Back in February we reported that as America’s deflationary wave spread through the grocery store supply chain, the scramble for America’s bottom dollar was on, and it prompted America’s largest low-cost retailer Wal-Mart to not only cut prices, but to squeeze suppliers in a stealthy war for market share and maximizing profits, a scramble for market share which is oddly reminiscent of the OPEC 2014 price fiasco and is certain to unleash a deflationary shock across wide portions of the US economy.
As Reuters reported at the time, Wal-Mart had been running a “price-comparison” test in at least 1,200 U.S. stores and squeezing packaged goods suppliers in a bid to close a pricing gap with German-based discount grocery chain Aldi and domestic rivals like Kroger. Citing vendor sources, Reuters said that Wal-Mart launched the price test across 11 Midwest and Southeastern states such as Iowa, Illinois and Florida, focusing on price competition in the grocery business that accounts for 56% of the company’s revenue.
Notably, while Wal-Mart was considering cutting prices to match its competition, the near-monopoly retailer was also seeking offseting cost cuts from its own vendors, in what could lead to a deflationary shock that would ripple across the entire US grocery store supply-chain, with dropping prices leading to margin collapse inside the entire industry, and eventually a default domino effect.
And, as we also reported, as part of the relentless competition among the largest grocers Wal-Mart would have no choice but to proceed with even more aggressive price cuts in the future. The reason for this is that Germany-based discount grocer Aldi had emerged as one of the relatively new rivals quickly gaining market share in the hotly competitive US grocery sector, which already boasts Kroger, Albertsons Cos Inc and Publix Super Markets as stiff competitors on price.
A second Germany-based discount grocer, Lidl, was planning to enter the U.S. market this year, which together with German Aldi would pose a serious threat to Wal-Mart’s U.S. grocery business.
Now, thanks to a follow up by Reuters, we can safely assume that the upcoming grocer price war is about to turn nuclear because the abovementioned German discount grocery chain Lidl, which is opening its first U.S. stores this summer and is eager to capture US market share at all costs, said its products would be up to 50% cheaper than competitors… which are already caught up in a margin-crushing price war.
“This is the right time for us to enter the United States,” Brendan Proctor, chief executive officer for Lidl U.S., told Reuters at a media event in New York late on Tuesday. “We are confident in our model. We adapt quickly, so it’s not about whether a market works for us but really about what we will do to make it work.”
And as first order of business, what Lidl will do is generate huge losses by massively undercutting prices in hopes of capturing market share from established names like Walmart, Kroger and Albertsons. Think Uber but for grocery stores.
There is already a case study of what happenes next, should the two German invaders prove successful. Lidl, which runs 10,000 stores in 27 countries, and German rival Aldi Inc have already upended Britain’s grocery retail market, hurting incumbents like Tesco Plc and Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s ASDA supermarket chain.
Looking ahead, Lidl said it would open its first 20 U.S. stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, starting on June 15. Eighty more will follow in the United States within the first year, which Procter said would create 5,000 jobs. Analysts cited by Reuters estimate the company will have more than 330 U.S. stores by 2020.
The stores will be 20,000 square feet in size and have only six aisles. The retailer’s in-house brands will account for 90 percent of the products.
And while the latest German invasion may lead to dramatic changes within the hierarchy of established US grocers, one thing is certain: the US consumer is about to be the biggest winner yet again, as prices for (subsidized) groceries are about to plunge across the nation.
CRESCENT (BARBARICALLY-SLAUGHTERED) HALAL MEATS are now being sold in Walmart stores in 77 locations in 11 states across America.
Crescent Foods (h/t ENM) the nations’ leading provider of Premium Halal Chicken is now supplying their quality products to 62 new Walmart Supercenter and Walmart Neighborhood Market locations across the country in addition to the existing 15 they have been serving for close to 4 years. New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Delaware and Iowa have joined Illinois and Michigan to become the first eleven states where consumers can buy the chicken they trust on a regular grocery trip.
“We have been inundated with requests from Muslim consumers asking us when they could buy Crescent chicken in their state and we are excited to be able to cater to that demand,” said Joohi Tahir, Vice President of Marketing at Crescent Foods.
“It makes good business sense for us to cross over to the mainstream market and for Walmart to recognize the potential of this All Natural and Premium Halal product. After all, the Halal consumer is a significant growing market sector with purchasing power of over $170 billion a year”.
Crescent consumers know that the Premium Halal Chicken they buy is a better choice for their family’s health. The chickens roam cage-free and are able to grow naturally without antibiotics or hormones. They are raised and processed humanely and fed a 100% vegetarian diet free of by-products of any kind. All Natural. Pure & Simple®.
