Amazon Prime shoppers who order grocery deliveries from Whole Foods Markets in five US cities will pay a $9.95 service fee starting Aug. 30. The retailer said the fees imposed in Boston, Chicago, Manchester, N.H.; Portland, Maine; and Providence, R.I., are being tested as a way to cover higher operating costs without raising food prices.
Target, CVS and Walmart will begin testing sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic bags, with the goal to eventually roll out winning solutions to stores and delivery platforms. The pilot program is part of the Consortium to Reinvent the Retail Bag, managed by Closed Loop Partners, which began last summer and has received a $15 million collective commitment from the three retailers.
Revised guidance from the CDC that encourages wearing face masks indoors, even for people who have been fully vaccinated, has prompted Kroger, Publix, Target and Walmart to reinstate mask policies for employees and customers in many areas. The CDC's newest recommendations comes in response to the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus.
A new Gallup Poll reveals many US consumers believe the COVID-19 situation is getting worse and are planning to cut down on some outside-the-home activities, which could mean fewer trips to the supermarket. The latest survey says just 40% of those who responded felt the pandemic was getting better, a sharp drop from the 89% who felt that way in June, although overall concerns about getting the virus were still well below the levels recorded before vaccines were introduced.
With reports showing that families will spend close to $60 more on back-to-school shopping supplies this year, Meijer has added 1,800 items to its stores to meet the anticipated demand and has expanded its 15% discount for teachers to include children's clothes and office furniture. Meijer's May Graceffa said the hot-ticket items for students include better backpacks, bright colors in staples such as notebooks and pencils and eco-friendly lunchboxes.
A survey from Afresh Technologies shows 63% of consumers who responded would take the food waste reduction efforts of a grocer into account when deciding where to shop. The report also revealed those shoppers would recommend a grocer based on its food waste policies, which Afresh CEO Matt Schwartz says indicates that "consumers support stores that value sustainability and are taking positive actions to address the food waste issue."
Hy-Vee is now offering supplemental insurance plans for Medicare beneficiaries as part of the Hy-Vee Medicare Aisle initiative, which was launched by the grocer's banking, insurance and investments subsidiary. The service will roll out as a digital component on Oct. 1, and Hy-Vee CEO and President Randy Edeker said the effort "is an extension of that commitment as we continue to work toward making our customers' lives easier."
As the pandemic persists, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon says the retailer will mandate that its management and corporate employees get the COVID-19 vaccine by Oct. 4, joining a number of other large employers, including Disney, in requiring vaccinations. McMillon also said Walmart would require masks for in-store staffers in regions that are seeing a spike in cases and will double the vaccine incentive for front-line team members from $75 to $150.
Three plant-based coffee creamers and four new treat flavors will be Target's latest new private label products. The retailer's Good & Gather line will get almond milk and oat milk creamer alternatives, while its Favorite Day brand will roll out four additional offerings that include cinnamon churro bite-sized cookies and pretzel clusters dipped in chocolate.
Coregeo, the master licensor for Pink Lady apples in the UK, has spent decades marketing the fruit, which now tops the list of favorite fresh produce brands in the UK. The company's strategy focused on delivering quality fruit year-round and crafting a clear vision of the brand that meets the needs of consumers, Coregeo's Public Relations and Social Manager Kyla Flynn said.
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