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.
Gap started selling face masks to consumers in its stores and online earlier this year, and the retailer is now selling them directly to other companies and governments. Corporate customers must order a minimum of 100,000 masks, and the retailer said it has sold about 10 million so far to customers including the state of California, New York City and Kaiser Permanente.
A federal court has allowed Microsoft to take control of domains used in phishing operations against Office 365 customers. The cybercriminals used coronavirus-related lures in phishing emails sent to millions of business users in 62 countries to gain access to emails, contact lists and personal data in OneDrive and SharePoint storage systems.
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.
Rouses Markets has joined with Boston-based Deuce Drone to launch a drone delivery test program from the grocer's store in Mobile, Ala., this fall. The new delivery method is aimed at increasing speed and convenience while shaving last-mile costs, and Rouses CEO Denny Rouse said it also means the grocer "should be able to get groceries to customers in 30 minutes or even less."
Sephora is participating in a study to determine how racial bias affects the retail experience for both employees and store guests and to devise data-driven solutions. "Sephora has been at work on some of these issues for some time, but the current conditions make these needs more salient and more urgent," said Deborah Yeh, the beauty retailer's chief marketing officer.
Groups around the country are gathering surplus crops from farmers' fields, many of high quality, to donate to anti-hunger organizations and prevent waste as the need for food grows amid the coronavirus pandemic. The practice, known as gleaning, is mentioned in the Bible and has been growing in popularity.
Customers are buying more online because of the coronavirus pandemic, and 42% are making returns by mail, according to an Inmar Intelligence survey. "The dramatic increase in online shopping means retailers will have to assess their preparedness to handle higher returns volume," Inmar Vice President of Product Development Ken Bays says.
The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis last month released a 500-page action plan, urging Congress to pass several bills related to recycling and improve recycling infrastructure. The plan also supports extended producer responsibility regulations.