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.
Oranges have proven impulse-proof week after week. How can we give the rest of the department the boost it needs?
The biggest challenge, right now, is supply.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and King Kullen announced that they have terminated their Merger Agreement through which Stop & Shop was to acquire King Kullen.