Kroger plans to bring 2,000 new workers to its stores in southeastern Michigan using an accelerated hiring process that takes about 48 hours. The grocer said most of the open jobs are in the pickup, deli and overnight grocery departments and 50 of the new employees will be full-time, although it's not clear whether the jobs extend beyond the holidays.
Minnesota food retailer Lunds & Byerlys has joined with Shipt to roll out same-day delivery service in the Twin Cities, as well as in St. Cloud, Minn. Shipt is offering new customers $50 off the regular annual membership rate of $99, along with passes for half off on three to five deliveries without requiring a yearly commitment.
As the pandemic continues, US consumers are continuing their growing reliance on digital shopping and a new survey shows 93% of respondents plan to continue buying groceries online even after the outbreak subsides. The report from Oracle Grocery Retail also shows 53% of respondents have used online shopping options since the pandemic began, with 72% of online shoppers saying they choose home delivery.
Shoppers in Toronto can now virtually walk the aisles of upscale grocer McEwan Fine Foods, thanks to a 3D shopping experience rolled out last week by the Inabuggy delivery service. Using the Inabuggy app or website, customers can look for and buy produce, fish, meats, prepared meals and specialty grocery items, and the platform also allows the grocer to showcase new products or deals that some online shoppers might otherwise miss.
Island Pacific Supermarket has launched Island Pacific Television, a digital in-store platform that shoppers can access through their smartphones using scannable QR codes. The California grocer has installed digital screens in all its stores, and the codes allow customers to find out more about special deals and famous Filipino recipes, as well as see advertisements from local businesses.
After the successful donation of 5,000 personal protective kits to Navajo and Hopi families in early November, Bashas' Dine Markets said it will continue to work with the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund to hand out more PPE in the months to come. Officials say the next distribution will start Dec. 1 and the giveaway will be expanded to ensure more people have access to the kits, which include masks, Clorox wipes and sanitizer.
Costco has been thriving in the pandemic and Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti attributes the wholesaler's robust performance to five key factors, including its belief that e-commerce won't wholly define the future. Galanti also cited fresh food sales' importance to Costco's 2020 success, along with its membership program and large stores that help shoppers with social distancing and allow them to buy more on each trip.
Albertsons is now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program shoppers to place online orders for curbside pickup and use their EBT cards to pay. The expanded service was launched this week at close to 200 of the grocer's Drive Up & Go pickup locations, and Albertsons said it plans future expansion of digital services for SNAP customers.
Focusing on employee safety and seeking out its target customers have helped Sprouts Farmers Market weather the pandemic and will enable the grocer to continue the growth that saw the opening of 20 new stores so far this year. CEO Jack Sinclair said the strategy is helping to set Sprouts apart from other food retailers and cited future plans to open smaller stores that are closer to its distribution centers.
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