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The Biggest Walmart Headlines of 2021

In a year that saw deep investment in tech and automation for Walmart as well as consistently better-than-expected sales, the Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant also navigated choppy waters of supply-chain management and continued COVID uncertainties.


UFCW Seeks Action from CEOs Amid COVID Surge, Inflation

"Food and retail companies must use record profit margins to increase worker hourly pay and alleviate the impact of inflation," UFCW International President Mark Perrone wrote in a letter to grocery CEOs and other retailers.

Employees who refuse vaccination will be required to be tested on at least a weekly basis; the federal directive does not require employers to pay for workers' tests.

More than 40% of consumers said they have low financial comfort right now, Kroger-owned media and data company 84.51° finds, but only 12% are planning to cut back on holiday spending.

The delta variant continued to dampen consumer confidence this month, The Conference Board reported, while a new Dunnhumby survey called out shopper dissatisfaction in grocery stores.

Consumers pulled back on restaurant dining in August, but inflation may be affecting what's going in their grocery cart, new IRI research indicates.

Leading retail and consumer-goods groups are seeking further guidance and assistance from the federal government in response to the announced mandate, which the Retail Industry Leaders Association called "a colossal undertaking."

In a Q&A, California Grocers Association President and CEO Ronald Fong discusses the lessons 2021 is teaching, and shares thoughts about what needs to happen to help grocers now.

The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index fell 13.4% from July and is down 5.1% from August 2020.

Customer survey by e-commerce provider Rosie further finds that 80% of shoppers plan to continue placing grocery orders online at the same rate or more in the coming 12 months.

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