McDonald's has teamed with celebrity couple John Legend and Chrissy Teigen on a social media challenge to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Through the end of the year, the chain will contribute $100 for each supportive social media post tagged with #HereForRMHC as part of a pledge to donate $100 million to the charity over the next five years.
As online demand continues to grow, Walmart is turning to its brick-and-mortar stores to help ease the strain on its fulfillment centers. The retailer, which has 2,800 sites offering delivery services, is now routing some online orders to be filled at and delivered from those stores in an effort to avoid delays.
Building on its partnership with Ocado, Kroger will deploy technology and software to enhance its in-store pickup order fulfillment capabilities, and the grocer also plans to build a new 200,000-square-foot customer fulfillment center. The location of the new center hasn't been announced yet, but it will join two other sites being built by Kroger and Ocado in Ohio and Florida, both of which are set to open in 2021.
Albertsons is rolling out a contactless body temperature check and a digital health screening questionnaire to all of its stores as another way to stop the spread of COVID-19 among employees and vendors. The technology helps those conducting health screenings avoid potential exposure and provides "an effective, scalable solution" for added safety, said Chief Operating Officer Susan Morris.
Perceived health benefits and interest in trying something new helped drive growth in plant-based dairy sales during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Spins data, with Mintel research finding roughly 40% of US households purchase these products on a regular basis. "I think it aligns to a lot of the diet tribes that we see, whether it's a plant-based diet or a vegan diet," said Spins retail reporting manager Jeff Crumpton, who anticipates the interest will extend post-pandemic.
About 1,000 New York City school meal sites this week are distributing to families free Thanksgiving meals that include turkey, sides and dessert. The effort is aimed at helping to curb food insecurity and ensure families have access to food over the holiday.
J.M. Smucker is increasing production and prioritizing high-demand items in response to a boost in orders, said CEO Mark Smucker. The company has also raised its 2021 fiscal year sales forecast after posting strong second-quarter gains in e-commerce and US retail foods and coffee.
Procter & Gamble's Gold Series from Pantene and Royal Oils by Head & Shoulders brands are teaming with CVS to issue $200,000 in scholarships to Black women pursuing STEM degrees at historically Black colleges and universities. The Rooted in Science scholarships will "help further diversify the field and pave the way for future generations," said Lela Coffey, P&G vice president of multicultural hair care.
Oxygenated water brand Oxigen has raised $15 million in a funding round and recruited Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and professional golfer Michelle Wie West to serve as brand ambassadors. The company will use the cash infusion to expand national distribution and increase marketing, said founder and CEO Blair Bentham.
Retail sales of fresh produce grew 7.5% in October from the same month last year, according to a report from the Produce Marketing Association, 210 Analytics and IRI. Sales stayed strong amid the rise in COVID-19 cases as consumers stuck close to home, and several categories including berries, lemons, tomatoes and potatoes gained market share.
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