Target launched a test of next-day delivery for online purchases in parts of Minneapolis on Tuesday, taking aim at Amazon's Prime Pantry program. For a $4.99 fee, customers can fill a box from a roster of about 10,000 items including food, baby items, household goods and beauty products through the service, dubbed Target Restock.
A new Market 32 by Price Chopper location has opened in Clifton Park, N.Y., and features ready-to-eat foods, expanded natural, organic and gluten-free options and locally made and grown products. The 52,400-square-foot unit is the 15th operating under the Market 32 concept, with parent group Golub Corp. expected to break ground on a location in Maynard, Mass., later this summer and open additional stores in the future.
Dermatologist Harold Lancer has teamed with celebrity Ryan Seacrest on a men's grooming line and will also roll out a $1,000 Lancer Legacy Youth Treatment to enhance his existing line. The new range, called Polished by Dr. Lancer, features five products including Antiaging Serum and SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer.
Walmart Canada will expand its online offerings with the launch of a third-party Marketplace, with plans to have millions of items available by early next year, CEO Lee Tappenden said. The company will also roll out in-store pickup options as it gears up to compete with Amazon.
Natural Markets Food Group has appointed Peter Waldmann as its new CEO, taking over for Pat Brown, who stepped down last year. The company's Mrs. Green's banner is currently going through a rebranding process following the closure of more than half of its stores.
Physical stores must evolve to stay relevant with today's shoppers, but they won't go away completely, a panel of experts said at the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show. "What we found through the years as a brick and mortar and as a specialty retailer is that customers are going after transparency," Whole Foods Market Global Cheese Buyer Cathy Strange said, adding that trust is a main factor for physical store locations.
Postmates will partner with liquor stores throughout Texas to offer beer delivery to consumers. The company is using corner liquor stores instead of big retailers to help the smaller shops be more competitive.
Simpler Wines, the canned sparkling wine from Trader Joe's, is amid a heyday, selling out upon introduction in late April. The four-pack of wine costs only $3.99, comes in white and rose, and picks up on recent canned wine and sparkling beverage trends.
A new law in Minnesota that allows Sunday sales of liquor takes effect this weekend, though residents and stores in the state and neighboring Wisconsin won't know the full impact of the law until much later. "There definitely will be more expense to be open, and I hope the sales will be enough to justify having employees here," said Rich Jacobson, owner of Jake's Discount Liquors and Wines in Hastings, Minn.
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