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NATIONAL SUPERMARKET ASSOCIATION LEGISLATIVE ROUND TABLE

Flushing, NY, April 28, 2016

THE NATIONAL SUPERMARKET ASSOCIATION HOSTED A CITY COUNCIL ROUNDTABLE
National Supermarket Association President Rodolfo Fuertes, hosted a City Council roundtable with Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, Rory Lancman, Antonio Reynoso, Paul Vallone, and, not pictured, Eric Ulrich and Ydanis Rodriguez. About recent and future bills with direct impact on the borough’s grocery industry. The National Supermarket Association, based in Flushing, largely represents Hispanic-owned independent supermarkets in New York and major East Coast urban areas.

Its members discussed street vendors, worker retention policies, rising rents and overregulation in general at a dinner and roundtable meeting with Councilmembers Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst), Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park), Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Antonio Reynoso (D-Brooklyn, Queens) and Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan).
Thomas Grech, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, served as the moderator.
In recent terms the Council has approved an expansion of streetcart vendor permits, particularly those selling fresh produce. It has also established a 90-day job protection mandate for workers, no matter how good or bad, following the sale of a supermarket.

Today, Thursday, the Council is expected to vote on a 5-cent per bag fee on most plastic and paper shopping bags. It also is working on a bill to consolidate commercial waste collection by territory rather than by business owner’s choice.
David Corona, a past president of the NSA and former Queens’s grocery store owner, hit Council members right out of the starting gate.
“What can you do about taxes and regulations?” he asked. “What about vendor reform?” Others asked about possible limits on rent increases, and in general more consultation with grocery store owners when bills come up that affect them.
The Council members addressed all items — except for taxes. The members said they as franchise owners with family-owned stores should not be confused with large national or regional grocery chains.

“We don’t have a real estate guy in the office checking out possible new locations,” one owner said.

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NATIONAL SUPERMARKET ASSOCIATION LEADS WIC REFORM EFFORTS AT SOMOS CONFERENCE IN ALBANY

Independent Store Operators Call for Governor Cuomo to Reform WIC (see full article & more images)

Albany, New York – Hundreds of store operators, employees, and WIC recipients took part in the first-ever legislative panel focusing on WIC reforms held at this year’s 29th annual SOMOS El Futuro Conference in the State Capitol. 

The National Supermarket Association (NSA), which represents over 400 independent members in the New York metro area and Florida, has been leading the campaign so that WIC recipients do not have to travel miles for their specialty exempt baby formula. As it stands, the policy is that such formula can only be sold in supermarkets with pharmacies. In addition, the administration is attempting to reduce the number of locations where WIC cards can be used, which would create an increase burden on low-income New Yorkers.  

The panel - "The Impact of WIC Reforms on Neighborhood Stores" - was filled to capacity, even with participants standing. High-ranking elected officials were also present including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., NY Public Advocate Letitia ‘Tish’ James, State Senators Adriano Espaillat and Jose Peralta and Bronx Councilmember Ritchie Torres. Staff from Governor Cuomo’s office was also in attendance. 

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INNOVATIVE MOBILE COUPONING SERVICE IN 400 NEW YORK SUPERMARKETS


March 18, 2016

NEW TECHNOLOGY WILL REVOLUTIONIZE SHOPPING FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND CONSUMERS ALIKE; 15% OF DCOUPON PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT COMMUNITY PROGRAMS VIA NSA CARES

The National Supermarket Association (NSA), representing the interests of independent supermarkets owners in New York and other U.S. urban cities, together with Scanbuy, Inc., the global leader in mobile marketing solutions, today announced the launching of dCoupon. The innovative mobile couponing service gives manufacturers the ability to create redeemable digital coupons for a whole new audience—the 2 million NSA urban supermarket consumers.  Mobile coupons will be obtained from brands and redeemed through consumers’ mobile devices at checkout counters in neighborhood bodegas, grocery stores and supermarkets.

dCoupon is a scalable mobile coupon management and redemption service designed to enable stores and brands of any size to embrace mobile couponing like never before.  Tagged by Scanbuy as a “disruptive technology,” dCoupon was created to address the best interests of brands, retailers and consumers. 

For the first time, any brand has the opportunity to create and distribute an unlimited number of coupon campaigns, select participating retailers and personalize mobile coupons. Most importantly, dCoupon enables brands to track attribution of coupons from distribution type to acquisition and redemption—while only paying for redeemed coupons.  This fundamental shift in today’s coupon ecosystem gives brands more control over spend and greater visibility into true return on investment of advertising campaigns.

NSA supermarkets will enjoy next day clearing, cost reduction on managing brand promotions and control over managing mobile coupon campaigns. In addition, dCoupon gives supermarkets the unprecedented ability to receive proceeds from coupon redemption fees.

Consumers gain access to mobile coupon savings for neighborhood supermarkets through QR Codes, URL links or retailer loyalty cards. Most notably, their participation provides an automatic contribution to valuable social programs in urban neighborhoods via pledged donations to NSA Cares.

“This is a historic agreement that will deliver immediate savings to our customers and expand technology to help our stores grow their business, while funding charitable efforts to serve different communities through NSA cares,” said National Supermarket Association President Rudy Fuertes. “The National Supermarket Association is thrilled to team with Scanbuy and we look forward to a great and long lasting partnership.”

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