to reinvest in store remodels in the Chicago area.
Anti-Wal-Mart Commercial Airs Today
New York City, Organized criticism from Wake Up Wal-Mart hits the air waves today promoting the movie “Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices.” The union-funded group critical of Wal-Mart Stores launched today a national media effort that includes: a full-page ad in USA Today, Internet ads on 19 sites with more than 17 million readers, and a 30-second television commercial on CNN and CNBC. Wal-Mart describes the movie as ”a propaganda video.”
The Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer is touting the release of a separate DVD: “Why Wal-Mart Works: And Why That Drives Some People C-R-A-Z-Y”.
Pathmark Launches Web Shopping
Carteret, N.J., Pathmark Stores broke into the ranks of e-retailers: the 142-store regional grocer introduced on-line shopping through its company Web site on Friday. Pathmark stores in Middletown, N.J., and Edgewater, N.J., are the first two stores kicking off the program. A third store, located in Lawnside, N.J., will follow shortly.
Customers will be able to place an order at any time through www.pathmark.com, and pick up their order between 10:00 a.m. through 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The fee for on-line shopping is $10.00 per order. All items available in the store can be ordered on-line, with the exception of prescription drugs. Manufacturers coupons can be used via on-line shopping and the Pathmark Advantage Club loyalty offerings will also apply.
“This offering gives the customer who is constrained by time another option to traditional supermarket shopping, enabling them to devote the time savings to another aspect of their lives,” said Grant McLoughlin, Pathmark senior VP of advertising.