Tesco markets coming to Southland

first_imgAnd you thought David Beckham’s arrival in Los Angeles was exciting. Now, Southern California foodies are salivating over the next British invasion: U.K. grocery retailer Tesco plans to open its first U.S. stores right here, with at least 12 outlets slated to open in November. Initially, the chain wants to draw shoppers in Lakewood, Compton, Hollywood, West Covina, Arcadia, San Dimas, Glendora, Norwalk, La Mirada and Eagle Rock. While it’s known as the English Wal-Mart, Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores will be smaller markets, similar to Trader Joe’s. “Fresh and Easy will be a smaller-sized grocery store (about 10,000square feet) with a focus on selling fresh and wholesome foods,” Tesco spokeswoman Brendan Wonnacott said. “They are designed for the American consumer and are not planned to carry traditional British items.” “There will be room for them, as the population is growing … there are a lot of areas that can use better grocery service,” said Nancy Sidhu, an economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Going on the assumption that shoppers are fed up with the jumbo-supermarket model, the new Fresh & Easy stores will be closer to the size of a typical Trader Joe’s. Apparently, Tesco has even had some success at hiring Trader Joe’s employees to work at their new Fresh & Easy stores – which will focus on high-quality, low-cost prepared foods for time-starved consumers. Top secret Tesco is keeping details about the debut very secret, creating a buzz of anticipation more appropriate for a Hollywood premiere than a supermarket chain. “Everybody’s kind of waiting for it to launch,” said Jennifer Halterman, a senior consultant at industry research company Retail Forward. Tesco reportedly sent in a team of forward operatives posing as filmmakers to test the market by opening a warehouse in Santa Monica with food samples and telling passers-by that it was a film set. But Fresh & Easy isn’t catering to a highbrow crowd, and customers looking for British staples will be disappointed. In fact, the El Segundo-based company’s commitment to opening a store in South Los Angeles and other areas underserved by chain markets is part of its strategy. “It’s exposed a unique niche concept,” Halterman said. “Going into areas that are supermarket deserts, (they’ve) identified a unique niche: fresh food in a convenient setting.” According to a company newsletter, Fresh & Easy will stock prepared and organic food and everyday items, such as Italian pasta, fresh strawberry preserves and Latino pastries, at affordable prices. Taking cues from Trader Joe’s and Costco, the stores will offer food samples on a kitchen table in each outlet, and Wachovia Bank ATMs will be available in the stores. Easy food fad Prepared food that saves time is clearly the priority at other new market concepts popping up. Famima – a high-end convenience store that sells Japanese cookies, sushi, lattes and dishes such as pad thai and spaghetti – has rolled out 14 stores since opening in 2004, all in affluent areas of Los Angeles. Whole Foods Market, which just completed its acquisition of Wild Oats, announced recently that it will test a new Whole Foods Express concept store in Boulder, Colo. Even Wal-Mart is rumored to be exploring scaled-down retail spaces that let customers get in and out more quickly. Indeed, industry watchers say the era of the supersized grocery store might be ending. “The idea of a 30,000- or 40,000- or 50,000-square-foot store is a model of the ’70s and ’80s,” Supermarketguru.com’s Lempert said. “I’m not sure people want to shop that way.” Still, many stores are still betting on big. Traditional grocers are remodeling their stores or even expanding in anticipation of new competition. “The new Safeway concept stores are even larger,” Lempert said. Steven Burd, CEO of Safeway Cos., the parent company of Vons, has said Safeway stores