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(For release 12/5/2016)

County Market Launches Online Shopping with Pick Up and Delivery in Quincy

 

In 1917, Niemann Foods opened their first grocery store in Quincy. Now, 99 years later, they’re opening their first virtual grocery store in Quincy. Niemann Foods, Inc.-owned (NFI) County Market has partnered with Rosie, the industry’s leading provider of online and mobile shopping applications, to offer an innovative online shopping experience. Available now, County Market Click & Go service features in-store pickup and home delivery in Quincy.

The local County Market stores are powering their online shopping through Rosie, based in Ithaca, NY.  Available via the web and mobile app, shoppers can quickly and easily shop online and orders will be prepared by trained employees. Online shoppers will have access to all products carried by County Market including fresh produce, fresh bakery and deli items, fresh cut meats, and organic products.

“This next step in our eCommerce experience brings the service to thousands of people so they’re able to shop when they want, where they want,” said Nathaniel Jones, Electronic Marketing Manager for Niemann Foods, Inc. “Whether it’s a busy parent trying to balance work-life and still find time for grocery shopping or a senior who has trouble getting out of the home, we want to serve the people in our communities and give them new opportunities to get the best food at the best price.”

The online shopping experience will give Quincy customers the opportunity to do a lot more than just order their groceries online. They can create shopping lists, place repeat orders with one click, and even add notes about particular products the shopper selects. For individuals and businesses alike, the service is useful for catering large-scaled events or simply stocking up on needed items for the home.

“Online/Mobile shopping is transforming our industry in historic ways, allowing independent retailers to re-imagine guest experiences, fresh and ready, and trade areas,” said Nick Nickitas, Rosie President and CEO. “This alliance with County Market will build on our momentum in bringing these innovations to guests, and leverages Niemann Foods’ leadership in merchandising, marketing, and operations. County Market guests now have fast easy access to fresh local foods on their laptop, phone and tablets.”

How County Market Click & Go Works

Trained store employees hand-select each online order, using a robust order fulfillment system developed by Rosie that includes quality control checks and automated customer notifications. Customers can specify their preferences for any item they order, and each purchase is backed by a 100% happiness guarantee. Same day orders are available if placed at least four hours ahead of time. All major credit and debit cards are accepted. PayPal, EBT, and other payment methods will soon be added.

Customers can enjoy Click & Go via iOS and Android apps, or shop via the website. People living out of town who wish to shop for family and friends in the Quincy area can also use this service. Rosie offers a gifting feature that enables users to purchase groceries on behalf of someone else.

Shoppers will notice that not all prices are the same online as in-store. All sale items and advertised discounts however, are always reflected online. For more information, click here.

About Rosie

The industry leading online grocery shopping platform for mobile and web, Rosie launched in July 2013 and today enables customers to shop online from their favorite local stores for same-day delivery or in-store pickup. Rosie partners with leading local retailers and their wholesalers to provide e-commerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. Like us at fb.com/rosieapp. Follow us on twitter.com/rosieapp.

For release (7/1/2016)

Niemann Foods, Inc. Supermarkets Switching to 100% Cage-Free Eggs

Animal Welfare Initiative Supported by Industry, Consumers Alike


Niemann Foods, Inc. (NFI) is proud to announce that it will transition 100% of the eggs sold across its supermarkets to cage-free—a goal the company plans on reaching by 2025 or sooner.

NFI operates more than 40 County Market supermarkets in the Midwest.

The company’s cage-free conversion is supported by customer demand, as well as the rest of the grocery industry and major egg producers themselves.

“Customers want animals in the food supply chain to be treated better, and converting to cage-free eggs is one way for us to keep up with that demand,” said Gerry Kettler, Niemann Foods, Inc. Director of Consumer Affairs. “We’re proud to take on this initiative and support a cage-free future for American egg production.”

The Humane Society of the United States applauded Niemann Foods for its commitment.

“Going cage-free is better for animals and supported by American consumers everywhere,” said Matthew Prescott, senior food policy director for The Humane Society of the U.S. “We applaud Niemann Foods, Inc. for announcing plans to eliminate cages from its egg supply.”

About Niemann Foods:

Niemann Foods, founded in 1917, headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, is an associate owned company providing employment to over 5,000 associates, in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana.  NFI operates over 100 retail locations including: County Market supermarkets, ValuCheck and Save-A-Lot grocery stores, Haymakers, Harvest Market, County Market Express & Pick a Dilly convenience stores, Pet Supplies Plus and Ace Hardware stores.