Walmart currently carries an assortment of items including Crescent whole chicken, boneless skinless breast fillets, leg quarters, thighs, boneless skinless thighs, drumsticks, ground chicken and wings.
“Our lives are so busy, that one-stop shopping is a great blessing,” said Aisha Ahmad, a working mom of three in Elgin, Illinois. “I am so pleased that I can buy Crescent chicken at my neighborhood Walmart. It gives me peace of mind that what my family loves to eat is actually good for them!”
For a complete listing of stores that carry Crescent chicken, visit www.crescenthalal.com and search by state on the Where To Buy Tab or visit us on facebook.com/crescentfoods.
Crescent foods is Halal certified by the Shar’l Zabihah Committee which is a division of the Rahmat-e-Alam Foundation according to Crescenthalal.com.
If you’re concerned that a local business or restaurant is selling halal products, Zabihah.com is the best guide for pointing them out. The site allows users to search by country, state, and city.
Florida Family Association makes it easy for you to email your complaints to Walmart here:
Partial list of other food outlets that sell sharia-compliant halal foods
Not all locations sell halal foods. You should ask when you go to any of the following:
Popular symbols for halal foods:
Islamopandering Walmart, once again, caves to pressure from anti-First Amendment, anti-American Islamic supremacists and pulls Halloween costumes just because some Muslims find them offensive.
Forward Walmart pulled an Israeli soldier costume and a “Sheik Fagin” oversized prosthetic Arab Muslim nose, after facing a backlash from social media. The products reportedly were removed from the company’s website and from store shelves on Tuesday afternoon, hours after the American-Arab Anti-Discriminatory Committee called on Walmart and other retailers to remove the products as well as others deemed anti-Arab. (See photos below)
Walmart’s Israeli IDF soldier Halloween costume for children has sparked outrage from the perpetually outraged Muslim community. The US retailer was also criticized for selling a laxtex ‘Sheikh Fagin noses,’ and ‘Arab and Muslim terrorist’ costumes.
Independent America’s largest supermarket chain has sparked controversy with Halloween costumes including an “Israeli soldier for kids” and “sheikh Fagin nose”.
What about Muslims in Islamic supremacist costumes walking through Walmart? That’s REALLY offensive?
The Israeli soldier for kids costume, including a shirt, trousers, belt and hat, carries Hebrew writing and appears to resemble uniforms worn by Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) paratroopers and elite units. A photo showed a young boy wearing it and posing with a toy gun, while pointing at the camera.
It is being sold at the reduced price of $27.44 (£17.90) with the description: “When Halloween time rolls around, make this item part of your child’s complete ensemble.”
But reviewers were quick to voice their disapproval. “Might as well sell a Hitler outfit for children as well!” wrote one commenter, who called the costume “utterly insensitive” and gave it one star.
The comments were echoed by critics on social media, with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya news quoting pro-Palestinian Twitter users accusing Walmart of “supporting killing and occupation”.
A description of the costume on another website, Wholesale Halloween Costumes, read: “Defend your Jewish heritage proudly by wearing the Israeli Soldier Boy’s Costume! The Israeli Defense Forces have a mission to protect the land and the people of Israel from outside threats with low casualties, and to avoid waging war if at all possible.”
Walmart also sells an Israeli police officer costume for children, as well as an array of military outfits representing different US forces.
Last year, Walmart withdrew a costume labelled “Pashtun Papa” after social media users branded it “racist” and “offensive” “Represent the Middle East,” the description read. “Nothing is sacred this Halloween. Shock your friends with this Islamic costume.”
The chain was additionally being criticised for an accessory by Morris Costumes being sold on its website under the title: “Sheik Fagin Nose (sic)”. “Latex prosthetic nose perfect for an Arab Sheik,” reads the description of the item, which is also sold by several other outlets.
Full “Arab Sheikh” and “Arab Knight” costumes are also available on Walmart’s website. It is not the first time the supermarket’s Halloween outfits have provoked outrage.
In 2013, it was also one of several retailers to remove an Osama bin Laden-themed costume. The turban and beard instant costume, which is shown on a man wearing a camouflage coat, looks like Osama bin Laden. The coat is similar to one bin Laden was shown wearing during an interview.
The costume, which is advertised on the Fun World Costumes website, as the “Turban & Beard Instant Costume”, was designed to make the person wearing it look like the former al-Qai’da leader who was killed in May 2011
Walmart has not responded to The Independent’s request for a comment.
Hey, what about the scary looking Muslim bagheads who work for Walmart? I am very offended by them.