can hold their own against a new competitor such as Fresh & Easy. “I expect them to take somebody’s business,” Burd reportedly told investors during a conference call. “We just don’t expect it to be ours.” A spokesman for Tesco said the company doesn’t discuss competition issues. Responding to a question about how Monrovia-based Trader Joe’s is reacting to Tesco’s arrival, a spokeswoman provided a corporate statement saying, “We at Trader Joe’s are simply focused on getting better at what we do every single day; we’re not concerned about what other retailers say and do.” Shoppers curious Consumers seem open to giving the new markets a try. “I would go in,” said Irene Trafecanty, a homemaker from West Hills who was shopping at a Trader Joe’s recently. She said Trader Joe’s has become her primary store, especially since the supermarket strikes of recent years. “It’s healthy; it’s not expensive. I like fresh items like the olive oil, the whole-wheat pizza dough.” Another shopper, Encino resident Florence Bassir, said she was recently in a Tesco store in London and liked it. She said she likes the idea of another store that stocks unusual items at a cheap price. “People are looking for unique things.” Of course, Los Angeles has a history with big-box retailers: Many trying to enter the market have been rebuffed by communities concerned that the jobs they promise to bring aren’t always delivered. Britt Beamer, a retail analyst at America’s Research Group, said Tesco doesn’t carry the negative baggage of Wal-Mart, which might give it a better chance in California. Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has made a commitment to building environmentally friendly stores and providing superior benefits to employees. Wages will start at $10 an hour – above minimum wage – and the company says it will offer paid time off, health insurance and a retirement plan. Labor eyes Tesco But grocery labor advocates are skeptical. “They say they’re going to pay more, and that sounds good, but we don’t know if that’s the starting wages as well as the ending wage,” said Elliott Petty, retail policy advocate for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy. “Tesco has a 30 percent market share in Britain, and they want to do the same thing here. We saw three years ago that Wal-Mart wanted to come in, and the response among the big three markets was to cut jobs.” He pointed to a recent report from Occidental College critical of some of Tesco’s labor practices. A coalition of groups, including the Alliance, has been asking Fresh & Easy to put its workplace promises in writing, but so far it hasn’t received a response. But Fresh & Easy is no Wal-Mart, and other analysts say that if the stores are good and cheap, the politics won’t matter. “The thing about Tesco, aside from being a well-run company,” Lempert said, “is that they celebrate food.” barbara.correa@dailynews.com (818) 713-3662160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He declined to describe who the main competitors of the new stores might be in a region already saturated with various grocery store brands. More outlets are planned for the Inland Empire, San Diego, Las Vegas and Phoenix. A 1,200-acre food-preparation and -distribution facility the company is building at the former March Air Force base near Riverside will be big enough to supply hundreds of stores. “Tesco is a brilliant retailer, and their coming to America is a real wake-up call,” said Phil Lempert, founder of Santa Monica-based Supermarketguru.com, a health and food news Web site. “They understand that consumers want convenience and healthy food.” Tesco won’t say why it is targeting Southern California as its launching pad in the United States, but local economists say the Los Angeles region’s exploding population, and its lack of supermarket chains in low-income areas, makes it attractive to a retailer with deep pockets and big plans. last_img read more

