With many consumers reluctant to venture out to purchase alcohol, and many favorite bars or restaurants closed during much of the pandemic, shoppers have seemingly fallen in love with the convenience and simplicity of purchasing their favorite drinks online. Read more »


Chairman and CEO Kyle Krause is donating $25,000 to the Center for Constitutional Rights to address the structural and systemic nature of racism in our society. Read more »


Jacksonville, Florida-based Acosta, a full-service sales and marketing agency in the consumer packaged goods industry, has released its fifth round of research providing insight into the continuing evolution of consumer behavior and outlook amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as some states and counties begin to reopen. Read more »


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 »