Costco is hoping that by reviving key parts of its store experience, it can entice more shoppers to visit and boost sagging sales growth.

The company shut down store sampling in March and cut ties with its main sampling vendor soon after. Read more »


After a pilot in selected markets, hard discount grocer Aldi plans to launch Curbside Grocery Pickup service at almost 600 stores.

Aldi said Thursday that it aims to expand the click-and-collect service to stores in 35 states by the end of July. ... Read more »


Hy-Vee and the Pinky Swear Foundation, a nonprofit helping children with cancer and their families, have partnered on kids' triathlon events since 2015, but due to COVID-19 they have had to get creative for 2020. Read more »


DES MOINES - The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, May 17, and Saturday, May 23, was 14,586. There were … Read more »


“Kum & Go is a brand built on convenience,” said Kum & Go President Tanner Krause. “How do we make it easier and easier for customers to interact with us? With more and more customers living and working downtown, putting a store in the heart of Des Moines allows Kum & Go to be even more convenient for our community.” Read more »


The grocery store became more than just an errand during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For some Iowans, especially high-risk or elderly individuals, trips to the store became their only foray into the world. Grocery stores, in turn, had to significantly shift business practices to stem the spread of the disease. Read more »


After several weeks on the upswing, the convenience channel experienced a slight drop-off in trips, overall dollar sales and average spend per transaction for the week ended May 17, compared with the prior week, due in part to an exceptional prior week and severe weather in some regions of the U.S., according to the latest weekly report from PDI and NACS on how COVID-19 is impacting consumer behavior. Read more »


The Iowa Governor’s Office and the Iowa Department of Public Health donated more than 35,000 masks on May 22 for Fareway to distribute the masks to their customers. Read more »


As grocery apps have seen a surge in downloads and customers engage with grocers more on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, Instacart has undergone quite a bit of change both to expand its footprint and brace for increased demand. Read more »


The National Grocers Association (NGA) says it will host its annual leadership meeting virtually, Sept. 22-25, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made in an effort to prioritize the health, safety and resources of NGA members as they continue to help their communities navigate the public health crisis. Read more »

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