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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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Walmart

Walmart Adding AR to the In-Store Experience—Including for Grocery

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

Walmart

Walmart Expands a Pregnancy Support Benefit

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

The retailer last month expanded its partnership with warehouse automation specialist Symbotic, which will see its tech implemented in all 42 of Walmart's regional distribution centers.

The Cincinnati-based grocer said it has collaborated with five EV specialists, including EVgo, Tesla and Volta, to install more than 350 vehicle chargers in 10 states, with more to come.

A good sale is hard to find: As they seek to cope with inflation, consumers say fewer of the items they want are on sale and coupons are harder to come by, new surveys find.

Jokr is the latest "instant delivery" player to shut down U.S. operations as consumers and investors get skittish about spending.

Walmart Inc. also is instituting a progressive wage model that will boost techs' pay up to $4 more per hour over four years.

Seventy-seven percent of consumers said they changed their grocery choices or buying behaviors in May in response to inflation, up 6 percentage points from April.

Members will continue to get free delivery on orders of $35 or more; households now will be able to build online carts and place combined orders through one Instacart+ account.

Shop-N-Save Food Centers was a longtime SpartanNash distribution customer; SNS stores have been rebranded as Family Fare locations.

Prices for freight transportation by truck jumped almost 26% year over year, the BLS reported, and prices for final-demand foods were up 13% vs. the year-ago period.

Consumers report rising pessimism about the short-term economic outlook for the U.S. and a worsening of their view of their own financial situation.

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