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Ahold Delhaize's Online Sales Surge 127%
Aug 6, 2020
...ted to the Food Lion brand. That should further help improve an already very strong market position as a brand in 2021 and beyond." Ahold said coronavirus-related costs in the first half were $392M, including safety measures and enhanced associate pay... "We continue to adapt to the changes we are s...
Weis Markets Sees Q2 Sales Surge
Aug 6, 2020
...ommerce sales through the Weis 2 Go online grocery pickup and delivery service skyrocketed 243%. The surge in customer demand during the coronavirus pandemic also more than doubled Weis Markets’ Q2 net earnings. For the period, the company posted net income of $41.5M, or $1.54 per share, up 10...
Grocery Prices Spiking, Along With Unemployment, Food Insecurity
Aug 6, 2020
CNN Business: "Grocery prices have skyrocketed during the coronavirus pandemic. That has Americans spending more at the supermarket than they have in years. Prices are spiking — and not just because people are buying more groceries as they spend more time at home. The pandemic has had a strong...
Conde May Face Fight in Bid to Leave WTC Offices
Aug 6, 2020
...ith rent payments starting in 2014, runs until 2039. The Port Authority, which owns 90 percent of the 1,776-foot-tall spire, has been stung by coronavirus-related revenue losses and can’t afford to give away the store. Insiders add that Douglas Durst’s company, the minority managing part...
NY Times' Digital Revenue Surpasses Print
Aug 6, 2020
...bscription and ad revenues... The Times reported a 7.5% decline in overall YoY revenues as advertising sales tumbled 43.9% in the quarter due to the pandemic. However, revenues from digital advertising checked in at $39.5M, or 58.3% of its total ad sales. That’s up from 48.1% of total sales in...
New York Mag Article Being Made Into TV Series
Aug 6, 2020
...weirdness for New York Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek, among other publications. He is also a two-time grant winner from the Pulitzer Center on crisis Reporting. He previously covered foreign policy as a staff writer at the National Journal in Washington, DC"...
Pandemic Drives Retail Bankruptcies to New Highs
Aug 4, 2020
... Tailored Brands, parent company of Men’s Wearhouse, are the latest retailers pushed to the brink by temporary closures during the coronavirus pandemic.43 retailers have filed for bankruptcy so far this year, including many companies saddled with debt or struggling to resonate with shoppers be...
CEOs Urge Congress to Provide More Aid for SMBs
Aug 4, 2020
...a letter dated Monday and addressed to congressional leaders of both parties, the executives painted a dire picture: mass business closures as coronavirus cases surge and the recession deepens. The effort spearheaded by former Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz calls for federally guaranteed ...
Consumers Of Print Media Tend To Be Best Informed About News
Aug 4, 2020
...ds and followers. Unfortunately, this misinformation can have deadly consequences for people who mistakenly believe falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic. Companies such as Facebook and Twitter have taken steps to curb misinformation by either removing or labeling it. But Pew's study suggests th...
U.S. Podcast Advertising to top $1B Next Year
Aug 4, 2020
... made podcasts accessible to a wider audience. Despite the fact that some podcast ad campaigns were poised during the first half due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shum said eMarketer expects the market to "rebound" in the third and fourth quarters with total 2020 spending rising 10.4% to $782M. Followin...
Vogue's 1st Global Issue Spans 26 Versions
Aug 4, 2020
...ted by the editors-in-chief of all the editions of the publication. The initiative was prompted by "a global pandemic and the effects of the climate crisis, as well as millions of people coming together in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, condemning police brutality and systemic racism," ...
Amazon's Online Grocery Sales Tripled in Q2
Aug 3, 2020
...n Q2 2019. Net sales rose 40% to $88.9B vs. $63.4B in Q2 2019. Operating income rose to $5.8B vs. $3.1B in Q2 2019. With the higher sales due to the pandemic came higher operating expenses. Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, stated: “As expected, we spent over $4B on incremental COVID-19-related cos...
America's New Shopping Habits: Saving More, Spending More
Aug 3, 2020
MediaPost: "As people adjust their daily lives to pandemic-inspired changes, experts say the new shopper is very different from last year’s model. Consumers are at once more focused yet more impulsive, and more frugal while spending more, according to a new report from Valassis. Overall, the r...
Pandemic Powers 22% Sales Increase for Publix
Aug 3, 2020
...s ended June 27 grew 19.9%. The company estimated that its sales for the three months ended June 27 rose about $1.5B, or 16.1%, due to the impact of COVID-19. Net earnings were $1.4B vs. $661.1M in 2019, up 106.8%. EPS for the quarter grew $1.94 per share, up from 92 cents in the year-ago period... ...
WellCare, Shipt Offer Free Grocery Delivery to Seniors
Aug 3, 2020
...ercome such non-medical obstacles to health care as food insecurity or transportation assistance, all of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic"...
7-Eleven Buying Speedway for $21B
Aug 3, 2020
...wo firms announced the cash deal in a statement late Sunday. It's one of the biggest acquisitions in the world to be announced since the coronavirus pandemic hit earlier this year. Japanese retail giant Seven & i Holdings (SVNDF) — which owns 7-Eleven and other outlets, including supermark...
Back-to-School Scenario: Likely Bad for Some Retailers, Good for Others
Jul 30, 2020
CNBC: "Retailers and industry watchers are unsure of what to expect as the pandemic delays the first day of school, leads to staggered schedules or prompts plans for virtual learning across the U.S. The back-to-school season could deepen the pain, especially for shopping mall staples with a heavy em...