For release 7/16/16

Niemann Foods Expands Online Shopping with Rosie

Two new locations to offer eCommerce; Delivery now available at select stores

Saving time and buying local groceries is about to get easier for people across Illinois. Niemann Foods, Inc.-owned (NFI) County Market has expanded its partnership with Rosie, a leader in grocery eCommerce technology and services, to offer online grocery shopping at its two locations in Quincy. County Market’s Click & Go service is expected to launch in Quincy this fall. The retailer is also adding delivery services to all eCommerce locations, including those in Charleston and Mattoon.

Online shopping at the local County Market stores will be powered by Rosie. Available on the web and via mobile app, online shoppers can select any product carried in store and have their orders prepared by specially trained employees. Online shoppers can customize their requests for fresh produce, sliced deli, delivery preferences, and more.

“This next step in our eCommerce experience brings the service to thousands of people so they’re able to shop when they want, where they want,” said Nathaniel Jones, Electronic Marketing Manager for Niemann Foods, Inc. “Whether it’s a busy parent trying to balance work-life and still find time for grocery shopping or a senior who has trouble getting out of the home, we want to serve the people in our communities and give them new opportunities to get the best food at the best price.”

The online shopping experience will give County Market customers the opportunity to do a lot more than just order groceries online. They can create shopping lists, place repeat orders with one click, and even add notes about particular products the shopper selects. For individuals and businesses alike, the service is useful for catering large-scale events or simply stocking up on needed items for the home.

“The expansion of Click & Go is a direct demonstration of the forward thinking approach of Niemann Foods, whose leadership in the grocery industry is continually demonstrated by their willingness to think and act outside of the box. Rosie and Niemann Foods are transforming the way people shop for fast, easy access to fresh, local foods and we’re delighted to work together to grow the online shopping program at County Market,“ said Nick Nickitas, CEO of Rosie.

How County Market Click & Go Works

Trained store employees hand-select items in each online order. Customers specify their preferences for individual products, choosing the day and time they’d like to pick up their orders or when they would like them delivered. Same day orders are available when placed at least four hours ahead of time. All major credit and debit cards are accepted and PayPal, EBT, and other payment methods will soon be added.
People living out of town who wish to shop for family and friends in the Charleston and Mattoon areas can also use this service. Rosie offers a gifting feature that enables users to purchase groceries on behalf of someone else. This capability is particularly beneficial for parents of college students, family and friends of the mobility impaired, and loved ones of the elderly.


Shoppers will notice that all in-store discounts and sale prices are available when you shop online, while other item prices may vary. For more information, click here.

For release: 5/26/16

Quincy Gems Install Cutting Edge Technology to Revolutionize Fan Experience

Partnering with local grocery store to deliver exclusive ballpark deals and services

Imagine going to see a baseball game this summer and before you take your seat in the bleachers, your phone buzzes with an alert…you’ve been chosen to upgrade to box seats! A few minutes later as you’re waiting in line at the concession stand, you get another notification on your phone…there’s a free popsicle waiting for you when you place your order!

The Quincy Gems and County Market are teaming up this summer to deliver the baseball fan experience of the future. They’re using beacon technology in Q Stadium and the myCountyMarket mobile app, powered by Birdzi, to revolutionize how spectators enjoy the game. In a Gems season that will be full of changes, this marks a huge step forward in real-time interaction at the ballpark.

“We want to give fans something they’ve never seen before,” said Deron Johnson, Assistant General Manager of the Quincy Gems. “Whether they’ve been Gems fans for 20 years or 20 minutes, this is something that will definitely generate excitement around our team and our ballpark.”

The myCountyMarket app, powered by Birdzi, utilizes beacon technology to give customers personalized, location specific offers on their phones while they the shop the grocery store. Now, that same app can be used at the ballpark to get exclusive Gems deals, enter contests and sweepstakes, connect with the team and find insider info on this exciting season to come. Bluetooth beacons have been installed in various locations throughout Q Stadium. This allows users of the myCountyMarket app to receive Gems specific coupons and notifications on their phones depending on where they’re at in the ballpark. Discounts on everything from food and drinks to Gems apparel, even seat upgrades will be featured in the app.

“This, technologically, puts the Gems on the same playing field as Major League Baseball, which is one of the first groups to experiment with beacons,” said Nathaniel Jones, Electronic Marketing Manager for County Market, who installed beacons in their Quincy stores last summer. “And because the Gems are so engrained in this community, the connection with the fans will be really special to see.”  

After downloading the myCountyMarket app and entering Q Stadium with their phone’s Bluetooth turned on, Gems fans will also have access to unique content on the home screen. With links to player profiles, upcoming schedules and events, league standings and advanced ticket ordering, the app is a new must-have for any Gems fan.

The myCountyMarket app is free and available for Android and Apple devices. 

