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BJ's Gains Share With 20%+ Q1 Sales Surge
May 21, 2020
.... Overall revenue rose 20.8% to nearly $3.8B. Comparable-club sales climbed 19.9% from a year ago and, excluding fuel, were up 27%. “This pandemic has presented us all with challenges. I am proud of how we managed our business in this new environment and deeply thankful for the contributi...
Target Sees 141% Digital Sales Leap in Q1, But Misses Earnings Expectations
May 21, 2020
...re, a year earlier. The company said the decline reflects “hundreds of millions of dollars” of incremental employee pay and benefits and COVID-19 safety investments for workers and customers. Adjusted EPS (diluted) were 59 cents vs. $1.53 in the prior-year period. Analysts, on average, h...
Albertsons Sells 17%+ Stake to Apollo Global
May 21, 2020
...us support over the years in operations, technology and financing as we have grown our business and our platform, and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic as we focus on the safety and well-being of our associates, customers and communities." On March 6, Albertsons filed a registration statement ...
TOH, Family Handyman Saw Record Digital Stats in April
May 21, 2020
...oup to identify the content categories and topics Taste of Home could organize around in a way that is true to the brand and our audience during the coronavirus.” That meant tapping into already popular topics, like comfort foods and baking and freezing and preserving food. They also looked at...
FIPP World Media Congress Goes Digital for 2020
May 21, 2020
MediaPost: "For the first time in its nearly century run, the 45thFIPP World Media Congress is taking the event digital, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.While the physical event was slated to take place in Estoril, Portugal September 15-16, the digital event will take place from Sept. 2-30 online. The ...
Time Launches 'Leadership Brief' Newsletter, Interview Series
May 21, 2020
...rom Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture, Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, and others planned over the coming weeks."The pandemic is putting extraordinary demands on leaders,” Eben Shapiro, Time deputy editor and host of The Leadership Brief, told Publishers Daily. ...
How WaPo Plans to Weather the Ad Storm
May 21, 2020
...forts to help. As the Post puts it, these are not ads, but "an easy-to-navigate resource of world-renowned brands working on the front lines of this crisis”. One is for national brands and the other for local brands. “The important tone to strike with these directories was humility and u...
The Atlantic Lays Off 17% of Staff, Shutters Video Unit., Accelerates Sub Strategy
May 21, 2020
...is to guarantee The Atlantic’s long-term financial viability.” The publication described the end of its events business due to the coronavirus as “overnight and near-complete” and said it’s experiencing “a bracing decline in advertising.” The decline in adve...
Wintour: Virus Is 'Catastrophic' for Fashion Industry
May 21, 2020
...ur, who noted Amazon’s $500,000 donation to “A Common Thread.” Wintour, who has led iconic Vogue since 1988, said she believes the COVID-19 crisis will alter how people approach fashion in the future, with an eye toward sustainability and “the value of what they’re buyi...
IRI Launches CPG Supply Index
May 20, 2020
...ric for tracking weekly changes in the availability (in-stock rates) of CPG products in absolute terms as well as a relative measure compared to pre-pandemic levels across departments, retail formats and regions,” IRI said. The new feature works like this: Daily online and in-store transaction...
CEO: Food Price Inflation Won't Change Aldi's' Formula
May 20, 2020
...er end of the increases were dairy, up 5.2% versus a year ago, and nonalcoholic beverages, up 5%... Aldi U.S. stands well-positioned as the COVID-19 crisis heightens consumers’ financial and health concerns. The retailer offers a curated selection of high-quality private-label products —...
More on Walmart's Q1: Online Soars 74%
May 20, 2020
...McMillon said. “Our increasingly seamless omnichannel customer proposition is resonating. The strategy positioned the company well during this crisis, and we remain convinced that it will in the future.” In the U.S., Q1 started out as expected, but "as the pandemic spread, we saw the mix...
Wired Union Blasts Conde's Severance Packages
May 20, 2020
...worked for WIRED full time for years in a shameful two-tier system, were left with no severance pay or health coverage whatsoever in the middle of a pandemic that has caused the worst economic downturn in generations.”After a first round of cuts unveiled in late April that resulted in pay redu...
SI Publisher Gets $5.7M PPP Loan
May 20, 2020
...the equivalent of 9% of its staff, and shrank executive pay by almost a third as it grapples with an expected $30M loss in revenues this year due to COVID-19. Around 6% of Sports Illustrated journalists, who were hit by a separate round of layoffs, were impacted. In the filing, Maven, which employs ...
Vanity Fair Shoots June Cover Via Zoom
May 20, 2020
...erencing platform Zoom.Collier Schorr photographed Monáe for the June issue of the entertainment magazine, from a distance. With the COVID-19 pandemic making it nearly impossible to shoot in person, photographers and creative teams have had to find virtual ways to get the cover shot. The Cut&...
Modern Luxury Donates Special Issue Proceeds to Feeding America
May 20, 2020
...r 15 Modern Luxury markets collaborated remotely... The special May/June issue features 50-plus pages of inspiring stories of hope during the global pandemic, with profiles and interviews on individuals and organizations leading during this troubled time. They include: Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Jack D...
Kroger Retracts Demand That Sick Workers Return Extra Pay
May 20, 2020
... isn't disclosing how many workers received the additional pay, saying only that it involved associates paid to remain at home after reporting coronavirus symptoms, testing positive for COVID-19 or who were otherwise quarantined. "This was an unfortunate payroll accounting error. We've since in...
Euromonitor: Overall U.S. Retail Sales Could Fall 6% in 2020
May 19, 2020
... Euromonitor said the factors that could alter its 2020 forecast include the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, the government’s response to the pandemic, the rate at which consumers are comfortable returning to malls and stores, and how retailers are able to react to the dramatic shifts in cons...
U.K.'s Waterstones Sees Online Sales Leap, Preps for Reopening
May 19, 2020
... demand for books with a 17% rise in sales. Daunt said classics, including lengthy “bucket list” books by Leo Tolstoy, Marcel Proust and pandemic-inspired literature such as Albert Camus’s The Plague, had all proved popular, although the bestseller in Waterstones has been Rutger Br...
Walmart to Close Jet.com
May 19, 2020
...the short-term environment will be challenging, we’re positioned well for long-term success in an increasingly omni world.” The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a surge of people shopping online. But a number of companies, including Amazon and eBay, have found that handling business at the m...
Wegmans Announces Price Increases
May 19, 2020
...tbreak. The note from “the Wegman Family” that owns the chain said one factor behind the higher prices is the costs of the chain’s COVID-19 response. Wegmans said, “In the matter of a few short weeks, our stores had to transform into a place where people keep their distance f...
Bureau Veritas Launches Safety Standard for Retail
May 19, 2020
...he Cleveland Clinic to create a uniform set of standards for hygiene control and health safety in grocery stores and other businesses operating in a COVID-19 world. The Cleveland Clinic will serve as the medical director of the Bureau Veritas Restart your Business With BV program, which includes pro...
Retailers Adapt to Meet Demand for Household Supplies
May 19, 2020
... to bolster their in-stock positioning... Walmart said paper products, cleaning supplies and other items have remained in high demand throughout the crisis. “We are working to replenish those items quickly, including diverting products to areas of the country where they are needed most and rou...
Book Sales Flat for Q1, Despite 8% Hit in March
May 19, 2020
PW: "The decline in publishing sales due to the impact of COVID-19 began to appear in some, but not all, industry segments in March. The 1,361 publishers who report to the AAP's StatShot program saw a 8.4% decline in sales in March compared to a year ago. While the adult books and children/young adu...
Sports Illustrated Publisher Says It Needs to Raise Funds
May 19, 2020
...r and current staffers, most notably a public firing and smearing of former SI writer Grant Wahl. According to a report, Maven’s filing blames COVID-19 as a reason for its struggles, but reporter Brian Floyd noted, “This concern has been around for years. When it did the SI deal a year a...
Bauer U.K. to Sell, Merge or Close 10 Titles
May 19, 2020
...publishing chief executive Chris Duncan, who was appointed last month after leaving his role as Times Newspapers managing director, said: “The pandemic and lockdown has further accelerated the trends already affecting the publishing industry.“Bauer publishes nearly 100 magazines in the U...
How WaPo Plans to Weather the Ad Storm
May 19, 2020
...forts to help. As the Post puts it, these are not ads, but "an easy-to-navigate resource of world-renowned brands working on the front lines of this crisis”. One is for national brands and the other for local brands. “The important tone to strike with these directories was humility and u...
Conde Nast Creates New Data Offering For Advertisers
May 19, 2020
... the onset of the global pandemic, spurring the creation of this data offering: The “Now” consumer, who is still shopping throughout the crisis, the “New” consumer who is looking at different brands and the “first mover” consumer who will be the “Next”...
Complying With Personal Data Requests Costly, Overwhelming, Finds Study
May 19, 2020
...AR average spend an average 30% of their day dealing with these requests. And 30% believe there will be a massive increase in DSAR requests when the pandemic lockdown ends."
WFA Study: Print Ads More Vulnerable To Cuts Than Digital
May 19, 2020
...rus pandemic, a study suggests. Advertisers plan to cut their print budgets by an average of 37% during the first half of the year, given the health crisis, according to a survey of 38 companies by the World Federation of Advertisers. The cuts aren't as severe as the 56% drop in events and experient...
Grocery Sales a Bright Spot in Dim April for Retail
May 18, 2020
PG: Driven by increased eating at home during COVID-19 shelter-at-home, "U.S. grocery sales increased 14.5% in April when compared with the same month in 2019, according to unadjusted retail figures released May 15 by the U.S. Census Bureau. But the larger world of U.S. retail is suffering through a...
Hannaford Seeks to Hire 2K Workers
May 18, 2020
...Maine-based grocer embarked on the hiring push to support stores, current employees and customers during a time of increased demand amid coronavirus pandemic, as well as to provide additional capacity for the Hannaford To Go grocery pickup service"...
Opinion: Pricing in a Pandemic
May 18, 2020
... with the most current demand signals. Although pricing alone cannot avoid the supply chain challenges retailers are encountering as a result of the pandemic, a quick identification of price sensitivity level and resulting demand can help retailers minimize the impact. As meat packing facilities bec...
Union Calls for Grocers to Extend Emergency COVID Pay Plans
May 18, 2020
...ions. As of May 15, the UFCW estimates that at least 65 grocery workers have died and 9,810 workers have become sick or been exposed to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UFCW is the largest food and retail union in the United States with 1.3 million members. In the letter, UFCW International President Marc...
Target, Kroger Give More Money to Front Line Workers
May 18, 2020
...orning.The announcement comes as some other companies' hazard pay for front-line workers, who have taken on extra risk and stress working during the pandemic, is set to expire at the end of this month or in early June as many states begin to reopen... This is the second time Target has extended the ...
Opinion: The New Normal Will Look a Lot Like The Old Normal
May 18, 2020
...rector and co-Founder, Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer, writes in part: "I’m not saying that nothing has changed or will change because of our pandemic experience. But assuming scientists (and not politicians) are allowed to develop inoculations and we don’t all die in the meantime, I ex...
HBG Launches Indie Bookstore Assistance Program
May 18, 2020
...hrough 2020, an extended timeline for stores to pay older invoices, and a freight offset credit for returning inventory that did not sell due to the pandemic. The terms, the publisher said, will impact both books published by HBG and those by publishers for which it distributes, including Abrams Boo...
AMI Awaiting $5M-$6M PPP Loan
May 18, 2020
...cure hundreds of jobs that might have been lost as we and other publishers continue to navigate the current economic climate created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” a spokesman told The Daily Beast, which weeks ago broke the story about the loan application." On Sunday, CNN aired a documentary on t...
The Atlantic Series Delves the Power of Conspiracy Theories
May 18, 2020
... project will be updated throughout the year.“Shadowlands” becomes even more relevant when considering the falsities around the COVID-19 pandemic pushed by the White House and the upcoming election. Atlantic EIC Jeffrey Goldberg writes in an introductory essay: “This improbable que...
Vice Media Slams Big Platforms As It Lays Off 150
May 18, 2020
CNBC: "Vice Media is laying off around 155 employees globally as the coronavirus pandemic continues to strain the media industry, according to multiple reports… But in an unusual move, CEO Nancy Dubuc is placing the blame not only on coronavirus, but on Big Tech companies taking the lion&rsqu...
Economist Group Lays Off 90, Takes 1843 Mag Digital-Only
May 18, 2020
...t subscribers will be given digital access. According to Adweek, the transition to digital-only was planned prior to the pandemic, but the impact of COVID-19 escalated the timeline. 1843 was rebranded in 2016, printing as Intelligent Life, which debuted in 2007, prior.In an official statement, the E...
Meredith Confirms Ad Declines in Latest Quarter
May 18, 2020
...s quarterly earnings report, which was supposed to come out on Monday, due to "an extremely challenging business environment" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The company recently announced short-term pay reductions that would affect roughly 60% of its staff, as well as a salary and hiring freeze, to...
WH Smith Hopes for Fall Rebound After 85% Sales Drop
May 14, 2020
... said there had been a “significant impact” from the coronavirus on WH Smith. “The emergence of COVID-19 and the associated global pandemic has affected all of us in ways that were unimaginable only a short while ago,” he said. “We are a resilient and versatile business...
NGA Supports Proposed Tax Holiday for Frontline Workers
May 14, 2020
...e grocers comprising the independent sector of the food distribution industry, has hailed the introduction of the Assistance and Gratitude for coronavirus Heroes in Agribusiness who are Invaluable to the Nation, or the AG CHAIN Act, which would provide a federal tax holiday and a payroll tax exempti...
Stater Bros. Extends Hourly Employee Wage Incentive
May 14, 2020
...on, corporate office and construction employees. The wage incentive was implemented in March to recognize hardworking associates during the COVID-19 pandemic and already previously extended through May 3 and then through May 17"...
UNFI CEO: Recession, New Consumer Habits Could Last 2 Years
May 14, 2020
...cing natural 3-to-1,” UNFI CEO Steven Spinner said Wednesday [at a BMO Capital Markets conference]. Spinner said he expects the recession that COVID-19 started to last another 18 to 24 months. Consumers will continue to prepare food and eat at home, and look for values in the conventional stor...
Print Book Units Post Another Week of Double-Digit Gains
May 14, 2020
PW: "Unit sales of print books continue to defy expectations that the coronavirus crisis will lead to a plunge in sales. In fact, just the opposite is occurring. Last week, unit sales of print books had their second consecutive week of double-digit growth over the previous week at outlets that repor...
Forbes Reduces Contributor Fees
May 14, 2020
The Wrap: "Forbes quietly restructured its pay scale for contributors amid the coronavirus pandemic, ending the $500 guarantee for any writer who had seven posts published per month and reducing the repeat-reader bonus from five cents to one cent. The cap on repeat-reader bonuses was also lifted.In ...
Men's, Women's HealthTeam on COVID Relief Relay Race
May 14, 2020
...th and Women’s Health teamed up on Relay for Relief, which they described as “the world’s largest virtual workout relay to benefit COVID-19 response and recovery.” Relay for Relief will feature 48 consecutive 30-minute fitness classes curated by the editors of Men’s Hea...
People Mag's Digital Team Intends to Form Union
May 14, 2020
...hich began about six months ago, employees added. Though publishers saw a major increase in digital traffic to their sites in the early weeks of the pandemic, advertising revenue that many relied on to meet their bottom lines tanked... Over 100 publications have seen pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs ...
Americans Are Saving, Not Spending
May 13, 2020
...delines. More than 33M Americans have filed for initial unemployment claims since mid-March, and economists warn the jobs market won't return to pre-crisis levels for years... The perceived probability of losing one's job over the next 12 months soared to nearly 21% in April, according to a New York...
Online Impulse Shopping Rising, But Cleaning Supplies Trump Indulgence
May 13, 2020
... buying clothing or shoes for a future unknown event, many are spending extra money on everyday items that have been in short supply since the coronavirus outbreak began in the U.S. Cleaning supplies are the #1 category of goods being purchased on impulse (42%). Hand sanitizer (38%), toilet paper (3...
Auto-Replenishment Era Is Here
May 13, 2020
PG: "The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating consumer adoption of grocery auto-replenishment.According to Acosta's latest study of shifting consumer shopping habits, consumers are turning to grocery replenishment programs online as a way to circumvent out-of-stocks at stores and even online via servic...
How Food Supply Chains Work, Why They're Disrupted
May 13, 2020
...ation’s largest operator of refrigerated and frozen warehouses, Fred Boehler has a unique perspective on the supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19... One area of concern regarding the food supply involved protein producers as several COVID-19 related plant closures generated considerable ...
Grocery Prices Leapt 2.6% in April, Largest Jump Since 1974
May 13, 2020
... increase for the same period last year last. Further, CEO Eric Lindberg noted that the discount grocer was poised to thrive when the current health crisis winds down... Price-gouging lawsuits have also reached some U.S. courtrooms, and it seems a good bet that more will come. Eggs are playing a big...
Walmart's Employee Bonuses Near $1B
May 13, 2020
PG: "Walmart has already paid out $550M in employee bonuses during the coronavirus pandemic, and today it announced an additional $390M. This $390M will be distributed as $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates who were employed by the company as o...
WSJ to Skip Issue of Its Magazine
May 13, 2020
WWD: "WSJ. Magazine is the latest print publication adjusting its summer plans due to the coronavirus. The monthly fashion and luxury-focused insert for the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal will skip an August print issue this summer, a representative confirmed. Instead, some planned conte...
Booksellers Look to Curbsides and Online Sales, Not In-Store Customers
May 13, 2020
PW: "As states establish reopening timelines and COVID-19 infection rates continue to rise in various parts of the country, bookstores are not reopening in any conventional sense—nor do many owners intend to. PW reached out to 22 bookstore owners across the U.S. to assess their plans for the m...
B&N Slowly Reopening Stores
May 13, 2020
...returned to shelves. Cafes will be open for to-go orders and pick-up for online orders. The company began closing stores in March as the coronavirus pandemic spread, leading B&N to close stores to comply with government restrictions. The store closures resulted in a dramatic sales decline which ...
Conde to Lay Off 100, Furlough Up to Another 100
May 13, 2020
...will also be a handful of people with reduced work schedules. "These decisions are never easy, and not something I ever take lightly... Through this crisis, we’ve all gone through many states of emotion, personally and professionally, and I’m deeply saddened to have to write this note wi...
Why Walmart Has Been a Shutdown Star
May 12, 2020
...han Amazon’s 150) — particularly helps. Almost overnight, says Don Stuart, managing partner at Cadent Consulting Group, “The coronavirus pandemic transitioned pickup and delivery from a perk to a public health necessity.” Beyond the sheer number of stores that can operate as ...
Nielsen Study Probes Post-COVID Consumer Behavior
May 12, 2020
...scenarios, will be critical as businesses prioritize how they too recalibrate to meet the changed circumstances... Comparisons to the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession are not equivalent... "The impact of this will be profound and more far reaching than anything we’ve seen in our ...
Online Grocery Sales to Grow 40% in 2020
May 12, 2020
...g online for groceries due to the pandemic. Another 10.5% indicated they’re buying groceries online less amid the outbreak, and 40.2% said the crisis hasn’t impacted their online grocery shopping. Over the past couple of years, the online grocery shopping rate has more than doubled. In 2...
Grocery Outlet's Net Income More Than Doubled in Q1
May 12, 2020
...ons for the fiscal 2020 first quarter and, as previously forecast, saw sales grow more than 25%, fueled by heightened consumer demand from the coronavirus outbreak. For the quarter ended March 28, net income came in at $12.6M, or 13 cents per diluted share, up 235% from $3.8M, or 6 cents per diluted...
Virtual Met Gala Generates 22.8M Euros in Earned Media Value
May 12, 2020
WWD: "Although the event was postponed due to the pandemic and the exhibit’s opening is now scheduled for Oct. 29, the gala still went forward in a new way with “A Moment With the Met,” a YouTube live-stream hosted by Vogue Magazine offering a preview of the show plus a look back t...
Congress Weighs Aid for Local Newspapers, Broadcasters
May 12, 2020
WSJ: "The coming coronavirus legislation expected to be introduced in the House as soon as this week will include a provision to expand [local] newspapers’ and broadcasters’ eligibility for forgivable small business loans, [sources] said. Meanwhile, Sens. Maria Cantwell (D., Wash.) and A...
Hearst Union Vote Date Still TBD
May 12, 2020
...es for conducting union representation elections electronically after a number of employers have objected to holding mail ballot elections since the crisis started"...