Amazon's Virus Stumbles Have Benefited Walmart, Target
Jul 30, 2020
Washington Post: "Amazon is still the big gorilla online, and sales have surged amid the pandemic. But Amazon’s shipping delays and out-of-stock items meant online shoppers turned to retailers including Walmart and Target, whose networks of brick-and-mortar shops suddenly became an advantage f...
Opinion: Bezos Evaded Lawmakers' Questions
Jul 30, 2020
...ked. For the record, Amazon introduced a program earlier this year that involves in-person verification of third-party marketplace sellers. When the pandemic hit, Amazon shifted to a video call verification system. Bezos also said in his testimony that his company will pursue action with law enforce...
Last Week's Print Book Units -2% Vs. Previous Week, But +20% YoY
Jul 30, 2020
...e decline came after an 11.5% sales increase in the prior week and was a rare week in which unit sales have fallen on a week-to-week basis since the pandemic hit the U.S. this spring. And compared to the similar week in 2019, unit sales posted a 20.2% increase. Through July 25, print unit sales were...
Ad Agency Results May Signal Bottom For Publishers
Jul 30, 2020
..., which command billions in media spending on behalf of advertisers worldwide, just went through one of the ugliest periods since the 2008 financial crisis. Omnicom's revenue dropped 23% in Q2 vs. a year earlier, while Interpublic and Publicis both reported 13% declines. The declines were mostly in ...
Hearst Magazines Employees Vote to Form Union
Jul 30, 2020
...t months ago, a group of editorial employees came seeking to form a union. Since that time, a lot has happened. We’ve been faced with a global pandemic. We’ve had our eyes opened wide to the racial injustice that continues to plague our country. And we’ve experienced unprecedented ...
U.S. Economy Suffers Sharpest Decline on Record
Jul 30, 2020
... filed for unemployment last week, marking the 19th consecutive week that new filings have exceeded 1M, "an unheard-of figure before the coronavirus pandemic. And it was the second weekly increase in a row after nearly four months of declines, a sign of how the rebound in cases has undercut the econ...
Senate GOP Bill Offers No New Assistance for Growing Hunger Crisis
Jul 29, 2020
...ools Act (the Heals Act) does not expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, nor does it extend the pandemic EBT program, a debit-card benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals. The Pan...
RILA Wants Congressional Hearings to Address Organized Retail Crime
Jul 29, 2020
In an open letter on CNBC, Brian Dodge of the Retail Industry Leaders Association writes that the pandemic has encouraged organized retail crime networks to become even more aggressive. To protect the safety of associates working in retail stores and ensure that consumers shopping online are not at ...
Walmart's Gives Workers 'Ask Sam' App to Answer Customer Questions
Jul 29, 2020
...hoppers can find store maps in the app and scan items for prices. Chee said stores also have been using the "Ask Sam" app to share information about COVID-19 with employees"...
Raley’s Offers New Pandemic Bonuses to Workers
Jul 29, 2020
...re than $500M toward employee rewards. At the same time, Lowe’s revealed a new round of bonuses for its hourly retail workers, noting that its pandemic pay, bonus and community efforts have totaled some $450M"...
Profiles of Innovative Food Retailers
Jul 29, 2020
PG profiles 20 food retailers that are "meeting the pandemic innovation challenge head-on, and staying ahead of what's next," including Wegman's, Stew Leonard's, Publix, Albertsons and Meijer....
Opinion: Ebony Media's Chance to Survive
Jul 29, 2020
...lusive features. It's a daunting task that's going to require prolonged investment, especially to survive the recession in media spending during the pandemic"...
Reports: Folio: Being Shuttered
Jul 29, 2020
...r 70% of AI's revenue. AI "remains committed to delivering high-quality face-to-face events but until restrictions from states and venues due to the pandemic are lifted, will focus on virtual events, digital media and lead gen programs," she wrote. In addition, last night, Bosacks wrote that Folio: ...
Hearst Union Vote Results Expected Today
Jul 29, 2020
...irus, which has halted advertising campaigns. The publisher actually doled out a 1 percent raise to its staffers as a reward for working through the pandemic. Staffers on Cosmopolitan and Esquire in particular considered the unionization move a rebuke of [Troy] Young, who stepped down [as president]...
Experts: Physical Shopping Will Survive Post-COVID, As Europeans Are Showing
Jul 28, 2020
...ady under pressure prior to the pandemic, struggling to adapt to a growing online world and facing lower margins amid a plethora of competitors. The COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated some of these trends, with more people shopping online and an inventory excess that’s likely to cut margins eve...
U.S. CEO On Aldi's Expansion Plan
Jul 27, 2020
...ently, including the rollout of our Curbside Grocery Pickup service to nearly 600 stores to better serve customers. We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are doing everything we can to support as many customers as possible. We plan to open nearly 100 stores in 2020... Last year, we...
Albertsons' Sales Up 21% in Q1, Digital Soars 276%
Jul 27, 2020
...el sales. Identical sales benefited from a whopping 276% growth in digital sales and an increase in store sales, both largely driven by the COVID-19 pandemic. Albertsons reported that its delivery options now reach 90% of its stores, and accelerated expansion of curbside pickup (Drive Up and Go) is ...
Target Follows Walmart, Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving
Jul 27, 2020
...y, it announced on Monday morning. It said it would do so in order to make holiday shopping as safe and stress-free as possible amid the coronavirus pandemic... Target also announced it would start rolling out holiday deals in October in order to prevent the large crowds that typically mark the end-...
Reorganizing Retail for the 21st Century
Jul 27, 2020
RetailWire summarizes a WayfinD article: "With the onset of the coronavirus crisis, terms that many retailers were just starting to explore — dark stores, micro fulfillment center, automation — became part of everyday conversations. Dark stores are appealing to customers. [Dark stores ar...
