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9/24/2021

Costco will put purchase limits on in-demand items, including bottled water, paper towels, toilet paper and certain cleaning products, to keep shelves stocked while it copes with shipping delays, Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti said. The retailer reported a 17% jump in revenue in the quarter ending Aug. 29, compared to year-ago figures, and says factors including higher costs for labor and shipping, shortages of containers and truck drivers, and port congestion are contributing to the delays.

9/24/2021

Target will hire about 100,000 seasonal staffers this year, down from about 130,000 last year, and plans to offer more holiday hours to the 300,000 staffers already on the payroll. The retailer has rolled out an app that lets employees sign on for additional shifts and Target anticipates that employees will put in 5 million additional hours, earning more than $75 million in extra pay collectively.

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CNBC, The Associated Press
9/24/2021

Hy-Vee has started a test of Simbe Robotics' Tally shelf-scanning robot to help automate and streamline its inventory management process. Five Hy-Vee locations in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska will serve as pilot sites for the robot, which can survey an entire store three times daily and offer real-time updates on inventory placement and availability.

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9/24/2021

Instacart has been driving growth in the grocery industry in the eight years since it was founded, with a recent survey commissioned by the delivery giant showing it added 186,000 jobs and pushed grocery revenue up by $6.4 billion between 2013 and the second quarter of 2020. While that growth has exploded since the COVID-19 outbreak, Instacart President Carolyn Everson said the study showed "the shift in driving additional revenue online as well as additional jobs, that started before the pandemic."

9/24/2021

Canada's retail sales probably rose 2.1% to 57 billion Canadian dollars in August, according to a preliminary report from Statistics Canada, after dipping 0.6% the previous month.

9/24/2021

Sales for Fiesta Tableware, which have displayed significant gains in the past 18 months and debuts of stackable mugs and bowl/plate combos, might have been even better were it not for shortages of labor and raw materials, sales and marketing Vice President Rich Brinkman says. The company lost several workers after West Virginia required a pandemic-related shutdown of Fiesta's factory between March and May 2020.

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Rich Brinkman
9/24/2021

Nordstrom's New York City flagship store is embracing local companies and female-owned businesses in its new, two-floor home goods department. Colorful pottery and Mondrian-influenced vases from the Museum of Modern Art hold court along with a home-and-kitchen selection from fashion stylist Beverly Nguyen.

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The New York Times
9/24/2021

Choosing the right lens is a key part of successful product photography. A zoom lens can create distortions when shooting products for print or digital display, while a fixed lens with the right aperture settings and focal length can produce sharper images that showcase your product in the best possible way, writes photographer Carolyn Mara.

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Practical eCommerce
9/24/2021

Nucor plans to spend $2.7 billion on a new mill for wide steel sheets, as well as $100 million to add a melt shop to an existing steel bar mill. The projects are among several announced by electric arc furnace steelmakers even as some integrated steel mills have paused production.

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Argus Media, IndustryWeek
9/24/2021

Kellogg's Tailgating Stack promotion for its Pringles brand, which includes 32 flavor combinations of its chips representing the 32 NFL teams' cities, caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week. Mission's new cauliflower- and almond-based tortillas also made this week's Top 10 list, as did Walmart's new "Built for Better" website tag that highlights healthier products.

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