Meredith Delays Earnings Report by Two Days
May 12, 2020
Des Moines Register: "Saying it is facing "an extremely challenging business environment" because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Meredith Corp. informed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission it is delaying its quarterly earnings report, which was due Monday. The Des Moines-based media company....
Ahold Delhaize Creates COVID-19 Investment Plan
May 11, 2020
...g store operations, and accelerating digital and omnichannel initiatives as part of investments in safety, relief and support during the coronavirus pandemic. CEO Frans Muller said the global food retailer already has committed €170M ($184M) to those efforts, with €100M already spent in th...
Smart & Final Switches to a Single Checkout Line
May 11, 2020
...inspired checkout process being put in place at Smart & Final stores borrows heavily from an approach nonfood retailers put in place long before COVID-19. S&F said it expects to have a new line-queuing checkout process installed in all of its 255 stores by later this month. The concept invol...
Kroger Responds to Unions' Call to Extend 'Hero Pay'
May 11, 2020
...pers, Fred Meyer and QFC — in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.Cincinnati-based Kroger said Friday that, so far during the pandemic, it has invested more than $700 million to reward associates and protect employees, customers and the communities it serves. Over 80,000 worke...
New York Media, Vox Among Those Asking for Contributions
May 11, 2020
...ntribute to funds that will support reporting, as well as employees affected by furloughs, while the industry deals with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic... New York Media has a fund for employees who were furloughed or had their hours docked. The impact of COVID-19 has affected employees at New...
43 Chicago Media Outlets Band Together During Crisis
May 11, 2020
MediaPost: "In Chicago, where revenue has sunk as much as 85% [due to coronavirus ad cutbacks], 43 independent media brands, including Chicago Reader, LaRaza, South Side Weekly, Rebellious and Windy City Times, are waging a fundraising campaign through June 5. The website — savechicagomedia.or...
Penske Media Promotes Perrault to Chief Digital Officer; Supports COVID Relief
May 11, 2020
...ontlines of the pandemic by creating a video to drive awareness and funds for #NeighborsHelpingNeighbors, Team Rubicon’s initiative to support COVID-19 responses around the country. PMC has made a donation to Team Rubicon’s COVID-19 efforts, in addition to matching all PMC employee donat...
Russians Recruiting U.S. Journalists Ahead of Election
May 11, 2020
...ev, the Web editor-in-chief in the US. Ogorodnev told our source that he was interested in stories that can investigate the “rumor” that COVID-19 deaths are being exaggerated by US media outlets.“ No anti-Trump coverage,” Ogorodnev told our source. “We’re not The ...
Book Publishers Report Good Q1, Prep for Storm
May 11, 2020
...gardere/Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt] all revealed the same pattern: sales were solid until the spread of the coronavirus forced most physical bookstores and schools to close. “Sales were fairly good for the first two months of the year and then dropped off in ...
Giant Eagle Opens 'Contact-Less' Store
May 7, 2020
...100,000 square feet — and it employs 36,000 people. Even before the coronavirus hit, U.S. grocers were discovering e-commerce and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand... The Parkway Center store, which doesn’t look much different from a regular Giant Eagle, is expected to draw shop...
Costco Sees First Quarterly Sales Decline in a Decade
May 7, 2020
...uations, Costco's sales dropped 4.7% in April. It was the first month Cotsto's sales have dropped in years. "April sales were negatively impacted by COVID-19," the company said. Costco cut back services in its travel booking division and food courts. It also closed most of its optical, hearing aid a...
CVS CEO on How COVID Will Permanently Change Consumers
May 7, 2020
CNBC: "Months and even years from now, leaders of CVS Health say the coronavirus pandemic may still shape how customers shop and use health care — and influence how it operates its own business. Telemedicine instead of urgent care appointments. Prescription deliveries to the home. Diagnostic t...
Curbside Pickup Soaring
May 7, 2020
...r 1,500 consumers from CommerceHub taken over a two-day period in April found 59 percent were more likely to use curbside pickup following the coronavirus outbreak. Of those who subscribed to multiple delivery services (including Amazon Prime), 75% said they were still likely to opt for curbside del...
Coupon Redemption Up 57% in March
May 7, 2020
SN: "Consumers have been changing their shopping behaviors during the coronavirus pandemic, and as more people are shopping online, there is a continued demand for digital savings opportunities, according to new research from Inmar Intelligence. Digital coupon redemption in March increased 56.5% in ...
Albertsons Ramps Up E-Commerce
May 7, 2020
...ficant increases in customer traffic, product demand and overall basket size in stores and online, as customers adjusted to the circumstances around COVID-19. As a result, Albertsons identical-store sales jumped 47% during the four-week period ended March 28 and 21% during the four weeks ended April...
Ahold Delhaize: Q1 Unlike Any Previous Quarter
May 7, 2020
...ed, dubbed “Reimagine Stop & Shop,” is bearing fruit: Sales at remodeled stores sales performed in line with expectations before the COVID-19 outbreak. However, fewer than 65 remodels are expected in 2020 because the pandemic may push out timelines. The quarter also saw Ahold Delhaiz...
Most BAM Stores Are Now Open
May 7, 2020
...sham, David Baldacci, Kiera Cass, James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Michael Connelly, Lawrence Wright, and Stephenie Meyer. In addition, throughout the pandemic, BAM customers have been buying educational materials, puzzles, and toys in addition to books, he said. “We are extremely appreciative o...
Google Launches Rising Retail Categories Tool
May 7, 2020
...ool from Google. Rising Retail Categories homes in on the top product searches to help retailers make data-driven business decisions... “Since COVID-19 began, we’ve heard from our retail and brand manufacturing partners that they’re hungry for more insights on how consumer interest...
Paper Magazine's Paper Version Goes on Hiatus
May 7, 2020
WWD: "Paper Magazine, most famous for breaking the Internet with the help of a half-naked Kim Kardashian West, is not immune to the havoc the coronavirus is wreaking on the entire media industry. ENTtech Media, which acquired Paper in 2017, has halted print issues of the quarterly magazine, with the...
InStyle's Editor on Producing a Monthly During Pandemic
May 7, 2020
...st Side apartment in Manhattan ahead of the launch of the June issue, which is the first chance for monthly magazines to really address the COVID-19 crisis in print due to the two-month lead time. “Everyone has their reasons of their schedules and their economics and I’m not going to spe...
Sprouts Far Exceeds Wall St. Expectations
May 6, 2020
...rmers Market beat Wall Street’s earnings-per-share projection by 25 cents for the fiscal 2020 first quarter, as consumer demand spurred by the COVID-19 outbreak hoisted net and same-store sales by double digits. For the quarter ended March 29, net sales climbed 16.1% to $1.65B from $1.41B a ye...
Big Y Freezes Prices on 10K Products
May 6, 2020
SN: "Big Y Foods has instituted a price freeze on over 10,000 items as a way to help customers financially pinched by the coronavirus pandemic. Springfield, Mass.-based Big Y said Wednesday that the price hold went into effect on May 1. The regional grocer noted that prices on the listed products ma...
FMI, The Seam Form Food Industry Exchange
May 6, 2020
... Seam to launch the Food Industry Exchange, a cloud-based marketplace to help retailers and wholesalers manage their supply chains amid the COVID-19 crisis. FMI and The Seam said Wednesday the subscription-based platform is designed to function as a real-time exchange by linking buyers and sellers a...
CVS Beats Q1 Earnings Expectations
May 6, 2020
The Street: "CVS Health Corp. posted stronger-than-expected Q1 earnings Wednesday as coronavirus lockdowns boosted retail and pharmacy sales as customers stockpiled household items and medical prescriptions. CVS said adjusted earnings from continuing operations for the three months ending in March w...
Starbucks to Reopen 85% of Stores, with "New Protocols"
May 6, 2020
...n emphasis on mobile ordering, contactless pickup and cashless payments, as more cities and states ease lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company’s mobile app — which is already used by roughly 20M customers — will include new options for voice ordering and...
Burger King Can't Deliver Burgers Due to Meat Supply Crisis
May 6, 2020
... be a supply chain weakness in recent weeks as the chain is not able to stockpile patties in the same way as rivals that use frozen meat [during the pandemic]"...
American Media Applies for Paycheck Protection Loan
May 6, 2020
...cure hundreds of jobs that might have been lost as we and other publishers continue to navigate the current economic climate created by the COVID-19 pandemic,” AMI said in a statement to The Daily Beast"...
Lifestyle Magazines Seeing Ecommerce Boom
May 6, 2020
Folio: "Generally speaking, surges in online traffic during the pandemic have not translated to commensurate revenue growth for consumer-facing publishers, of whom an overwhelming majority anticipate a decline in digital advertising this year as marketers are forced to cancel, adjust or delay campai...
Weis Markets' Q1 Sales Up 12%
May 5, 2020
...taled $985.8M, up 12.4% from $876.7M a year earlier, Sunbury, Pa.-based Weis Markets said... Comp-store sales jumped 12.8% YoY. The coronavirus pandemic... drove a “significant surge” in customer traffic and sales [starting in March's second week]... The regional grocer said a mild ...
ShopRite Introduces #EssentialThanks Campaign
May 5, 2020
...drivers, grocery store associates, warehouse workers, health care providers, first responders and others on the front lines during the public health crisis"...
Family Dollar Guard Is Killed for Denying Access to Shopper Without Mask
May 5, 2020
...mentality. We really need to make a commitment as a community... to doing the things necessary to allow us to stay healthy and turn the page on this crisis altogether. If not for ourselves, we should do this for Calvin Munerlyn, who has lost his life needlessly and senselessly"...
People Loses 29-Year-Old Staff Member to Coronavirus
May 5, 2020
Meredith's People magazine: "People's own Alison Schwartz died of complications from the coronavirus on April 28. She was just 29 years old. During her 10 years at People, Ali consistently dazzled her colleagues with her creativity and humor and touched everyone's lives in some way, quickly rising u...
Bloomberg Continues to Roll Out New Products
May 5, 2020
...s, went live last week and allows readers to catch up quickly on a single topic, then follow that particular story as it develops. First launched on COVID-19 content, readers can continue to get updates over email. The publisher also hopes to use the tool as an advertising opportunity, where brands ...
Amazon VP Resigns Over Whistleblower Firings
May 5, 2020
...s who have organized protests. He also said the firings are "designed to create a climate of fear"... There have been dozens of confirmed coronavirus cases at warehouses around the country, and workers have repeatedly said the company isn’t doing enough to protect them. Last week, Amazon ...
Meredith's Doug Olson Charts Course Through Pandemic
May 5, 2020
...he pandemic has pushed every publisher to maintain employee morale amid worries about personal safety and job security. Meredith isn't immune to the crisis, having announced pay cuts and hiring freezes last month. With the pandemic's disruptions making formerly routine tasks feel like major accompli...
Dollar General Ups Worker Bonuses
May 4, 2020
PG: "Add Dollar General to the list of food retailers that are boosting bonuses for workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.The retail chain said it will spend $25 million on “retail, distribution center and fleet employee bonuses to demonstrate continued appreciation for the exceptional efforts ...
Amazon's Physical Store Sales Rebounding in Pandemic
May 4, 2020
...tores saw robust sales growth for the fiscal 2020 Q1, with overall and online store sales both surging around 25%, driven in part by the coronavirus pandemic. For the quarter ended March 31, physical store sales totaled at $4.64B, up 8% from about $4.31B a year earlier, Amazon said yesterday after t...
Kroger Launches COVID Testing for Frontline Workers
May 4, 2020
...tline workers free coronavirus tests, based on symptoms and medical need. Kroger said Monday that its Kroger Health health care arm will provide the COVID-19 testing through a combination of self-administered kits and the company’s public drive-thru test sites. Just over a week ago, Kroger ann...
Cloud Platform Puts Hy-Vee in Direct Contact With Employees During Pandemic
May 4, 2020
...the Retail Zipline platform companywide to directly communicate with its 85,000-plus employees and better coordinate its response to the coronavirus pandemic.West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee said Monday its the first grocery chain to launch Zipline, described as a communication and execution tool ...
Grocers Limiting Meat Buys Due to Scarcity
May 4, 2020
...s tested positive for COVID-19 – one of several protein plants, including facilities operated by Tyson and JBS USA, to have shut down amid the pandemic".... Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that Giant Eagle is also limiting meat buys.
Will Walmart Customers Pay $10 More to Get Groceries in 2 Hours?
May 4, 2020
...g delivery charges that typically range between $7.95 to $9.95. Walmart is introducing the service at a time when the surge in grocery delivery amid COVID-19 has led to delays and even scarcity of delivery time slots in hard-hit areas such as New York City. Food delivery services like Instacart are ...
Vogue Hosting Virtual Event In Place of Met Gala
May 4, 2020
Variety: "This year’s annual Met Gala was supposed to be next Monday, May 4. Since that has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus epidemic, Condé Nast’s Vogue is hosting a virtual event in its place: “A Moment With the Met,” a livestream exclusively on...
Big Publishers Shift Summer Print Issue Strategies
May 4, 2020
...August, vs. separate issues in 2019... It’s not known if this is just a temporary measure or if this will become the norm. But even before the crisis stuck, Hearst, like many publishers, had already been reducing the frequency of some titles... Esquire’s print frequency was recently quie...
Quarantine Impacts Consumers' Plans To Spend, Love For Brands
May 4, 2020
...ir budgets by 50% or more.Survata conducted the study in early April to examine consumer shopping behavior and brand preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic, with about 1,016 consumers participating. The findings suggest that consumers often choose brands they know and trust over their generic alte...
Conde Nast Hires Global Chief Communications Officer
May 4, 2020
...begins May 26, will lead the company’s global communications strategy, encompassing all internal and external communications, media relations, crisis management and employee engagement.As the company continues to unify its global efforts, Carrig will work closely with communications and brand ...
Hearst Launches Cross-Platform Storytelling Initiative, Focuses on Healthcare Workers
May 4, 2020
...; April 9 and 10 — spent at the hospital, during which Hearst's editorial staff was granted access to their day-to-day lives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The portfolio, which will appear across 13 Hearst brands including O, The Oprah Magazine, Prevention, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Town & Countr...
March Consumer Spending Plunged by Record 7.5%
Apr 30, 2020
AP: "U.S. consumer spending plunged 7.5% in March, reflecting the growing impact of the coronavirus pandemic as Americans complied with stay-at-home orders. The Commerce Department said that the spending decline was the sharpest monthly drop on records that go back to 1959, exceeding the previous re...
Forrester: Global Retail to Fall 9.6% in 2020; 4 Years Needed to Recover
Apr 30, 2020
...us crisis, representing a loss of $2.1 trillion, research firm Forrester said on Thursday, predicting that it will take four years to recover to pre-pandemic levels. “Retail categories like grocery and essential consumables are performing well, while other categories like fashion, beauty and c...
Walmart Shoots for 100 Drive-Through Test Sites by End of May
Apr 30, 2020
... is ramping up its rollout of drive-thru testing sites for coronavirus, with a goal of reaching 100 locations by the end of May. Since launching two COVID-19 test sites for first responders and healthcare workers in Walmart Supercenter parking lots in the Chicago area about a month ago, Walmart now ...
Albertson's Comps Up 47% in March
Apr 30, 2020
.... Albertsons said Thursday that “significant increases” in shopper traffic, product demand and basket size in stores and online amid the COVID-19 outbreak hoisted identical sales. For the four weeks ended March 28, identical sales soared 47%, and that momentum continued with a 21% gain d...
People Cover Wrap Connects Readers To Local Businesses
Apr 30, 2020
MediaPost: "Last month, as the COVID-19 pandemic compelled more people to work from home, Meredith Corp’s MNI Targeted Media realized it had a unique opportunity to reach some of its readers in a new environ. The division had planned to mail the first of three People cover wraps in mid-March, ...
Fashion Mags Say They're Adapting September Issues Around Crisis
Apr 30, 2020
... no further details. Magazines take months to produce and ship out, so part of an editor’s job has always been to predict the future. A global pandemic makes things even trickier. With the public’s needs changing seemingly by the hour, all bets are off for what the world will look like i...
Bauer Australia Suspends Print Magazines, Lays Off 70
Apr 30, 2020
...in advertising last financial year, but that figure would now be significantly smaller due to the pandemic. CEO Brendon Hill told staff that... "The COVID-19 crisis and the strict measures being taken to control it are having a profound impact on the Australian economy and any business that operates...
Print Book Units Up 10% Last Week
Apr 30, 2020
PW: "Unit sales of print books are proving to be surprisingly resilient despite the massive disruption to the economy caused by the coronavirus. Unit print sales rose 10.1% last week compared to the week ended April 18, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales were nearly flat with units sold i...
Another 3.8M File for Unemployment; Fed Chair Urges Congress to Spend to Save Economy
Apr 30, 2020
... are still waiting for states to process and approve their claims. The unprecedented surge in layoffs as business shutdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic has pushed the unemployment rate to the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Pinning down the true level of unemployment is...
Kroger Implements DailyPay Solution
Apr 29, 2020
...exibility to pay their bills, as well as to buy necessary supplies as their earnings are readily available, not just on payday... Since the COVID-19 crisis began, DailyPay has seen an increase in businesses signing onto and ramping up solution launches. Currently, more than one in eight grocery stor...
UFCW: 5K Workers Now at Home With Coronavirus
Apr 29, 2020
... essential businesses are putting their lives on the line every day to ensure families have the food and medicine they need to stay safe during this crisis. These workers never signed up to be first responders in an emergency. But that is exactly what they are now, and they need protections immediat...
Walmart CEO: Workers Come In Because 'They Want to Serve'
Apr 29, 2020
...ring extraordinary circumstances, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon answered that "associates should be rewarded for their hard work, regardless of the crisis. So that's a combination of their hourly wage rate, plus a quarterly cash bonus, plus all the other benefits that we provide. So the decision th...
Trump Opens Meat Processors Despite Safety Concerns
Apr 29, 2020
...ed supply of protein for Americans." Critics said the forced openings — some plants have closed because so many employees contracted the coronavirus – threaten the safety of workers who remain vulnerable to the disease. [Also see item below.] Trump also told reporters he would seek to sh...
Q1 Marked End of Longest Economic Expansion on Record
Apr 29, 2020
WSJ: "The U.S. economy shrank at its fastest pace since the last recession in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic shut down large parts of the country, signaling the end of the longest economic expansion on record.Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced ...
Bustle Digital Gets $7.5M Payroll Loan; Axios Returns Its $4.8M One
Apr 29, 2020
...by Congress in March.Axios had received the forgivable loan from the Payroll Protection Program to help companies facing losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Axios CEO Jim VandeHei said in a post the website is “nearing a deal for an alternative source of capital.” He said the company r...
Condé Nast Leads Webby Award Nominations--Over Google
Apr 29, 2020
...This year's ceremony, which honors the best of the internet, was originally set to take place in New York City on May 11. But due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the winners will now be announced May 19 during an internet celebration."
As Bookshop Ecommerce Site Booms, Questions Arise
Apr 29, 2020
... to be important to the survival of stores in the future, and we want to help stores make the transition.” Hunter noted that this is a time of crisis and that there are several large bookstores that may not continue to use Bookshop when they reopen. “They’re using Bookshop as a sto...
Sales of Coloring Books, Crosswords Jump During Shelter at Home
Apr 29, 2020
...point: Printers Row’s Dad Jokes. This is a perennial title driven by gift-giving at Father’s Day, but it has become a standout since the crisis began, McManus said."
Study: Nearly Half Of Americans Have 'Run Out' Of Things To Watch, Read, Listen To
Apr 29, 2020
...orted responses to the question, may be a foreboding one, given that much of Hollywood's studio production system has also been on hiatus during the pandemic, and there could well be an even bigger paucity of content than normal, despite pent up demand for it..Or it could just mean that Americans fe...
NY AG: Amazon's Warehouse Safety Inadequate
Apr 28, 2020
...ue to investigate, the information so far available to us raises concerns that Amazon's health and safety measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are so inadequate that they may violate several provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act" and other federal and state guidelines, ...
Curbside Pickup Surges 208%
Apr 28, 2020
... is making curbside pickup much more valuable to customers and more beneficial to retailers, as many stores remain shut to try to curb the spread of COVID-19. The number of orders placed online and picked up at bricks-and-mortar stores by customers surged 208% between April 1-20 compared with a year...
