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Abby Kleckler

Senior Digital & Tech Editor

Abby Kleckler is Progressive Grocer's digital and tech editor. Reach Abby by email at [email protected] 


April 2020

Breeding Freshness With Hydroponic Technology
Creating superior products and one-of-a-kind in-store experiences
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July 2020

NRF Urges Nationwide Mask Policy

Applauding some retailers' new policies but says they're not enough

Speed and Efficiency With Curbside Pickup

With e-commerce skyrocketing, food retailers are turning to technology to keep up

Food Lion Doubles Delivery Foodprint

Partnership with Instacart now at 302 locations

Hy-Vee Helping Employees, Families Go to College

Partners with Bellevue University for a tuition assistance program

Instacart Launches #GiveFromTheCart Challenge

Launches #GiveFromTheCart Challenge

Egg Producer Vital Farms Hatches IPO Plan

Conscious capitalism will be put to the test in public markets

FreshDirect Supports Community Agriculture

Adding subscription-free CSA boxes

Dollar General Supporting Racial Justice, Education

Makes a $5M pledge with the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Publix Filling Pet Prescriptions

Medications filled by the pharmacy, many available for delivery

NRF Plans In-Person Event, Goes Virtual Too

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is making some changes to the format, theme and timing for its annual "Big Show" due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Publix Initiative to Help Farmers Moves North

More than 5 million pounds of produce, 350,000 gallons of milk have been purchased and donated

Weis, Smart & Final, Others Launch Digital Ad Solution

New Mercatus Digital Advertising combines e-commerce platform with CitrusAd partnership

Rouses Markets to Deliver With Drones

Grocer beginning a pilot program with Deuce Drone this fall

No Ceiling in Sight for Grocery Pickup, Delivery

E-commerce sales reach record-breaking $7.2 billion in June

Brookshire Brothers Optimizes Its Inventory Management

Grocer turns to Itasca Retail for computer generated ordering

Kroger Health Debuts At-Home COVID-19 Tests

Available to front-line associates

Stop & Shop Investing Heavily in E-Commerce Offerings

3 new warerooms, 50 more pickup locations and Instacart expansion are on the horizon

Walmart Hires 265K Veterans

Milestone retailer set in 2013 is surpassed

June 2020

Grocers on Wheels Gain New Traction

VendaMarts finds its stride during COVID-19

Says it will work with platforms to 'combat hate speech and misinformation'

PMA Cancels Fresh Summit 2020 in Dallas

Will move content into a virtual format

UNFI Extends Partnership With National Co+op Grocers

Relationship includes access to the UNFI Brands+ private label items

Raley's Opens 1st Store Under New 'Healthy' Banner

Debut Raley’s O-N-E Market emphasizes organics, nutrition and education

Cub Foods Launches Bus Service, Opens Community Stores

Grocer rebuilding two Minneapolis-area locations

Stew Leonard's Sees Store Brands Soar

CEO Stew Leonard Jr. discusses what's changed during COVID-19

Meijer Supporting Blind, Low Vision Shoppers

Providing free use of the Aira app in its stores

Mercatus Makes Pickup Experience Seamless, Contact-Free

New Enhanced Fulfillment solution combines ShopperKit, Radius Networks technologies

Grocery Outlet Pushes for 'Independence From Hunger'

Retailer will match donations up to $1 million

Store Brands Looking for Leading Women

Nominations open for annual award through July 10

2020 GenNext Awards Opens Nominations

Annual awards honor emerging talent in food retail and CPG

Violà by Sobeys Home Delivery Debuts

Customer orders fulfilled from Ocado-powered automated warehouse

Schnucks to Open EatWell Store on June 24

Banner's debut store in a former Lucky's Market in Missouri

Sobeys Reports 'Proudest Quarter' in History

Parent company Empire saw same-store sales up 18%

Caputo's Streamlines Online Grocery Fulfillment

Chicagoland grocer using Locai's PowerPick technology to keep up with e-commerce demand

Publix's GreenWise Market Enters Georgia

New concept has been growing since late 2018

Amazon Leads Online SNAP Benefits to 36 States

USDA has been expediently working with retailers amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Upgrading Employee Engagement

Like never before, companies are now using platforms to boost commitment, passion and loyalty

Giant Food Restores Vaccinations

Pharmacies had suspended them earlier this year due to COVID-19

Natural Products Expo East Canceled, New Digital Platform Launches

Spark Charge will look to digitally fill a 2020 natural products void

Big Y Names New CFO

William Mahoney recently retired

The 2020 Top Women in Grocery: Senior-Level Executives

Progressive Grocer recognizes 350 extraordinary women this year who join the ranks of the Top Women in Grocery.

The 2020 Top Women in Grocery: Rising Stars

350 women honored as Senior-Level Executives, Rising Stars or Store Managers, and 2 Trailblazers named

Albertsons Awards Final COVID-19 Bonuses

Additional $2-per-hour appreciation pay ended June 13

The 2020 Top Women in Grocery: Rising Stars

202 women honored in this category

Walmart Signs Shopify to Compete With Amazon Marketplace

Expansion includes more small and medium businesses

The Coronavirus Pandemic: What Grocers Need to Know

Complete coverage amid COVID-19

The 2020 Top Women in Grocery: Store Managers

Progressive Grocer recognizes 350 extraordinary women this year who join the ranks of the Top Women in Grocery.

Schnucks Exits the Iowa Market

Closing its Bettendorf store in August

Acosta Taps Coca-Cola Exec for Chief Growth Officer

John Carroll appointed to the newly created role

Sam's Club Accelerates Curbside Pickup

Service will be available at all clubs by end of month

Food Delivery Sees Major Shakeup as Grubhub Sells

Europe's Just Eat to merge with company

Walmart Expands Associate Education Options

Adds skilled trade and digital skills programs

Smart & Final Takes Social Justice Action

CEO Dave Hirz's letter to customers and the community

Southeastern Grocers Braces for Hurricane Season

Donates to the American Red Cross, creates checklist in anticipation of the storms

Kroger Teams Up With Streaming Platform Roku

New shopping data program for improved advertising

Kroger CEO Weighs In on Racial Injustice

Retailer is also establishing a $5 million fund

Rosie Answers Independent Grocers' COVID-19 Needs

E-commerce company sees a 900% increase in store signups

Food Lion Launches 'Summers Without Hunger'

Grocer teaming up with customers, CPG brands and Feeding America

SEG Selling 62 Stores to Food Lion, Dissolving Bi-Lo Banner

Retailer also divesting the assets of 57 in-store pharmacies to CVS and Walgreens

Natural Products See Significant Sales Spike

Channel saw as much as 78% growth in mid-March

GrubMarket Heads to the Pacific Northwest

Acquires Hung San Foods in the Seattle area

Food Lion Adds Coupons to E-Commerce

Online consumers keep track of rewards and via checkout screens

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