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Claudio Ranieri wants Leicester City star to follow him to Nantes

first_img Nampalys Mendy [left] could leave Leicester this summer Claudio Ranieri wants Leicester City midfielder Nampalys Mendy to join him at Nantes.The Italian took over at the French club earlier in June after being sacked by the Foxes in February.The 65-year-old is now set on revamping Nantes and firing them up the Ligue 1 table next season.Ranieri has identified a number of transfer targets to strengthen the club’s cause and one of those, according to L’Equipe, is Mendy.Ranieri signed the Frenchman for Leicester last summer from Nice for £13m, but injuries prevented him from settling at the King Power Stadium.That, though, has not put off Ranieri and he is now putting the wheels in motion to bring the 25-year-old back to France. 1last_img read more

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BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL LEAD AT HALF TIME

first_imgDONEGAL LEAD DUBLIN BY TWO POINTS AT HALF TIME.DONEGAL 0:4 DUBLIN 0:2BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL LEAD AT HALF TIME was last modified: August 28th, 2011 by marieShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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HSE ANNOUNCES BAN ON E-CIGARETTES IN ALL DONEGAL HOSPITALS AND HEALTH FACILITIES

first_imgThe Health Service Executive is to ban the use of e-cigarettes in all health service facilities across Co Donegal from 1st May. From this date, the use of e-cigarettes will not be permitted in any HSE building or on any HSE Tobacco-Free Campus.As the organisation responsible for health promotion and improvement, health protection and the prevention of illnesses and disease, the HSE has made a commitment that all its campuses will be tobacco-free by 2015. The majority of public hospitals now operate smoke-free campuses, as do many primary care and administrative facilities.But the new directive means that ALL health facilities across Donegal will now prohibit the use of e-cigarettes.Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director, Health and Wellbeing, HSE said the Tobacco Free Campus Policy helps to change social norms around tobacco use and actively encourages and supports people to quit smoking.“The decision to ban the use and sale of e-cigarettes in HSE facilities follows a detailed review of their safety and the impact of e-cigarettes on the smoke-free campus policy.’ ‘The HSE can only recommend safe and effective products and strategies for quitting smoking, and there currently is no conclusive evidence that e-cigarettes are safe for long-term use, or are effective as a smoking cessation aid. While we will keep this evidence under ongoing review, the e-cigarettes ban is being introduced as e-cigarettes pose a challenge to smoke-free campus enforcement and come with safety concerns for a healthcare environment.’‘Smoking is the single leading cause of illness in our nation, responsible for a range of respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancers, and for over 5,200 deaths every year. The Health Services are responsible for health promotion and caring for illnesses and disease. Ensuring that health service buildings and grounds are smoke-free is an integral part of our approach to reducing tobacco use and harm in Ireland.’Dr. O’Keeffe concluded ‘Quitting smoking is the best thing someone can do for their health and we will continue to treat tobacco use and addiction as a healthcare issue. The health services provide and promote a range of safe and evidence-based services, supports and aids that can help people to quit – in many cases doubling their chances of success. We encourage people to try to quit, to keep trying, and to use a safe and proven support to help them stay quit.’All HSE service managers nationwide have been informed of this change and have been advised to implement the policy from May 1st 2014. HSE ANNOUNCES BAN ON E-CIGARETTES IN ALL DONEGAL HOSPITALS AND HEALTH FACILITIES was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegale-cigarettesHSElast_img read more

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Enterprise 2.0 Pioneer Ross Mayfield Leaves Socialtext for SlideShare

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Trends klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Today co-founder, president and chairman of Socialtext Ross Mayfield announced on his blog that he is stepping down from his day-to-day duties at Socialtext and joining SlideShare as vice presdent of business development. Mayfield told us about the move: “SlideShare is obviously different but what it has in common with Socialtext is being at the boundary between consumer and enterprise, which is my favorite place to play.” Mayfield has been an adviser to SlideShare for the past four years. He will remain the chairman of the board of directors at Socialtext.Socialtext was one of the first companies in the enterprise 2.0 space, and the first to offer an enterprise wiki. “Whatever your enterprise 2.0 / social business poison, our industry owes a lot to Ross for persistently questioning how we work,” Sameer Patel of the Sovos Grouptweeted in response to the announcement. We discussed Socialtext’s role in the development of enterprise social software earlier this week.As president of Socialtext, Mayfield handled marketing and business development for the company. Mayfield’s new role at Slideshare won’t be entirely different. Mayfield was also the original CEO of Socialtext, a role he ceded in 2007. Eugene Lee is now the CEO of Socialtext. Mayfield’s announcement from 2007 rings true today as well:As a company founder, as I’ve written before, it is inevitable and necessary that your role evolves for the best interest of the company and what you own of it. Today I’m invoking the most powerful inflection point I can for Socialtext.“Ross is one of those guys who starts companies and grows them to a certain point and brings on other management,” says R “Ray” Wang, CEO and principal analyst of Constellation Research. “Eugene is now in the position of having to take the company is a bigger direction.” Wang doesn’t think Mayfield’s departure should be of concern to Socialtext customers.Mayfield leaves the company in a state of growth, but is most proud of what he calls Socialtext’s “series of firsts.” From his announcement:The first commercial wiki company, first to adapt the best of the social web for enterprises each year, bringing web oriented architecture and emerging standards like OpenSocial into the enterprise, SocialCalc as the first native Enterprise 2.0 application and the creation of a social layer across the enterprise. All these first were made possible by focusing on one of the most rewarding problems you can address — collaboration and sharing between people.Although the company is growing, and has been a prominent thought leader in the space for several years, it faces challenges. It faces increased competition from both established companies like IBM and upstarts like Yammer. Last year in its Magic Quadrant for Social Software in the Workplace report, Gartner praised most aspects of the company but cautioned “Socialtext is a small organization with fewer than 100 employees that needs to do more to build its reputation as an enterprise vendor.” Earlier this week we commented that Socialtext needs to do more to scale its operations. Being first isn’t enough anymore.What’s next for SlideShare? Mayfield hints that SlideShare will be making more of a play for the enterprise soon.center_img Related Posts Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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The Leadership Playbook: Leaders Don’t Have Off Days