Will COVID Sink Halloween Sales? Candy Makers Say No
Jul 27, 2020
...s come up short due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases. The brand, however, doesn’t currently expect a seasonal impact in the back half from COVID-19, Michele Buck, CEO, told analysts last week. Trick-or-treating only makes up about half of Hershey’s Halloween candy sales, with the res...
Book Publishers' Next Steps
Jul 27, 2020
In PW, Steve Sieck of the SKS publishing/IT consulting firm writes about some of the changes coming underway due to the pandemic: "While it’s likely that many booksellers will struggle to survive, publishers now have an opportunity to use the new popularity of videoconferencing and other remot...
Allure Dedicates November Issue to Product Sampling
Jul 27, 2020
...s of beauty brands and retailers. The integration means readers can use augmented reality to "try on" products featured in the magazine. “Post-COVID-19, the nature of beauty shopping has changed, with more people staying home and beauty retailers removing product testers to keep shoppers safe....
June Sales Up in Most Retail Sectors, But Grocery Down 1.6%
Jul 16, 2020
...18.2% across all types of stores and establishments, as states and cities allowed more businesses to open their doors in hopes that the worst of the crisis was over. Here's are sales trends by retail format in June vs. May: clothing and accessories stores, 105.1%; electronics stores, 37.4%; furnitur...
COVID Affecting Retail Data's Relevance
Jul 16, 2020
...ations, personalized emails and merchandising decisions .A few columns and blogs have explored the challenges marketers are having extrapolating pre-pandemic shopper intelligence to assess purchasing patterns as consumers have sheltered at home. Purchasing behavior amid the pandemic has also been to...
Study: Online SNAP Program Puts Participants’ Privacy at Risk
Jul 16, 2020
...nched last year in a few states with an initial set of eight retailers, the online program has quickly rolled out to most states, in part due to the pandemic, to allow SNAP participants to shop from home... CDD’s research also found that the USDA relied on what it called “the flawed and ...
Kroger Mandates Masks; NRF Urges All Retailers to Do Same
Jul 16, 2020
...sk or an alternative design, we request that they use our e-commerce services like pickup or delivery. To support all households during the COVID-19 pandemic, our grocery pickup service remains free (generally a $4.95 fee)," a Kroger communications chief Kristal Howard said... Also on Wednesday, the...
Outdoor Life Showcases Products in Virtual Expo
Jul 16, 2020
...ws and business events for the outdoor industry. The live event was originally scheduled for June 23-25 in Denver, but shifted to virtual due to the pandemic."...
Another 1.3M File for Unemployment
Jul 16, 2020
... the week before. The seasonal adjustments are traditionally used to smooth out the data, but that has tended to have the opposite effect during the pandemic. Continued claims, which count workers who have filed claims for at least two weeks in a row, stood at 17.3M for the week ending July 4, down ...
Walmart, Sam's U.S. Stores to Require Face Masks
Jul 15, 2020
... to customers, post signs on the new requirement and train store associates on the new COVID-19 safety protocols. The executives cited spiking coronavirus infection rates nationwide, which in turn have led to face covering mandates in more of the communities that Walmart serves. About 65% of the ret...
AMI Owner Chatham to Buy McClatchy Newspaper Chain
Jul 15, 2020
...ham and its chief executive, Anthony Melchiorre, to major-player status in an industry that faced existential challenges even before the coronavirus pandemic pulverized many news organizations... Chatham... is among a group of private-equity firms that have emerged in the past decade as the new...
New York Mag's Parent Warns of More Layoffs Coming
Jul 15, 2020
...avoid layoffs in April, hoping the business outlook would improve. Media companies across the U.S. have had to cut salary and staff during the coronavirus pandemic to make up for lost advertising revenue. Union leaders have asked Vox representatives for more data to back up the need for layoffs by W...
All Washington Post Articles Now Have Audio Option
Jul 15, 2020
...er the last month as many people continue to work from home.” The trend is interesting, given that podcast listening has taken a dip since the pandemic began. That's likely due to the lack of commuting to and from work — a popular time to listen to podcasts for many — once offices ...
Record Numbers Try to Buy Guns
Jul 14, 2020
WSJ: "The new coronavirus pandemic, civil unrest after the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing movement to defund police are bringing in new buyers worried about their personal safety, according to buyers, store owners and gun experts... In June, background checks for firearms were up 136%, comp...
Amazon Dash Cart Auto-Records Purchases, Lets Customers Skip Checkout Lane
Jul 14, 2020
...on Go concept, including in Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago and New York. Most were temporarily shut down starting in late March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Amazon Go website lists seven as still temporarily closed, including two in San Francisco undergoing renovations. The employee-only m...
UFCW Calls for Nationwide Face-Mask Requirement
Jul 14, 2020
...akers and the Trump administration to immediately require face coverings in public nationwide. The move came as the U.S. passed the 3M mark in total COVID-19 cases. As of July 13, the U.S. had nearly 3.31M confirmed coronavirus cases and 135,219 deaths from the disease, according to Johns Hopkins Un...
FDA Proclaims ‘New Era’ of Food Safety
Jul 14, 2020
...e rollout of the initiative was delayed from March as the federal agency turned instead to addressing the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus. Developed by FDA experts, including Frank Yiannas, the agency’s deputy commissioner for food policy and response, and Susan Mayne, directo...
