A Trader Joe's location will open soon in Fort Wayne, Ind., and the grocer also has announced plans for additional stores in California, Virginia and New Jersey. The Fort Wayne site is already being celebrated by residents, some of whom created a "Fort Wayne Wants a Trader Joe's" Facebook page.
SpartanNash interim CEO Dennis Eidson says the grocer has learned a number of tough lessons during the pandemic that it will need to carry forward to continue growth once the outbreak eases. Eidson said robust sales prompted by the pandemic could be "too much of a good thing," adding, "We're feeling the pain of trying to figure out how next year is going to play out."
Williams Sonoma has unveiled its sixth Tools for Change collection, with spatulas and tea towels adorned by designs from celebrities such as singer Dolly Parton, chefs Giada De Laurentiis and Curtis Stone, and actors Misha Collins and Kristen Bell. Sales of the kitchenware benefit Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign.
Nina Friend raves about the constellation of flavors she's come up with for ice cream to make in her 2-quart Cuisinart ice cream maker. The minimally invasive countertop appliance has a double-insulated freezer bowl, is super easy to use and unveils dreamy desserts in 20 minutes.
Ball's Price Chopper has teamed up with CBD retailer American Shaman to create a 500-square-foot store-within-a-store CBD shop inside a Ball's location in Kansas City, Mo. The two companies say it is the first CBD store within a multistore grocery franchise in the US, and Ball's Vice President Scott Bayne said shoppers have expressed an interest in having CBD products available within the store.
Boosting technological capabilities will be crucial for grocers as they continue meeting challenges of the pandemic and preparing for an altered landscape in the future. In this Q&A, Rich Minns of Capgemini looks at how and where food retailers can build up omnichannel platforms and better use data to personalize engagement with shoppers.
Solid economic gains and smart strategic investments made by independent grocers in 2019 helped position many of them to better deal with the turbulence caused by the pandemic this year, according to the 2020 Independent Grocers Financial Survey. "Independent grocers started to see positive trends pre-pandemic, which is a great sign of the strengthening," said Robert Graybill, CEO and president of FMS Solutions, which conducted the survey along with the National Grocers Association.
The Kroger Health arm of Kroger has rolled out a COVID-19 testing program for employers in 17 states, with plans to expand it to more locations soon. COVIDCare Plus combines Kroger Health's Test Home Collection Kit with access to primary care clinics and telehealth consultations to help supervise specimen collection.
Intel likely will phase out Type A USB ports on laptops and replace them with USB 4.0 ports, leaked documentation indicates. While this may be a challenge for users with older peripherals, most recently purchased peripherals will work with USB 4.0.
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