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 »

 

The U.S. House is expected to vote next week on altering the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to provide more flexibility to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reports. The changes will help struggling companies stay afloat and keep workers on the payroll as pandemic closures continue. The U.S. Senate is expected to support the measure. Read more »

 

So many digital grocery shoppers are shopping Target that the retailer is accelerating its online grocery efforts to meet the crush of demand.

In a first quarter earnings call, Target COO John Mulligan said that shoppers are asking for more fresh food from its Drive Up curbside pickup service. As a result, the retailer is currently in the process of adding additional Drive Up parking spots to store lots nationwide and adding temperature-controlled, fresh/frozen storage space in stores to facilitate more online grocery orders. Read more »

 

In early April, Casey’s General Stores Inc. withdrew its financial guidance for fiscal 2020 citing a decline in store traffic and consumer demand across its business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as another month goes by and the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the nation, Casey’s CEO Darren Rebelez foresees three major changes that he believes will last beyond the end of the pandemic. Read more »

 

Kum & Go added a new mobile fuel pay experience, available at all 400 Kum & Go locations through the Kum & Go app.

The technology gives customers a personalized fueling experience that lets &Rewards members skip the keypad and activate the pump with their smartphone. Read more »

 

NACS announced Friday at the 2020 Verifone Client Forum that it is leading efforts to revolutionize age verification at retail, with a prototype of a revolutionary age-verification program ready for tests later this summer. The turnkey, next-generation solution will verify a user’s age while also protecting personal information and delivering a frictionless experience. Read more »

 

As states prepare to reopen across the country, the Consumer Brands Association (CBA) has called on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to prioritize supply chain performance and resiliency by developing a National Supply Chain Index and Performance Dashboard. Read more »

 

Casey’s General Stores Inc. has hired two new executives who will be instrumental in helping the Ankeny-based convenience store chain implement its expansion plans, Darren Rebelez, the company’s president and CEO, announced. Read more »