Big Retailers Say They'll Try to Amp Up COVID-19 Testing
Apr 28, 2020
ABC: President Trump "doubled down Monday on an effort to enlist major retailers to set up drive-through coronavirus testing locations around the country -- an undertaking that has shown only modest progress since the White House first announced the idea six weeks ago. "Testing is not going to be a ...
NRF, RILA Offer Safe Shopping Blueprint
Apr 28, 2020
... retailers with a focus on ensuring the health and wellness of employees and customers. Retailers have been learning from each other throughout this crisis, sharing leading practices and protocols to keep stores clean and sanitized, and keeping customers and employees as safe as possible. The Bluepr...
Grocers Extend Hours, Boost Wages
Apr 28, 2020
...ribution, transportation, corporate offices and construction.Target is among the retailers that have also increased their worker rewards during this pandemic. Employees will still earn a $2-per-hour temporary wage increase through May 30, and team members who are 65 or older, pregnant, or who have u...
Union Promotes #ShopSmart Campaign
Apr 28, 2020
...andemic, the initiative aims to help keep grocery stores open and to encourage consumers to take three basic steps to protect grocery employees from COVID-19: Always wear a mask or face covering when shopping, respect social distancing at all times, and discard used masks and gloves safely. Besides ...
NY Looks to Mandate Hazard Pay for Retail
Apr 28, 2020
... "The New York City Council is considering legislation that could send shock waves through the food retail industry as it grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. The "Essential Workers' Bill of Rights," introduced last week, would force food retailers with more than 100 workers to give hourly employees...
Advocacy Groups Launch Campaign To Support News Organizations
Apr 28, 2020
...iving pages. The website was created with the intention of helping donors to find and support trusted local and investigative newsrooms. “This crisis drives home the need for local, accurate information — and a nonprofit business model to support that journalism relies on public support,...
Report Says Millennials Embracing Print, Radio Amidst Pandemic
Apr 28, 2020
...le the report did not disclose what percentages said they were using these media less or about the same as before, the study, Meaningful Media & COVID-19," shows the greatest gains in consumption are among younger adults. Havas characterizes this as Millennials "embracing traditional radio and p...
Wintour Dares Trump Be First to Try Drinking Disinfectants
Apr 28, 2020
...ks we should try drinking disinfectant mixed with sunshine. To which I say, you first.)" She also said she hopes "that change will be positive" post-pandemic, stressing that the country can only move forward if the American people have a president they can trust.
Book Sales Up 3.5% in 2020's First Two Months
Apr 28, 2020
...ccording to AAP's StatShot report for 1,361 publishers. Following a 3.7% increase in January, sales rose 3.1% in February YoY. The gains in the pre- COVID-19 months are certain to give way to softer sales when March results come in. The adult trade segment saw a 2.9% gain in the two months. Digital ...
H-E-B, Winn-Dixie Join Nonprofit’s Voucher Program
Apr 27, 2020
...inn-Dixie have joined forces with nonprofit organization Brighter Bites to help provide fresh produce for food-insecure families during the COVID-19 crisis. To aid these families, Brighter Bites is giving $25 produce vouchers biweekly to every Brighter Bites household for fruit and vegetable purchas...
More on O Mag's 20th Anniversary Issue--And How It's Pivoted in Reponse to Pandemic
Apr 27, 2020
...with different celebrities to see how they handle social distancing, including her longtime significant other, Stedman Graham. “With the coronavirus, we’ve seen that we have the tools and opportunities to keep readers connected to the here and now,” said Davis. “We’re l...
Walmart Makes Helping Your Neighbors Easier
Apr 27, 2020
PG: "Those most vulnerable to the coronavirus now have an easier way to request assistance with their shopping. Walmart and hyperlocal social networking service Nextdoor have launched their Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, a support network to coordinate the pickup and delivery of groceries, med...
Instacart Aims to Hire 250K More Personal Shoppers
Apr 27, 2020
...cery delivery amid the pandemic. The San Francisco-based company also said yesterday it’s adding coronavirus safety measures and extending its COVID-19 paid-leave and bonus pay policies for personal shoppers. Instacart is moving quickly to try and keep pace with the unprecedented demand via a ...
Stop & Shop Joins Call for Grocery Worker '1st Responder' Strategy
Apr 27, 2020
...cy personnel” so they could be prioritized for testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) as the nation continues to battle the spread of COVID-19. The move follows a recent uptick in reports of grocery worker coronavirus infections and deaths, the Washington, D.C.-based union said. Stop ...
US. Foods Acquires Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores
Apr 27, 2020
...ith 28,000 associates and more than 70 locations, US Foods partners with about 300,000 restaurants and foodservice operators. During the coronavirus pandemic, the company has formed about 20 retail distribution partnerships with national grocery store chains, wholesale grocers and consumer packaged ...
Tyson Foods: 'Food Supply Chain Is Breaking'
Apr 27, 2020
CNN: "Tyson Foods (TSN) is warning that "millions of pounds of meat" will disappear from the supply chain as the coronavirus pandemic pushes food processing plants to close, leading to product shortages in grocery stores across the country."The food supply chain is breaking," wrote board chairman Jo...
Meredith Reports Dramatic Increase in Use of Voice Platforms
Apr 27, 2020
...led platforms are seeing an uptick in use, as significant portions of the global population find themselves staying home amid the global coronavirus pandemic. At Meredith Corp., Allrecipes' Alexa skill and Real Simple's Relax skill have seen a steep increase in number of sessions, unique users and f...
How the Pandemic Will Change American Retailing
Apr 27, 2020
...attract more interesting people, ideas, and companies. This may be the cyclical legacy of the coronavirus: suffering, tragedy, and then rebirth. The pandemic will reset our urban equilibrium and, just maybe, create a more robust and resilient American city for the 21st century." The article delves i...
Conde Nast at Critical Juncture
Apr 27, 2020
...s what will happen if they are forced to raise prices to compensate for lost ad revenue." With the company's longtime profit leader Vogue hit by the pandemic's devastation of clothing sales and fashion, "Now [Condé's] fortunes depend on whether The New Yorker — now the strongest busines...
Sen. Gilibrand: How to Save the Postal Service
Apr 27, 2020
...s that "the need for the post office to protect our democracy has never been greater." But the USPS may not survive the summer because "the COVID-19 pandemic and deeply misguided federal policy. The economic downturn has drained its finances, and in 2006, Congress forced the agency to pre-fund its p...
Time Launches Virtual, Live 'Time 100' Talks
Apr 23, 2020
...he event’s theme stems from Time’s special report and issue “Finding Hope,” now on newsstands, which approaches the COVID-19 pandemic with insights and solutions. "Finding Hope" panelists include immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), filmmaker and UNHC...
Acosta: Meet the New American Grocery Shopper
Apr 23, 2020
...f of shoppers surveyed noting they expect their shopping habits to return to ‘normal’ once the pandemic is over"... Acosta’s third COVID-19 research report shows that shoppers are making 52% fewer trips to physical stores. Around 51% of shoppers are placing more grocery delivery or...
Why Trader Joe's Doesn't Offer Pickup, Delivery or Self-Checkout
Apr 23, 2020
...ees worked out to "only a couple of hundred dollars or less." In an updated post to the Trader Joe's site published April 21, the store outlined its COVID-19 response for employees and customers, detailing "wellness checks" for workers, increased cleanings, installation of temporary plexiglass barri...
Target's Online Sales Up 275% Since Pandemic
Apr 23, 2020
...onating with consumers, creating deeper bonds that he expects will continue after the pandemic is over. Target, Cornell said, will "emerge from this crisis as a stronger company with additional opportunity to grow profitably for years and years to come."He added that Target's investments in recent y...
Former P&G CMO on Marketing Through a Crisis
Apr 23, 2020
...dvises leadership teams at companies including Nestle, Verizon and Visa. His consulting work has unsurprisingly become entirely virtual as the coronavirus crisis grinds on. Through his Zoom calls, WebEx meetings and his CMO podcast, Stengel noted that, “the level of creativity coming out of or...
Print Book Units Down 3.5% Through April 18
Apr 23, 2020
... were down 9.9% and adult fiction dropped 3.2%. Juvenile nonfiction has benefited the most from children being home rather than in school during the pandemic, with units up 21.7% vs. the comparable period a year ago. Juvenile fiction unit sales were ahead 0.4% though April 18"...
People's 30th Anniversary Beauty Issue Features Goldie Hawn, Daughter, Granddaughter
Apr 23, 2020
... family. The cover story touches on several topics, including the differing parenting styles of Hawn and Hudson and how family bonds help during the pandemic.
New Free YouTube Channel Offers Celebs Reading Kids' Books
Apr 23, 2020
Release: With kids home from school due to the pandemic, entertainment management and production company The Gotham Group has partnered with nonprofits serving children to create a YouTube reading series channel, called Gotham Reads. It features "nearly 75 top children’s authors, content ...
Wired Is Latest Conde Mag to Unionize
Apr 23, 2020
... in how those cuts are decided.” The Wired Union stressed that the organizing drive has been underway for more than a year, but because of the pandemic it has taken on a “renewed importance as journalists across the industry seek a collective voice in how media companies respond to the e...
Kroger Creates Coronavirus Crisis Business Guide
Apr 22, 2020
...teraction with business leaders in other countries, including Italy, Singapore and China – all of which were ahead of the U.S. in terms of the pandemic cycling through their countries."With nearly 2,800 grocery stores, 35 manufacturing plants, 44 distribution centers and 460,000 associates acr...
USDA Ups Monthly SNAP Benefits by 40%
Apr 22, 2020
...ng power for American families. The Families First coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides for the issuance of emergency allotments in response to COVID-19. Across the United States, emergency allotments total nearly $2 billion per month, which is in addition to approximately $4.5B in benefits alr...
Amazon, Target Workers Plan 'Sickouts' Over Virus Safety Concerns
Apr 22, 2020
...ortant than the safety of our teams. Our employees are heroes fighting for their communities and helping people get critical items they need in this crisis. ... The truth is the vast majority of employees continue to show up and do the heroic work of delivering for their communities every day."More ...
People Already Faced With Choosing Which Critical Bills to Pay
Apr 22, 2020
.... Borrowers have been offered student loan relief. Banks, automakers, utilities and other companies have set up payment deferral programs.Before the pandemic, Carol Cruz’s private health insurance plan cost her $840 a month — up from less than $500 four years ago. The bill ate up most of...
New Small Business Bill Does Not Help Local News Outlets
Apr 22, 2020
...ot expand payroll assistance to struggling local newspapers and broadcast stations, whose advertising revenues have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic.Democratic Senators Maria Cantwell and Amy Klobuchar and Republicans John Kennedy and John Boozman on Sunday had called on Senate leaders to r...
Ad Market Fell 10.8% In March, First Month To Reflect Pandemic
Apr 22, 2020
MediaPost: "March, the first month to begin feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the advertising economy, saw the U.S. ad marketplace decline 10.8% from March 2019, according to the U.S. Ad Market Tracker, a collaboration of MediaPost and Standard Media Index. The decline was less severe ...
What P&G's Surging Sales Mean for Publishers
Apr 22, 2020
...igh demand during a pandemic: soap, disinfectants, cold medicine and of course, toilet paper. However, the company's report reminded me of how every crisis creates opportunities that are important for publishers to identify, and shift their sales strategies. Meredith, the publisher of titles includi...
Meredith's Ayesha Curry Magazine Launch Hits Friday
Apr 22, 2020
...sha Curry, Sweet July, will debut on selected newsstands on Friday, with initial distribution of 400,000 and a cover price of $9.99... “As the pandemic continues to affect the lives of our readers and their loved ones,” says Doug Olson, president of Meredith Magazines, “Sweet July&...
Maven Recognizes Sports Illustrated Union
Apr 22, 2020
...of the laid-off employees.Wahl on social media identified himself as the fired writer. He insisted he had no beef with taking the pay cut during the pandemic, but objected that management wanted to make it permanent in a new contract that it was trying to force him to sign. The union also said it wi...
Nylon Launches in Digital, Delays Print
Apr 22, 2020
...ress and singer Maya Hawke shot at a colorful Brooklyn abode before the lockdown.The print aspect was originally due later this year and just before COVID-19 spread throughout the U.S., the thinking was more around spring 2021. Now, the virus’ impact on the media industry and advertising lands...
Grocery Outlet Projects 25% Q1 Sales Jump
Apr 21, 2020
...ording to the Emeryville, Calif.-based extreme value grocer. Comp-store sales growth soared 17.4% YoY, fueled by rising customer transactions due to COVID-19 and a bigger average transaction size. Grocery Outlet projects Q1 net income of $8.8M to $9.9M, vs. $3.8M in the prior-year period. From the m...
Cub Makes 11 More Stores 24-Hour
Apr 21, 2020
...-Tribune: "Cub is adding 24-hour service at 11 stores, as demand for groceries and essential household items continues to be strong during the coronavirus outbreak. 13 stores already are open round the clock, the grocery company said. "Consumers expect grocery stores to be there for them, and in tim...
70% of Americans Still Food Shopping in Stores; Will Pay More for Items
Apr 21, 2020
...ded in the United States, with survey respondents agreeing that all three have been informative, helpful and reassuring throughout the public health crisis. When a usual brand isn’t available and they’ve had to choose an alternative, respondents were evenly split on whether the particula...
Easyriders Signs Multimillion-Dollar Deal for Hemp Products
Apr 21, 2020
...old magazine for motorcycle enthusiasts is moving well beyond the typical media grab for advertising revenue that’s being upended by the coronavirus. Foster said he’s just signed his first “multimillion” dollar deal for the magazine with two top-grade hemp suppliers, Big Top ...
COVID-19 Spawns New Media Planning Segments
Apr 21, 2020
MediaPost: "The COVID-19 crisis has spawned the ad industry's pandemic-based media planning segments. The segments, which were identified as part of a new study fielded by MRI-Simmons, clusters Americans based on personality traits they are most likely to sustain after the pandemic subsides: "nervou...
How Will Australia Force Facebook, Google To Pay For News?
Apr 21, 2020
... news in the country is likely to resonate worldwide with publishers, especially newspapers whose advertising sales have suffered during coronavirus pandemic.The plan may also be a partial victory for Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul who has deep roots in the Australian newspaper industry and has bee...
Kroger's McMullen: 3 Phases of Consumer Response So Far
Apr 20, 2020
...arlier this month, Cincinnati-based Kroger reported a 30% jump in identical-store sales for March, citing to demand triggered by the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the United States starting at the end of February. McMullen said, based on early observations, shopper behavior in response to the outbreak...
Lowe's In Upstate NY Shut Down Briefly for Social Distancing Violations
Apr 20, 2020
...s ordered to shut down briefly by Chemung County Executive Chris Moss for violating the state’s social distancing rules during the coronavirus pandemic.According to Spectrum News, Moss authorized the closure of the Lowe’s at 913 County Route 64 in Big Flats on Sunday, April 19, following...
Opinion: Retailers, Consumers Will Have a New Normal
Apr 20, 2020
...me the norm; fewer salespeople will be in department and specialty stores once they open; more people will opt to use credit cards instead of money; virus testing in some form will be used at retail; fewer people will opt to travel; and more than ever, consistently quick delivery will be expected.&n...
Opinion: Is America's Food Supply Chain Nearing Breaking Point?
Apr 20, 2020
In RetailWire, Tom Ryan writes: "The massive strain placed on the nation’s grocery supply chain as a result of the coronavirus pandemic may be revealing some shortcomings in the system." He cites several challenges, starting with escalating demand at food retail. "The shortages at retail of st...
O, The Oprah Mag: Stll Strong at 20, Still Relevant During Pandemic
Apr 20, 2020
...tives, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary and adapts but sticks to its still-relevant "Live Your Best Life" mission statement during the COVID-19 pandemic. SVP, publisher, CRO Jayne Jamison: "If you think about right now, how people need inspiration, for the times, it’s just amazing how thi...
Lawmakers Push to Assist Local Media
Apr 20, 2020
...expanding payroll assistance to struggling local newspapers and broadcast stations that have seen advertising revenue plummet during the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Senators Maria Cantwell and Amy Klobuchar and Republicans John Kennedy and John Boozman urged Senate leaders to revise the rules t...
Rallying Around #BooksAreEssential
Apr 20, 2020
PW: "When the spread of the coronavirus began to force bookstores and other businesses to shut down, Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt told PW that one way the industry can survive is if books are deemed essential items. While not all government officials and business executives agreed, a number of...
Coronavirus News Fatigue Signals Need For Fresh Strategies
Apr 20, 2020
...news about the coronavirus pandemic, a shift that has implications for the marketing strategies of publishers. U.S. page views of articles about the COVID-19 pandemic plunged 41% [to 645M, from 1.1B the previous week] during the second week of April from the prior seven-day period, while other topic...
Meredith Implements Pay Reductions, Hiring Freeze
Apr 20, 2020
...ditures, and working with customers and suppliers to optimize working capital. Meredith said it was on track to deliver on its guidance prior to the pandemic's onset. The company plans to revisit its plan in late summer."
PG Survey: Retailers Remain Clear-Eyed Optimists
Apr 16, 2020
...thing racing through your mind in the middle of the night.But when Progressive Grocer asked food retailers [in a survey conducted prior to the coronavirus outbreak intensified in March], that exact question early this year as part of its annual survey of grocers, respondents said that they’re ...
Raley's Opens Flagship Store in Sacramento
Apr 16, 2020
PG: "Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Raley’s has opened its new flagship location in Sacramento's Land Park, a project that's been under construction since May 2019. This new store provides what the grocer is calling a more modern shopping experience centered around the company’s health and ...
Sobeys' Sales Surge
Apr 16, 2020
SN: Due to COVID-19 stockpiling, Sobeys' same-store sales for the four weeks beginning March 8, excluding fuel and Easter sales, surged about 37% year over year, according to Empire. Though by March 22 the sales intensity began to subside, it remained well above prior-year levels. For the two weeks ...
Walmart MoneyCard Enables Direct Deposit of Relief Checks
Apr 16, 2020
USA Today: "Walmart set up a way for new MoneyCard customers to direct deposit their [coronavirus impact] checks in a move that could help those who don’t have access to traditional bank accounts. The announcement also follows reports that Americans are having a hard time accessing the payout ...
Business Leaders Urge Trump to Dramatically Increase Virus Testing
Apr 16, 2020
...J: "Banking and financial services executives told President Trump that his administration needed to dramatically increase the availability of coronavirus testing before the public would be confident enough to return to work, eat at restaurants or shop in retail establishments, according to people f...
Harvard Study: Social Distancing May Be Needed Into 2022
Apr 16, 2020
...o 2022.” The researchers came to the conclusion based on several factors, including the likely behavior of COVID-19 based on how other related viruses have acted in the past. One takeaway is that, while the heat of the summer months in the U.S. may slow the spread of COVID-19, it is unlikely t...
UNFI's Advice to Suppliers During Pandemic
Apr 16, 2020
... What suppliers and distributors like UNFI are trying to figure out, though, is what will happen as stay-at-home restrictions are lifted. Before the pandemic, 50% of food dollars were spent on food cooked and consumed outside the home. Now, people are buying food to cook and eat at home.Raiche doesn...
Jobless Claims Hit 5.3M, Pushing Monthly Loss to 22M
Apr 16, 2020
...ks, with 5.25M more Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That brings the crisis total to just over 22M, nearly wiping out all the job gains since the Great Recession.The total was a bit worse than the 5M expected from econom...
Book Units Up 14% in Week Prior to Easter
Apr 16, 2020
...week ended April 4 at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales were up in all four major categories.As has been the usual case since the new coronavirus upended the book market, the juvenile categories posted the strongest results. Print unit sales of juvenile fiction titles rose 26.2% in the week...
Hearst Pivots to Instagram Live
Apr 16, 2020
Digiday: "Despite the days running together during social distancing for COVID-19, on any given day you can tune into a set schedule of Instagram Live streams, hosted by 20 of Hearst Magazine’s titles. Last month, Hearst hosted 80 live streams and so far in April, the publisher is on track to ...
Bezos $6.4B Richer as Amazon Stock Rises
Apr 16, 2020
...6.4B after Amazon’s stock hit a new all-time high on Tuesday, with the ecommerce giant experiencing unprecedented demand amid widespread coronavirus shutdowns. Amazon stock surged 5.3% on Tuesday, hitting a new record close of $2,283 per share. The stock is now up over 20% so far this year, ou...