Kroger Stops Giving Change to Customers
Jul 14, 2020
...ransactions, putting the money instead on loyalty cards or giving it to charity.The move reflects another of the many problems caused by the ongoing pandemic: a coin shortage in the United States because of the decline of cash transactions as more consumers and retailers shift toward contactless pur...
Publishers, Tech Giants Prepare to Battle Election Disinformation
Jul 14, 2020
...e and will fight tirelessly to get high quality journalism to as many people as possible," said BBC director general Tony Hall. Since March, harmful COVID-19 disinformation being tackled by the publishers has included a claim that Prime Minister Boris Johnson died while in intensive care with the vi...
Atlantic Festival Goes Virtual
Jul 14, 2020
...uo;re able to bring our programming to a global audience this year, especially given the leading role our journalists have played in coverage of the pandemic and of the national reckoning around race.” The event’s programs will be accessible through The Atlantic’s website and other...
News Publishers Share Promising Ideas For Pandemic Recovery
Jul 14, 2020
MediaPost's Rob Williams writes: News publishers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with strategies such as developing "advertising solutions" that are broader than selling ad space and fostering reader loyalty that outlasts the pandemic, per a summary published after a recent Media Leaders ...
Costco's Sales Growth Accelerates in June
Jul 13, 2020
.... U.S. comps rose 5.5% (9.2% excluding fuel and forex). Companywide, May ecommerce sales surged 106.2% (108.1% excluding forex). “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our sales and comp traffic. Merchandise sales were very strong in June, while ancillary businesses continued underperform ...
Americans Report Major Changes in Grocery Behavior, Including Less Time In Store, Impulse Buying
Jul 13, 2020
...new OnePoll study, conducted on behalf of HelloFresh, asked 2,000 Americans about their views on grocery shopping and how they've changed during the pandemic... 40% said they try to plan out what they want to buy ahead of time to minimize possible germ exposure. The last time respondents said that t...
Print Book Units Up 2.8% in 1st Half
Jul 13, 2020
...ad a 2.9% increase in the first six months, as booksellers reported more people looking for titles that provide an escape from the drumbeat of coronavirus news"...
May Book Publishing Sales Down
Jul 13, 2020
...ales fell 17.5%, but a 41.8% decline in returns kept the net sales loss to 11%. The May report did show the first big jump in e-book sales since the pandemic struck: +30.6% vs. May 2019, an increase that helped offset print declines. Downloadable audio sales rose 18.6% in the month... For the first ...
News Publishers Share Promising Ideas For Pandemic Recovery
Jul 13, 2020
...ost's Rob Williams writes: "News publishers are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with several key strategies aimed at emerging from the health crisis and economic slowdown stronger than before. Many of the strategies look promising, such as developing "advertising solutions" that are broader t...
Lidl's Arrival Pressures Rivals to Slash Prices
Jul 9, 2020
...sor of marketing at Kenan-Flagler, led the independent study, which was commissioned by Lidl US. Referencing data collected just before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in supply shortages, the study noted that Lidl’s prices were about 45% lower than Trader Joe’s and more than 30% lower th...
Albertsons Named SN's Supermarket of the Year
Jul 9, 2020
...ehensive protections for customers and employees as well as advocating for grocery workers to be designated as emergency first responders during the crisis"...
Another 1.3M File for Unemployment
Jul 9, 2020
...ed a net loss of 14.7M jobs during the pandemic, and the data for the most recent monthly jobs report was collected in mid-June, before the spike in virus cases occurring in dozens of states. "Initial state claims have barely budged over the past month, and are only 16% lower than on June 6,'' Andre...
Opinion: Publishing’s Long Road to Recovery Will Require More Detours
Jul 9, 2020
...sonable idea when it will actually pass. We are just as uncertain now, as we were in the middle of March... here we are... [still] at the mercy of a virus we clearly cannot control. The third quarter is upon us, and many publishers that rescheduled their events, or paused their print schedule or oth...
Opinion: Publishers Must Fight Myths Re Print and COVID
Jul 8, 2020
...o; waiting rooms. While printed titles are wrongly being demonized as a coronavirus threat in this way, the publishing industry faces an existential crisis, even post-Covid, according to those who work in distribution and inflight magazines... Chris Horn, managing director at Gold Key Media, press d...
What Back to School May Mean for Retail This Year
Jul 8, 2020
... parents are worried about their children falling behind academically. Only 43% felt the recent at-home education their children received during the crisis prepared them for the next grade level... 51% plan to increase their spending on virtual learning tools later this year... 38% indicated “...
How COVID Is Changing Store Displays
Jul 8, 2020
...reopened stores and those that will do so in the future will walk into substantially different retail environments than they were used to before the pandemic upended everyday life and business in the U.S. Chain stores such as American Eagle Outfitters, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s, Macy...
Stop & Shop Is Ending COVID-19 Pay Increases
Jul 8, 2020
PG: "Stop & Shop has become the latest grocery store chain to end its pay increase for hourly workers amid the coronavirus pandemic... The “appreciation pay,” as the retailer referred to it, was instituted in March for employees in the company’s footprint of Massachusetts, Rhod...
Walmart+ Ready To Take On Amazon Prime
Jul 8, 2020
...m higher-end customers, and likely a heftier valuation.” While Walmart’s e-clout has been growing fast, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis, it is still about one-eighth Amazon's size. “Today, Amazon is valued at $1.5 trillion, while Walmart is worth $337B,” Recode report...
Ingram Upgrades Printing, Shipping Networks
Jul 8, 2020
PW: "Citing industry shifts as well as disruptions in the publishing supply chain caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ingram Content Group said it is investing millions of dollars in an upgrade to its global printing and distribution network. In the U.S., Ingram said it is investing “millions of ...
