America’s top supermarket chains are busy competing with each other and with non-traditional food retailers such as farmers’ markets, online outlets and even dollar stores to claim the loyalty of everyday grocery shoppers.
They are adding new locations at a rapid rate and experimenting with new formats and private brands to defend their place in an increasingly complex and competitive market. So, which supermarket is America’s favorite?
Using company ratings from the Temkin Group, The Fiscal Times created its own ranking of America’s favorite U.S. supermarkets among the 24 largest chains.
TFT’s ranking uses Temkin Group’s experience, customer service, trust and forgiveness ratings for 2016. Temkin asked consumers to rate the success, effort and emotions associated with their experiences at each supermarket. The customer service ratings asked consumers to rate how satisfied they were with the service at each store. The forgiveness ratings asked consumers how likely they would be to forgive a company after it made a mistake. And the trust ratings asked consumers to measure how much they trust each store.
After analyzing the data, with greater weight placed on the experience and customer service ratings, one supermarket stood out above the others: Publix. The Florida-based chain has over 1,000 stores throughout the Southeast. At the other end of the spectrum, Walmart stood out for its low ratings from consumers. It seems that the mega-retailer has some work to do when it comes to customer satisfaction.
Moving into a college dorm used to mean downsizing into a cramped shoebox with at least one roommate and barely enough space for your desk and bed.
In many colleges today, however, teenagers are moving from their parents’ houses into luxurious digs that resemble high-end hotels. Of course, students and their parents are paying for that luxury — room and board at a public four year colleges now costs about $10,000 a year, according to the College Board.
Indulgent dorm rooms are just the latest tool used by colleges competing for students. High-income students, who are more likely to pay full freight at school, are the most highly desired and they’re also more likely to live in the dorms, so colleges are investing. The average new residence hall last year cost $39.3 million, or around $85,000 per bed, according to a 2015 Living on Campus report by College Planning & Management.
Buying a television these days is a lot more than looking for the right size. There are pixel counts, screen curves and a thicket of acronyms to consider, and the options can be overwhelming.
Fortunately, Consumer Reports has done much of the digging for you and has come up with most important factors to consider when buying a television.
Health care has become so expensive in the United States that a growing number of Americans (and their employers) are finding it more cost efficient to fly across the globe for certain medical procedures. The savings are so great — and the quality high enough — that a handful of American insurance companies are now encouraging the practice and covering the travel and treatment costs.
“Medical tourism” was valued at about $439 billion last year in a new report by Visa and Oxford Economics, which projected that it could grow 25 percent a year over the next decade. This year, an estimated 1.4 million Americans will leave the country for a medical procedure, according to Patients Beyond Borders.
In addition to traveling in order to save money, some medical tourists plan trips because they want to have a treatment that’s not approved in the United States or because they’ll have a shorter wait by going abroad.
If you’re considering joining them, here’s what you need to know: