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Thad Rueter

Senior Editor

Thad Rueter is Progressive Grocer's senior editor. Reach Thad by email at [email protected] 


August 2020

Meals created by award-winning chefs

Public Goods Debuts at CVS and Lands New Capital

Online membership site sells sustainable grocery, other products

Walmart Teams With Instacart on Same-Day Deliveries

The retailer aims to fight harder against Amazon on fulfillment

Gelson’s Markets tests brief airplane delivery trips for produce

Amazon, Boxed and Coborn’s are among the other hot merchants

Chain working toward 2025 retail sustainability goal

Apple Pay, Google Pay and Fitbit Pay are among payment methods

Get Ready for Retail Stockpiling, Round 2

Acosta finds consumers expect more pandemic shutdowns

DoorDash Opens an Online Convenience Store

DashMart joins other recent c-store innovations

Grocery Outlet Raises $4M to Combat Hunger

The chain has raised $11M since 2011 for food agencies

Food shoppers can shop from ads and click to purchase products

Blue Apron Enlists Chef Amanda Freitag for Menu Support

The TV chef will focus on classic Italian and diner fare

Beyond Meat Expands to Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale

The plant-based meat alternative also launches first TV spot

July 2020

Fast Company survey offers lessons to merchants during the pandemic and beyond

Walmart Workers Can ‘Ask Sam’ and Improve Customer Service

Retailer launches a voice-assisted mobile app for employees

Trader Joe’s Defends Product Labels Called ‘Racist’

Food retailer changes course, says the labels are staying around for now

Amazon, Publix and Wegmans Earn Top Reputations During Pandemic

The Axios Harris Poll 100 ranks companies based on trust, vision and other factors

Impossible Burger Makes its Walmart Debut

The alternative meat product is now in some 8,000 stores

McDonald's Not Lovin' Walmart Locations

Fast food stores exit the retail chain as healthcare services amp up

Meal-kit provider attracts new customers, posts 10% revenue boost

'Appreciation’ awards apply to hourly employees

Reusable Bags Are Back in New Hampshire

The state drops its pandemic-related reusable bag ban

Shelf Engine Raises $12M To Fight Food Waste

Kroger, Target, Whole Foods use the company’s technology

Growth could help food retailers reach more consumers

Hy-Vee to Distribute 3 Million Masks to Shoppers

The chain requires workers but not shoppers to wear masks

Recognition comes as food retailers boost health care offerings

Bashas’ Deploys NCR Point-of-Sale Technology

Move comes as the food retailer also uses artificial intelligence

‘Ugly Produce’ Provider Misfits Market Raises $85M

The subscription grocery service also has a new warehouse

To Mask or Not To Mask — Retailers Set Fresh Policies

Southeastern Grocers changes course while other merchants decline enforcement

Masks, BLM Drive Retail Boycotts From Both Sides

Younger consumers fuel growth in company boycotts

Trader Joe’s Moves Away from ‘Racist’ Product Labeling

The change comes as other food brands drop controversial product images

Retailer will improve payments, deliveries and store operations

Albertsons, Associated Food Join the Mask Mandate Trend

The moves come amid fresh virus spikes and new retail sales growth

Can Retailers Fend Off Mask Lawsuits?

Giant Eagle faces court action about its face mask policy

Schnucks, Target, CVS Make Masks Mandatory

Retailers and others are pressing for more mask compliance

The Giant Co. Sells Reusable Bags to Help Charities

New program reflects sustainability, pandemic giving

Amazon Eyes New Grocery Stores for Philadelphia Area

E-commerce operator reportedly has 3 sites in mind

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens Earn High Marks for Disability Efforts

Meijer and other food retailers also recognized for their work

Plant-based alternative meats join with a meal-kit provider

Plant-based alternative meats join with meal-kit provider

Kmart Strikes Prescription-Delivery Deal with ScriptDrop

Other retailers embrace more health care services

Amazon Opening Health Clinics for Warehouse Workers

Push comes amid increased pandemic pressure for fulfillment employees

Stop & Shop Launches Dietitian Program

Consumers can learn more about healthy eating via the free service

Kroger Stops Giving Change to Customers

Move reflects pandemic-related U.S. coin shortage

Food Retailers Can Earn Grants for Healthy Food Access

A Pennsylvania program reflects larger grocery and government efforts

Produce Takes Its Place on New U.S. Stamps

10 new stamps will feature fruits and vegetables

How Bad Will Mask Rage Get for Retailers?

Summer heat and other factors could make the problem worse

Can Meijer’s Newest Stores Serve Pandemic Shoppers Better?

The food retailer opens five supercenters in the Midwest

How Will Back-to-School Spending Play Out in 2020?

A new Deloitte report finds bright spots for e-commerce and other areas

Kroger Adds Fuel to Branding Push

Food retailer hires Dentsu Aegis Network for media and ad work

Uber Launches Grocery Delivery Service with Cornershop

The move follows Uber’s announcement of Postmates acquisition

Can Walmart Really Take On Amazon Prime?

The Walmart+ subscription service could launch later this month

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Offers Same-Day Deliveries

The deal with Shipt also includes beer and wine shipments

Uber To Buy Food Delivery Service Postmates

The deal follows Grubhub’s deal with Just Eat Takeaway

Amazon Plans New Grocery Expansion

Retailer plans to offer more checkout-free grocery shopping

Purple Carrot Brings Plant-Based Meals to Whole Foods

Pandemic could boost demand for single-serve meals

NGA Backs Food Retail Pandemic-Recovery Push

NGA helps deploy an accreditation program for independent grocers

Rising Food Retail Prices Could Turn Consumers to Value Purchases

The USDA forecasts higher prices for many food items for 2020

Instacart Looks to Credit Card Offers to Spark More Business

Food delivery services increasingly turn to card reward programs

Albertsons Ups its Seafood Sustainability Efforts

The food retailer using Responsible Choice Logo for more than 100 items

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