Shoppers Retreat as COVID Spreads
Jul 7, 2020
...om then until the past 14 days, there were slight improvements. But over the past two weeks, retail traffic declines have accelerated once again, as COVID-19 cases surge nationwide, with hot spots in states including Florida and Texas"...
Has the Pandemic Changed Shopping Behaviors Forever?
Jul 7, 2020
... and how they approach their lives. EY has identified five key consumer segments with new or intensified attitudes as a result of living through the pandemic: Affordability first: 30% of people are focused on living within their financial means. These individuals are the most pessimistic when it com...
No Ceiling in Sight for Grocery Pickup, Delivery?
Jul 7, 2020
...% of shoppers are likely to use a specific online grocery service again within the next 30 days, down from 74% in August 2019, well before the coronavirus was widespread in the U.S."...
Forbes Among Media Getting Lastest PPP Loans
Jul 7, 2020
...ent has released Paycheck Protection Program data showing the companies that received loans to weather the economic storm brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Media companies are on the list from the Small Business Administration that got over $150,000 in loans. Forbes Media LLC, for example, got a ...
Time for Kids Launches Newsletter 'Camp'
Jul 7, 2020
...or Kids made its issues available to readers outside of the classroom in March for the first time in its 25 years of publishing, citing the COVID-19 pandemic. Readers gained access to a digital library featuring all editions published in 2020, financial literacy magazine Your $ and additional educat...
Ad Spending Outlook Gives Reason For Cautious Optimism
Jul 7, 2020
MediaPost's Rob Williams writes: "As despairing as the news about the coronavirus pandemic can be, there are signs the U.S. economy can bounce back and boost advertising sales for publishers. The biggest threat to the recovery is the recent surge in new cases, leading several states to re-issue lock...
NGA Backs Pandemic Cleaning Safety Accreditation Push
Jul 6, 2020
...ining, which teaches the proper protocols, correct disinfection techniques and cleaning best practices for biohazard situations like the novel coronavirus"... The accreditation means a facility has: Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to mini...
Consumers Now Have Fewer Choices, Maybe for Good
Jul 6, 2020
...ment. Steven Williams, CEO of PepsiCo Inc.’s NA foods business, said the company stopped producing a fifth of its products during the COVID-19 crisis... he expects its Frito-Lay snacks business to emerge from the pandemic with 3% to 5% fewer products. The company is taking the opportunity to d...
9K+ Stores Already Closing This Year
Jul 6, 2020
...ributor Walter Loeb writes: "The list of store closings is already very long and may be much longer by the end of the year. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has left many companies in horrible shape. Some have had to declare bankruptcy while others have closed some of their units. Many of the emplo...
Economists Expect Slowdown Amid COVID Cases Surge
Jul 6, 2020
...th and West, have paused or reversed their reopening plans amid a spike in cases. Many opened sooner than health guidelines dictated. New U.S. coronavirus cases passed 50,000 this week, a single-day record"...
Uber to Buy Postmates for $2.65B
Jul 6, 2020
... long dabbled in other categories, including meal deliveries with its Uber Eats service. But those efforts have arguably taken on new urgency as the pandemic has simultaneously cut demand for its core rides business while leading to skyrocketing demand for meal deliveries.Uber Eats has been viewed a...
How Publishers Are Emerging from the COVID Crisis
Jul 6, 2020
...nd the immediate doom and gloom to how the industry stood up to the challenge and is preparing itself for a radically different future."... What the pandemic did was, suddenly and without planning, force the media industry to lurch five years down the road in terms of remote working, virtual events ...
Meredith Launching 'Reasons For Hope In America' Campaign
Jul 6, 2020
...produce custom print and digital content, highlighting company initiatives or figures that have had an impact on the country’s response to the crisis, or taken action to promote equality and diversity. Meredith brands will introduce the project in the November Editor’s Letter and promote...
Walmart Among Those Seeing Even Bigger Online Traffic Gains Than Amazon
Jul 2, 2020
RetailWire: "As consumers have navigated their way through stay-at-home and social distancing restrictions during the pandemic, a new study says Amazon’s web traffic has soared, but other retailers are up even more. Traffic to the sites of some of the biggest retailers was up a lot in April vs...
June Jobs Report Positive -- With a Big Asterisk
Jul 2, 2020
... New York Times notes the latest unemployment survey was taken in mid-June, before states like Arizona and and Florida started to see a spike in new COVID-19 cases. These spikes have led some states to slow down their reopenings and close businesses, and the surge in cases "could hamper the labor ma...
Menkes Stepping Down at Vogue International
Jul 2, 2020
...sher attributed the cancellation of the event to Menkes' departure, but also to the growing uncertainty around the future of conferences" due to the pandemic...
Save Mart's Newest Store Incorporates COVID-Driven Safety Features
Jul 1, 2020
...esday morning with new safety elements in place to protect guests and team members amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, health- and safety-conscious design elements have been incorporated throughout the new 50,000-sq.-ft. store, including antimicrobial check-st...
Dual-Channel Grocery Shopping Surges
Jul 1, 2020
...n-Store Grocery Shopping Study” from the Retail Feedback Group (RFG),.. dual-channel shopping has become much more common amid the coronavirus pandemic, especially among younger consumers. Overall, 50% of in-store supermarket shoppers in the past 30 days also ordered groceries online, the repo...
Stop & Shop to Add 50 More Pickup Locations by Year-End
Jul 1, 2020
...cery platform available at a total of 321 Stop & Shop stores. Stop & Shop has hired more than 750 associates since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March to support its online operations"...
