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4/15/2021

Walmart is making more of its workforce full time and said 66% of its US store hourly jobs will be full time, up from 53% five years ago, by Jan. 31. The move is in response to improved worker retention as well as the lower need for staffing at odd hours due to higher at-home deliveries.

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4/15/2021

Kroger and UK-based Ocado have opened the first of up to 20 fully automated fulfillment centers, which use artificial intelligence, robots with totes and a proprietary control system to pick and pack deliveries. "This could not come at a better time and is really helping us accelerate the growth and capture all of that growing demand from our customers," said Kroger's Yael Cosset.

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4/15/2021

With a goal of opening 1,050 stores this year, Dollar General announced it will hire 20,000 workers during spring, including store clerks, warehouse workers and truck drivers. Dollar General plans to double its store count of more than 17,000 stores.

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CNN
4/15/2021

Food Lion has received the 2021 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award from the EPA and Department of Energy, the only US company to earn the recognition for 20 consecutive years. The N.C.-based grocer uses LED lighting in half of its 900 stores, and two its stores are GreenChill-certified for reduced refrigerant emissions.

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Progressive Grocer
4/15/2021

British Columbia-based alternative meat company Very Good Food is moving into US territory via grocery distributor Green Spoon. Very Good Food's products, such as jackfruit steaks and adzuki bean pepperoni sticks, are available in 150 stores in Canada but previously were only available online in the US.

4/15/2021

Shoprite will sell its operations in Nigeria to property group Persianas as part of the supermarket operator's decision to divest its business in markets outside of South Africa, sources said. Shoprite, which operates upwards of 2,300 stores across the African continent, is reportedly awaiting regulatory approval for the deal.

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4/15/2021

LG's OLED R TV is now available in the US via an "Inquire to Buy" button on its website. While US prices aren't listed online, conversion of the price in South Korea suggests an $89,000 price tag.

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Engadget
4/15/2021

Twitter is launching a machine learning study to understand how its algorithms may be unintentionally affecting gender, racial and political issues. The company says it will use those findings to change or remove aspects of its algorithms.

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Protocol
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4/14/2021

All of Walmart's fresh produce and floral will be sourced from suppliers who use integrated pest management practices by 2025. The retailer also wants suppliers to use 3% of their land for pollinator habitats, including on its own retail and office real estate, and will educate shoppers on the benefits of pollinator plants.

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4/14/2021

Retailers who made the latest Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list include Wegmans at No. 4, Target at No. 14 and Publix at No. 42. Wegmans will celebrate by offering a free cookie or clementine to shoppers on Saturday.

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