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dunnhumby has released a special edition of its Retailer Preference Index (RPI), looking at which grocers are best serving their customers in a faltering economy, and concluded that the top five are Market Basket, Aldi, WinCo, Grocery Outlet and Save A Lot.

Rounding out the top 10:  Lidl, Dollar General, Food4LessFoodsCo, Family Dollar, and Military Commissaries.

Two other key observations:

•  "While Amazon is better positioned than any retailer for long-term success in grocery, their value proposition for inflationary times is no better than the average grocer. As a result, Amazon dropped out of the first quartile as their web traffic declined -6.5% so far this year."

•  "Inflationary times are a big headwind for premium specialty retailers (such as Sprouts, Wegmans, and The Fresh Market) and for regional grocers with a quality-first position (i.e., Publix and Harris Teeter). These retailers are not well positioned for inflationary times since they currently are too far behind most of the market in save me money perceptions. These retailers are also behind the market in year-over-year visit growth during 2022."