Repositioned Golf Mag Said Thriving Despite PGA Tour's Suspension
Jul 1, 2020
.... For the team at Golf, the past several months in particular have been validating, a bright spot during otherwise dark times. Before the coronavirus outbreak, Golf magazine and Golf.com had made a concerted and dramatic pivot. Instead of focusing primarily on news and what’s going on in ...
WSJ Launches Digital Mag for Younger Audience
Jul 1, 2020
... but also with content on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. A couple of early stories included “Notes on the pandemic” and “coronavirus Video Diaries"... Noted is not a separate, cheaper Wall Street Journal gateway product... Noted is behind the Journal’s dynamic paywall, wh...
Shoppers Are Stressed, Appreciative of Retail Workers
Jun 30, 2020
...g into actions,” the report stated. But as time passes during the pandemic, fewer consumers report being extremely or very concerned about the virus — down to 59% compared with 74% near the start of the pandemic." Collectively, our data suggest some key takeaways for retail brands trying...
CPG Companies, Retailers Form Contactless Delivery Task Force
Jun 30, 2020
...n developing scalable, uniform standards for safely transporting and exchanging freight, with an initial focus on electronic bills of lading. “COVID-19 challenged CPG companies to keep their supply chains moving efficiently and their workers healthy in a tremendously difficult environment,&rdq...
Amazon, Lowes Announce Millions in Employee Bonuses
Jun 30, 2020
PG: "pandemic bonuses are rolling at Amazon, which said Monday it has committed more than $500M toward those employee rewards.The bonuses will go to workers who have been with Amazon through the month of June and will break down like this: $500 for full-time Amazon employees, Whole Foods Market empl...
CDC Expert: U.S. Is Just at Start of Outbreak
Jun 30, 2020
...f senior members of the Trump administration — notably Vice President Mike Pence, who said on Friday "we have made truly remarkable progress." COVID-19 cases are surging across the U.S., prompting states including Texas, Arizona and New Jersey to pause plans to reopen their economies in recent...
Bashas' Taps AI-Driven, Cloud-Based Analytics Solution
Jun 30, 2020
... 1932 with 130 stores throughout Arizona. With the grocery industry facing unprecedented change and fluctuating demand patterns due to the impact of COVID-19, Bashas’ required an analytics partner that empowered non-technical decision-makers to respond to real-time changes in shopper behavior,...
Is the New Online Grocery Buyer Here to Stay?
Jun 30, 2020
...eets Click in its monthly online grocery scorecard noted that online grocery purchases continued to grow in May, with demand spurred by the COVID-19 crisis lifting sales 24% month-over-month to $6.6B. Total online grocery orders in May rose 18% to 73.5M from 62.5M in April. For first-time users, the...
Food & Wine Virtual Event to Feature Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Ayesha Curry
Jun 30, 2020
...od & Wine will host its first Classic at Home virtual event, on July 23, as a replacement for its annual Classic in Aspen live event, due to the pandemic. Martha Stewart, Jacques Pépin, Ayesha Curry, JJ Johnson, Stephanie Izard and Kwame Onwuachi will be featured. Emcee'd by F&W Culin...
Newsstand Doing 'Reasonably Well,' Despite Unproven COVID Print Fears
Jun 30, 2020
...il, the Wall Street Journal published a note on its front page saying the World Health Organization had deemed it OK to handle newspapers during the pandemic. Barnes & Noble created designated spaces for customers to deposit books they picked up while browsing, which are then taken out of circul...
COVID-19 Spurred Shoppers to Switch Retailers, Brands
Jun 29, 2020
...The fallout of COVID-19 — stay-at-home guidance, supply chain disruptions fueled by panic buying and pantry filling, a fear of contracting the virus, and the sudden surge in unemployment — has shifted the way Americans shop, where they shop and what they are buying,” affirmed Kimbe...
Albertsons' Shares Fall After Lackluster IPO; CEO Sees Growth Phase Ahead
Jun 29, 2020
...ent/CEO Vivek Sankaran says he sees Albertsons as a company well-positioned for omnichannel retailing and the changes in consumer behavior since the COVID-19 outbreak, which elevated the importance of the grocery industry"...
End of Supplemental Unemployment to Throw Many Into Dire Need
Jun 29, 2020
...those like the Ramirez family who worked in hard-hit sectors like hospitality where new jobs are scarce. During high unemployment and a still-raging pandemic, the end of enhanced jobless benefits could drag on consumer spending, set off a wave of missed rent and mortgage payments and translate to a ...
Advertiser Boycott of Facebook, Other Social Media, Spirals
Jun 29, 2020
...period of time, to put a big dent in Facebook's bottom line," noted CNN Business' Brian Fung. Further, due to the advertising pullback caused by the pandemic, it will be difficult to assess the true financial impacts of any ad boycott, he pointed out. Analysts also note that Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Z...
Book Units Soar in Mid June
Jun 29, 2020
PW: "In early spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced most bookstores to close and disrupted print book sales through Amazon, no one could have predicted that by summer unit sales of print books would be up 1.4% for the year to date over the same period in 2019, nor that sales would hit a weekly h...
Vogue.com EIC Leaving After Less Than A Year
Jun 29, 2020
...yles editor, becoming an editor at large in 2017.The rapid departure of Emmrich comes at a trying time for Condé Nast. To make up for a coronavirus-related loss in advertising, it recently laid off 100 staffers and furloughed another 100. At the beginning of May, it also cut salaries of those...
Another 1.48M File for Unemployment
Jun 25, 2020
...last week, and the economy shrank in the first three months of the year — evidence of the ongoing economic damage being inflicted by the viral pandemic. The economy, which contracted 5% in the January-March quarter, is widely expected to shrink at a roughly 30% annual rate in the current April...
