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ECRM adds ‘Efficient Supplier Introductions’

ECRM adds ‘Efficient Supplier Introductions’

SOLON, Ohio — ECRM is introducing a technological solution designed to allow retailers and their buyers to maintain connections despite travel restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Efficient Supplier Introductions (ESI) are category-specific live virtual experiences during which suppliers present their products directly

Walgreens expands drive-thru services

Walgreens expands drive-thru services

DEERFIELD, Ill. — As more and more people across the country look for safe and convenient options to pick up daily essentials amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Walgreens is now offering select products at its more than 7,300 pharmacy drive-thrus nationwide. The offering provides greater convenience

New study from IRI and BCG on COVID-19 impact

New study from IRI and BCG on COVID-19 impact

CHICAGO — IRI is continuing to collaborate with their partners at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to analyze the latest consumer purchases in Italy, France, New Zealand, the U.K and the U.S. The company just updated the report, “COVID-19 Impact: Consumer Spending Tracker,” to capture the

Lidl to hire up To 1,000 temp workers

Lidl to hire up To 1,000 temp workers

ARLINGTON, Va. — Lidl US said Thursday that it will hire up to 1,000 temporary employees to help it meet the needs of customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those newly hired employees who don’t have health insurance will be eligible for benefits that include coverage

Fairway Markets to sell six New York stores

Fairway Markets to sell six New York stores

NEW YORK — Fairway Market has awarded bids for six New York stores and two new New Jersey real estate leases in an auction supervised by a U.S. bankruptcy court. Village Supermarket Inc., a member of Wakefern Food Corp., submitted the winning bid for five

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RETAIL NEWS

Hy-Vee announces 10% appreciation bonus

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hy-Vee Inc. said Wednesday it is giving all the workers in its stores a 10% “front line employee appreciation bonus” for the hours they work from March 16 to April 12. Hy-Vee said the bonuses represent a $10 million commitment

Retailers welcome CARES Act in turbulent times

WASHINGTON  – The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from president and CEO Matthew Shay in response to the Senate’s expected vote Wednesday on stimulus legislation intended to ease the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic: “Retailers big and small and the associates they

Maintain critical product supply, coalition urges

WASHINGTON –The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) has aligned with 110 other organizations in urging national, state and local leaders to help maintain the supply of critical products while confronting COVID-19. In a letter to policymakers released today, the groups urge a uniform definition of

Target shifting gears in response to sales surge

MINNEAPOLIS —  Target Corp. said on Wednesday  that it is slowing the pace of remodels and new store openings as it focuses on dealing with the surge in store traffic and sales associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. “We are prioritizing the work that’s in front

Dollar General plans $35 million in bonuses

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General said Tuesday that it will give out about $35 million in bonuses to all its store, distribution center and private fleet employees. The retailer said eligible employees include those who work during a six-week period beginning in mid-March. Details of

SUPPLIER NEWS

E. & J. Gallo’s Barefoot Wine donates $100,000

MODESTO, Calif. — To help restaurant employees weather the impact of COVID-19 on their families, E. & J. Gallo’s Barefoot brand Eis making an initial $100,000 donation to Children of Restaurant Employees (CORE), which supports food and beverage employees and their families faced with life-altering circumstances. In

Charlotte’s Web to acquire Abacus Health Products

NEW YORK – Charlotte’s Web Holdings Inc., a market leader in hemp-based CBD products, announced Monday that  it will acquire Abacus Health Products Inc., a supplier of over-the-counter topical analgesics made with hemp extract and sold under the CBDMEDIC and CBD Clinic labels. The deal

Food industry groups partner to ensure food is available

ARLINGTON, VA – The International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) and FMI-Food Industry Association have formed an ad-hoc  partnership aimed at addressing consumer needs for food, water and cleaning products in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.  The partnership will connect foodservice distributors with excess capacity

COVID-19 profoundly affecting shopping behavior

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Consumer shopping behavior is changing dramatically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an analysis by Catalina Marketing, which finds that store trips and basket sizes are up and once sleepy product categories are seeings surges in sales. Total dollar

Cosmoprof North America June show postponed

NEW YORK — Citing the COVID-19 health crisis, the event organizers BolognaFiere and the Professional Beauty Association have postponed the 18th edition of Cosmoprof North America until September. The event, originally scheduled to be held beginning on June 20, is now slated to be held