The coronavirus pandemic prompted millions of people to start ordering groceries online, but the trend appeared to leave out many seniors, who represent a market projected to be worth $84 billion by 2030 but who don't yet feel comfortable with online grocery shopping. Grocers are exploring new ways to serve seniors better, both online and in-store, such as offering online buying guides and using personalized grocery shelves.
Buehler's Fresh Foods, an Ohio-based independent grocer, is using a new feature on its website that allows customers to choose the best times to shop based on traffic at any one of the grocer's 13 stores. The color charts are based on sales from the previous week and projected in three-hour segments so shoppers can plan their trips at times when there are fewer customers, making it easier to practice social distancing.
The coronavirus pandemic is driving more than just sales of toilet paper and meat, with consumers stocking up on supplements and vitamins to help them stay healthy during the outbreak. The latest figures for the four weeks ending March 29 show vitamin sales jumped 56.7% year over year, with single-letter vitamins showing a 92% sales increase and liquid supplement sales soaring by 119%, according to IRI.
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors wrote to Vice President Mike Pence last month after the administration suggested manufacturers ship coronavirus-related products directly to end users instead of through distributor supply chains. NAW has also advised member companies on federal guidelines regarding essential companies, including a template that companies can send to state governments to self-identify as essential, says NAW Chief Government Relations Officer Jade West.
Electronic data interchange systems have various functions, including purchase orders, advance ship notices and remittance, that can be useful to distributors dealing with disruption, writes Tom Guzik, director of digital integration services at IDEA.
Toronto-based Restaurant Brands International, parent of Tim Hortons, Popeyes and Burger King, said it won't request wage subsidies for corporate employees under a Canadian plan designed to help companies hurt by the coronavirus outbreak. The decision doesn't apply to its franchisees.
Sweden-based H&M has secured a £862 million revolving credit line with existing lenders to raise cash during the coronavirus outbreak. The retailer also said it is working with other fashion companies to support garment workers in Bangladesh.
Orders at China's factories have been falling amid the pandemic and new cases in China recently are raising new concerns for manufacturers. More than 61% of China's manufacturers have seen their export orders fall to below 50% of their normal levels and only 9% are at 80% of their usual total, according to a report by the China National Textile and Apparel Council.
India's e-commerce companies are expected to hire thousands of more employees and gear up for at least six months of growth as consumers continue to stay home to avoid the coronavirus. Traditional retailers and restaurant companies are also hiring and training store employees to fulfill online orders.
Fish weight, smish weight, one home cook said -- until she watched her chef husband cook with one. The stainless steel model made by Josh Niland is the household favorite for foods from crisp-skinned fish to grilled cheese sandwiches to crushed Yukon gold potatoes.