Q&A: Quad Graphics' Quadracci
Apr 16, 2020
Excerpts from a Samir Husin Q&A with Quad Graphics chairman/president/CEO Joel Quadracci, focused on actions he's taken during the COVID-19 crisis: "The future is unknown right now in this situation, so you just have to assume that the worst is happening and you don’t know how long it&rsqu...
Amazon Cuts Affiliate Commission Fees for Certain Product Categories
Apr 16, 2020
Folio: "Some publishers already reeling from lost revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are about to take another hit.Amazon says it will soon drastically reduce the commission rates of its affiliate marketing program—the cut of sales it rewards to participating websites that drive cust...
ANC's Jakabscin: Retailers Supporting Magazines, Upping Space, During Crisis
Apr 16, 2020
... those publications that give them recipes a home chef can easily understand, are the ones trending up. SIP’s that are tied to facts about the virus are doing well too, particularly from trustworthy brands. Retailers are seeing educational product selling, mostly on the book side. Many publish...
Restaurant Sales -40% Two Weeks Running, But May Be Hitting Bottom
Apr 15, 2020
...ady challenged prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, experienced transaction declines of 79% in the week ending April 5 compared to same week year ago.The pandemic has led to grocery retailers experiencing shortages in part because of overbuying but also because the meals that used to be eaten at restaura...
Connecticut Food Chain First to Require Temp Checks to Enter
Apr 15, 2020
... submit to a temperature check before entering the store.The family-owned chain, founded more than 100 years ago, posted on its Facebook page: "This virus is a moving target and at LaBonne’s Markets we want to be leaders in keeping our 420 associates and our 30,000 weekly customers safe."The c...
Walmart Caters Pickup to Seniors, First Responders
Apr 15, 2020
...mers, particularly those who are most at-risk.”Walmart has also added contact-free options for shoppers within its stores amid the coronavirus pandemic when using Walmart Pay on the Walmart app."
Southeastern Grocers Covers Shopping Bills for Emergency Workers
Apr 15, 2020
... 5,000 positions with people who have suffered restricted working hours or job losses because of mandated business slow-downs or closures during the pandemic. The chain also recently donated $250,000 to Feeding America.The grocery chain has extra shopping hours on Mondays and Tuesdays so that health...
More Consumers Placing 1st Online Grocery Orders
Apr 15, 2020
...in March due to COVID-19... “Retailers should continue to implement solutions that reduce the risk of shopper and employee transmission of the virus, such as aisle flow solutions and expanded cashier-less checkout options,” the report said. “Retailers should expand online ordering ...
Airport Retail Among Hardest-Hit
Apr 15, 2020
WSJ: "The global COVID-19 pandemic will reduce air passenger traffic by 38% this year, based on forecasts by the Airports Council International. That isn’t only crippling for airlines but also for the vast retail ecosystem that serves their customers at airports.While many duty-free chains suc...
France Orders Amazon Warehouses Shut Till Next Week
Apr 15, 2020
...st.“The company is forced to suspend all production activities in all of its distribution centers in order to assess the inherent risks in the COVID-19 epidemic and take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of its employees (during that period),” Amazon said in the document seen b...
February Bookstore Sales Up Slightly
Apr 15, 2020
... to $649M, ended a long monthly losing streak for bookstore sales, but the blip is sure to be erased in March, when the full impact of the new coronavirus will be felt. For the first two months of 2020, bookstore sales totaled $1.73B, a decline of 2.8% from the comparable period in 2019. 
Overall Retail Sales Fell by Record 8.7% in March; But Food Up 25%
Apr 15, 2020
...irus crisis. Costco Wholesale, for example, saw comparable-club sales rise 10.7% year over year for March (five weeks ended April 5), which followed COVID-19-fueled demand in late February (four weeks ended March 1) that lifted U.S. comp sales by 11.6%. Also last week, Ahold Delhaize said it estimat...
Conde Offers Staff N95 Masks,
Apr 15, 2020
... positive: The company will be sending each of its employees an N95 mask— you know, the masks that help keep doctors and nurses treating coronavirus patients from getting ill themselves.Why do journalists need N95s?" The email to staff from David Gifford, VP real estate and workplace services ...
Conde, Hearst Take Different Approaches to Current Crisis
Apr 15, 2020
BoF puts the two companies' differing responses to the advertising crisis caused by COVID-19 in the context of their management styles and how they've been responding to the longer-term challenges posed by competition from platforms and digital media....
Survey: 20% Report More Book Reading During Pandemic; 70% Say They'll Keep It Up
Apr 15, 2020
...n the past during the COVID-19 shelter-at-home period. Moreover, more than 70% of book readers say they intend to keep reading just as much when the crisis ends--a higher percentage than all other forms of media.
Digital News Subscriptions Jump During Pandemic
Apr 15, 2020
...sis has highlighted how publishers need to develop recurring revenues from readers to smooth out more dramatic shifts in ad spending. Containing the pandemic will set the stage for a recovery in ad spending, but publishers will be stronger with more diverse sources of revenue."
Fortune Lays Off 35; Top Execs Take Pay Cuts
Apr 15, 2020
... cut, with its CEO Alan Murray receiving a 50% reduction in salary. The cuts were made in response to the economic fallout accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic. A spokesperson told The Wrap that those affected by the layoffs will receive severance packages and an additional month of medical benefits t...
Meredith Launches 'Audience Action' Guarantee
Apr 15, 2020
As COVID-19 impacts advertising budgets, Meredith Corp. has introduced the Meredith Audience Action Guarantee (MAAG). Release: MAAG guarantees that a specific number of readers will take action as a result of seeing a campaign in the pages of Meredith magazines based on insights from MRI-Simmons' St...
Annual Report: 8 Ways Food Retailing Will Change Forever
Apr 14, 2020
...grocers intent on capturing a larger share of foodservice dollars will need to implement extreme cleaning, sanitation and safety protocols to entice pandemic-panicked shoppers back to foodservice. 7) The pandemic pantry will linger. he COVID-19 pandemic is poised to create an entire generation of sh...
Annual Report: Grocers Hit With Wild Card
Apr 14, 2020
...ave Hirz, president and CEO of Commerce, Calif.-based grocery chain Smart & Final, elaborates on this topic: “Prior to the impact of coronavirus, the economy had been really strong in the U.S., including Smart & Final’s markets in the West. We went into 2020 very optimistic, as c...
Smithfield CEO: Country's Meat Supply Endangered
Apr 14, 2020
...cluded.South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said during a Saturday news briefing that Smithfield employees accounted for more than half of the active coronavirus cases in the state. About 240 employees are sick, she said, out of roughly 430 active cases in the state. Because of that, she and the mayor of S...
Amazon, Whole Foods Limit Online Grocery Customers; Resume Nonessential Shipments
Apr 14, 2020
...veiled plans to hire another 100,000 people, including for grocery delivery, and invest more than $350M to support employees and partners during the COVID-19 outbreak.“Ramping hiring enables us to more quickly receive, restock and deliver products to customers and continue increasing delivery ...
Study: 60% Of Content Related To COVID-19 Considered Brand Safe
Apr 14, 2020
...aining COVID-19 keywords (like “covid," “covid19," “COVID-19," “covid 19," “coronavirus," “corona virus," “pandemic," or “quarantine”) were safe for advertisers.“All the concerns raised lately about coronavirus keyword blocking hurting publ...
Books Manage Nearly Flat Q1
Apr 14, 2020
... 2020, with both NPD BookScan and the Association of American Publishers reporting increases in January sales over the Q1 2019. But as the new coronavirus increased its grip on the country’s economy sales softened, and the business outlook for the second quarter is, at best, uncertain. Last we...
Coronavirus Poised to Be Worse for Advertising, Media Than Last Recession
Apr 14, 2020
...ll enter a severe recession during or after the COVID-19 outbreak, and for how long,” eMarketer said in a note. “If an extended economic crisis plays out, and if a significant drawdown in consumer spending ensues, then many additional ad spending metrics will also have to be reassessed."...
Sports Illustrated Fires Complaining Writer
Apr 14, 2020
...he cuts... on Friday afternoon, Wahl posted a rebuttal to the Friday memo on Twitter: “I told Maven I was fine taking a 30% pay cut during the pandemic. But it was shameful to try to push through a permanent 30% cut beyond the pandemic." He added that his “base salary was far below [$350...
Conde Nast to Make Pay Temporary Pay Cuts, Furlough Some Staff
Apr 14, 2020
...ard of directors had been installed a year ago. The closely held, family-run corporation has been losing money in recent years even before the coronavirus hit as advertisers moved to digital outlets.The outside directors include Dominic De Sole, former chief executive of Gucci; and Mike Perlis, a fo...
Buehler's Online Tool Tells Customers Best Times to Shop During COVID-19
Apr 9, 2020
SN: "Buehler’s Fresh Foods is giving customers concerned about coming to the grocery store during the coronavirus pandemic a heads-up on the “best time to shop.” Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s has launched a new online tool dubbed “Best Time to Shop,” which provide...
UFCW: Mandatory COVID-19 Guidance Needed for Grocery Workers; Workers Should Be Classified as 'First Responders'
Apr 9, 2020
...d other PPE when available... Meanwhile, the CDC should require customers to “shop smart” at food and drug stores during the coronavirus crisis by always covering their faces with a mask or cloth; practicing social distancing throughout the store, limiting number of shoppers to one per f...
Costco's 5-Week Sales Up 11.7% Due to COVID-19 Stockups; Ecommerce Surge
Apr 9, 2020
...the U.S., 10.4% in Canada and 13.5% internationally for February, with 22.7% ecommerce growth. “March sales were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The initial response to the pandemic led to significant sales and traffic increases... Those increases extended midway through the M...
Unemployment Claims Soared by 6.6M Last Week; 17M Over Past 3 Weeks
Apr 9, 2020
...skyrocketed in recent weeks, as countless restaurants, hotels, factories and offices have been forced to shut down to combat the spread of the coronavirus. A report this week from Moody's Analytics said job losses are expected to mount at "staggering" levels in the coming weeks.The firm estimated th...
Hearst CEO Promises No Newspaper Layoffs, Pay Cuts
Apr 9, 2020
...argets that determine executive bonuses.In addition, the company is taking out six-figure TV ad buys in some markets to promote the papers and their pandemic coverage. The conference call was internal, but summarized for Poynter from several sources who requested anonymity.Hearst’s 24 dailies ...
Forbes: Amazon's Bezos Stll World's Richest Person; Ex-Wife Makes Ranking Debut
Apr 9, 2020
WWD: "While the coronavirus crisis pushed 267 people off Forbes’ annual tally of the world’s richest people, there were still plenty of billionaires around to fill out the list. Sitting at the top of the pile for the third year in a row was Jeff Bezos. This was despite the Amazon founder...
Print Book Units Up 6.9% Last Week
Apr 9, 2020
PW: "An earlier arrival than last year of Easter and Passover has helped soften the sales blow caused by the pandemic. In fact, unit sales of print books rose 6.9% last week in comparison with the previous week at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. Sales had been soft in the week ended March 28, f...
Hightimes Holding Suspends Dope, Culture Mags; GroupNine Cuts 7% of Staff
Apr 9, 2020
...so be furloughed.The move follows Group Nine CEO Ben Lerer’s warning that the company would take steps to mitigate economic fallout during the pandemic. At that time, compensation reductions across executive leadership and a hiring freeze were announced, in addition to a temporary freeze of it...
Texas Monthly Drops Paywall for 2020
Apr 9, 2020
... the collapse of oil prices brought “an opportunity to better serve a much larger group of readers and make ourselves valuable to them in this crisis.” In March, TM's site drew nearly twice its previous record for monthly traffic, for its 2017 Hurricane Harvey coverage. TM increased its ...
Print, Network TV COVID-19 Coverage Get High Marks; Not So Social Media
Apr 9, 2020
..., according to a Pew Research Center survey. People who get most of their news from social media were most likely to say the news coverage about the pandemic was lacking. More than half (58%) of this group said the news media were doing a "poor" or "only fair" job at responding to the outbreak, and ...
Lawmaker Seeks Pandemic Guidelines for Retailers
Apr 8, 2020
...s), convinced that the food industry needs guidelines that will bring precision and uniformity to how it protects customers and employees during the pandemic, is calling on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)(n and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “issue and promote clear...
L.A. to Require Shoppers to Wear Masks
Apr 8, 2020
MNB cites an L.A. Times report on the coronavirus crisis that "Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced an order Tuesday evening requiring all residents to wear a face covering when visiting essential businesses in hopes that it will protect workers and slow the spread of the coronavirus. "Effectiv...
C&S, Sysco Partner to Supply Groceries to NY
Apr 8, 2020
...ll give jobs to certain Sysco warehouse and delivery associates to help supply food to New York, the state hardest-hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The workers will remain Sysco employees during the time period they work at C&S, the grocery wholesaler said, and Sysco will continue to ...
How B&N Is Coping During COVID-19 Crisis
Apr 8, 2020
...bution and Food Service Joint Board (LDFS Union), Workers United, SEIU... The protest came after workers said nine employees had tested positive for COVID-19. In its statement concerning the action, B&N said five workers had tested positive. B&N explained the discrepancy to Vice by saying, &...
COVID-19 Drives 34% Surge in Ahold Delhaize US Comp Sales
Apr 8, 2020
... at Ahold Delhaize USA for the fiscal 2020 Q1. In Europe, March comp sales excluding gasoline also saw sharp growth, rising about 16%. “Due to COVID-19, demand across our multichannel network in the eastern U.S. and Europe increased significantly in Q1,” Frans Muller (left), president an...
Panera Now Selling Produce, Groceries
Apr 8, 2020
...Customers are able to order breads, bagels, milk, yogurt, cream cheese and fresh produce as part of an initiative that began Monday. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many restaurants to shutter their dining rooms temporarily. Restaurant transactions plunged 42% during the week ended March 29 vs. ...
Amazon Tests COVID-19 Disinfectant Fog in Warehouse
Apr 8, 2020
...ectant fog at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York starting on Tuesday, the company told Reuters, following worker protests over the risk of coronavirus infection at the site... Amazon said it is trying out disinfectant fog as used by airlines and hospitals to further sanitize its facilities. The ...
Old Skills May Be Needed to Fix the Supply-Chain After COVID-19
Apr 8, 2020
In RetailWire, UST Global CEO Peter Charness writes: "Once retailers restart their businesses following the COVID-19 outbreak, they will be faced with challenges for which old skills may provide faster answers than highly automated and mathematically intense solutions.The outbreak has created a seri...
COVID-19 Disruption's Newsstand Impacts to Vary By Channel
Apr 8, 2020
... Doug Olson [see above], and Bauer Media CEO Steve Kotok, confirming single-copy sales lifts early last month as a result of store traffic driven by COVID-19, although going flat to slightly down in the past couple of weeks... Scott Hill, who oversees retail sales and marketing at PubWorX… sa...
More on Meredith's Millie and Sweet July Launches
Apr 8, 2020
...inancial, a credit card and online banking company, and will be distributed free to the 1 million Real Simple subscribers for one year.“As the pandemic spreads throughout the country and Americans are adapting to the evolving economic circumstances, Millie’s purpose takes on greater mean...
Virus-Driven Traffic Lifted March Single-Copy Sales; Ad Sales Slump Worrisome
Apr 8, 2020
...rdquo; said Young. “How much will it be down — 10%, 20%, 30%? Monthly magazines had already sold the ads for the May issues prior to the pandemic, so the slowdown is expected to start showing in the June issues. Some advertisers have pulled back completely, while others are trying to rec...
Amazon Suspends Delivery Service for Non-Amazon Packages During Virus Crisis
Apr 8, 2020
...miliar with the matter. The company has said it wants to hire 100,000 warehouse workers and is focusing on shipping essential items during the coronavirus outbreak. Amazon had sought to woo [businesses] by offering simpler rates, including the elimination of many fees and surcharges that other carri...
Grocery Workers Starting to Die
Apr 7, 2020
...rsquo;s worker in Scarsdale, N.Y., a greeter at a Giant store in Largo, Md., and two Walmart employees from the same Chicago-area store have died of COVID-19, the disease the novel coronavirus causes, in recent days, the companies confirmed Monday. Though more than 40 states have ordered nonessentia...
Online Grocery Delivery Services Struggling to Keep Up
Apr 7, 2020
AP (London): "The coronavirus crisis is giving the e-commerce industry a boost but troubles at Ocado and other online grocers highlight how hard it is for the industry to quickly scale up online delivery.In the U.S., grocery shopping had only been slowly migrating online, making up 3% of the food re...
Walmart Sued Over Employee's Coronavirus Death
Apr 7, 2020
...ght up with workers about the risks they faced.Wando Evans, a 51-year-old man who was a Walmart associate for 15 years, died March 25 as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Four days later, another co-worker at the Evergreen Park, Ill. store died from complications abo...
Kroger, Giant Try Store Capacity Limits, One-Way Aisles
Apr 7, 2020
... practice good hygiene and spatial awareness. Kroger is also testing one-way aisles in some locations to keep shoppers socially distanced during the COVID-19 outbreak... Separately, D.C. regional grocery chain Giant Foods announced store capacity limits and one-way aisles are being put into effect a...
Atlantic's COVID Coverage Spurs Digital Sub Surge
Apr 7, 2020
...t The New York Times (118M in January, per Comscore), Fox News (104M), The Washington Post (92M), or the Daily Mail (89M) might get in a normal, non-COVID-19 month. (The Atlantic’s media kit cites 33.7M uniques as of March 2019.) But it really is that “36,000 new subscribers” numbe...
Book Industry Sales Up 3.7% in January
Apr 7, 2020
...ndustry’ results, however, will certainly take a downward turn when March results are released later this year and the impact of the new coronavirus begins to be reflected in the results. Sales from the 1,361 publishers who reported data to AAP were up 3.7% over 2019. In the trade segments, sa...
Amazon Faces Crossroads With the Pandemic
Apr 6, 2020
...ow, their patience may lessen in coming weeks. Amazon’s biggest challenge, however, may be appeasing its warehouse and delivery workers. coronavirus cases have been reported at more than 20 of the company’s U.S. warehouses. Employees told The Wall Street Journal in an article published o...
Publix Deploys Contactless Payment
Apr 6, 2020
...in the Southeast. Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix said the deployment provides an extra safety measure for customers and store associates amid the coronavirus outbreak. Some stores already are offering the contactless payment option, and the systems are slated to be in place chainwide on Saturday, April...
How the Pandemic Is Transforming Grocery Shopping
Apr 6, 2020
...ays, compared with 3.8 weekly home-cooked dinners in a 2018 eMeals survey. Americans, too, continue to depend on restaurant-prepared food during the crisis: 51% picked up takeout meals from local restaurants, and 15% had restaurant meals delivered by a service such as DoorDash or GrubHub. 34% of res...
FMI Launches AI-Driven Online Hiring Marketplace
Apr 6, 2020
...ed with online hiring and talent search service Eightfold.ai to create a national marketplace to employee workers displaced by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Called the Eightfold Talent Exchange, the platform will serve as a bridge between organizations that need to quickly hire and companies with ...
Readership of Home, Kids Digital Mags Rises
Apr 6, 2020
Forbes: "As more and more people around the globe adapt to a new normal under lockdowns in response to the COVID-19 crisis, digital magazine subscription app Readly has seen users’ reading habits shift... Launched in Sweden in 2013, the $9.99-per-month digital service is used in nearly 50 mark...
Hearst Union Election Could Happen Despite Work-at-Home
Apr 6, 2020
...ich they need to be able to reach the bargaining table. First, the publisher refused to acknowledge it, delaying the process. Then came the COVID-19 crisis, which threatened to push a decision further into the long grass as the National Relations Labor Board, the federal body charged with making a j...
Teen Vogue to Host Virtual Prom, Commencement
Apr 6, 2020
... celebrities to once again bring graduating seniors together online.Virtual events are new products media companies have created during the COVID-19 crisis, which has destroyed advertising revenues and made in-person events impossible.Teen Vogue boasts a readership of mostly 13- to 25-year-olds. Its...
Pandemic's Effects: Q&A's With Top Bauer, Hearst, TMB Execs
Apr 6, 2020
... have to be more innovative than ever, and there are going to be times that it’s really hard... Last month, we published 1,900 articles around COVID-19, but found different ways to talk about it that was relevant to our different audiences. And we’re seeing people want to consume lifesty...
