A new Google website provides reports on how well people are complying with social distancing orders and recommendations around the world. The site uses anonymized location data collected from Google products and services to determine changes in crowd patterns at retail stores, recreational areas, grocery stores, pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and homes.
Kroger will soon test one-way aisles in its stores as another way to help with social distancing, protect its shoppers and employees and slow the spread of coronavirus. Kroger, which usually tries new ideas in select markets before rolling them out to all of its 2,757 stores, has not yet announced where the aisle test will take place.
Walmart has opted not to pursue efforts to sell its majority stake in the UK grocer Asda for the time being, instead focusing its full attention on managing the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter. First-round offers from private-equity firms indicate that Asda's valuation is near the $9 billion mark.
H.E. Butt Grocery has joined with several local restaurants in San Antonio to sell fully packaged meals, with the proceeds going back to the restaurants. The grocer is also taking new steps to limit the number of shoppers allowed in its stores at a time to help with social distancing efforts.
Tea and its various tools help consumers carve out some calm in anxiety-riddled times. Lauren Joseph rounds up a few products to help create a tea routine, including a Bonavita electric kettle, a Finum mesh brewing basket and a handmade mug.
Pandemic-related news dominated this week's list of most-read food and beverage stories, including stories of how grocers and CPG manufacturers are coping with the coronavirus outbreak. Dairy Farmers of America's acquisition of Dean Foods Assets, the temporary closure of See's Candies and the sale of Lucky's Market assets also made news.
Apple's newest iPads have a microphone disconnect feature to help users protect themselves against unauthorized eavesdropping. The feature, which works with Apple-certified device covers, is activated any time the covers are closed.
Sales of new video games are on the rise around the world as consumers seek entertainment and new ways to connect with others while stuck inside. Nintendo's newest entry in the Animal Crossing series sold nearly 2 million copies in three days in Japan.
Front-line workers at grocers around the nation are getting pay raises to acknowledge the vital roles they are filling during the coronavirus outbreak. Ralph's and Food 4 Less have given $2 an hour pay bumps for hourly workers, while Harris Teeter employees will also see a $2 per hour increase through April 21 in what the grocer is calling a "hero" bonus.
With Europe several weeks ahead of the US in dealing with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, analyzing shopper behavior there can help US grocers be prepared for rapidly fluctuating demand and new shopping trends that could be coming. This article examines some key takeaways from the experience of European grocers and how those lesson can be applied here in the coming weeks.
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