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    Gopuff taps Panera exec as new CFO

    The co-CEOs of the ultrafast delivery firm said Ted Stedem's expertise in finance and operations will help the company as it enters its next phase.

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    Pardon the Disruption: Why grocery chains are outperforming expectations amid inflation

    Earnings reports from Albertsons, Ahold Delhaize and Publix show consumers still value the supermarket format despite record-high food prices. Can companies keep the momentum going long term?

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    Tracking the development of Kroger’s automated e-commerce center network

    The grocer has returned to San Antonio, a market it left in the early ‘90s, with delivery-only service from a spoke site in the city, per a local news report.

    Updated Aug. 5, 2022
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    Thrive Market enters the beauty industry with new line of private label products

    The brand consists of 26 individual products meant for all skin, body and hair types at prices that are competitive with major brands.

  • Illustration of a grocery delivery van with Bakkal's red logo on the side in front of different styles of buildings.
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    Retrieved from Bakkal on August 12, 2022

    Online ethnic grocery marketplace Bakkal completes $3M seed round

    The startup plans to use the funds to support technology development, grow its engineering team and expand marketing activities.

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    BP plans to maximize East Coast footprint with NY c-store opening

    California-based Ampm debuted in the Big Apple, with a grocery section of fruit, dry goods and a bakery, as well as a hot deli. 

  • Inside a grocery store, a grocery shopper browses the meat selection where a "low price" sign hangs.
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    The Friday Checkout: Inflation may have hit a high point, but groceries don’t seem to have noticed

    Food costs are soaring even as gas prices decline, casting a spotlight on supermarkets as the economy plods ahead.

  • Publix employee delivering someone's pharmacy order to their car window
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    Publix begins offering curbside pickup at select pharmacies

    The service has launched at locations in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Virginia and will expand to North Carolina and South Carolina in the future. 

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    Hy-Vee expanding Scan & Go to more stores

    The rollout of the checkout-free technology comes as grocers and convenience stores are looking to make the shopping and payment process smoother. 

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    Grocery prices spike 13.1% even as overall inflation slows

    Food-at-home prices rose once again on an annual basis in July, while the inflation rate slowed to 8.5%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Wednesday.

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    Ahold Delhaize gaining momentum in the US amid rising price sensitivity

    The company’s second-quarter performance exceeded expectations and was driven by its U.S. retail brands, which reported a 6.4% comps increase and 16.4% growth in online sales.

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    Inflation, at-home eating lift Grocery Outlet’s Q2 comp sales

    The discounter saw comparable store sales increase 11.2% year-over-year and net sales jump 15.7% to $897.7 million.

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    The pandemic upended alcohol consumption. Here’s where it stands and what grocers need to know.

    New research from IRI suggests at-home drinking has retained its appeal and points to areas of opportunity grocers can tap into to keep the buzz going from alcohol sales.

  • Individual holding its hand under Amazon One's palm recognition payment method at a Whole Foods Market checkout counter
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    Whole Foods to add Amazon One payment tech to dozens of stores in California

    After rolling out the bio-authentication and payment technology to a handful of stores earlier this year, the grocery chain will add it to 65 locations in the West Coast state.

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    Online grocery sales increased 17% in July

    Inflation and COVID-19 concerns continue to lift sales, though more of the benefits are flowing to mass merchandisers, according to the latest monthly research from Brick Meets Click and Mercatus.

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    Farmstead stops operating in 4 of its 5 markets

    The online grocer has paused service in Chicago, Miami, and Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and is now only operating in its home market of San Francisco, said CEO Pradeep Elankumaran.

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    Smart cart tech firm Shopic bags $35M in funding

    The Israeli startup plans to expand the deployment of its automated checkout technology, which attaches to standard shopping carts, among grocers in the Americas, Europe and Israel.

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    FreshDirect to launch first loyalty program

    The online grocer has enlisted a digital marketing firm to develop the program, which it aims to roll out in early 2023.

  • Gopuff's new instant pay option lets delivery partners receive their earnings balance at an time
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    Retrieved from Gopuff press release.

    Gopuff invests in delivery worker benefits amid business challenges

    The instant delivery company now offers instant payment options for its workers, building on updates like an enhanced driver app and new support tools.

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    Grocery store hiring remains strong in July

    Employment in the food retailing industry has now expanded for two months in a row, reflecting brisk efforts by grocers to bring on employees in a highly competitive labor market.

  • 7-Eleven launches 7Now Gold Pass.
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    7-Eleven reportedly acquires delivery startup, intends to compete with DoorDash

    The c-store giant bought Skipcart, which provides same-day and on-demand delivery, according to The Information. 

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    Courtesy of Afresh Technologies

    Food waste tech firm Afresh raises $115M

    The Series B funding round, which included former Whole Foods executive Walter Robb as an investor, will help scale the technology to “thousands” more stores.

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    The Friday Checkout: Instacart raises eyebrows with IPO plans

    The company is reportedly planning to go public before 2022 ends and also expanding beyond food to fashion with limited edition streetwear products. Yes, there are carrots.

  • A QuikTrip convenience store
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    Major c-store chain plans to open more food-focused, fuel-free locations

    QuikTrip will open its second prepared foods-focused location next week in Oklahoma as it and other convenience operators continue to blur the lines with grocery stores and restaurants.

  • Sprouts Farmers Market
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    Sprouts looks to reignite store growth as quarterly sales increase

    The specialty grocer’s comps grew 2% and store traffic increased in the second quarter, but analysts remain wary of its ability to stand out from the competition.