How Indie Fashion Mags Are Navigating Virus Crisis
Apr 6, 2020
...tions to exhibitions, films and much more. Culture must be protected and projected in the bedrooms of every home to give hope and humanity in a time crisis. The importance of digital media in doing this cannot be underestimated,” Hack said"...
How Publishers Can Avoid Keyword Blocking
Apr 6, 2020
...along stories from legitimate media outlets. Sponsors play a critical role in supporting publishers that keep the public informed about the COVID-19 crisis.MediaMath and AppNexus were the first ad-tech companies to offer the service from NewsGuard and Peer39, which plan to expand to other demand-sid...
What U.S. Grocers Can Learn from European Grocers About COVID-19
Apr 2, 2020
.... Some “pleasure” products, like beer, have gotten more footfall recently (up 27%) and seem to be benefiting from this situation. As the pandemic goes on, we expect a steady growth of pleasure purchases. However, the way this materializes could depend heavily on the segment of the popula...
DoorDash Launches Grocery Delivery From C Stores
Apr 2, 2020
...ash also recently rolled out a nationwide program involving more than 2,000 stores, to deliver groceries to seniors at no charge during the COVID-19 pandemic."
Amazon to Deploy Masks, Temperature Checks for Workers
Apr 2, 2020
...ff at all its U.S. and European warehouses plus Whole Foods stores by early next week, a huge deployment for workers on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The company, which has reported virus cases among warehouse staff and faced several demonstrations, said it would start testing hundred...
Walgreens: Sales Surged, Then Dropped Off
Apr 2, 2020
...ewer sales of discretionary items like beauty products.The company said it can’t provide a reliable outlook for investors about the effects of COVID-19. Walgreens beat Wall Street expectations for the fiscal second quarter, which ended before the number of COVID-19 cases rose significantly in ...
More on Conde Lifts Digital Paywalls
Apr 2, 2020
...Journal also have removed their paywalls on stories about the pandemic. Condé Nast's campaigns in several countries aim to raise awareness of COVID-19 prevention measures, as hashtags like #stayhome and #staysafe trend on social media, according to information provided to Publishing Insider.C...
VF's Pompeo: Pandemic Will Change the Media Forever
Apr 2, 2020
...lling crime author, who has a new book coming out on April 7. His 20-city promotional tour was all booked and ready to go. Then came the coronavirus pandemic. Now Winslow, like other authors, is hustling to take his entire book tour virtual via Zoom and other videoconferencing applications. “T...
Bauer Closes New Zealand Magazine Operations, Permanently
Apr 2, 2020
...ZHerald: "New Zealand's biggest newsstand magazines have folded, as Bauer Media NZ abruptly closed its doors permanently." Bauer blamed the COVID-19 crisis. "The New Zealand wing of the German-owned company publishes a range of New Zealand magazines including Woman's Day, New Zealand Woman's Weekly,...
Ayesha Curry Unveils Name of New Meredith Mag: Sweet July
Apr 2, 2020
...aption. “I wanted to carry that through everyday and simply honor and find gratitude in the big and the small moments"... Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Curry hopes her magazine will make this difficult time a little bit more enjoyable. “As we prepare to release the first issue in what c...
Baseball Digest Makes Full Digital Archive Available Free
Apr 2, 2020
...on over the last eight decades, Baseball Digest wants to provide this free service to baseball fans as we all work together to overcome the COVID-19 virus,” said Norman Jacobs, Baseball Digest’s publisher since 1969. “Just as Franklin Roosevelt felt it was important to ‘keep ...
Dollar Tree Reports 'Stunning' COVID-19 Sales
Apr 1, 2020
PG: "Shoppers are flocking to Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores for food and essential supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.On Tuesday, the company reported it has seen quarter-to-date same-store sales up 7.1% at Dollar Tree and up 14.4% at Family Dollar through March 29. The retailer says sales o...
Lidl Opens Regional HQ, DC in Maryland
Apr 1, 2020
...k, Lidl announced that U.S. employees enrolled in company insurance plans will be offered medical benefits covering testing and treatment related to COVID-19 at no cost. Workers at the new regional DC also will be offered the coverage. Lidl noted that it provides medical benefits to all full- and pa...
Kroger's March ID Sales Up 30%
Apr 1, 2020
...consumption at home in the third phase as a result of COVID-19,” Kroger said. The retailer noted that its leadership is closely monitoring the pandemic’s impact on food retail in affected global markets... Late Tuesday, Kroger announced a “hero bonus” of $2 per hour for all f...
Meredith Survey: How Women Are Coping With the Pandemic
Apr 1, 2020
Release: A new Consumer Pulse survey of U.S. women on COVID-19 from Meredith Corp. finds that millennial women (ages 26-43) "are more anxious and stressed than older women about COVID-19, while more than half of women across generations report that an increased sense of gratitude will be a positive ...
Survey: Pandemic Exacerbates, Reflects US Inequality
Apr 1, 2020
...ddle group."On the surface, Axios says, "the survey results show one nation shifting toward remote work and handling the emotional challenges of the crisis. But dig deeper, and you find Americans' experiences deeply bifurcated along economic and educational lines. Concerns about job security and abi...
With Billionaire Backers, Time Is Still in Expansion Mode
Apr 1, 2020
...ly bringing in new licensing revenue for the company. The video team recently signed a deal with PBS to show its two-hour long special on the opioid crisis. The Studios team is actively working on its first scripted project based on its “Women of the Year” issue, as well...
Customer Traffic Said To Be Down At Walmart, Target, Costco
Apr 1, 2020
...9.2% YoY the previous week. The decline in traffic is attributed to a pair of reasons: people have stocked up during the first weeks of the pandemic crisis and not needing to keep obtaining basic supplies, and people  using more delivery services as government warnings against going outside hav...
Diamond Comic Halts Payments to Publishers
Apr 1, 2020
...sident of Geppi Family Enterprises, parent company of Diamond Comic Distributors, Diamond said the move is in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply chain. “While the full impact of this epidemic is still unknown, one thing is certain: supply chain disruptions have cash ...
Quad Closes Book Printing Unit
Apr 1, 2020
...ok plants. The closure comes at a time when the loss of printing capacity is one of the many concerns publishers are facing because of the new coronavirus outbreak. Overall, most printers are printing, although on different schedules as they adjust to state policies, staffing, and types of books. Qu...
B&N Closes 400 Stores During Pandemic, Suspends New Mag Shipments, But Category's Supermarket Sales Up 12%
Apr 1, 2020
NY Post: Barnes & Noble, which earlier this week said it was temporarily shutting 400 of its 620 stores due to the pandemic, is now telling magazine publishers to halt shipments of all magazines to its remaining stores.“It will probably be a bigger deal for smaller publishers who count on ...
Older Retail Workers Afraid They'll Lose Jobs If Don't Go to Work
Mar 31, 2020
...ny older workers say those measures don’t go far enough in protecting them from a growing pandemic. The risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, climbs with age. Eighty-percent of the nation’s coronavirus deaths have been adults 65 and older...
Coronavirus Cases Reported at 19 of Amazon's US Warehouses
Mar 31, 2020
...s have contracted the virus raise the potential of future site closures and operational disruptions at the world’s largest online retailer.The COVID-19 cases have led to unrest among some staff. Fifteen workers at a more than 5,000-person Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, walked off...
Hy-Vee Extends Reserved Shopping Times for High-Risk Online Customers
Mar 31, 2020
...reserving one hour of Hy-Vee Aisles Online shopping time slots each day for customers who are considered “high-risk” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aisles Online is Hy-Vee’s grocery ordering service available at hy-vee.com/grocery/ or via the Hy-Vee Aisles Online mobile app.Starting...
Walmart Touts No-Contact Services
Mar 31, 2020
PG: "Walmart is hastening to reassure shoppers that it’s providing services that minimize the potential of spreading COVID-19. “We’re adapting by offering customers no-contact services for payment, pickup and delivery options,” noted Janey Whiteside EVP and Walmart chief cust...
Walmart, Sam's to Take Store Workers' Temps, Make Masks Available
Mar 31, 2020
... treatment if necessary. The associate will not be able to return to work until they are fever-free for at least three days. Walmart’s current COVID-19 emergency leave policy allows associates to stay home if they have any COVID-19 related symptoms, concerns, illness or are quarantined, with t...
Indigo Lays Off 5,200, Urges Shoppers to Buy 'True Canadian
Mar 31, 2020
...le who are at the lower end of income. So having to balance that and understanding how to handle it is really important to us." She called the coronavirus, "the most seismic event of our lifetimes" and she encouraged all Canadians who are making decisions to shop online to choose "true Canadian comp...
Maven to Cut 9% of Staff; as Virus Expected to Hit Revenue by $30M
Mar 31, 2020
... "Maven Media Brands said Monday it will be laying off employees and senior management will see a 30% reduction in their salaries as the coronavirus pandemic impacts the company's operations. CEO James Heckman, in a letter sent to employees, explained the company's loss of revenue and its decision t...
Meredith Forging Ahead With Women's Personal Finance Launch
Mar 31, 2020
... stories repurposed from the magazine’s editorial on a dedicated hub through its website. “We are in the middle of a health and economic crisis that significantly impacts our daily lives and beyond. Our collaboration with Meredith supports women and provides a strong foundation to make f...
Big 3 Mag Publishers Standing Pat So Far, But Two Confirm Contingency Plans
Mar 31, 2020
...zine Esquire had quietly reduced its print frequency issues from eight to six a year, but Hearst insisted this decision was made before the COVID-19 crisis exploded. Doug Olson, president of Meredith Magazines, publisher of People and InStyle, recently told WWD that while the company has not made an...
Former Hearst UK Chief Dies of Coronavirus, at 81
Mar 31, 2020
...he energetic British magazine executive with a perpetual twinkle in his eye, passed away Saturday at the age of 81. The cause of death was the coronavirus, Hearst U.K. confirmed on Monday.Mansfield was the former president and chief executive officer of the National Magazine Company Ltd., Hearst&rsq...
Kroger Collaborates With Other Industries on Hiring, Food Supplies
Mar 30, 2020
...Kroger plans to hire 20,000 more workers to bolster its ability to provide consumers nationwide with fresh food and key supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The retailer said it already has provided new career opportunities to more than 23,500 workers across country, including those in other busin...
ShopRite Stores Start One-Way Aisles
Mar 30, 2020
...e flow when it comes to social distancing protocols.The grocer on Sunday debuted its one-way aisles to improve traffic flow amid the spread of coronavirus... [And] all ShopRite stores were marked with tape in the check-out lanes to keep customers at least six feet apart from one another.Some stores ...
Will Pickup-Only Grocer Format Become Model of the Future?
Mar 30, 2020
...ers. A byproduct of the change may be that the store is now better suited to address many of the shopping challenges associated with the coronavirus pandemic.“The pickup-only model is ideal for all customers, especially for senior and higher-risk shoppers,” Kroger said in a statement. &l...
Teamsters Pact Brings US Food Workers to Safeway
Mar 30, 2020
...bution centers to help address the “imbalance” between broadline foodservice and grocery industries caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic"...
Amazon, Instacart Workers Start Strike Actions
Mar 30, 2020
... walk off the job Monday because of what they call inadequate measures by the company to protect and compensate workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic. San Francisco-based Instacart on Sunday said it contracted with a third-party manufacturer to produce its own hand sanitizer that would be ma...
Journalists Being Laid Off Right When the Public Needs Them Most
Mar 30, 2020
...weeted. A record-shattering 3.3M Americans filed for unemployment last week... Many industries are reeling from the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic, and the already fragile media industry is now under serious threat. CNN Business reported on Sunday that at least 100 people in local newsroo...
Meredith's Olson: Crisis Store Traffic Helps Single-Copy Sales; Curry Magazine Launch Still On
Mar 30, 2020
...ling is resonating with consumers right now, even more so than usual. Our content is vital and an important much-needed escape from the current C-19 crisis. That said, magazine media is a challenging business. We continue to read about the doom and gloom, but we’ve proven that with a powerful ...
Bon Appetit Creating Videos Thorugh Crisis
Mar 30, 2020
...m videos from the chef’s home kitchen. Originally, the team thought they’d be able to send small crews to each house; as the coronavirus pandemic evolved, that morphed into solo shoots with an entirely remote production team. The story of the Bon App staff adapting to our changed circums...
AMI Cuts Pay by 23%
Mar 30, 2020
...e city/state in which the employee resides." NYT: The company also stated: "“American Media is committed to doing everything we can during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure our staff maintain their employment and health benefits,” the company said in a statement." There have been no layoffs,...
CEO: How Bloomberg Media Is Managing Through the Crisis
Mar 30, 2020
...me we could have at this point... We did our first virtual event last week in Asia with a global bank. The subject was the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global supply chain and had 250 people online and it was a big success... We did our first virtual event last week in Asia with a globa...
Nat Geo Society Launches Fund For Journalists Covering COVID-19
Mar 30, 2020
...cts of coverage are encouraged, including local response lessons that could relate to other global situations, such as climate change or the refugee crisis. Also, how educators and students in poorly funded, high-risk schools are coping.Fact-based reporting depends on utilizing reliable sources. Fou...
How Will Federal Stimulus Bill Help Publishers?
Mar 30, 2020
...ce the biggest financial threat from the COVID-19 pandemic. Their bigger concern will be how quickly the economy bounces back from the public-health crisis that likely has caused a deep recession. Publishers considering whether to ask for financial assistance will still have to wait as federal agenc...
Raley's Banners, Union Reach Tentative Agreement
Mar 26, 2020
...that the agreement provided workers at the three banners meaningful compensation for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as featuring a crisis Response addendum affirming health and safety procedures to best ensure the well-being of associates and shoppers alike.Further details won&rsqu...
Kroger Pilots Pickup-Only Store
Mar 26, 2020
SN: "The Kroger Co. is testing a pickup-only store in greater Cincinnati in response to higher demand for click-and-collect service during the COVID-19 outbreak. Launched yesterday, the dedicated pickup service is offered at the Kroger supermarket at 4630 Aicholtz Rd. in Mount Carmel, Ohio, east of ...
Stop & Shop, Lidl, Aldi Enhance Benefits As They Hire Thousands
Mar 26, 2020
...en not feeling well. The retailer, too, said it’s donating $1M to community organizations to support people in need during the COVID-19 health crisis"...
2 States Designate Grocery Clerks as Emergency Personnel; Some Stores Keep People 6 Feet Apart in Checkout Lines
Mar 26, 2020
...” A number of retailers have temporary raised hourly pay, handed out special bonuses and/or enhanced sick leave protections as the coronavirus pandemic has led to packed stores and empty shelves. To encourage social distancing to protect shoppers and employees, many stores are restricting the ...
WWD Webinar Strategy Paying Off During Crisis
Mar 26, 2020
...cted it and help it deal better during a time of uncertainty.The result is a three-part webinar series called “crisis Management and the coronavirus,” led by WWD’s senior editorial team.Each episode features industry experts who focus on themes such as what to do with an overabunda...
W Magazine Furloughs Some Staff
Mar 26, 2020
NY Post: "W Magazine has had to furlough staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.NY Department of Labor records reflect that its parent company, Future Media Group, has laid off 17 out of 58 employees. “The goal is to welcome back employees soon,” said an insider of the temporary cuts. A med...
Sports Illustrated's Rapid Response to Coronavirus's Transformation of the Sports Scene
Mar 26, 2020
...all media organizations, is determining what level of appetite consumers will have for coronavirus-related stories versus stories not related to the pandemic. A task that can be hard to navigate, especially as traffic surrounding the coronavirus surges (SI says itself included) even though it can be...
Vogue Hires Creative Editorial Director
Mar 26, 2020
WWD: "While the deadly coronavirus has caused hiring to temporarily dry up in a number of industries, some recruited before the crisis exploded will still start their new jobs, but will have to do so remotely. Among them is Mark Guiducci, who is leaving Vice-owned Garage magazine after three years a...
Two-Thirds Of Ad Execs Anticipate Lower 2021 Ad Budgets Due To Pandemic
Mar 26, 2020
...ter, though the second quarter currently is expected to be the one affected most severely. [Article includes charts.] While the impact of the health crisis and the shift in consumer behaviors toward "social-distancing" has been immediate and pronounced, it has not necessarily been uniform or entirel...
DoubleVerify to Help Ad Council Extend Reach of COVID-19 Messaging
Mar 26, 2020
...ew creative in support of the Ad Council’s coronavirus response efforts, driving the clicks to resources such as up-to-date information on the crisis."
Publishers Add Webinars in Response to Events Cancellations
Mar 26, 2020
MediaPost: "Publishers are hosting events online as the spread of COVID-19 shrinks the events business... Event planning and management platform Bizzabo, which serves publishers such as CNBC, The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal, found its publishers hosted a total of 342 events last year &mdash...
Grocery Outlet Sees Strong Finish to Fiscal Year
Mar 25, 2020
...d employees and vendor partners for helping the Emeryville, Calif.-based retailer go the extra mile to meet customers’ needs during the health crisis.For Q4 ended Dec. 28, net sales surged 12% to $655.5M from $585.2M a year earlier. Same-store sales rose 5.1%, vs. a 4.1% YoY gain in the fiscal...
Target Scales Back Store Remodels, Openings Due to Virus
Mar 25, 2020
SN: "Adjusting to the impact from novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Target Corp. plans to more than halve its pipeline of store remodels and small-format store openings this year. Target also said Wednesday that consumer demand triggered by the nationwide spread of the virus has boosted sales, with over...
Opinion: Panic Buying Triggers New Reality for Grocery Supply Chains
Mar 25, 2020
...ps to get products back on shelves as quickly as possible, supply chains are still too strained to deliver.With these realities in mind, the current pandemic is challenging supermarkets to change in ways that could potentially redefine their future for years to come. Here are some of my observations...
ShopRite Stores Stay Open Despite Workers' Positive Tests
Mar 25, 2020
...e for coronavirus. ShopRite officials say the stores in New Rochelle, Thornwood and Bedford have also each had an associate with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The company posted a message on its Facebook page for each location... It's unclear if any of the workers had contact with customers at any o...
Amazon Workers at 10 Warehouses Test Positive for Virus
Mar 25, 2020
...g to deliver massive volumes of packages for consumers leery of leaving their homes to shop.In the past few days, Amazon workers tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel virus, two in New York City; Shepherdsville, Ky.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Katy, Tex.; Brownstown, Mich.; Oklahoma...
CVS CEO: Lack of Protective Gear Thwarting Testing Rollout
Mar 25, 2020
...lth Chief Executive Larry Merlo said a lack of personal protective equipment has slowed the widespread rollout of its drive-thru tests for the coronavirus and limited the number of tests that sites are able to do.In an interview on “Closing Bell,” he said CVS is working closely with Walm...
Sam's, H-E-B Launch Special Senior Services During Crisis
Mar 25, 2020
...lar General, Giant Food, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, et al — has continued to grow along with the number of COVID-19 cases reported by authorities. Many others are promoting online ordering with delivery or store pickup as options to protect the immunocomprom...
Will Retailers and Landlords Head to Courts Over Rents During Crisis?
Mar 25, 2020
... consumer backed by a healthy US economy and low unemployment — strengths that have evaporated overnight with the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic,” write the report’s authors. Store closures are expected to have a dramatic ripple effect across the economy... “Retailers ...
PRH Sales, Earnings Up 6% in 2019, But CEO Warns of Virus Impact
Mar 25, 2020
...r the next few years, including through acquisitions"... PRH CEO Markus Dohle focused on the ongoing challenges brought about by the new coronavirus pandemic. After thanking staff for their contributions to last year’s successes, Dohle wrote: “2019 seems so long ago, as we now face a glo...
The Week Junior Launches Despite Pandemic
Mar 25, 2020
...ges 8 to 14. “The team came up with a really great idea for the cover of the first issue — how human acts of kindness in the coronavirus crisis were helping to make the world a better place,” said Kerin O’Connor, CEO of The Week in Britain and the U.S., which provides weekly ...
WWD Webinar Strategy Paying Off During Crisis
Mar 25, 2020
...cted it and help it deal better during a time of uncertainty.The result is a three-part webinar series called “crisis Management and the coronavirus,” led by WWD’s senior editorial team.Each episode features industry experts who focus on themes such as what to do with an overabunda...
Parents, Penguin Random House Team on Nationwide Reading Movement
Mar 25, 2020
...ed: “We know from experience that kids having books and story time at home helps create a sense of normalcy sorely needed in the midst of this crisis. First Book is working to ensure that kids in need across the country have books at home during this time while most are out of school.""
