Finances, time commitment and child care are among the barriers to pursuing tech jobs for women of color, according to an NPower report. Ongoing support, mentors, networking and programs geared toward women of color can help them enter the tech workforce, the report says.
With Kroger's Joe Grieshaber retiring as senior vice president and chief merchant after 37 years with the company, the grocer announced two major C-suite moves.
Stuart Aitken will succeed Grieshaber as Kroger's chief merchant on Aug. 1, and CIO Yael Cosset will take over Aitken's former role as head of the company's 84.51° analytics subsidiary and its alternative business division.
Walmart is set to launch Walmart+, a subscription program that will offer shoppers same-day delivery, reserved slots, deals and discounts, and other membership perks. Walmart did not comment on the reports, which said the service will be offered for $98 a year and would launch sometime this month, about four months after the original spring rollout of the new program was delayed by the pandemic.
Uber plans to start grocery delivery services in the US, Canada and Latin America, leveraging its October purchase of the Chilean startup Cornershop. Uber, which also bought the food delivery service Postmates this week, said customers will soon be able to use the Uber and Uber Eats apps to order groceries, which will be delivered by Cornershop's personal shoppers.
US retail sales of fresh produce grew 5.8% in the last full week of June compared to the same period last year, the smallest growth rate in the past two months, and year-over-year fresh fruit sales were flat. Fresh vegetable sales grew 12.5%, with lettuce, tomatoes and potatoes, topping the list of top sellers.
An analysis of USDA data showed the agency's Farmers to Families Food Box program did not reach its goal of providing $1.2 billion worth of food to food banks and other organizations by June 30. The program, developed to help families and farmers struggling due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, delivered a total 27.5 million food boxes, equal to about $755.5 million, but the USDA said it is renewing contracts and adding food distributors for August.
Napa County, Calif.'s indoor tasting rooms, dine-in restaurants and bars are slated to shut down starting Thursday through July 30 in response to a growing number of coronavirus cases, County officials announced. Restaurants with outdoor dining will be allowed to stay open.
Livermore, Calif.-based Cupcake Vineyards has introduced a new brand dubbed Cupcake LightHearted that features less sugar and alcohol and fewer calories than traditional wines. Each glass tallies about 80 calories and was created in a nod to its fans' active lifestyles, said Jessica Tomei, Cupcake Vineyards' winemaker.
After opening three new Earth Fare stores recently in North Carolina and Virginia, an investor group headed by original Earth Fare co-founder Randy Talley says it will open a new location in Christiansburg, Va., in early 2021. The new ownership group, which includes businessman Dennis Hulsing, also acquired a site in Athens, Ga., during Earth Fare's bankruptcy auction earlier this year.
For food suppliers and their customers, the pandemic has made workplace sanitation an even higher priority in efforts to keep food workers and the food supply safe. From new cleaning products to revised protocols, sanitation companies outline the methods that have helped them adapt to the ongoing challenges.