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Pandemic accelerates digital transformation in retail, says GlobalData

- Retail
As the entire world is scrambling to come back to normalcy under the COVID-19 pandemic-induced social distancing guidelines, brick-and-mortar retailers are shifting gears to rapidly embrace digital technologies to bridge the physical distance and navigate the crisis.

Summer fruit needs a boost

- Produce with Pamela
Oranges have proven impulse-proof week after week. How can we give the rest of the department the boost it needs? 

Albertsons chief: Organic is “screaming” hot right now, no signs of slowing

- Retail
The biggest challenge, right now, is supply.

Fruit sales plummet in non-holiday week ending June 28

- Retail
The week ending June 28 was the week in between Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, which means everyday demand alone was driving the sales numbers.

Predicting organic’s post-pandemic future

- General News
All spring, retail sales have paced higher than a year ago with the pandemic altering food consumption habits, and organic produce has paced higher than that.

New products will be challenged without sampling

- Retail
Nearly every one of the 2020 United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards winners that participated in a Zoom panel at United Fresh Live on June 16 said sampling was the most effective way to introduce consumers to new items in the department. And every one of them said sampling programs are on hold indefinitely.

Three months in, fresh produce gains remain in double digits

- Retail
The first week of June marks three full months of coronavirus-related shopping patterns. While restaurant competition for the food dollar is gearing up, grocery sales remained highly elevated.

The Produce Reporter Week in Review – June 12, 2020

- General News
One retailer called off the sale of a banner and another cancelled a long-agreed-upon acquisition. Pamela this is definitely a pandemic-related trend we could see more.

UNFI reports strong Q3, delays Cub Foods sale

- Retail
United Natural Foods, Inc. reported a 12 percent third quarter sales growth over last year's same period in its third quarter financial report. However, UNFI announced plans to continue to operate the Cub Foods banner and some of its Shoppers Food Warehouse stores for up to two years.

Stop & Shop kills acquisition agreement with King Kullen

- Retail
Stop & Shop and King Kullen announced that they have terminated their Merger Agreement through which Stop & Shop was to acquire King Kullen.