Conde's Wintour, Tom Ford Create Fashion Rescue Fund
Mar 25, 2020
...hread. A Common Thread is a “fund-raising initiative supporting those in the American fashion community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a news release from Vogue and the CFDA. Through it, cash-strapped designers and manufacturers will be able to apply for f...
Esquire's Print Edition Reduced to 6X Per Year
Mar 25, 2020
...ump in ad sales as the internet continues to steal eyeballs.Troy Young, president of Esquire owner Hearst Magazines, said the reduction is not coronavirus-related, and that he plans to put more money into the digital side of the publication, which last May elevated digital editor Michael Sebastian t...
The Atlantic, Bloomberg, Others See Sub Spikes Despite Relaxed Paywalls
Mar 25, 2020
...ns over the last four weeks in the U.S. and Europe, fueled by readers’ appetite to stay as informed as possible during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.Bloomberg Media has witnessed record subscriber numbers since February, the average daily subscriber count is three times as high as usual, ac...
Hearst Names Interim Co-Editors of Harper's Bazaar
Mar 25, 2020
...f January that she would be stepping down, its publisher Hearst Magazines has been taking its time to appoint her successor. Now the spread of coronavirus across the U.S. will delay that process further, with a Hearst spokeswoman confirming to WWD that it won’t be naming a successor during thi...
Conde's CEO Vows Its Content 'Won't Be Quarantined'
Mar 25, 2020
...ucate and entertain our audiences, and to do so in a thoughtful way. Our brands are working to produce relevant, timely coverage and analysis of the crisis, while still creating pieces that offer levity when we need it most. We want to acknowledge the support of our readers and viewers everywhere. T...
Lowes Foods, Albertsons Hiring Workers Laid Off from Restaurants, Other Jobs
Mar 24, 2020
...ns is looking to hire laid off and furloughed employees from other companies, or those who have seen their hours reduced, to help it get through the crisis while simultaneously helping those people generate some income. The expectation on both sides is that these people will return to their previous...
Will the Accelerated Shift to Curbside and Delivery Stick?
Mar 24, 2020
...dquo;essential retail,” many have expanded curbside pickup and delivery to promote the social distancing viewed as critical for reeling in the pandemic." 
Opinion: Coronavirus Will Accelerate Retail’s ‘Collapse Of The Middle’
Mar 24, 2020
Forbes senior contributor Steve Dennis writes in part: "For retailers struggling with failing consumer value propositions, the coronavirus pandemic could not have struck at a worse time... [the] widening gap between the industry’s haves and have nots has been occurring for years. During the pa...
Rolling Stone Launches IGTV Concert Series
Mar 24, 2020
...ts, across generations and just about every genre, including hip-hop, country, and Latin... The music industry is suffering from the implications of COVID-19 right now, but the impact of this crisis won’t end when COVID-19 does,” he says. “Because of that, we’re encouraging v...
How People Is Producing Country's Biggest Weekly from Home
Mar 24, 2020
...ide in places like airport terminals. When asked if there is a concern that deliveries will stop, he said: “We understand the severity of this pandemic and hope that doesn’t happen.” Then there’s advertising, which the media world has already seen plunge in the past few years...
Playboy Was Losing $5M Per Year Before Virus Crisis
Mar 24, 2020
...he licensing revenue flows in from China. On Wednesday, CEO Ben Kohn pulled the plug in a blog post, saying “the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic to content production” forced Playboy execs “to accelerate a conversation we’ve been having internally.” Kohn, a board...
Popular Science Hosts Twitter Q&A on COVID-19
Mar 24, 2020
MediaPost: "Popular Science is hosting weekly Twitter Q&A sessions to answer readers' questions on the COVID-19 virus.The first session was hosted on March 13. It was initially set to run for an hour, but ended up running for over two hours, due to demand, according to a spokesperson. During tha...
Walmart, Target, Kroger, Albertsons, Others Pay Workers Extra, Add Safeguards
Mar 23, 2020
... associates for their extra efforts as the nation grapples with the coronavirus crisis. The Cincinnati-based supermarket giant also has expanded its COVID-19 emergency leave guidelines. Kroger said Saturday that it will pay $300 to full-time associates and $150 to part-time associates on April 3. Fr...
Instacart, Save A Lot, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar Look to Hire Many Thousands
Mar 23, 2020
...ania, Virginia, New Jersey, Georgia and Ohio, the San Francisco-based online grocery delivery company said. Over the the last few weeks, as cases of COVID-19 have mounted nationwide, order volume has jumped more than 150% YoY, Instacart reported, called the surge in demand unprecedented for its onli...
Time For Kids to Make Issues Available Outside Classrooms
Mar 23, 2020
...ds has published a special report around COVID-19, which includes resources for teachers and families who want to help their children understand the pandemic. The issue is available today. It includes interviews with health experts and explains how the pandemic impacts the world on a societal level"...
Doctor Quoted in Enquirer Article Demands Retraction
Mar 23, 2020
NY Post: "A doctor quoted in a controversial National Enquirer article touting coronavirus “cures” now says the supermarket tabloid never spoke to him — and he’s demanding a retraction.Keith Armitage, medical director for the UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine and Global...
Hearst UK CEO Offers Frank Assessments of Crisis's Impacts, How to Pull Through
Mar 23, 2020
...w deep the cuts to ad spend will be. We just lurched through Brexit. General Data Protection Regulation was the year before. We need to budget for a crisis every year, it seems... [This crisis is] impacting people, peoples’ psyche and confidence in ways the financial crisis did not. The uncert...
Conde's Wintour to Vogue Readers: Pledge to Stay Home
Mar 23, 2020
In her editor's blog, Vogue EIC Anna Wintour writes in part: "Like so many of you, I have been adjusting to reality during the COVID-19 pandemic... But above all else, I have been doing one simple thing, and I urge everyone to do the same: I have been staying at home.There is no more important rule ...
MBR Publishing Category Webinar: Kantar on Navigating Retail Now and Post-Pandemic
Mar 23, 2020
... April 1 to help the media category navigate the current retail environment and prepare for the changed shopping behaviors and retail ecosystem post-pandemic. Kantar Retail's David Marcotte will offer considerations and strategic advice. Participants (both MBR members and non-members welcome) will b...
Ingram, Deemed Essential Business, Stays Open
Mar 23, 2020
...company has been encouraged to continue operations. “We are monitoring all global geographies where we do business for announcements regarding COVID-19 and are adjusting our business accordingly," said Ingram’s president and CEO Shawn Morin in a statement Sunday evening. "At this time, w...
Crisis Drives Average Grocery Order to $178
Mar 19, 2020
...dingTree. The online loan marketplace said that 63% of Americans have bought products to prepare for lifestyle changes amid the nationwide spread of COVID-19. Purchases range from food and alcohol to medication and cleaning products. The study, conducted by Qualtrics, is based on an online survey of...
Free Kantar Webcast on Virus's Impacts on Retail, March 20
Mar 19, 2020
Kantar will host a webcast on the impacts of COVID-19 on the retail landscape--free with CEO: B&N Can Weather Virus If Store Shutdowns Not Mandated
Mar 19, 2020
PW: "While total sales have fallen slightly since the outbreak of the new coronavirus at Barnes & Noble, company CEO James Daunt is confident the bookstore chain can continue to be a profitable venture with one provision—that it is allowed to keep its stores open."If the U.S. goes the way ...
Print Book Units Down 10% Last Week
Mar 19, 2020
...0.4%. The biggest decline came in the travel segment, where units fell 30% from the prior week. The travel segment has been hard hit since the coronavirus all but killed the travel industry in the last few months.Adult fiction sales fell a relatively modest 3.9% in the week. The action/adventure seg...
General Mills' Plants at Full Tilt, With Needs Changing Constantly
Mar 19, 2020
... retail sales were up in the double digits last week and “many times” more that this week. To protect its production levels and ward off COVID-19 outbreaks at its plants, General Mills has made changes to its sick policy to encourage workers to stay home if unwell"... The company has alr...
Walmart's Stock Hits Record High
Mar 19, 2020
...eople stock up on supplies in anticipation of staying at home for an extended period of time in an attempt to flatten the curve of the spread of the virus. Instead, what the Credit Suisse analysts expect is an “accelerating structural change” in the way people shop, especially as consume...
110+ Retailers Have Shut All Stores Due to Virus
Mar 19, 2020
...nts say they expect to open at the end of March or in early April, but the rapidly deteriorating environment caused by the ever-widening coronavirus pandemic is likely to make those re-opening plans moot. Already, entities that have closed like Major League Baseball have pushed back projected return...
Starbucks: Virus Plan from China Will Work Here
Mar 19, 2020
...rspective after having gone through the same thing in China. Their chief executive officer’s message is this: If the strategy to contain coronavirus worked in China, it will work in North America too. “Our team in China defined elevated cleaning protocols for stores,” CEO Kevin Joh...
Conflicting Reports on Public's Trust of Media Re Virus News
Mar 19, 2020
...re considered the most trustworthy information sources about the virus. Respondents have a deep distrust that the information they receive about the pandemic is accurate on social media. In total, 74% said they don't trust social media very much or at all"... Separately, however, a Pew Research poll...
Virus Content Poses Tactical Challenges for Publishers
Mar 19, 2020
Digiday: Reader worry – and work from home policies – are driving a surge in news consumption about the coronavirus, with pageviews up 30% year over year, according to Parsely data. But publishers face a tough choice when it comes to using this reader interest. Even though readers are in...
Conde Content Chief Calls for 'Cautious Optimism' in Virus Coverage
Mar 19, 2020
...n chief Anna Wintour, who forwarded the e-mail to friends and associates craving positive news or looking for best-practice advice on addressing the pandemic in their own communication channels"...
Playboy Shuts Print Edition, Citing Crisis Complications
Mar 19, 2020
...magazine, claiming that the coronavirus crisis has further exacerbated its sagging newsstand sales. "Last week, as the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic to content production and the supply chain became clearer and clearer, we were forced to accelerate a conversation we’ve been having int...
Supply-Chain Experts on Shifting Demand for Specific Items
Mar 19, 2020
...quo; Daniel Stanton, a supply chain expert and author of “Supply Chain Management for Dummies,” tells CNBC Make It. Even if the COVID-19 pandemic stretches over months (President Donald Trump said it could last until August), there will be no big food shortages, especially on staples lik...
Run on Grocery Stores Could Begin to Abate Soon, In Some Markets
Mar 18, 2020
...orking as fast as they can both in their warehouses and in stores to restock shelves... This week could determine longer-term trends while the coronavirus continues to disrupt life, he said. “It’s very important that people know that the supply chain is not broken.” However, Dallas...
More on Grocers' Response to Coronavirus
Mar 18, 2020
...new policy that gives them additional flexibility to stay home if they are not feeling well, and pay options and support if they are affected by the virus.” Many companies are encouraging customers to take advantage of pick-up and delivery services. For employees who are well and working dilig...
Kroger Hires 2K; Has 10K More Openings
Mar 18, 2020
CNBC: "Kroger has hired more than 2,000 people in the last week to keep up with increased demand from the coronavirus outbreak, CEO Rodney McMullen told CNBC on Tuesday. “We’re hiring every day,” McMullen said on “Closing Bell.” Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in ...
Whole Foods Enacts Temporary Wage Hikes
Mar 18, 2020
...e Foods Market is giving hourly employees another $2 per hour through next month for their extra efforts in serving customers during the coronavirus crisis.Whole Foods said yesterday that all part- and full-time hourly associates at stores and facilities in the United States and Canada will now rece...
FDA: No Nationwide Food Shortages
Mar 18, 2020
SN: "The Food and Drug Administration said the United States isn’t experiencing any widespread food shortages amid the coronavirus health emergency. Also, to avoid potential disruptions in the food supply chain, the agency reported it will relax some requirements for Food Safety Modernization ...
Free Kantar Webcast on Virus's Impacts on Retail, March 20
Mar 18, 2020
Kantar will host a webcast on the impacts of COVID-19 on the retail landscape--free with Canada's Indigo Books Closing Until End of March
Mar 18, 2020
...ng period including full pay to those with scheduled shifts," the statement continued. "At this time, no Indigo employee has tested positive for the virus and there have been no reported cases in Indigo offices, stores or distribution centres. Indigo will continue to be proactive implementing all ad...
Major Indie Bookstores Lay Off 100s
Mar 18, 2020
...l's Books in Portland, Ore., and Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C., have together laid off more than 600 employees as a result of the coronavirus crisis"...
Time 100 List, Event Postponed; Virus Issue, Virtual Summit Now Planned
Mar 18, 2020
...or September, although an exact date has not been made public... Instead of the Time 100 list, on April 16 it will be publishing a special report on COVID-19, featuring insights from the TIME 100 community to help its audiences navigate this new reality. The issue will be followed by a virtual summi...
Forecast: Virus Could Strip $3B in Ad Spend from U.S.--But Some Media Will Gain
Mar 18, 2020
...aid Jack Myers, who has been tracking the ad spend market since the 1980s. On Monday, Myers released a new forecast on the ad spending impact of the COVID-19 outbreak — tripling his previous forecast of a $1B blow. Given how quickly the virus has been spreading, a decline of $3B is more likely...
Penske Media Closes NYC Offices
Mar 18, 2020
...ske Media CEO Jay Penske on Monday established a $100,000 fund through his PMC Angel Fund for employees who need help meeting basic needs during the crisis, sources added."
Magazines Lift Paywalls on Coronavirus Content
Mar 18, 2020
...ywall. The Atlantic, which only introduced a paywall last year, is also doing the same. Since the beginning of last week, it has made its most vital coronavirus coverage available to everyone, regardless of a subscription. In a note to readers, editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg said, “This mome...
Public Event Shutdowns Threaten Arts, Alternative Magazines
Mar 18, 2020
MediaPost: "The coronavirus pandemic is hurting local arts and entertainment publishers as major cities order the closure of public gathering places in the effort to prevent more people being infected. With bars, restaurants, nightclubs, theaters and concert venues halting operations, their promotio...
Note to Readers:
Mar 18, 2020
During the ongoing coronavirus crisis, MBR will continue to review the array of available content and strive to highlight articles that are of most relevance to the publishing and related retail industries, with emphasis on those that may help inform current and future actions. We have also now crea...
Retail Sales Fall 0.5% in February, Biggest Drop Since 2018
Mar 17, 2020
AP: "Retail sales fell 0.5% in February, the largest drop in more than a year, indicating that the consumer sector was slowing even before the coronavirus struck with force in the United States. Economists said they were looking for even weaker numbers in coming months.The Commerce Department report...
Amazon Looks to Hire 100K, Raises Wages for Warehouse Workers
Mar 17, 2020
...will allow these employees to apply for grants that are equal to or up to two weeks of pay if they’re diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19... The company has also taken extra precautions at fulfillment centers, increasing the frequency and intensity of cleaning at all of its sites...
Virus Coverage Driving Massive Traffic to Publishers
Mar 17, 2020
... so its 2,500+ member sites than at any point in the last 12 months, tells both Axios and Recode that coverage explicitly related to the coronavirus pandemic accounted for 13–15% of overall web traffic to these sites from March 6 to 12, dwarfing the activity on content related to the upcoming ...
Nielsen: Crisis Will Further Drive Up Media Consumption
Mar 17, 2020
... consumers may not risk leaving their homes to spend. Instead, they may opt to lean into the click-to-buy route,” the report said.The COVID-19 virus is also likely to increase usage of social media, Nielsen said"...
Nielsen IDs Consumer Thresholds for Buying Behavior As Crisis Evolves
Mar 17, 2020
Nielsen: "A Nielsen investigation has identified six key consumer behavior threshold levels that tie directly to concerns around the novel coronavirus outbreak. The thresholds offer early signals of spending patterns, particularly for emergency pantry items and health supplies... The world is largel...
Consumers Trust Grocery Food More Than Restaurants
Mar 16, 2020
...tely” avoiding doing so. The research also showed how concerned people are that different locations will increase their chances of contracting COVID-19. Grocery stores came in No. 11 on the list — with 29% concerned — behind other food establishments such as cruise ships, buffet re...
Retailers Delay New Store Openings, Shorten Hours to Allow for Maintenance
Mar 16, 2020
PG: "Amid the coronavirus pandemic... Sprouts Farmers Market will no longer open its Silverdale and Seattle, Wash., stores, the former scheduled to debut March 18 and the latter on April 15... Grocers are playing a pivotal role as Americans are spending more time in their homes, and some cities and ...
How Grocers Are Responding to the Crisis-- Latest Update
Mar 16, 2020
PG rounds up the hygienic, staff and consumer education and other efforts being made in response to the coronavirus crisis by Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Inc., Redner’s Markets, Alfalfa's Market and Albertsons Cos., all of which chose to communicate their responses directly to customers...
PRH Forms Global Coronavirus Task Force
Mar 16, 2020
...de, PRH CEO Markus Dohle outlined how the publisher plans to address the challenges the company faces coping with the global spread of the new coronavirus. “The geographic nature of the spread of the virus means we won’t adopt a one-size fits all approach for all our offices worldwide,&r...
B&N, BAM Still Open; Some Indies Now Closing Temporarily
Mar 16, 2020
...ary Cotton. “Extrapolating ahead, it’s clear that the message is everything should be closed for two weeks to try to stunt the spread of COVID-19"... Many of the steps Cotton took were echoed in an email to American Booksellers Association member stores by CEO Allison Hill, including con...
Coronavirus News Sources Directly Impact Consumer Purchase Behavior
Mar 16, 2020
MediaPost: "Some 58% of Americans get news about coronavirus online, including 30% from television, 5% just from social media, 3% from radio, and 8% said they’re not following the news about coronavirus. Where they get their news has a direct influence on a variety of factors.The data from Civ...
The Atlantic, NY Among News Sources Lower Paywalls During Pandemic
Mar 16, 2020
...o; said Tom Meyvis, professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business."" The L.A. Times is also offering free access to pandemic coverage.
Time Out Temporarily Rebrands as 'Time In' New York
Mar 16, 2020
...he move was made in recognition of the fact that many New Yorkers are engaging in CDC-recommended “social distancing” as the coronavirus pandemic escalates. Time Out London — the original Time Out, born in 1968, that went on to become the flagship of the global Time Out Group&mdash...
Coronavirus Puts Digital Media In A State Of Flux
Mar 16, 2020
...are taking action and shifting media budgets or strategy. At Insider Inc., for example, traffic is way up as people seek information about the coronavirus. “We have seen a huge surge of visits to our sites and coronavirus coverage is the primary driver of that surge,” said its publisher ...
National Enquirer's Virus Cover Story Draws Criticism
Mar 16, 2020
...us. In reality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “there is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.” Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health’s Natio...
How the Grocery Supply Chain Is Responding to Coronavirus
Mar 16, 2020
... closely with retailers to pace the supply accordingly. This ensures that there is an equal distribution of product across the supply chain during a crisis — one store doesn’t get a 100% of their order while another store only receives 30% of their product order. Now, just like in a natu...
Amazon Prime Overwhelmed by Online Grocery Demand
Mar 16, 2020
CNBC: "Amazon warned it’s experiencing Prime delivery days and running out of stock of popular household items amid the coronavirus outbreak.The issues are a result of a “dramatic increase in the rate that people are shopping online,” Amazon said in a blog post that was updated on ...
Dollar General Sees Continued Growth
Mar 12, 2020
...of store closures. The full year saw double-digit diluted EPS growth... During an earnings call, DG CEO Todd Vasos discussed the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. "As compared to some retailers, our direct imports sourcing exposure is relatively limited,” he noted, “although many of ou...
Conde Employee Has Suspected Case of Coronavirus
Mar 12, 2020
WWD: "At Condé Nast... it’s understood a staffer at its One World Trade Center office is displaying symptoms of the coronavirus. As a result, Condé is deep cleaning the area where the employee sits and is continuing to advise staffers to work from home if they can until the end o...
Walmart Establishes Emergency Leave Policy After Worker Tests Positive for Virus
Mar 11, 2020
...est retailer and employer of 1.4 million hourly workers, on Tuesday announced its first incident of a store associate testing positive for the coronavirus. The employee, who works at a Walmart store in Cynthiana, Ky., was the first to test positive in the state of Kentucky and is receiving medical c...
UNFI Sees Unexpected Sales Surge Due to Coronavirus
Mar 11, 2020
... in the face of the growing coronavirus pandemic, CEO Steve Spinner said during Wednesday morning’s earnings call.“Our growth related to COVID-19 has been significant. UNFI’s last two weeks of sales has resembled our prior year’s Thanksgiving holiday week — with the dif...
