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.
A school nutrition professional at Bismarck Public Schools in North Dakota is using the cafeteria menu board to make students smile. Allison Grabow, an elementary-school kitchen manager, said she noticed students weren't reading the menu board, so she added jokes and drawings to pique interest and give the kids something to look forward to.
New products arriving in stores include limited-edition Dunkaroos Sugar Cookie Dough and Frosting kits and Nature Valley Minis Sandwiches in two peanut butter varieties from General Mills. PepsiCo's Quaker division has launched a chocolate flavor for Life cereal, while Nestle has released Oatmeal Creme Pie and Glazed Donut flavors for its Coffee Mate creamer line.
Kellogg is launching the "Do it Yuleself" campaign to offer holiday platter ideas on Instagram and Twitter. The campaign has tapped actress Kristin Chenoweth to present meat and cheese platters featuring Kellogg's Town House, Club, Carr's and Toasteds cracker brands.
Maybelline New York has launched Maybelline Express, the beauty brand's first loyalty program that rewards shoppers with exclusive discounts, makeup samples and contest entries for their purchases. Sign-up forms for the program are available on the Maybelline Express website.
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.
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