Price Chopper, Market Bistro and Market 32 have resumed their bans on single-use plastic bags to comply with New York state law, after dropping the restriction when the pandemic began in March. Price Chopper spokeswoman Mona Golub said the grocers were "taking this step now -- before it is required -- because we support the noble intent of this law to reduce plastic in the waste stream."
The pandemic has helped grow retail pet sales, but experts say the economic fallout has many pet food shoppers now searching for value. Grocers can leverage this trend by showcasing store brands or other less expensive options, and by using online delivery to get pet products to customers.
SpartanNash has begun offering free, self-administered coronavirus tests at five of its drive-thru pharmacy sites in western Michigan. Customers with testing appointments will have pharmacists to help guide them through the nasal swab procedure, with results expected in three to five days.
Tech companies including Tharsus and Digital Barriers are designing social distancing wearables and temperature-screening cameras for COVID-19 detection in an effort to help businesses reopen their offices safely. Others are hoping to develop ultraviolet light devices that can disinfect surfaces, while cities such as London and New York are addressing concerns about public transit by approving the use of e-scooters.
TCL is rolling out its next 6 series 4K TV, the first THX Certified Game Mode television, which promises to deliver a more immersive experience with optimized audio and visual features. To earn the certification, the device was subjected to more than 400 tests that analyzed images, tones and color.
The shift to online classes as the school year begins has led to predictions of record-breaking back-to-school shopping for electronics, with companies such as Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart and Apple seen as the best positioned for revenue gains. Families are expected to spend less, however, on clothing and on non-electronic school supplies.
Ahold Delhaize USA has rolled out a plan to cut its carbon footprint and bolster its sustainability practices. The grocer says it will work to reduce emissions from its stores, offices and distribution centers, and has updated and enhanced its GMO and animal welfare policies.
Publix has joined with Brick Street Farms in a pilot program to grow lettuce on-site at one of the grocer's GreenWise Markets in Lakeland, Fla. The 40-foot hydroponic container farm's capacity is equal to about 3 acres of farmland, uses 90% less water and helps cut the carbon footprint by eliminating the need for delivery.