Grocers have been experimenting with new ways to expand self-checkout options in order to reduce the number of workers they need and speed up shopping times, but have had to contend with the risk of theft and customer frustration. However, the coronavirus pandemic may have reignited the self-checkout trend. Read more »

 

Walmart is accelerating its retail health care strategy with a key acquisition.

The retailer has acquired the intellectual property of CareZone, which includes an app that helps patients manage health information and access health services. Read more »

 

Workweek trips in the midday and evening dayparts have almost fully recovered in states that were the first to ease stay-at-home restrictions, while the convenience channel as a whole is seeing trips at about 90% of year-ago levels, according to the latest weekly report from PDI and NACS on how COVID-19 is impacting consumer behavior. Read more »

 

Satellite technology could help make online ordering and store pickup even more convenient. Read more »

 

The rocket ship known as Instacart just got another infusion of fuel.

The San Francisco-based company has secured $225 million in new funding to scale its operations as it races to keep up with unprecedented shopper demand for online grocery. The new cash infusion comes at a pivotal time for the company and for the online grocery space. Read more »

 

Catalina leverages its scaled dataset of anonymized shopper data from more than 90 million households and more than 11 billion shopper trips annually, providing relevant ad messages and offers to consumers with purchase-based targeting. Read more »

 

Walmart two years ago created a debt-free college tuition benefit for the retail company's 1.5 million U.S. employees. Since then, roughly 25,000 Walmart and Sam's Club employees have used the Live Better U benefit, which features online degree programs at a price of $365 per year -- or $1 per day for participants. Read more »

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Webinar, hosted by IGIA and featuring Melissa Wright from the Des Moines District of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, this webinar will cover the ramifications of … Read more »

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Supermarkets were quick to impose operational restrictions as the pandemic picked up steam, but they are edging away from those changes much more cautiously. Read more »

 

Amid the protests that have swept the nation over the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, grocery retailers are speaking out against racism and funneling funds to organizations that promote racial diversity and inclusion. Read more »