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Retailers

Grocers Saw Bigger Job Gains in April; Unemployment Rate Flat

Food and beverage stores added 23,800 jobs in the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, while the labor force participation rate saw a small but disappointing dip.

CPG

Consumer Brands' 2022 Outlook: Cautious Optimism and Informed Pessimism

CPG demand has remained strong as many Americans continue to work from home more than they did pre-pandemic—but that's exacerbating existing and emerging supply-chain challenges, Consumer Brands says.

The Minneapolis-based retailer is shuffling its leadership lineup with internal promotions and the creation of a new chief guest experience officer role.

Grocers have been reluctant to pass along full price increases to customers. Shoppers have been reluctant to switch stores in search of lower prices or better inventory. That's starting to change.

A Mother's Day-themed deal on subscriptions to SpartanNash's $49 a year Fast Lane membership program promises $10 in free produce, floral department items and snacks each month.

"Inflation and the war in Ukraine will continue to pose downside risks to confidence and may further curb consumer spending this year," The Conference Board's Lynn Franco says.

A La Crosse, Wis.-based congregation of Roman Catholic Sisters is calling on Walmart shareholders to back a proposal calling for greater pay accountability from the retailer.

"I think one thing that is probably a bit of a surprise to companies that want to get started, that want to take action, is that they can’t stop at just the final packaging," says Boma Brown-West, a Whirlpool veteran, mechanical engineer and current director of consumer health at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Peter Anjorin and Yu Ying Seah will help lead strategy/business development and global IT, respectively, for the Michigan-based retailer and distributor.

More than 4 in 10 consumers polled by digital supply-chain specialist Blue Yonder said their interest in shopping sustainably has increased since the start of the pandemic.

A new logo and new ingredient and sourcing goals for the popular private label reflect a move to evolve Member's Mark into a "purpose-driven brand," the retailer says.

New research from Paychex finds part-timers more likely to report financial distress resulting from irregular schedules and hybrid workers more likely to report struggles with mental wellness.

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