Walmart has moved its Open Call event to a virtual format this year because of continuing concerns about the pandemic. The seventh annual event, which gives entrepreneurs a chance to pitch their products to the retailer, will now feature virtual one-on-one meetings as well as other online events to help small businesses and find new suppliers.
Costco has decided to keep its special weekday morning shopping hours for members age 60 and older or who are otherwise at risk from the coronavirus. Costco initially announced it would reduce those designated hours starting this week, but said in a recent update that "due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Costco will maintain current Special Operating Hours until further notice."
Amazon is best when it comes to satisfying online grocery customers' needs, with a new survey showing the e-commerce giant just beat out Walmart, which took second in the 2020 US Online & In-Store Grocery Shopping Study by Retail Feedback Group. The survey showed US supermarkets have gained online customers during the pandemic, but it also indicated that some customers don't plan to continue doing their grocery shopping online.
Microsoft's Flight Simulator for PC is available for preinstall, offering three tiers to choose from, with the lowest offering 20 planes and 30 airports. This newest installment of the game has been updated with live traffic and the option to fly at any time of day.
Four of the items featured in Real Simple's most recent "6 Clever Items To Simplify Your Life" column are housewares. The Chef'n Fridge Fork, for easily spearing pickles or olives, and the Kuhn Rikon Watermelon Slicer are two of them.
Bed Bath & Beyond has named Neil Lick as its new senior vice president of owned brands, in a move to bolster the retailer's private-label product development and add to its lineup of offerings in the category. Lick, who worked at Williams Sonoma for more than two decades, will run a team that will launch new private-label products at Bed Bath & Beyond in 2021.
Tuffy's Pet Foods has teamed up with Girl Scouts of the USA to launch Girl Scout-branded Soft and Chewy Dog Treats, available in chicken, bacon and lamb flavors. "Girl Scouts has long equipped girls with the tools they need to become ambitious leaders who create powerful change in their communities and the world, and many Girl Scouts take action to help animals through their projects," said Tuffy's VP Chase Rasmussen on the collaboration.
Young children in homes with dogs are less likely to experience difficulties with emotions and social interactions, according to a new study. "Our research also supports spending time walking and playing with the dog for added benefits, and we hope these results will help parents, children and pets remain active at home during this time of physical distancing," said principal investigator of the study Hayley Christian.
More of today's food consumers, especially millennials, are looking for new experiences in taste, texture and flavor by seeking out foods from all over the world. The trend is being fueled by global social media connections, and this second installment of a four-part series explores ways retailers and foodservice operators can reach this emerging group of adventurous customers.
A new robot designed by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory team and Ava Robotics
could help grocers by using a special UV-C light fixture to kill the coronavirus. The light is attached to the autonomous robot's base and the machine can cover 4,000 square feet of surfaces in 30 minutes, killing about 90% of the virus, designers say.
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