For the second consecutive year, The Fresh Market will mark Women's History Month by spotlighting products from businesses owned and run by women, using in-store signage and social media posts to showcase more than 100 items. The grocer will also celebrate International Women's Day on March 8 with free cupcakes for female shoppers.
The technology behind the Amazon Go experience, which allows shoppers to pay automatically with no checkout process, has been rated "excellent" by more than half of the customers who have tried it and another 35% ranking the overall experience as "good," says a new survey from Piplsay. Amazon Go, launched last year in Seattle, uses special software along with sensors and cameras to tally purchases as people shop.
Pressure doesn't create results as effectively as helping employees learn and connect on their own terms, writes Susan Fowler. "You're more likely to get the results you need when you focus on the needs of the people delivering the results," she writes.
Subscription services surged along with online shopping last year, and food and beverage subscriptions grew 25%, according to data from Ordergroove. The craving for convenience and safer ways to order everything from produce and grocery staples to meal kits and prepared meals have spurred growth during the pandemic, and industry insiders say the trend is likely to last even when the crisis is behind us.
Deborah Woodcock, manager of the Save Mart banner FoodMaxx store in Yuba City, Calif., has been given the company's 2020 Nicholas J. Tocco Outstanding Store Manager of the Year Award, an honor that comes with a glass trophy and $20,000 to be used toward a new vehicle. The grocer also recognized two runners-up and introduced its Standing Tall Award by singling out six store managers for their stellar performance during the pandemic.
A desire to eat healthier foods, spurred by the ongoing pandemic, helped drive the soaring popularity of seafood in 2020, with FMI's Power of Seafood 2021 report revealing that more than a third of shoppers were eating seafood at least twice a week. "The call to action among grocers is to focus on seafood nutrition, cooking guidance, meal ideas, and sustainability both in-store and online as ways to maintain shopper interest in seafood," said FMI's Rick Stein.
H.E. Butt Grocery will support local food banks in Texas with a $1 million donation and partner with suppliers to provide additional aid as the state recovers from a devastating winter storm. H-E-B, which also grappled with power outages and supply shortages, has already given food banks $100,000 and 23 trucks filled with the grocer's Meal Simple meals.
A $2 million donation from Meijer has helped the Cleveland Clinic Children's health care program buy a mobile unit that will offer services directly to students in northeastern Ohio schools. The mobile clinic is equipped with everything needed to provide primary care to children, many of whom could not afford it otherwise.
Anheuser-Busch InBev's said its launch last year of Bud Light Seltzer, its first hard seltzer, helped offset sagging sales of Budweiser amid the pandemic and has prompted the company to roll out more flavors and the new Michelob Ultra Hard Seltzer. The world's largest brewing company said it is prioritizing its hard seltzer range as those brands posted a growth rate twice that of the industry in 2020.
St. Helena, Calif.-based Duckhorn Wine Co., founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976 and owned by private equity group TSG Consumer Partners since 2016, is planning an initial public offering of $100 million just weeks after Vintage Wine Estates announced it would go public. International Wine Associates President Robert Nicholson said he anticipates a period of more M&A activity by wineries given that "it is very difficult to organically grow your wine business in today's market."
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