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  Publix responds to LWM inquiry
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @ 08:44:22 EST by admin

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Publix response to LWM inquiry

Wonder why your spending so much on food lately and why prices keep going up? 


March 7, 2008


Dear Lake Worth Media reader,

At Publix Super Markets, we understand that rising food prices is a major concern to you and your family. Therefore, we felt it was important to share with you our take on the situation and offer tips on how to reduce register shock.

It's being called the worse bout of food inflation since 1990. China's economic boom, coupled with the pricing of raw ingredients, packaging and fuel are causing prices to rise at the grocery store. No one factor is responsible for increases in food pricing. The commodities market, which represents the price of agriculture, products and energy have reached multi-decade highs. Short-term supply and demand is also responsible for price increases. Not to mention a failed wheat crop, shortage of soybeans that are widely used in packaged foods, and shortage of corn which is used to make high fructose corn syrup found in everything from soda to bread. Every angle is sensing all-time highs in pricing and lows in availability.

We are all feeling the crunch of the economy. The grocery industry as a whole is a penny for profit business working on a 1-2% profit margin. The rising prices of agriculture, raw ingredients, energy and transportation are all experiencing multi-decade highs. As a company, we work extremely hard to keep costs down and pass along savings to our customers whenever possible. At a certain point, we can no longer sustain all the factors and unfortunately this leads to increased prices at the grocery store. However, to assist our customers, we have several ways to stretch their dollar while shopping. For instance,

• Review the sale ads each week to find incredible savings throughout our entire store. Plan your shopping list based on these ads.
• Take advantage of our advantage buys; these are select items across our stores that are specially priced for an unspecified amount of time. We receive a price cut on these items and then pass along the savings to our customers.
• Shop our BOGOs - buy one get one free deals. You can find BOGOs throughout the store on staple items, such as cereals, condiments, juices, etc.
• Compare and save - look at value packs, as well as larger size packaging as an option.
• Become an educated shopper - learn to read shelf tags to understand the value being offered behind the product (price per oz.)
• Visit the communication center at your local Publix to find valuable coupons on favorite National brand products, as well as Publix brand products.
• Take the Publix Brand Challenge - purchase Publix private label brand products. Our specifications require Publix private brand products to meet or exceed the National brand standards at usually a 10-30% savings (depending on the product). With our Publix guarantee, never knowingly disappointing our customers, if you're not 100% satisfied with your purchase, we will cheerfully refund you the full purchase price or exchange for another product, you have nothing to lose.

Taking advantage of these tips can help savvy shoppers stretch their dollar in our stores.

As a retailer passionately focused on customer service for 78 years, trust that we continue to monitor this situation very carefully. We not only work at Publix, we shop here too. We want all of our customers to enjoy their shopping experiences.

Thank you for shopping with us.

Publix Super Markets, Inc.


 
 

 
 
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Re: Publix responds to LWM inquiry (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @ 12:32:30 EST
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At least publix had the courtesy to respond. I believe that corporations have a right to make a profit. I believe in free enterprise. HOWEVER,,, Publix just posted 4 billion in profits while thier employee stock went down 10 cents a share.4 BILLION DOLLARS.




 
 

 
 

Re: Publix responds to LWM inquiry (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 @ 15:45:08 EST
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Key Stats & Ratios

(2007) Annual

Net Profit Margin 5.10%
Operating Margin 7.09%
EBITD Margin 8.84%
Return on Average Assets 15.33%
Return on Average Equity 22.30%
Employees 68,000




 
 

 
 

Re: Publix responds to LWM inquiry (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 15:04:47 EST
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I hate cutting coupons. Is this the best I can hope for? I already eat hamburger instead of steak.




 
 

 
 

Re: Publix responds to LWM inquiry (Score: 1)
by LynnA on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 @ 07:31:42 EST
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Personal bankruptcies are up. And now we are seeing the rise in corporate bankruptcies. I couldn’t believe my eyes to read that Lillian Vernon was to file for bankruptcy. That is a mail order business that has been around for some time. Perhaps part of the problem was their cost to send all those catalogs to me throughout the year that far exceeded my yearly order of $20 or so.

Consumers use to pay 10 cents of every dollar on food and fuel according to a recent news article but now pay 20 cents per dollar for the same commodities. Are we eating less? Are we driving less? These things are necessities to life. We may not be eating out as often or we may not be eating that steak.

Costs are up on everything that we buy. The government says that the rates of inflation are 3.24 % in year 2006 and 2.85% in year 2007. Does anyone out here believe that when every time you walk into your grocery store something has gone up by $1 except sugar. Property insurance rates have blow the roof off your house, doctors and dentists are charging much, much more. Every time I see a price rise, there is NO justification to it in my mind. This problem is very complex. There is no one thing attributing to this run-away escalation in all commodities and services.

This is what prompted the idea of an interview with Publix Manager, Mitch Jeffreys, at Publix on Lake Worth Road, a store frequented by many Lake Worth residents, some of whom are poor and on fixed incomes. Mr. Jeffrey’s was not allowed to give an interview but we did get Publix’s corporate reply, article above.




 
 

 
 
 
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