For Release:  11/17/15

Niemann Foods, Inc. Purchases ACE Hardware in Petersburg

Robert Anderson, President, Petersburg Hardware Company (ACE), and Rich Niemann Jr., President & CEO Niemann Foods Inc., jointly announce the signing of a purchase agreement where NFI will acquire Petersburg Ace Hardware, owned by Robert & Wanda Anderson. The store is located at 322 E. Sangamon in Petersburg, Illinois.

Following a due diligence period, the transfer of ownership is expected on or before January 1st.   "After 25 years of operating our store and serving the community we feel the time is right to make the sale,” said Anderson. “We are very proud of all our associates and the relationships they have built in the community. We're confident that Niemann Foods will provide our customers a great shopping experience, our associate's stability and growth opportunities, and our community a modern and updated store.”

The store will remain open and will continue to operate as Petersburg Ace Hardware during the entire transition. “We are pleased to build on Petersburg Ace Hardware's tradition of quality products and great customer service,” says Rich Niemann.

Niemann Foods, Inc., founded in 1917, headquarter in Quincy, IL, is an associate owned company providing employment to over 5,000 associates in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and Indiana.  NFI currently operates 8 ACE Hardware stores in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.  They have over 100 retail locations including County Markets and Save-A-Lots.

 

For immediate release (11/3/2015)

Niemann Foods, Inc. Purchases Covington Foods' County Market Stores 

Gary Peacock, President, Covington Foods, Inc., and Rich Niemann Jr., President & CEO Niemann Foods Inc., an associate owned company, jointly announce the signing of a purchase agreement in which NFI will acquire the six County Market stores owned by Covington Foods. The stores are located in Crawfordsville, Covington and Attica in Indiana & Danville and Tilton in Illinois.

Following a due diligence period, the transfer of ownership is expected on or before January 7, 2016.  

"After 56 years of operating our stores and serving the communities, we feel the time is right to make the sale. I am very proud of all our associates and the relationships they have built in the communities,” said Gary Peacock.  “I’ve known Rich and his family for over 20 years and I am confident that Niemann Foods will provide our customers a great shopping experience, our associate’s stability and growth opportunities, and our community’s modern and updated stores. NFI is a successful company and is held in the highest regard in the industry. These stores will have a very bright future.”

NFI plans to meet with the Covington, Inc.  associates this week to discuss the change in ownership. The stores will remain open and will continue to operate as County Markets during the entire transition. "We are excited to expand our presence in Illinois and enter Indiana,” says Rich Niemann. “Gary and his team have been great to work with.  We are pleased to build on the Covington Foods, Inc. tradition of quality products and great customer service.”

Niemann Foods, founded in 1917, headquartered in Quincy, Illinois, is an associate owned company providing employment to over 5,000 associates, in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa and soon Indiana!  NFI operates over 100 retail locations including: County Market supermarkets, Save-A-Lot grocery stores, Harvest Market, County Market Express & Pick a Dilly convenience stores, Pet Supplies Plus and Ace Hardware stores.


(For release 7/22/2015)

County Market Launches Revolutionary New Smartphone App in Local Stores

 

The wave of the future is in a grocery aisle near you. Quincy-based Niemann Foods, Inc. (NFI) is launching a revolutionary smartphone app that offers a unique experience for every shopper at its local County Market grocery stores. Personalized offers, location specific coupons, in-store maps, sharable shopping lists…it’s not just an app, but an entirely new way to shop for groceries!

The driver behind this unique experience is the myCountyMarket app, which utilizes iBeacon technology to enhance customer engagement in the store. The iBeacons are about the size of a quarter, installed in various locations around the store and work using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). When customers first register the app, they opt-in to the location based services. Niemann Foods is the first independent supermarket chain in the nation to use iBeacon technology in all of its stores.

“The iBeacon technology gives us the opportunity to deliver relevant offers in real-time to our customers,” Nathaniel Jones, Electronic Marketing Manager at NFI explained. “The shopper can visit the bakery and within seconds, get an offer for a dollar off cookies. Head to the dairy aisle and you get a message to save on coffee creamer.”

 The myCountyMarket app also features an in-store map so you can easily locate products in the store. You can create and share shopping lists with your friends and sort your shopping lists by aisle, allowing you to map out your grocery trip, saving you valuable time in the store. If you add your Max Card number to your app profile, you’ll receive a personalized ad flyer every week, showing you the top items on sale specific to your shopping needs.   And with your smartphone’s camera, you can check if an item is on sale just by scanning the barcode…even while you’re at home!

NFI has been piloting the app in the Springfield, Illinois area for the past year. And now, the app is live in all County Market locations.

The myCountyMarket app is available for both Android and Apple devices.