Nielsen: Coronavirus Changing Shopping Habits
Mar 11, 2020
... patterns, new research from Nielsen finds.These consumer behaviors encompass six “thresholds” as shoppers react to the advance of coronavirus worldwide and how incidence of the virus approaches their communities and begins to affect the way they live, Nielsen said in an analysis release...
Conde Nast Italy to Offer Free Digital Issues for 3 Months During Virus Crisis
Mar 11, 2020
...s of fashion, art, business, entertainment, culture and public institutions, as well as citizens who are distinguishing themselves during the health crisis with their work and dedication, were asked in the issue to talk about their relationship with the city and how they are facing this moment of ha...
Conde CEO Takes on Trump on Twitter
Mar 11, 2020
...month,” he wrote on Twitter.For his part, Sherman tweeted, “because a president doing a ‘great job’ fighting a deadly health pandemic would take time to rage tweet about a journalist instead of focusing on, say, increasing testing.”And Vanity Fair’s social media s...
David Granger Names to Magazine Hall of Fame
Mar 11, 2020
...led for Brooklyn Steel music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. But ASME decided to postpone the ceremony in light of growing concerns about the coronavirus.Sid Holt, executive director of ASME, said no new date has been set but hopes it can be rescheduled sometime in May."
How Much Will Coronavirus Disrupt Ad-Supported Media? That Depends, Says Analyst
Mar 11, 2020
...the disruption, we believe the duration could be short — unlike the longer consumer-led recession during and following the 2008-2009 financial crisis."A wide range of companies would be affected: Cable and broadcast networks; TV station groups; sports leagues, teams and regional sports network...
More Coronavirus Updates: Media/Ad Industry
Mar 11, 2020
...e and advice on the outbreak, and its digital “Bookseller-to-Bookseller forums have a new thread for stores to share best practices during the crisis... Bologna Children's Book Fair is cancelled... Publishers Weekly updates latest conference and book fair cancellations.
Coronavirus Updates: Retail News
Mar 10, 2020
...ed Kroger Co. in limiting purchases of items like hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes in response to widespread stockpiling due to the novel coronavirus outbreak; CVS said yesterday that it will start delivering prescriptions to customers for free; Consumer Brands Association (formerly GMA) is cal...
Consumer Brands Association Backs Congressional Supply Chain Caucus
Mar 9, 2020
...reated bipartisan Congressional Supply Chain Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The formation of the caucus comes in tandem with the coronavirus outbreak in numerous countries, which is disrupting global supply chains and endangering access to staple consumer products. The caucus’ ai...
Can Retailers Make Stores Safe from Coronavirus?
Mar 9, 2020
...ups, sending letters to customers and deep cleaning are some steps retailers are taking to reassure customers it’s safe to shop amid the coronavirus outbreak. A Coresight Research survey taken from Feb. 25 to 26 found nearly three-quarters of U.S. consumers would stay away from stores if the o...
Meredith Shuts Production Unit Before Apple+ Show Debut
Mar 9, 2020
...t was initially expected to be screened at South by Southwest later this month, but Apple pulled out of the music and film festival due to the coronavirus scare. Meredith, the company behind People magazine and Better Homes and Gardens, is not abandoning plans to produce or license video shows for i...
Kroger Limits Purchases of Virus-Fighting Products
Mar 5, 2020
PG: "As coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many retailers are trying to keep up with customers stocking cold and flu remedies, household sanitization products, and grocery staples. In response, The Kroger Co. is limiting the number of these items customers can buy. "Due to high demand and t...
Amazon Questioned Over Coronavirus Price Gouging
Mar 5, 2020
...dnesday the company is “disappointed that bad actors are attempting to artificially raise prices on basic need products during a global health crisis.”The spokesperson added that the company has recently blocked or removed “tens of thousands” of offers, and is continuing to m...
Online Grocery Orders Up in Urban Areas Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Mar 4, 2020
...wiped clean.” According to Chicory, densely populated areas are already experiencing higher volumes of online grocery orders as fear about the pandemic spreads. In fact, when major news and updates go out regarding local coronavirus cases and global updates in large cities like Chicago and Sac...
Panic Buying Causing Amazon Delays
Mar 4, 2020
Bloomberg: "Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Now and Amazon Fresh delivery services have been overwhelmed by demand, a sign that virus-spooked shoppers are turning to the world’s largest online retailer to avoid going to brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon on Monday warned customers that both service...
Wintour Among Editors in Self Quarantine
Mar 4, 2020
... Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia and InStyle Editor- in-Chief Laura Brown — are all in self-imposed quarantines since they returned from the coronavirus-infected country. In all, about 30 people from the three companies that publish the titles are in self-imposed quarantine.Wintour has been workin...
London Book Fair Cancelled
Mar 4, 2020
PW: "Citing concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus, Reed Exhibitions has canceled this year's London Book Fair. The event was scheduled to start next week.While large numbers of attendees from abroad had canceled, yesterday Reed Exhibitions had said the show would proceed. The turning po...
Travel + Leisure Launches Pro-Vacation #TakeYourDays Campaign
Mar 3, 2020
... Gifford." Although the article doesn't mention this, the timing of a campaign encouraging travel, given travel already falling off due to the coronavirus, may not be ideal.
Coronavirus: More Retail Updates
Mar 3, 2020
MNB rounds up highlights on the coronavirus's effects on retail so far: "The Wall Street Journal reports that "supermarkets and other retailers are preparing for a surge in demand and shoppers are stocking up on staple foods and cleaning supplies as more cases of the new coronavirus appear in the US...
Coronavirus Grounds Sales at Airport Stores
Mar 3, 2020
...sian hubs has tumbled 60% to 70%, according to the Moodie Davitt Report, a travel retail-intelligence service provider...“This is the greatest crisis the travel retail sector has faced"... said Martin Moodie, chairman of the report. “That’s largely driven by the fact that the Chine...
Publix Keeps Setting Sales, Profit Records
Mar 2, 2020
PG: "Publix doesn't need a sales boost from fears over a pandemic to post record-breaking increases in revenue and profits.The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain said its fiscal 2019 sales were a record $38.1B, a 5.6% increase from $36.1B in 2018. Same-store sales for the fiscal year increased 3.6%....
Virus's Retail Impacts Begin
Mar 2, 2020
RetailWire: The impacts of the coronavirus on retail include: "The potential impact on U.S. retail includes:Shortages: Incidents of out-of-stocks of many medical supplies, particularly hand sanitizers, face masks and antibacterial wipes, have been reported in recent days. Consumers have also been se...
Coronavirus's Effects on Book Industry Spreading
Mar 2, 2020
PW: "The continuing spread of the new coronavirus is sowing uncertainty across many parts of the book world. Already, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, originally set for March 30–April 2, has been moved to May 4–7 following an outbreak of the virus in northern Italy. Reed Exhibiti...
GroupM: Canada's Ad Growth Decelerating; Global Ad Scenario Hinges on Coronavirus
Mar 2, 2020
...d availability of drivers and supply chain issues that impacted all forms of manufacturing and retail sales.As concerns about the impact of a global pandemic have grown, industry speculation has been raised about everything from the ad industry's upcoming annual Mecca in Cannes, France, to the poten...
NRF Offers Bullish Retail Sales Forecast -- If Global Pandemic Doesn't Develop
Feb 27, 2020
...entals, our economy is sound and consumers continue to lead the way." NRF notes that the forecast "assumes that coronavirus does not become a global pandemic." Jack Kleinhenz, NRF's chief economist, highlights the unemployment rate, which is at a near 50-year low, and low interest rates, which are a...
Fashion Editors Returning from European Told to Work at Home
Feb 27, 2020
...ateside next week, the question many are posing at the front rows of Parisian fashion shows is will they be allowed back at their desks due to coronavirus fears? For now, the answer appears to be mixed, with several U.S. media companies adopting a hard line to contain the spread of the virus that be...
Coronavirus Slowing Book Production
Feb 24, 2020
... Toy Fair New York (out of about 1,000 total exhibitors) say they also use Chinese factories to produce a significant percentage of their books. The virus, therefore, has the potential to significantly disrupt the supply chain.Several publishers have experienced at least some slowdowns. “Quart...
Retail Warning Signs of Possible Consumer Spending Downtrend
Feb 20, 2020
...ion’s 3% goal for full-year growth. The end of interest-rate cuts, the looming U.S. presidential election and fallout from China’s coronavirus outbreak could also weigh on consumer confidence, analysts have said, jeopardizing a record-long economic expansion." Link to Bloomberg piece is ...
New Republic Redesigns, Erects Metered Paywall
Feb 12, 2020
...rst episode, hosted by Laura Marsh and Alex Pareene, examines whether its socially responsible for millennials to have children at a time of climate crisis.What makes this podcast different from the numerous politics-focused audio shows launching ahead of the 2020 presidential election? “We do...
WSJ Publisher Says News Orgs Must Personalize or Die
Feb 12, 2020
...Dow Jones, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, described how the company is “proactively responding” to the “personalization crisis”.The former Telegraph editor added that it was a “crisis every other news organization should be responding to as well — if th...
SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot Expands
Feb 3, 2020
...of the pilot, Amazon believes the program will dramatically increase access to food for more remote customers and help to mitigate the public health crisis of food deserts." There are plans in the coming months to expand the program to Alabama, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey and Oregon. The US...
New Yorker Launches Cross-Platform 'Democracy' Series
Jan 27, 2020
...st and future of democracy in the U.S. Content appearing in the series will include articles, videos and audio broadcasts.“Our democracy is in crisis. Many institutions of our government are dysfunctional and getting worse,” New Yorker editors write in an introduction to the series. &ldq...
Home Depot Links Rise in Theft to Opiod Crisis
Dec 12, 2019
11Alive: "Home Depot says the opioid crisis may be partly to blame for massive thefts from its stores in 2019.As it is, The Home Depot and other retailers across the country continue to fight organized retail theft rings that are stealing tens of billions of dollars of merchandise a year, which mean...
Publishers' Amnesia and the Facebook News Tab
Oct 28, 2019
... of content curation from its position in 2016. Back then, Zuckerberg was hit with post-election criticism known to Facebook employees as “the crisis”; the company became locked in an ideological struggle about how to deal with news and content moderation. He opted to pull back Facebook&...
Time Mag Owner Benioff Extols Journalism, Takes on Facebook
Oct 17, 2019
...conomic inequality, by entrepreneurs striving to use technology ethically and humanely, and by young activists demanding that we address the climate crisis that imperils our planet"... Separately, on Twitter, Benioff took aim at Facebook, tweeting: "Facebook is a publisher. They need to be held acco...
Barron's, WSJ Woo Advertisers With 'Blacklist' Alternatives
Sep 24, 2019
... take the theme of an article and layer that in with the right sentiment.“You may want to reach someone with a certain message when they're in crisis mode, for instance, or reach them when they're in a sunny disposition. But at least you have choice and we give you an ability to have that choi...
More Than 170 Global News Outlets Join the Climate Now Project
Aug 29, 2019
...cofounded by Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) and The Nation in an effort to boost the media’s focus on climate change and the growing climate crisis.Kyle Pope, editor-publisher of CJR, and Nation environmental correspondent Mark Hertsgaard are co-leading the project.The project centers on the...
Journalism Jobs Haven't Been as Bad Since the Recession
Jul 2, 2019
...evel of attrition is the highest since 2009, when the industry saw 7,914 job cuts in the first five months of that year in the wake of the financial crisis, according to data compiled by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., an outplacement and executive coaching firm.The firm’s tally is base...
Angelina Jolie Joins Time Magazine as Contributing Editor
Jun 20, 2019
...itled “What We Owe Refugees,” which coincided with World Refugee Day. In her article, Jolie discusses the severity of the global refugee crisis and how many nations aren’t giving the issue the attention it warrants... Jolie has devoted much of her life to working with refugees. For...
Instagram Launches Digital Mag to Help Students With Exam Stress
May 15, 2019
...nd mental health support during exam season. The social media platform has created the publication, which is called #GramFam, with The Mix – a crisis support service for young people – and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – a charity campaigning to bring the suicide rate do...
Instagram Launches Digital Mag to Help Students With Exam Stress
May 13, 2019
...nd mental health support during exam season. The social media platform has created the publication, which is called #GramFam, with The Mix – a crisis support service for young people – and Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – a charity campaigning to bring the suicide rate do...
HBG Has Q1 Sales Gain
May 8, 2019
...Harris’s first new thriller in 12 years, Cari Mora, and Jared Diamond’s “monumental” Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in crisis."
Insiders Applaud Conde's New CEO Choice
Apr 5, 2019
...ute; Nast, the global financial situation, I would characterize it as healthy,' said Steven Newhouse. 'Healthy means room for improvement, but not a crisis.' As to the relative size of both, he said, 'Right now, it is roughly balanced between the U.S. and the rest of the world.' Jonathan Newhouse, w...
Rogers Media Sells Maclean's, Chatelaine, Other Mags to Toronto Life Publisher
Mar 21, 2019
...ool of journalism and communication at Carleton University in Ottawa, says the move could be some long overdue good news for an industry in systemic crisis. 'What's good about this is that the magazines have been sold to a magazine company...that has extensive experience producing magazines, which i...
Opinion: How Marketers Can Justify Print Expenditures In A Digital Era
Mar 18, 2019
...n in a way that digital doesn’t. 2. Print can drive online performance. As KFC found out when it was in the midst of its 2018 chicken shortage crisis in the U.K., a quick-thinking print campaign can pay dividends online. Most people will have seen the ‘FCK’ campaign online, but it ...
More On Conde Positions Its Video Offering as Brand Safe, Targeted
Feb 28, 2019
...ompany has since been trying to educate the marketplace on how­ – for a slight premium – advertisers can avoid the next brand safety crisis. Scott Saperstein, vice-president of video sales at Condé Nast, told The Drum that when a brand safety crisis hits, advertisers come look...
Keynoter Focuses on Amazon's Book Monopoly
Feb 13, 2019
...stitute senior fellow Lina Khan, who anchored PubWest’s "commerce” track with a rousing keynote. The legal scholar described a 'monopoly crisis' in the U.S. that arose after a fundamental shift in antitrust enforcement in the 1980s. 'More than any other firm, Amazon depicts how a company...
Consumer Trust High In Tech, Traditional Media And Search
Jan 23, 2019
...hows trust became an essential topic in business, but it wasn’t until 2015 that trust became essential to innovation.By 2017, trust moved into crisis mode and remained there in 2018--although the Global Trust Index did increase three points to neutral last year--yet 15 of the 26 markets survey...
Bloomberg CRO's Prescription for Publishers
Jan 18, 2019
... at the expense of the consumer." He describes the key dynamics shaping today's media landscape, and goes on: "Today we are in the midst of a 'trust crisis' as evidenced by the emergence of terms like, 'fake news' and 'alternative facts.' The simplest explanation for this is that the democratization...
Bloomberg Says He'd Try to Sell Company If Elected President
Dec 6, 2018
...till, club private-equity deals aren't nearly as common as they were a decade ago. Many of those transactions led to huge losses after the financial crisis. A leveraged buyout of Bloomberg would likely be the largest in history, topping the $32B acquisition of TXU led by KKR & Co. and TPG in 200...
Time's Editor/CEO Shares His Vision for the Magazine
Dec 6, 2018
...innovation—he points to a recent cover image about drones, created by drones—and issues pertaining to social justice, such as the opioid crisis, gun control, teachers' pay. For Time's next act, then, the magazine can reinvest its profits going forward — as opposed to servicing its ...
Nat Geo, Wattpad Challenge Addresses Global Plastic Crisis
Oct 23, 2018
...ographic has joined forces with Wattpad, a global multiplatform entertainment company for original stories, to raise awareness of the global plastic crisis with a storytelling challenge. The contest features stories that explore the impact of plastic on the environment with the goal of educating and...
Bezos Pledges $2B to Philanthropy
Sep 14, 2018
...box. The year before that, Amazon donated one of its unused buildings, an old Travelodge hotel, as a temporary shelter. Seattle’s homelessness crisis is one of the worst in the country, thanks in part to a booming tech sector and soaring rents. Yet Amazon hasn’t always been so willing to...
How Dollar General Took Over Rural America
Aug 13, 2018
...lacing shelves stocked with fresh fruit, vegetables and meat with the kinds of processed foods underpinning the country’s obesity and diabetes crisis.Dollar Generals are frequently found at the heart of “food deserts”, defined by the department of agriculture as a rural community w...
Facebook Seeking Credibility Boost Via Print Mag Launch
Jul 5, 2018
... format trusted by consumers would look so alluring to Facebook, which has found itself embroiled in both the fake news scandal and marketers’ crisis of confidence in digital advertising in recent times. According to A Matter of Trust, a November 2017 study by media buyer Mediacom and Magnetic...
Lawsuit Challenges End to Seattle's Head Tax
Jun 15, 2018
..., including Amazon and Starbucks, which were not amused--was said to be designed to generate funds that would be earmarked the city’s homeless crisis.However, within hours of the suit being filed, 'an anti-tax campaign submitted the required signatures for a citywide referendum asking voters t...
Seattle to Repeal Homeless-Aid Act After Amazon Objects
Jun 12, 2018
...ressure from businesses, an about-face just a month after unanimously approving the measure to help pay for efforts to combat a growing homelessness crisis. The quick surrender showed the power of Amazon to help rally opposition and aggressively push back on taxes at all levels of government, even i...
Amazon Pauses Seattle Development Over Tax Dispute
May 3, 2018
... by the City Council. The new tax would charge large employers in the city about $500 per employee, with the money going to help alleviate a housing crisis. The tax is squarely aimed at Amazon, which is Seattle’s largest employer and frequently blamed by many residents for the city’s soa...
People Changes 'Most Beautiful' Franchise to 'The Beautiful Issue'
Apr 23, 2018
...r nearly three decades, depended on People for its arbitrary but faux-authoritative annual shortlist. Today we are...bereft... Adding to the current crisis: D.C. publication The Hill is killing off its "Most Beautiful" franchise entirely... Why kill off the franchise entirely? Why not tweak it to be...
What's Next for Video, Now That the 'Pivot' to Video is Dead?
Mar 22, 2018
...January, Vox Media’s nearly three-year-old entertainment division locked down an eight-part docu-series about the aftermath of the Flint water crisis and another multi-part explanatory-style series with Netflix in January. BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, launched in 2014, also has a few film and TV ...
U.S. Consumers Less Worried About Spending
Mar 2, 2018
...ny reported paying more attention to prices in 2010 than in 2017 (63% vs. 32%). One of the most significant changes is that, as the global financial crisis recedes in memory, consumers tend to be less focused on saving. In 2010, 70% of respondents said they were increasingly looking for ways to save...
Vanity Fair, Hollywood Reporter Have Similar Jennifer Lawrence Covers; New VF EIC Makes Hires
Feb 27, 2018
...nt options and layouts were considered during the editorial process. There was never any discussion of reshoots, and to suggest there is any kind of crisis here is ridiculous.'" (Article shows the covers in question.) Separately, NY Post reports that, after letting some 20 VF staff go, Jones has hir...
Opinion: The Lively Irrelevance of Conservative Magazines
Jan 31, 2018
...ctuals are currently enjoying a creative alienation from the Republican Party. But if the Russia investigation becomes a full-fledged constitutional crisis, many of them are likely to return home to the GOP."
Trust in Media and Social Dips, Traditional Journalism Rises
Jan 29, 2018
...le trust in traditional media rose to 61%. Also, during the U.K. Advertising Association’s LEAD event last week, speakers said that there is a crisis in confidence in advertising that spans consumers, as well as the advertising community.
Industry Vets Offer Advice to New Vanity Fair Editor
Jan 18, 2018
...e should do more long-term investigative pieces. "Los Angeles is in meltdown over sexual harassment,” Ward said. “It's like the cultural crisis Wall Street had after the financial crisis. I would think that's great pickings for Vanity Fair.” She added: “Her biggest challenge ...
Harper's Loses Advertiser Over Article Controversy
Jan 12, 2018
...riters are welcome to run their pieces in Harper’s now whenever they like, should they choose to: my involvement was based on a time-sensitive crisis, and now that Moira has stepped forward, that crisis is over,' Cliffe told Media Ink. "
A Third of Hearst's Magazine Content is Now Video
Jan 10, 2018
...ing us in the wrong direction. People feel a resonance for storied brands. There’s a staying power that advantages us. Digital media is not in crisis. It’s persistently disrupted. We have a pretty strong audience and business model that is here to stay. I just can’t let that [Faceb...
