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How Traditional Supermarkets ‘Won’ the Pandemic—and Specialty Peers Didn’t

An analysis of location data from Placer suggests that ‘mission-driven’ shopping that came with the COVID outbtreak built loyalty for conventional food stores at the expense of some fast-growing alternatives.

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COVID ‘Speaks Up’ in Annual FMI Survey

The 71st annual Speaks report details growing sales but slowing industry profits in 2019—and major revisions to food retail perception in a pandemic-impacted 2020.

A new survey from the out-of-home technology specialists at Ubimo finds that 90.4% of consumers are still shopping at a brick-and-mortar store at least once a week, and they like to stick with the stores they know.

IGA CEO John Ross says pandemic-sparked safety concerns and e-commerce adoption have delivered new shoppers to local stores, where he suspects they can stay for the long term.

The Lempert Report: Potato chips, ice cream and chocolate/candy top the list of comfort foods eaten during isolation.

The e-tailer is donating the space to nonprofit New York Common Pantry in an effort to reduce food insecurity.

The promotion between the e-commerce platform and the delivery service runs through September.

Dialogic Group’s Thom Blischok predicts slow recovery from pandemic but offers ways for independents to thrive.

The retailer agrees to a seven-week retroactive bonus for 56,000 workers following expiration of hourly premiums.

Retailer continues to recognize associates for their efforts during the COVID-19 crisis with $300 to full-time associates and $150 to part-timers.

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