Dick's Sporting Goods will open 11 new stores in nine states this month under its namesake, combination Dick's and Golf Galaxy, Dick's Sporting Goods Warehouse Sale and Overtime by Dick's Sporting Goods banners, giving the retailer 839 stores in 47 states. Dick's will add about 300 full-time, part-time and temporary staffers to its payroll with the new store openings.
Adidas reported a loss for the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic caused massive store closures, but the athletic brand saw e-commerce sales grow 93% during the quarter and said revenues should recover in the third quarter. "We are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel," CEO Kasper Rorsted said.
Kroger's QFC banner is testing mobile contactless payment methods that would allow shoppers to check out using Google Pay, Apple Pay and other banking or payment apps. The near-field communication program is being piloted at 61 Kroger stores in Portland, Ore., and in Washington's Puget Sound area, and could add to the grocer's current Kroger Pay and Scan, Bag, Go contactless payment options.
Target, Wegmans and Publix have been named to Fortune's 2020 "Best Workplaces for Millennials" list, with Target making its debut appearance on the list at No. 10, Wegmans landing at No. 28 and Publix at No. 69. The annual list, a collaboration between Fortune and Great Place to Work, is based on feedback from about 4.9 million workers.
More than half of American shoppers say they will stock up on groceries if there is another pandemic-related shutdown, new research from Acosta shows. The data, collected by online surveys in mid-July, reveals "most shoppers believe we're headed for another shutdown and plan to respond accordingly, so retailers should be prepared for a new surge in stocking up," said Acosta CEO Darian Pickett.
Tech writer Patrick Hearn outlines the pros and cons of three smart assistant platforms: Amazon's Alexa, Google's Assistant and Apple's HomeKit. The areas examined include product support, user friendliness and complexity of installation.
Consumer interest in recipe-filled magazines and TV shows has skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. Housewares sales also have risen, as "[p]eople are realizing what they have isn't that great and are ready to invest," said store manager Jodi West of In the Kitchen in Pittsburgh.
Home cooks can tap Nutrition.gov's new recipe page for ideas on healthy, tasty meals. It offers options for finding or exploring recipes, ideas for seasonal foods and kid-approved meals, among other things.
Plans by Ferrero to use a new logo and package for its Crunch brand candy was the most-clicked story by SmartBrief's food and beverage readers this week. Walmart's intention to cut corporate jobs as part of its omnichannel push and a tasty recipe for vegetarian carpaccio also landed in the Top 10.
Pfizer will be producing Gilead Sciences' coronavirus-fighting drug remdesivir in a bid to turn out enough of the antiviral to treat more than 2 million patients by the end of the year. Pfizer signed a multi-year agreement for the capacity-boosting arrangement, joining a manufacturing network that Gilead says now includes more than 40 companies globally.