Bridgewater's Dalio Warns High Consumer Debt Poses Economic Risks
Jan 4, 2018
WSJ: Ray Dalio, founder of hedge-fund manager Bridgewater Associates LP--who "managed to anticipate and profit from the 2008 financial crisis...doesn’t see another crisis in the offing, but does see the same underlying stresses at work: Americans have accumulated far more debt than they have a...
Bloomberg Media CEO: Publishers Need to Stop Playing Defense
Dec 18, 2017
Excerpts from Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith, in a Q&A with Digiday: "I don’t think digital media is in crisis writ large. The standalone digital advertising model of digital media is in crisis. The advertising-dependent business model is definitely in a difficult spot. It’s not a ...
BuzzFeed's CEO Offers Strategy To Fight Duopoly
Dec 14, 2017
... sales department, focus on its lifestyle and service-journalism brands and evolve them into multiple revenue stream opportunities. 'The media is in crisis,' Peretti wrote in a memo published last night, arguing that Google and Facebook 'are taking the vast majority of ad revenue and paying content ...
Bloomberg Analysis: 'Retail Apocalypse Just Beginning'
Nov 9, 2017
...wing. Those are normally all ingredients for a retail boom, yet more chains are filing for bankruptcy and rated distressed than during the financial crisis. That’s caused an increase in the number of delinquent loan payments by malls and shopping centers. The reason isn’t as simple as Am...
Opinion: Utah State Politician Labels Cosmo 'Porn'
Oct 18, 2017
...sly proposed mandatory porn-screening software on all smartphones operating in the state. In 2016, he authored a bill declaring porn a public health crisis. Now, he is urging Utah to fill the office of 'Obscenity and Pornography Complaints Ombudsman,' which was allowed to fall into desuetude in 2003...
Harvey Weinstein Lawyers Battling NYT, New Yorker Over Potentially Explosive Stories
Oct 5, 2017
Harvey Weinstein, "the Weinstein Co. film and television mogul, has enlisted an army of attorneys and crisis managers in recent weeks and has unleashed them on the [NY] Times over a planned story on his personal behavior, multiple sources familiar with the behind-the-scenes battle tell The Hollywood...
Taste of Home Named Feeding America Partner
Sep 19, 2017
...er challenges faced by millions of Americans and leave readers with a tangible call to action. Real examples of this include cooking for families in crisis, planting extra rows of vegetables to share, and working to make sure kids get lunchtime meals during the summer when they lose access to free s...
Trump Displays Fake Time Cover at His Golf Resorts
Jun 28, 2017
...Time cover, or why... There are secondary headlines on the Trump cover that tout stories on President Barack Obama, climate change and the financial crisis. Two of those are taken from a real March 2, 2009, issue of Time, which featured actress Kate Winslet on the cover (at left above). But the issu...
Ebony Reminds Us How Not to Deal With a Crisis
Jun 2, 2017
Folio: "The new owners of Ebony magazine are offering quite a case study in how not to handle a PR crisis. Earlier this month, Ebony lost its fourth editor-in-chief in as many years, laid off about a third of its staff, and uprooted the magazine's operations to L.A. from Chicago, its longtime home &...
U.S. Household Debt at Record Level
May 18, 2017
... 2008 and 14.1% higher than the bottom in 2013. But the makeup of that debt is starkly different from what it was at the brink of the 2008 financial crisis. While mortgages still comprise the majority of the obligations, they represent a far lower share and the rebound has been led by student and au...
Marsh Files Chapter 11
May 11, 2017
...terest, going concern buyers have not yet emerged. Sources said Thursday that some vendors had already tightened supply in anticipation of financial crisis. Marsh noted, however, the filing triggers an automatic stay, which precludes the company from paying amounts owed for pre-petition goods and se...
Harper's Bazaar U.K. Celebrates 150 Years
May 8, 2017
...uch as Harper’s Bazaar and its Condé Nast rival Vogue are trusted places for advertisers at a time when online is facing a brand-safety crisis, according to Dominic Williams, the outgoing Amplifi chief trading officer who is about to join the Daily Mail..."
House Committee Votes to Gut Dodd-Frank; Swipe Fee Reform in Jeopardy
May 5, 2017
...ial Services Committee yesterday "took a major step toward their long-promised goal of unwinding the stricter financial rules created after the 2008 crisis, pushing forward sweeping legislation that would undo much of President Barack Obama's landmark banking law" by voting out of committee a bill t...
More Small Credit Card Purchases Adding Up to Big Debt
Apr 12, 2017
...umer revolving credit, primarily consisting of credit card debt, recently topped the $1 trillion level for the first time since the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, Federal Reserve data showed. However, different from the credit card debt level during the recession, Schulz said more consumers a...
Study: Boomers Say Retailers Ignore, Under-Reward Them
Feb 15, 2017
...aintains that "most retailers focus their year-round online and mobile marketing efforts on millennials by appealing to their frugal, post-financial crisis mindset and multi-device-connected lifestyle. However, brands are missing out on the key boomer generation, as 84% have a smartphone that they u...
Bank Exec on What's Holding Down Consumer Spending
Feb 15, 2017
...ession of 2008 has been weaker than many — including the retail industry — would like. What appears to have happened is that the housing crisis and its aftermath have made homeowners markedly less willing to leverage their home equity to finance retail purchases. In comparison to their b...
Walmart Canada Under Fire Over Tainted Food
Jan 18, 2017
... of corporate affairs, expressed surprise at the charges in a written statement to CBC News. "We, at all material times, and during an unprecedented crisis, worked very closely with both food inspectors and the crisis management team of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to re-open the store ...
Trump's Tweets Temper Tantrum Over Vanity Fair Restaurant Review
Dec 15, 2016
...he experience of desperately searching for toilet paper at a Venezuelan grocery store" while linking to a Vice video on the Venezuelan food shortage crisis. She also documented how the steak filet was "slumped to the side over the potatoes like a dead body inside a T-boned minivan" and that it "migh...
Bloomberg CEO Smith on the Fake News Problem
Dec 1, 2016
...s ‘what kind of content are we around and what is the experience'--has not perhaps come to the forefront of their thinking, and this fake news crisis brings that really front and center," he said. Bloomberg has been cautious about distributing its own content on the big tech platforms, and wor...
Opinion: In Spreading the Gospel of Print, Magazine Publishers Face an Identity Crisis
Nov 23, 2016
...still depend on their print products but are reversing revenue declines by reinvesting in them--will only continue to fuel an industry-wide identity crisis."
Best Life Magazine Finds Second Life as Digital Brand
Oct 17, 2016
...when he was at Rodale, has acquired the magazine brand from a company that bought it from Rodale after Best Life folded following the 2008 financial crisis. He is now attempting to revive the brand as a digital property, BestLifeOnline.com.
Iconic Gay Magazine XY Returns For A New Generation
Oct 12, 2016
...nd poignant cultural commentary, XY catered to young gay men for 12 years before ceasing publication in 2008, another victim of the global financial crisis. But XY’s editor, Peter Ian Cummings, said he was determined to not let his magazine fade into obscurity. This month, the quarterly public...
Businessweek Cover Spotlights the Power of Words
Jun 2, 2016
Bloomberg Businessweek's June 6 cover about the Takata airbag crisis--like its 2014 cover on how General Motors silenced safety whistle-blowers--employs on the power of quotes, with no accompanying images. "Both covers were conceived and designed by creative director Robert Vargas," reports Fishbowl...
Yoga Journal Hits the Road to Document Yoga in America
Jun 1, 2016
...ients attend yoga and mindfulness classes to alleviate the effects of traumatic brain injuries and chemotherapy; and Eisenhower Elementary School in crisis-stricken Flint, Michigan, where students practice yoga in the classroom to help them relax and focus. "We’re touching so many consumers fa...
U.K.: Asda Worsens as Tesco Recovers
May 19, 2016
... swatted away concern over its deteriorating performance after its declining sales went from bad to worse. “We are not a business in financial crisis,” CEO Andy Clarke said Thursday, after Asda reported a 5.8% slide in like-for-like sales in last year’s final quarter. Already grapp...
Opinion: Leading Global Media Agency Dismisses Effectiveness Of Digital Media
May 10, 2016
... more than 30% of users, depending on the market. In a follow-up piece, he discusses more of the obstacles and possible approaches to addressing the crisis.
A First Look at the New Vice Magazine
Mar 18, 2016
...he wrath of an entire society upon Bill Cosby); a Q&A with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and a feature on the unexpected refugee crisis caused the anti-gay law in Uganda. Vice Magazine was founded with the idea of covering things that were a little counter-culture and weren't rea...
Two Views of Ad Tech's Future
Jan 7, 2016
...e way they respond to marketers seeking their attention...make no mistake, the way these tools have been applied has put the advertising industry in crisis." Ad blocking is a "beacon" and "collective intelligence at work" that will force marketers to "create marketing that provides value to consumer...
Middle Class Falling Behind Financially
Jan 6, 2016
...urther behind financially in the new century. In 2014, the median income of these households was 4% less than in 2000. Because of the housing market crisis and the Great Recession of 2007-09, their median wealth (assets minus debts) fell by 28% from 2001 to 2013." More statistics, tables included.
Why More Retailers Could Default in 2016
Jan 6, 2016
...imping along for a while now due to a variety of forces. Spending has migrated to the Internet, lenders have turned wary and the debt burdens of pre-crisis buyouts will make it tough to revive struggling merchants. Eleven retailers defaulted last year through Dec. 14, the highest annual tally since ...
Speaker: Consumers Tell Brands 'It's All About Me'
Nov 18, 2015
..., and this trend is here to stay,” Saunders said. This is only one of the consumer behaviors rooted in the period following the 2008 financial crisis, he observed. Consumers emerged with new attitudes. They sought products with meaning and values and stopped trusting many brands and big compan...
National Enquirer Releases Cover Early to Beat Sheen to HIV Reveal
Nov 17, 2015
...week’s cover two days before the newspaper’s normal Wednesday publication date to announce [that Sheen] is struggling with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. [The issue itself will still hit newsstands on Wednesday.] A source tells Confidenti@l that the move was deliberate to stay one...
Kroger Both 'Giving and Getting' in Roundy's Acquisition Deal
Nov 12, 2015
... for struggling banners in Wisconsin. Observers who spoke to SN in the aftermath of the deal...described Roundy’s as hurtling toward financial crisis had Kroger not intervened, citing a heavy expense load, stocks and bonds trading at low levels, and stores facing an erosion of sales and market...
Economist Warns Readers About PageFair Hack
Nov 9, 2015
...s of any of its 500 other customers) at any time between Oct. 31, 23:52 GMT and 01:15 GMT, Nov. 1, using Windows OS and you do not have trusted anti-virus software installed, it is possible that malware, disguised as an Adobe update, was downloaded onto your PC,” The Economist warned readers.
Collapsing Commodities Hurting Farmers and Midwest, But Putting More $ in Consumers' Pockets
Oct 23, 2015
...h are worried about whether they will be repaid if prices stay low. For the farm belt, which largely sidestepped the damage wreaked by the financial crisis and the Great Recession, the economic turnabout has been especially sharp. The Agriculture Department forecasts that farm income, adjusted for i...
Q&A: Bryan Walsh, Time's New International Editor
Oct 12, 2015
... use multimedia, to use video, to use infographics, all of those things together." Walsh describes this week's special issue, devoted to the migrant crisis, and says that climate change is the international story that's not covered enough. "I don't think we've quite gotten our hands around just how ...
100 Groups Pressure Restaurants to Reduce Antibiotics in Meat
Sep 22, 2015
...d regulatory agencies to adopt stronger policies, we believe that your industry can use its significant buying power to help stem this public health crisis by developing strong policies to reduce or eliminate antibiotic use in your meat and poultry supply chains,” the letter says.
Opinion: Why Americans Still Think the Economy Is Terrible
Sep 17, 2015
... were really flat, flat isn’t anything to celebrate in the current environment. The 2014 real median income number is 6.5% below its 2007, pre-crisis level. It is 7.2% below the number in 1999. A middle-income American family, in other words, makes substantially less money in inflation-adjuste...
Kroger: Pushing to Hire Vets; Names GVP, Public Affairs
Sep 1, 2015
...d public relations; media; government and regulatory affairs; corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability; community relations; crisis management; cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy.
Wall Street Concerned with Fresh Market Results
Aug 21, 2015
...ults were likely exacerbated by temporary factors--including produce deflation and double-digit meat inflation--yet we believe TFM is in an identity crisis as it struggles to maintain its industry-leading EBITDA margins while resisting the temptation to more aggressively compete on price but maintai...
Time Out Hopes to Replicate Success of Its Lisbon Shopping Market in NYC
Aug 11, 2015
... urban art project called Underdogs, which is a gallery and a public art program for local and foreign artists. During Portugal's 2010-2014 economic crisis, revenues from advertising and website views fell. So when city hall offered a 20-year concession to renovate and run the market in 2011, the ma...
Coca-Cola-Funded Scientists Shift Blame for Obesity Away from Diet
Aug 10, 2015
Coca-Cola is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories. The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conference...
Report: Magazine M&A Moves In Two Directions
Jul 8, 2015
... and rising confidence signals a strong finish to 2015, making it another record year for M&A value since 2007 and the doldrums of the financial crisis.”
Ad Execs' Confidence Re Budgets Still at Near-Historic High
Jul 8, 2015
...to decline, is up 27 points from from its lowest point in the spring of 2009, when the index fell to a -5 in the aftermath of the financial industry crisis. Created by ad perception tracking firm Advertiser Perceptions, the index indicates that the primary drivers of ad spending optimism continue to...
Swiss Magazine Infuses Its Cover with HIV-Positive Blood
Apr 30, 2015
...ver of 3,000 copies of Vangardist’s Spring issue are printed with ink infused with HIV+ blood donated by three individuals living with the HIV virus. The magazine has been produced according to the most stringent controls and using processes developed according to guidelines established by Har...
Hormel Says Bird Flu Will Hurt Turkey Sales; Millions of Hens to Be Destroyed in Iowa
Apr 21, 2015
Hormel says it will sell less turkey this year because of a spreading bird flu outbreak. So far the virus has been found at farms housing 2.3 million turkeys, all of which have died of the disease, or have been killed or soon will be in order to stem the spread of avian flu. Most of the birds were i...
In YouTube's Shadow, Conde Nast's The Scene Struggles to Take Off
Mar 24, 2015
...opted a similar video strategy, bundling its publications’ video together in The Daily Cut hub. "But both destinations suffer from an identity crisis: Stuffing People video next to Time video is as confusing as placing Teen Vogue next to The New Yorker, said [Fahad Khan, CEO of Tube Centrex]. ...
P&G's Pritchard on Where Marketing, Media and Metrics Are Going
Mar 17, 2015
... at the conference, such as Publicis Groupe Chief Strategist Rishad Tobaccowala, on the marketing industry's tendencies to navel gaze and its talent crisis, Pritchard is far more upbeat. As a sign that things can still move fast and effectively when there's a good idea, he pointed to strong sales re...
MPA Hires New SVP, Communications
Mar 9, 2015
...ndation. During her 15-year tenure at RDA, Russ was responsible for corporate communications, including public relations, earnings announcements and crisis communication plans and responses, product publicity for all brands, and internal communications for the global company and its operating divisi...
Vanity Fair to Launch in Mexico
Mar 5, 2015
...second-largest economy, is “an important market” for Condé, Pascual del Olmo said, adding that the market is bouncing back from a crisis “many had trouble surviving and that was linked to distributors.” Despite that, he said Condé titles such as Vogue and Glamou...
Fresh Market Shakeup Surprises Analysts, Displeases Investors
Jan 14, 2015
The sudden departure of Fresh Market CEO Craig Carlock took some analysts by surprise, but they said it didn’t necessarily portend a crisis at the upscale specialty retailer. As reported Monday, Carlock, a 15-year veteran of the company and its CEO since 2009, resigned as CEO and from the comp...
Opinion: 'Ten Words that Summarize What Happened in Publishing in 2014'
Jan 6, 2015
...izes 10 key developments affecting the publishing business last year, including Congress's continuing failure to address the Postal Service's fiscal crisis (last year even failing to fill vacancies on the USPS Board of Governors); Google's tweaking of algorithms to favor referring users to the sites...
Charlie Rose Interviews Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillon; Says He Admires Amazon
Dec 12, 2014
...people. Sometimes people want to talk about the bad news and not the good news." Asked about the U.S.'s growth prospects vs. China's, he says: "Post-crisis everyone was talking about how fast China and Brazil and the rest of the BRICs were going to grow. To a large extent, because the economies are ...
Tyson Shares Supply Projections
Nov 19, 2014
...in 2015. Those supplies are forecast to be flat to down about 1% in 2016, Smith said. Hog supplies, hard hit by the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) in 2014, are expected to expand 2%-3% this year, Smith said. "It appears there will be fewer instances of PEDv," he said. He also forecast...
Update: Distribution's Recovery Since Source's Demise
Sep 29, 2014
...g to take over the Source business, says he believes that the newsstand channel should actually be more attractive to publishers in the wake of this crisis. He also says that he believes it is not unrealistic to think that the industry can recoup some of the newsstand sales losses seen since 2008--i...
Retail Biz Practices Could Be Affected by Tesco Scandal
Sep 26, 2014
..., so they suffer in silence and agree to the unreasonable demands being placed on them. Last year this lack of regulation resulted in the horse meat crisis--which was caused by fraud; this year, it's Tesco’s accounting crisis. "This crisis is an indirect result of the woeful oversight of retai...
Turmoil Drawing Curious New Customers to Market Basket
Sep 8, 2014
...is drawing new customers, and existing customers are also returning. Kevin Griffin, publisher of The Griffin Report of Food Marketing, said the crisis turned into a ‘‘feel good story’’ that could attract many new customers. Tom Trainor, a Market Basket supervisor who was...
Food Inflation to Stay Near Norm in 2014
Jul 28, 2014
...f fresh produce and beef, the USDA warned. The agency forecast wholesale pork prices to jump 10-11% in 2014, hurt by declining supplies after a virus has killed some 7M piglets in the past year. Wholesale beef prices are forecast to jump 8-9% in 2014, although rising imports are helping to offs...
Lawmakers Caution Dr. Oz on Weight-Loss Tips
Jun 18, 2014
... today because of the power you have in this space. We didn't call this hearing to beat up on you, but we did call this hearing to talk about a real crisis in consumer protection. And you can either be part of the police here, or you can be part of the problem. And we're just hopeful that you will d...
May 5, 2014
and store brand competition,” says Pat Conroy, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and U.S. Consumer Products leader. Brands also suffer “from a crisis of the similar,” giving consumers no compelling reason to choose their product instead of a store brand, he said. Release and Marketing Da
Apr 16, 2014
had the most dramatic price hikes. A drought that thinned cattle herds two years ago has driven up wholesale beef prices 23% in the past year, and a virus outbreak in the hog population has pushed up pork prices 56%, according to Sterling Marketing. Retailers have absorbed much of the increases. Ret
Apr 4, 2014
adding more fashion and beauty, but still failed to attract more advertisers: According to WWD, Self's ad pages fell another 21% through May this year. Self has also had something of a PR crisis in recent days, after it mocked a tutu-wearing marathon runner who turned out to be a cancer survivor.
Mar 10, 2014
Target Data Breach Erodes Penetration; CMO Navigates Around the crisis
Oct 28, 2013
capacity, was most recently CEO of Sims Metal Management, Ltd.. He assumed that role to shepherd Sims through the aftermath of the global financial crisis after the sale of his predecessor company, Metal Management, Inc., to Sims for $1.7B billion in March 2008, according to MSLO's release. MSL
Oct 17, 2013
Did Fiscal crisis Steal Christmas?
Sep 9, 2013
he magazine sold the documentary, which focuses on the 2008 financial crisis and the role of former Treasury Secretary Henry "Hank" Paulson Jr. in trying to contain it, to Netflix for exclusive distribution. The film will premiere at an event Thursday that will include a panel featuring Pa
Jul 25, 2013
n on a part-time basis. The question: Will its "real" Walmart campaign be enough to offset the negative press? Article focuses mainly on McDonald's' response to its own PR crisis re worker pay levels, fanned by publicity around its "Sample Budget" for workers.   
 
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