first_imgIt’s funny that people criticize the President for taking vacations (Bush) or playing golf (Obama). Do you think the President of the United States is ever really “off?” His day still starts with CIA and NSA briefings and threat assessments of the three or four hundred things that might end the world. And the rest of the world moves right along doing whatever the rest of the world is going to do, much of it requiring his attention (or at least his awareness). How soundly do you believe the President sleeps?Leaders don’t get days off, and they aren’t allowed to have “off days.”No Off DaysLeaders lead. That doesn’t mean that leaders sometimes lead and other times, like when they’re not feeling up to it, decide not to lead.Leading isn’t easy. You serve too many people for it to be easy. There are days and times when you have to will yourself into the right mental state to produce the results you need. You can’t have an “off day” when you are called on to make important decisions. There is no calling for a time out or a do-over when an emergency requires you to make a tough call, one that could easily go either direction.You can’t have an “off day” when you address the people you lead. Your address can move people in one of two directions, and an “off day” move them backwards. You can’t have an “off day” when you address your board, your largest customer, or your team. You have to be “on.”None of this is to say that you are supposed to be invulnerable. Vulnerability can make you human and allow the people you lead to connect to you on a deeper level. But you aren’t being vulnerable when you allow your state to control you instead of controlling your state.They Are What You AreAs a leader, you set the tone for the rest of your organization. If you are passionately engaged, the people you lead will be passionately engaged. If you aren’t, they won’t be. If it looks for a minute like you don’t care deeply about your most important initiative, your mission, your vision, your values because you are having an “off day,” the wrong message will not only be taken, it will be amplified.Take your days off, even if you are never really off. But don’t take “off days.” There are too many people counting on you to be the leader.last_img read more

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Avoid politicisation of Parkash Purab: Minister

first_imgPunjab Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Sunday said politicisation of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations. The senior Congress leader asserted that the State government was committed to celebrate the occasion in full tandem with the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) under the aegis of the Akal Takht (highest temporal seat of Sikhs). “The politicisation of the occasion as sacred and pious as the 550th ‘Parkash Purab’ of Guru Nanak Dev should be avoided at all costs as the occasion is fast approaching and any controversy at this stage could put a spanner in the preparations,” Mr. Randhawa said in a statement here. But the recent development in which SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal went with the delegation of the Shiromani Akali Dal , led by its chief Sukhbir Singh Badal to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi “smacked of politicising” the sacred occasion, he alleged. The Congress leader said it would have been better had the invitations been extended jointly on behalf of the Punjab government and the SGPC as the State government is duly-elected by the people . ‘Need for coordination’He also said the coordination between the SGPC and the State government was the need of the hour as it would send all the positive signals concerning the celebrations. On July 1, the SAD delegation had invited Mr. Modi to attend a function to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev on November 12 at Sultanpur Lodhi in Punjab.last_img read more

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Kings Dunk The Knicks, 99-97

