There’s a reason Meijer shoppers come back time and again. Convenience, quality, price, selection - the list goes on. Don’t believe us? Check out the many awards we’ve received recently. We think they speak for themselves.
Meijer.com Listed in STORES Magazine Favorite 50
We don’t like to brag but...the National Retail Federation STORES Magazine recently listed Meijer.com as #42 in the Magazine’s Favorite 50! What’s so special about that? The Favorite 50 online list is consumer generated. That means it’s just straight up feedback from the people we care about the most - our customers. So we’d just like to say thank you to everyone that shops at Meijer.com. It is a pleasure to serve you and an honor to be your favorite.
Progressive Grocer Recognizes Meijer as Green Grocer
Progressive Grocer recently recognized Meijer as one of 2009 Green Grocers. The company selected only 11 companies that have clearly demonstrated their ability to Go Green. We were recognized for the installation of our wind turbines at our Fred Meijer Office and two store locations (Grand Haven and Norton Shores, Michigan). Other green initiatives we were recognized for include the construction of LEED-certified stores, our plastic bag recycling program, and the continued expansion of green products sold inside the store, including reusable bags.
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The World’s Most Reputable Companies
Forbes magazine recently published its annual list of the world’s most reputable companies. Meijer was recognized on this list for the second straight year. The list is based on the latest study from the Reputation Institute, a private, New York City-based research and consulting firm. This is the largest study of Corporate Reputation in the world and synthesizes annual learning from 60,000 consumers.
Companies receive a global pulse score, which is based on what the Reputation Institute calls the seven dimensions of reputation: products and services, innovation, workplace, citizenship, governance, leadership and performance.
This year, Meijer placed #29 out of 152 companies with a global pulse score of 74.05. This was a dramatic increase in our position in last year’s (2008) study, when we placed #57 with a score of 67.38.
Internet Retailer Ranks Meijer in Top 500
For the second year in a row, Meijer has been ranked as one of the top 500 online retailers by Internet Retailer. The 2010 edition ranked Meijer 362, up 127 places in comparison to its 2009 ranking, where Meijer ranked 489. In addition, Meijer was ranked 23 in the Top 500 Food/Drug Category in 2009. Internet Retailer's definitive ranking and analysis of America’s 500 largest e-retailers is based on annual 2008 Internet sales, researched by Internet Retailer and confirmed by Retailers. This report includes company financial, operational and performance data, as well as vendors in key categories.
About Internet Retailer: Published by Chicago-based Vertical Web Media LLC, Internet Retailer is a monthly national business magazine that is at the core of an e-commerce conference and four directories that serve the retailing community. The Internet Retailer family of products focuses on the Internet's vital role in a wide array of retailing activities, including web merchandising, supply chain management and multichannel integration. Its 42,500 subscribers are senior executives primarily from retail chains, independent stores, catalogs, virtual merchants and brand name manufacturers. Internet Retailer’s circulation represents the largest multichannel readership base of any retailing magazine. The magazine also publishes the most widely read e-mail newsletter n retailing, IRNewsLink, which is distributed four times a week to 30,000+ opt-in subscribers, operates the largest retailing information website, Internet Retailer.com, sponsors the largest conference in the e-retailing industry and publishes an annual ranking of the 500 largest web sites.
A Widget Comes Up Big
Grocery and general merchandise products retail chain Meijer Inc. has been selling products online for only about one year, but Meijer.com is breaking new ground with widget technology.
The Meijer MealBox widget was designed to help grocery shoppers plan meals by creating shopping lists that automatically populate with electronic coupons. Web shoppers then print the lists and coupons before heading to one of Meijer’s 185 stores in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky.
The widget is a tiny application that showcases information and performs narrowly focused tasks-can be copied from Meijer.com for placement on a personalized iGoogle page, a consumer’s page on a social network site, or a shopper’s own blog or web page. “The MealBox gives consumers a convenient place to plan meals for the week and make a shopping list, and ways to save money with coupons and sale prices,” says Dawn Bronkema, director of e-commerce marketing.
In addition to saving shoppers money on their grocery bills, the technology has cut Meijer’s marketing costs. “We publish a lot of information in circulars,” Bronkema says. “This is a new way to put that out to consumers, and we’re all looking for ways to cut costs. Printing circulars is expensive.”
The MealBox is a novel tool that gives Meijer a leg up on its competition, says Judy Foster, executive creative director at Grand River Interactive, an e-commerce design and software development company. “The MealBox tool is a global feature,” she says. “With the holidays coming, it’s a great way to help people set up shopping lists.” As a unique feature, Foster recommends placing the MealBox higher on the Meijer.com home page.
Consumers seem to like the widget. Within the first few days of the MealBox feature going live in May, consumers downloaded about 1,500 widgets, and about 70,000 coupons were printed off the widgets and redeemed in Meijer stores in the first few weeks, Bronkema says. And in the first week of October there were about 41,000 visits to the MealBox by subscribers. By then, 6,100 widgets had been installed.
Meijer Wins "Whole Health Enterprise Award” from Supermarket News
Grocer Selected for Its Comprehensive Approach to Health and WellnessRead Supermarket News Article (PDF)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - January 2, 2008 - Citing Meijer’s sensible approach to wellness, its innovative product offerings and its numerous Healthy Living programs, the trade magazine Supermarket News has selected the Midwest grocer as the 2007 winner of its Whole Health Enterprise Award.
Chosen for its comprehensive approach to health and wellness, Meijer was commended for its numerous initiatives that touch multiple departments. In a recent cover story on Meijer’s selection as the Whole Health Enterprise Award winner, the magazine said that “(C)onsumers can visit a single store for a dedicated section of gluten-free products, convenient and healthful recipe ideas, free antibiotics and a yoga mat - and still walk out with change in their pockets.”
As an example of Meijer’s bold steps in providing opportunities for a healthier life, the magazine singled out the grocer’s new line of own-brand organic foods, its creation of a Healthy Living program, its free antibiotics program, and its regular health screenings for customers.
“Meijer has surpassed both its immediate competitor - Wal-Mart - and even conventional supermarkets with a comprehensive approach to health and wellness that still is affordable to consumers who need help and support,” the Supermarket News article stated.
“We’re obviously thrilled to have been selected for this award, as it recognizes our ongoing efforts to assist our friends, neighbors and families to lead a healthier life,” said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of Meijer. “As I’ve said before: Healthy living doesn’t have to be more expensive living. That is something in which we strongly believe.”
Early last year, Meijer launched its own line of organic foods, called Meijer Organics, which now comprise nearly 200 items, and the grocer’s perishables section has been lauded recently for its innovation and selection.
Furthermore, everything from promoting locally-grown produce to emphasizing wellness education throughout the aisles is what sets Meijer apart from its competitors, the magazine said.
Helping to tie all this together are the regular Healthy Living demonstrations, lectures and events that bring in other departments from within the store to promote a complete wellness picture. Supermarket News reported that on any given day, shoppers may see the following: “In produce, a chef might be grilling vegetables; in pharmacy there are health screenings; while a member of a local cycling team is providing biking tips in the sporting goods section.”
“We keep coming back to the customer - the family - and what we can do to help that family,” said Mark Murray, president of Meijer. “How can we help that family? That’s what we keep coming back to.”