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Industry: Retail - Defensive » Grocery Stores
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Traded in other countries:VLGEA.USA
Village Super Market, Inc., was founded in 1937. The Company operates a chain of twenty-nine ShopRite supermarkets, eighteen of which are located in northern New Jersey, eight in southern New Jersey, two in Maryland and one in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Company is a member of Wakefern Food Corporation ('Wakefern'), the nation's largest retailer-owned food cooperative and owner of the ShopRite name. This relationship provides the Company economies of scale in purchasing, distribution, private label products, advanced retail technology and advertising associated with chains of greater size and geographic coverage. The Company seeks to generate high sales volume by offering high quality products at consistently low prices. These larger store sizes enable the Company's superstores to provide a 'one-stop' shopping experience and to feature expanded higher margin specialty departments such as home meal replacement, an on-site bakery, an expanded delicatessen including prepared foods, a variety of natural and organic foods, ethnic and international foods and a fresh seafood section. Superstores also offer an expanded selection of non-food items such as cut flowers, health and beauty aids, greeting cards, small appliances, photo processing and a pharmacy. Wakefern, which was organized in 1946, is the nation's largest retailer-owned food cooperative. The main benefits to the Company from its relationship with Wakefern are the use of the ShopRite name and trademark, volume purchasing, ShopRite private label products, distribution and warehousing economies of scale, ShopRite advertising and promotional programs, including the ShopRite Price Plus card and a co-branded credit card, and the development of advanced retail technology. In addition, Wakefern and its affiliates provide the Company with other services including liability and property insurance, supplies, equipment purchasing, coupon processing, certain financial accounting applications, and retail technology support. Wakefern operates warehouses and distribution facilities in Elizabeth, Keasbey, Dayton, Edison and Jamesburg, New Jersey and Gouldsboro and Breinigsville, Pennsylvania. The Company considers automation and information technology important to its operations and competitive position. The Company utilizes a computer generated ordering system, which is designed to reduce inventory levels and out of stock conditions, enhance shelf space utilization, and reduce labor costs. The Company utilizes a direct store delivery system, consisting of personal computers and advanced hand held scanners, for product not purchased through Wakefern to provide equivalent cost and retail price control over these products. The Company seeks to design its stores to use energy efficiently, including recycling waste heat generated by refrigeration equipment for heating and other purposes. Its stores utilize computerized energy management systems. The Company competes directly with multiple ret

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