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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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Retailers

Walmart Wants to Help Customers Find Products That Are 'Built for Better'

Courting "intentional" shoppers, Walmart is introducing a new online shopping hub and new iconography meant to help label-conscious customers easily identify the kinds of products they want.

Retailers

More Meals at Home, But Less Meat in Baskets, IRI Finds

Consumers pulled back on restaurant dining in August, but inflation may be affecting what's going in their grocery cart, new IRI research indicates.

The Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity is backing four networks that will seek at a community level to prevent violence, keep individuals out of the criminal justice system and fund research into criminal justice reform.

As part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Winn-Dixie parent Southeastern Grocers said it will open two new outposts of its five-year-old Fresco y Mas chain in Florida in November.

"An easy solution simply does not exist" to ongoing supply-chain and labor challenges, FMI President and CEO Leslie Sarasin said, but policy changes would help.

It's not Walmart's first foray into driverless delivery, but the collaboration with Ford and Argo AI is Walmart's first that will see self-driving delivery debut in multiple cities at once.

Hy-Vee's experience- and convenience-focused new store offers a DSW store-in-store, a nail bar, a pharmacy with a drive-thru, an in-store Starbucks, fast-casual dining concepts and a fitness showroom—and, oh yeah, groceries.

Food insecurity increased in 2020 in households with children and in Black, non-Hispanic households, the Bipartisan Policy Center's Food and Nutrition Security Task Force noted in its first report.

Consumer prices rose 5.3% year over year in August after climbing 5.4% for the 12 months ended in July. Retail beef prices are up 12.2% over August 2020 levels.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a fourth straight month of record-setting wholesale price increases.

Leading retail and consumer-goods groups are seeking further guidance and assistance from the federal government in response to the announced mandate, which the Retail Industry Leaders Association called "a colossal undertaking."

The online grocer known for its international selection welcomes three new leaders with an eye on developing assortment and supply chain capabilities.

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