Are Robotic Lockers the Future of Click-and-Collect?
Jun 25, 2020
... Their goal for retailers is reducing expenses at the point of pickup, and providing consumers a convenient and safe alternative to costly delivery. COVID-19... has "really woken up the industry,” says Marek Piotrowski, CMO of Retail Robotics, a Poland-based company now preparing to launch its...
Bloomberg Investing in News When Many Are Cutting Back
Jun 25, 2020
...nce that the company is a long-term, high-impact news media players — even though it gets relatively little coverage compared to its peers. As COVID-19’s financial damage deepens, there aren’t many media companies in the position to be able to take advantage of a recession — ...
B&N Lays Off Some Staff in NYC HQ
Jun 25, 2020
...urloughed much of its staff earlier this year after the pandemic hit. Almost all of the Barnes & Noble stores have reopened in recent weeks with COVID-19 precautions in place. Barnes & Noble is privately owned and doesn’t report its financial performance"... PW: "While the majority of ...
WSJ Barron's Group Presents New Suite Of Ad Products
Jun 25, 2020
... audiences, reach and membership has grown recently. The Wall Street Journal | Barron’s Group has a total of 3M paid subscribers. Watford said COVID-19 lockdowns have sparked changes in reader habits, such as more weekend and weeknight reading, more watch lists being created and more newslette...
Vice Launches World News, Blasts Keyword Blocking
Jun 25, 2020
...” during this moment in history — given the protests and pandemic — advertisers are deeming the content “brand unsafe.”COVID-19 topics were 137% more likely to appear on blocklists. Cooke asked agencies to review the practice of keyword blocklists and instead look to mo...
H-E-B Pledges Largest Pay Increase in Company History
Jun 24, 2020
... H-E-B continues to focus on keeping its partners safe. It has extended medical leave to all employees, and any employee who is diagnosed with coronavirus will receive pay. H-E-B equips its partners daily with “the best information on the coronavirus, so that they can make the best decisions f...
Behind Walmart's Checkout Format Experiments
Jun 24, 2020
Winsight Grocery Business: "As COVID-19 continues to drive touchless and socially distanced shopping experiences, Walmart is testing a full menu of checkout options at its various locations, including most recently a Supercenter devoted entirely to self-checkouts [also with optional cashier capabili...
Study Criticizes Supermarket Chains' Treatment of Personnel During COVID
Jun 24, 2020
...data from Johns Hopkins University. As the disease remains unchecked in much of the U.S., the federal government is looking to end support for local coronavirus testing sites by the end of the month, according to reports from the Houston Chronicle, Talking Points Memo and The Washington Post. Nearly...
Bauer U.K. to Close Magazines 'Unlikely to Be Sustainable' After COVID
Jun 24, 2020
...l all publish their final issues in July. The publisher said these magazines were deemed “unlikely to be sustainable” after the COVID-19 crisis. Simply You was launched by the teams behind Bauer’s Take a Break and That’s Life magazines in 2018 to target women over 40. Planet ...
AMI Reportedly Gets Financial Help
Jun 24, 2020
... cash-strapped owner of the National Enquirer, US Weekly and OK! a financial lifeline to help it survive a sales slump brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Media Ink has learned. Some 90% of AMI’s second-lien bondholders, who hold an estimated $225M of the publisher’s roughly $400M to...
Retail Industry Urges Government to Help With Coin Shortage
Jun 23, 2020
...uesday to the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve, NGA said a drop in cash transactions for retail purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced the supply of coins across the country. As a result, the government must release more coins from federal inventory or boost coin p...
GroupM: 2020 Global Ad Total To Fall $70 Billion (11.8%)
Jun 23, 2020
...ealthy growth of 4.8%. By December, seeing some weakening in the global economy, the firm pared back the growth estimate to 3.9%.Now, of course, the pandemic has shredded the economy worldwide, leading to the firm’s much more negative reassessment and driving total advertising back down to app...
Michigan Extends Projections for Grocery Workers, Shoppers
Jun 22, 2020
...afety measures to protect employees and customers at grocery stores and pharmacies.Executive Order 2020-126, enacted yesterday, continues a range of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines to July 15. Among the key measures, grocery and pharmacy customers who can medically tolerate a face covering mus...
Union Demands Food Retailers Reinstate Hazard Pay
Jun 22, 2020
...ntry, America’s food retailers have ended hazard pay even as COVID-19 health risks have increased for grocery workers on the frontlines of the pandemic,” noted UFCW International President Marc Perrone. “Even worse, multibillion-dollar companies like Kroger are raking in record sal...
Bloomberg Relaunches CityLab
Jun 22, 2020
...sing, justice and government.The site launches with stories on the future of cities, coverage of the U.S. protests against racism, re-openings after COVID-19 lockdowns and data visualizations on transportation changes in major cities... Content will also be distributed on platforms such as Bloomberg...
Time Mag to Launch Health And Other Initiatives
Jun 22, 2020
...sor, while last week saw the launches of editorial initiatives Time for Health and Time for Learning."These are things we had been planning, but the pandemic actually helped us move forward quickly in the direction we already knew we needed and wanted to go," Maya Draisin, senior vice president of p...
How Accelerated Ecommerce Will Change Retail, Maybe Forever
Jun 18, 2020
...e assistants like Alexa, to aid shopping from home; use robotics for delivery to reduce the need for person-to-person contact. Planning for the next crisis will be a top priority. Against a background of economic downturn, retailers will aim to minimize the impact of future peaks — or indeed a...
