The ongoing pandemic and the online traffic it is driving have become a major focus for retailers now hiring for the 2020 holiday rush. Walmart -- which has announced plans to add 20,000 new employees this season -- and Target say many of the additional workers will be deployed to expand contactless customer service options and boost staffing at distribution and fulfillment centers.
BJ's Wholesale Club is planning to open its first two stores in the Pittsburgh area, with one site southwest of the city and another just north of downtown, according to published reports. Although the retailer did not confirm the expansion, BJ's CEO Lee Delaney told investors at a recent conference that the company's 2021 plans included "one whole new market with a couple of stores in it."
Like many grocers, Barons Market had to shut down its popular salad bars when the pandemic began. Now, Barons is debuting a replacement with seven premade salads, priced at $5.99 or $6.99, featuring choices such as balsamic beet salad and antipasto.
Giant pumpkins weighing a ton or more are staples at fall fairs in normal years, but this year growers are having to get creative to show off the massive gourds they've grown this year. The Vermont Giant Pumpkin Growers held a scaled-down weigh off last weekend, with 22 growers who typically spend 100 hours or more nurturing a single pumpkin plant.
Romaine lettuce has been linked to E. coli outbreaks in each of the past three years. The leafy green's texture and the fact that it's typically eaten raw make it vulnerable to contamination by the bacteria that lives in the intestines of ruminant livestock and gets onto the lettuce via contaminated irrigation water.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is expected to sign a bill that will permanently legalize to-go cocktails at restaurants and bars and allow alcohol deliveries from third parties, such as DoorDash. Once signed, Ohio would be only the second state to make a pandemic-related cocktail to-go measure permanent.
Colorful, flavorful entree bowls are a delicious trend. Chef Rebecca Peizer from The Culinary Institute of America shows us how to make a Moroccan grape and grilled chicken bowl with preserved lemon and green grape vinaigrette. The grapes in this recipe make a cooling, crisp and bright contrast to the spicy Moroccan flavors. Watch this and many more grape recipe demos here!
Ferrara Candy's plan for cookie and candy brand mashups made No. 1 on this week's Top 10, followed by the rebranding of Uncle Ben's to Ben's Original. Revived cereal recipes from General Mills and Wegmans' commitment to operating large destination stores also caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week.
A universal digital coupon in development could soon replace legacy coupons based on barcodes. The Coupon Bureau, a nonprofit, industry-managed coupon data exchange technology platform that works with FMI and other groups, is creating an option for paper, mobile or online coupons using a centralized database of offers.
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