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Christine LaFave Grace

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Christine LaFave Grace covers Walmart, Target and other Midwestern grocery retailers as editor at Winsight Grocery Business. Her 15+ years of experience in B2B publishing includes five years spent as managing editor of Putman Media’s Plant Services magazine. At Putman Media, she co-founded the Influential Women in Manufacturing program and the Manufacturing Tomorrow’s Workforce podcast. As a B2B editor and reporter, LaFave Grace has covered the manufacturing/industrial production, healthcare and foodservice industries; she also spent two years covering the fast-casual restaurant industry and the U.K. and Canadian foodservice markets for Winsight-owned Technomic. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington and lives in Wheaton, IL, with her family.

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Industry Partners

For Grocers, an Emergency Response Plan Isn't Enough

"You're not an island," a former DHS official told an FMI audience in an active-assailant preparedness seminar, urging retailers to collaborate with other local businesses and law enforcement.

Retailers

Walmart vs. Amazon: Who's Up, Who's Down in Online Grocery Sales

Walmart saw big gains in fresh produce sales online in 2021, while Amazon's online sales in produce and other fresh categories fell—suggesting challenges and opportunities for both retailers.

The retailer is expanding its partnership with DroneUp and says drone delivery will be available to as many as 4 million households in six states by the end of the year.

A Dollar General manager fired last month after declining to take down a TikTok video recorded at her Tampa, Fla., store is slated to attend the rally, which organizers say will launch a national effort.

The two retail giants expected to see elevated supply-chain costs, more macroeconomic uncertainty and an impact from lapping stimulus spending—but not to this extent.

"We really are an integral part of the community. We do more than just sell groceries; we’re a center, in many cases, of the neighborhood," Tops' John Persons says.

Echoing Walmart, Target said that higher transportation costs and excess inventory squeezed profits in the first quarter.

The Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund will "provide direct financial assistance to the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected," Tops said.

Walmart customers shifted their spending away from general merchandise to grocery—and in some cases, from national brands to private labels—to help manage rising food prices in the first quarter.

U.S. comp sales growth came in at a better-than-expected 3%, but the Bentonville, Ark.-based retailer lowered its full-year EPS guidance as 2022's "unusual environment" continues to pressure margins.

Walmart is aiming to bring more emerging and high-potential talent into its retail ecosystem with the announcement of a new management-training program and expanded career-development opportunities.

Tops President John Persons said Monday that the company is "rapidly working to create a fund for the families of victims and those directly impacted."

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