Amazon has plans to open up to six of its Amazon Go concept convenience stores in the coming year, according to reports. Seattle and Los Angeles are reportedly in the running for locations of the store, with Amazon identifying three possible sites in its hometown of Seattle.
Natural grocers are feeling optimistic about their opportunities, with 96% saying they expect sales to grow or stay the same in the coming year, according to a survey by WholeFoods Magazine and Readex Research. Strong sales also are prompting store expansion, with 16% saying they had expanded in the past year and 21% saying they plan to do so this year.
H.E. Butt Grocery is testing a mobile self-checkout app that lets customers scan items as they shop in a pilot project at two stores in San Antonio, Texas. The company currently has no plans to expand the test, spokesman Dya Campos said.
Growth in the deli category is outstripping that of the rest of the grocery store by more than four times, and Hormel has launched a new deli division to capitalize on that demand, said CEO Jim Snee. "Our new deli division represents almost $1 billion in annual sales and will be the company's next growth engine," Snee said.
Grocers are discussing with the US Agriculture Department their potential role in the Trump administration's proposed changes to SNAP benefits, including converting shopping dollars to a delivered box of specific items. "Rather than dismiss this out of hand, let's discuss how it can be improved," Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said.
Mushrooms are becoming a go-to ingredient in the functional food and beverage space. From Four Sigmatic's Mushroom Coffee Mix to NordicNordic's chaga tea, manufacturers are looking to mushrooms to convey benefits sought out by fans of adaptogenic products, writes Maura Judkis.
Asian specialty grocer iFresh, with 13 locations across the US, will begin accepting payment via Alipay, the quick checkout application from Alibaba.com, China's online retail giant. The move should make shopping easier for Chinese tourists visiting the US.
Bold leaders are not impulsive or overbearing, but they do act decisively while knowing how much risk their team can manage, writes LaRae Quy. "They have mental toughness -- they believe they will prevail in their circumstances rather than expect their circumstances to change," she writes.
California-based Taylor Farms will streamline its distribution system, adding a 150,000-square-foot refrigerated facility in Laredo, Texas. The company will use the facility to store its own produce and that of other suppliers to cut the number of pickups needed, Taylor Farms said.
A bill to allow Sunday sales of wine and liquor advanced Wednesday in the Tennessee House on a subcommittee voice vote. The measure's latest version would allow liquor stores to sell on Sundays as soon as July 1, but grocers would have to wait until Jan. 1.
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