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With a league-high four triple-doubles, Rajon Rondo has been filling up the box score with regularity this season.He added a new statistic to his ledger: his first dunk of the season.Rondo had 16 points, 12 assists and a jaw-dropping dunk in the fourth quarter that led the Sacramento Kings to a 99-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Dec. 10.Rondo joked in a national television interview after the game that it was his first dunk in three years, even though he said later he had a few with Dallas last season.But it’s been a long time since he had one as athletic as the one against the Knicks that sent his own teammates rolling on the floor in excitement.“I’ve been lifting,” he said. “I’ve been working on my body a lot. I’m not old. I just don’t dunk. I’m only 6 feet.”Rondo added nine rebounds to finish just shy of another triple-double. DeMarcus Cousins had 27 points and 11 rebounds for the Kings, who have just their second winning streak of the season. Sacramento also won three in a row in November.Carmelo Anthony had 23 points and 14 rebounds but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Knicks, who have lost four straight and eight of the past 10 games.“You take the best shot available if the ball is in our best player’s hands,” coach Derek Fisher said. “The ball got to a spot on the floor where he got a shot up. We’ll take that every time.”New York trailed by 19 before making it close in the fourth quarter. Rookie Kristaps Porzingis’ three-point play cut Sacramento’s lead to three points late in the period.The Kings then cleared it out for Rondo, who burst past Jose Calderon and went flying in for the one-hand slam with Anthony only able to watch.“It surprised me,” coach George Karl said. “There’s no question that was a golden moment for him. That was kind of an announcement that he’s healthy and back.”But the Knicks did not go away, cutting the lead back to two on Anthony’s drive with 8.6 seconds to play. Darren Collison then lost the ball on the inbound pass with 4.6 seconds to play, but Anthony missed from 28 feet with the shot that would have won it.Rondo helped Sacramento build a 19-point lead midway through the third quarter with a few highlight-reel plays. He faked an around-the-back pass before driving past Porzingis for a layup and then fed Cousins for a three-point play the next trip down to put Sacramento up 70-51 on his 10th assist of the night.Cousins was powerful inside all night with an emphatic one-handed dunk over Robin Lopez in the first half and then pushing aside Porzingis for another in the fourth quarter.“He was physical. Everything I expected,” Porzingis said. “It’s just really hard to stop a player like that and I was trying to do whatever I could to stop him a little bit.”(JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Lukaku hits out at ‘lies’ amid Man Utd exit talk

first_imgRomelu Lukaku has hit out at the “lies” being spread about him as speculation builds regarding a possible transfer away from Manchester United.The Red Devils invested £75 million ($96m) in the Belgium international back in the summer of 2017.Jose Mourinho moved to prise him away from Everton after seeing the 25-year-old become one of the most prolific strikers in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He delivered a 27-goal return in his debut season at Old Trafford, before going on to net four times for his country at the 2018 World Cup.Lukaku was, however, to endure a slow start to the current campaign, going 12 games without finding the target for United at one stage.As he toiled, Mourinho was eventually shown to the exits and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The new man at the helm is yet to hand Lukaku a Premier League start, with a substitute role having to be accepted as Marcus Rashford shines in a central striking berth.A lack of minutes has sparked talk of a move being made, with Juventus among those said to be open to the idea of landing a proven frontman.Lukaku, though, appears to have quashed the exit talk with a post on Instagram which read: “When the hate don’t work they start telling lies.”Romelu Lukaku hate don'e work start telling liesSolskjaer has already sought to assure Lukaku that he still has a part to play in his plans.The Norwegian knows all about life in a star-studded squad at Old Trafford from his own playing days.He often had to contend with being an impact option off the bench, and thrived under Sir Alex Ferguson to establish a reputation as one of the best in the business in that role.Lukaku may have to do likewise, but has impressed enough in training to suggest that he will get regular opportunities to impress.Solskjaer said: “I used to be one of four strikers when we played with two. Now we have six forwards and we play with three.“There are enough games. It is about taking your chances when you get them.“No-one is scoring as many as Romelu in training.”Despite starting just one FA Cup game under the Red Devils’ new boss, Lukaku has managed three goals in his last five appearances.More chances will come his way, but for now Rashford is leading the line with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial offering support from wide attacking posts.last_img read more

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