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H-E-B’s Masking Red Tape

While Texas is one of 20 states to experience a record spike in coronavirus-related hospitalizations this week, shoppers throughout most of the state are no longer required to wear masks in businesses, including grocery stores.


Giant Eagle Reopens ‘Dark’ Store to the Public

The Garfield Heights, Ohio, store—one of two stores dedicated to curbside pickup only during the pandemic—will reopen to customers to shop in-store.

Investments in online shopping and other "moats" of Restock helped the retailer bank record volume gains.

WGB editors discuss the news from the week with Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert.

The $2-per-hour increase meets the retailer's 2017 goals; one-time bonus comes as premium pay ends and some COVID health benefits are extended.

The Save Mart Cos. has dramatically increased staffing at its 206 stores since the start of the pandemic, hiring 1,000 team members, the majority of whom have become full-time workers.

From permanent hires to rising profits, retailers are making changes to operations as a new reality sets in.

As municipalities lift COVID restrictions, the company shifts to a one-time reward bonus for average weekly hours worked since mid-March, a move drawing condemnation from a labor union.

Online retail has conditioned consumers to expect hyperpersonalized experiences wherever they go, and the pandemic is quickening the convergence.

The coronavirus quickened consumer adoption of e-commerce, and it could remain an important service, the author says.

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