Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Walmart Sweetens its Rewards Program

The retailer on Wednesday debuted Walmart Rewards, which offers cash back on select items for Walmart+ members. The savings can be banked in a digital wallet to save on future purchases.


Instacart Goes Big with Latest Offering

The same-day grocery delivery platform on Wednesday launched “Big & Bulky,” which allows its shoppers with large vehicles to deliver electronics, furniture and other unwieldy items along with food and drinks.

Food-at-home sales are surpassing those at restaurants, a trend that’s expected to continue, according to new research from Information Resources, Inc. and The NPD Group.

The online grocery delivery company’s revenue climbed 39% from a year ago for the quarter that ended in June, soaring to $621 million, according to investors cited by the Wall Street Journal.

The nation’s largest employer also said it would increase coverage for those who must travel long distances for healthcare following the overturning of Roe vs. Wade.

Four years after pairing with the retail giant to deliver groceries and other items, DoorDash ended the relationship. Walmart said it is focusing on its in-house delivery platform.

An Ohio judge this week said the pharmacies must give the money to two counties to “abate the opioid nuisance they caused.” Walmart said it will appeal the ruling.

The retailer, which also has distribution and wholesale channels, is seeking to become more efficient amid rising prices. On Thursday, it reported net sales of $2.3 billion, a 7.9% increase over the prior year, for the second quarter.

Two butchers at the Houston-based grocer suffered severed fingertips this year while using unguarded band saws to cut meat, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said.

Despite a rough second quarter, the retailer continues to invest in its digital infrastructure for long-term growth.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found obstructed exit routes, unstable merchandise stacks and more at several Georgia locations of the discount retailer.

The retailer on Wednesday said its food and beverage sales increased in the low double digits during the second quarter, far outpacing overall same-store sales growth of 2.6%.

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