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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Consumer confidence in August: Better but not great

U.S. consumers' assessment of current economic conditions and the landscape six months out both showed improvement in August, The Conference Board reported Tuesday.


Walmart moves to buy out Massmart in South Africa

The retailer has proposed acquiring outstanding shares of 400-store Massmart and taking the company private in a bid to stay ahead of Amazon in Africa.

Walmart tapped Oak Brook, Illinois-based smart-tech company myQ to help drive its expansion of InHome delivery service.

The labor force participation rate reversed course, inching down to 62.2%, as wages rose 5.1% year over year.

The three-tier Cart Star program will offer incentives, including fuel discounts and childcare assistance, based on shoppers' number of orders filled and their customer rating.

Previously a separate membership, Walmart's InHome service now will be an optional add-on for Walmart+ members.

In the latest move in the battle for delivery dominance, Amazon and Grubhub announced a new partnership that could see Amazon take up to a 15% stake in Grubhub.

The dollar store, which raised prices to $1.25 last fall, is under pressure from investors despite higher sales and improved margins.

An easy-to-use app, convenient delivery options and successful substitutions helped propel the San Antonio-based grocer to the top of dunnhumby's first-ever eCommerce Retailer Preference Index.

"This announcement speaks to our bench strength of talent," Walmart Canada CEO Horacio Barbeito says in naming a new chief people officer and two new additions to the retailer's leadership team.

New tech will let shoppers scan store shelves to more easily find what they're looking for.

The retailer is extending its doula-service coverage, introduced last year in Georgia, to employees on a Walmart medical plan in three additional states.

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