Heather Lalley

Editor in chief, Winsight Grocery Business

Articles by
Heather Lalley

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Walmart

Is drone delivery ready to take off?

Walmart made 6,000 drone drops in 2022 at 36 markets in seven states, inching the retailer closer to its goal of “conducting drone deliveries at scale.”

Labor

Grocery is a rare bright spot in December retail hiring

The food retail industry added 5,700 jobs during the month, while warehouse clubs and supercenters continued to lose workers, according to data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Conklin will assume the post from Brandon Barnholt on April 1. Barnholt has led the natural-and-organic foods wholesaler for 15 years.

SpartanNash said the deal, which includes the independent grocery wholesaler’s 300,000-square-foot distribution center, will expand its supply chain network.

The 24,000-square-foot grocery store in Aventura will carry more than 100 local brands, the independent grocer said.

BrandSpark’s fifth-annual Most Trusted Grocery Retailers in America list, conducted in partnership with Winsight Grocery Business and Newsweek, also noted the growing reach of dollar stores.

The e-commerce and fulfillment platform for regional grocers, which has more than 100 U.S. customers, will add shopper engagement and personalization to its capabilities with the deal, the company said.

Digital grocery sales rose 24.6% in November over the month before after declining in September, and most shoppers say they plan to buy at least some groceries through the channel in 2023, according to a new report from Grocery Doppio.

The grocery delivery platform and tech company said Instacart+ membership will be $4.99 a month for a year for those who experience food insecurity.

The retail giant’s partnership with DroneUp, which it invested in last year, now extends to stores in Phoenix, Dallas, Tampa and Orlando.

The retail giant on Wednesday announced the nationwide rollout of its Text to Shop platform that allows shoppers to place orders about as easily as texting a friend.

Online grocery orders fell 10% in November, according to data released Tuesday from Brick Meets Click. But value-focused shoppers are increasingly turning to big box retailers for their digital shopping trips.

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