Online Newsletters Boosting Revenue for Publishers
Jun 18, 2020
...eased the results of a new internal study today that shows increases in revenue for some publishers via their online newsletters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The data were aggregated from the performance of 2,500 publishers and brands that work with LiveIntent from early June. It was then compared ...
Magazines Should Leverage Retail Partners’ Ecommerce Platforms, Prep For Post-COVID Shifts
Jun 18, 2020
... stores that survive will also rebuild over time, once people feel safe. Surveys and retail traffic in overseas countries that are farther along the COVID-19 recovery curve indicate that consumers are cautiously returning to stores as restrictions ease. Still, consumers’ expectations and buyi...
Save Mart Transitions Nearly 700 Temp Workers to Full-Time
Jun 17, 2020
...art said it initially hired the workers for part-time temporary positions in response to “overwhelming customer demand” triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak. The company ramped up its recruitment and hiring efforts and said it added nearly 1,000 temporary staff “in a matter of weeks,...
Target to Raise Hourly Wage to $15
Jun 17, 2020
...its frontline store and distribution center hourly workers, including full- and part-time associates, for their extra efforts during the coronavirus pandemic... All U.S. hourly full- and part-time employee at store, distribution center and headquarters locations will be eligible for the $15 starting...
Bauer Media Exits Australia After Eight Years
Jun 17, 2020
...fficers and closed a raft of titles following double digit circulation and advertising declines.On April 2, blaming the economic impact of the coronavirus, the company shuttered its entire New Zealand operation, making all 237 staff redundant.Later that month, Bauer stood down more than 50 Australia...
How Magazines Are Pressing Down In Lockdown
Jun 17, 2020
... Week and Viz, has taken a quarter of its staff into redundancy consultations. Across the aisle, newspapers are having a tough time. But perhaps the pandemic will prove the resilience of print. Jane Wolfson, chief commercial officer at Hearst, is frank about the future of print. The pandemic has &ld...
Amazon's Bezos Willing to Testify Before Congress
Jun 16, 2020
...of questions regarding timing, format, and outstanding document production issues, all necessarily framed by the extraordinary demands of the global pandemic""...
Will Grocers Keep Share Gains as Restaurants Reopen?
Jun 16, 2020
...e retail grocery industry was all about the expansion of e-commerce, growth in ethnic categories and the push for foodservice. While the coronavirus pandemic accelerated some of these trends, the FMI “U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2020” report* suggests that it has dramatically altered oth...
Albertsons Distributes Final COVID-19 Bonuses
Jun 16, 2020
... has been paying its employees an additional $2-per-hour since March 15, one of many bonuses essential retailers have offered during the coronavirus pandemic. Albertsons, however, has now ended the temporary pay increase, but not without an additional reward first. The reward is equivalent to $4 per...
COVID Drives April Bookstore Sales Down 65%; May Looks Better
Jun 16, 2020
...s expected to be the worst month for bricks-and-mortar stores, as many outlets were closed because of stay-at-home orders issued to combat the coronavirus. Indeed, advance sales data for May showed total retail sales rising 17.7% over April. (Advance sales do not break out bookstore sales.) Compared...
Retail Sales Up 18% in May, But Sales Still Down 6% Vs. Year Ago
Jun 16, 2020
...ve retraced some of the record-setting month-to-month plunges of March (8.3%) and April (14.7%) as businesses have increasingly reopened. Still, the pandemic’s damage to retail sales remains severe, with purchases still down 6.1% from a year ago. Last month’s bounce-back comes against th...
Reuters Institute Sees More Pain Ahead for News Media
Jun 16, 2020
Reuters: "The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increase in news consumption but the economic turmoil is forcing news businesses to accelerate their move to digital, The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism said. The coronavirus outbreak has prompted a significant increas...
GroupM Projects 13% Decline For U.S. Ad Spending
Jun 16, 2020
...ative absence of political advertising activity next year."For context, a 13% decline would not be as bad as the 16% drop seen in the 2009 financial crisis. That we 'only' expect a 13% decline is surprising. We might normally expect that because the 2020 economic decline is so much worse than 2009, ...
Walmart Partners With Shopify to Expand Marketplace
Jun 15, 2020
...iness Financial Post: "Walmart Inc. has partnered with e-commerce giant Shopify Inc. to expand its third-party marketplace site and grab more of the pandemic-fuelled surge in online shopping.The world’s largest retailer aims to add 1,200 Shopify sellers this year, Walmart executive Jeff Clemen...
COVID Exposes Retail Supply Chain Shortcomings
Jun 15, 2020
...;is a potentially more resource efficient and resilient response.” Asked to identify apparent supply chain bottlenecks in the current COVID-19 crisis, the top answers were: Warehouse operators are ill or in quarantine, 59%; store operators are ill or in quarantine, 48%; lack of visibility of c...
Food Availability Improving, Say Consumers
Jun 15, 2020
SN: "The grocery cases and shelves that were left barren in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic are, for the most part, back to their pre-COVID-19 states, according to research from The NPD Group. In the week ending May 28, 68% of U.S. grocery shoppers reported to the firm that they hadn’t...
Industry Execs Offer 'Store of the Future' Insights
Jun 15, 2020
... VP of insights, communications for GMDC/Retail Tomorrow, and Andrew McQuilkin, retail leader at BHDP Architecture, lay out their vision of the post-COVID-19 store of the future. A few excerpts: "As we enter our “new normal,” many [health/safety] practices will remain in place for the fo...
Whole Foods, Costco, Trader Joe’s Most Trusted on Health and Safety
Jun 15, 2020
...l from the coronavirus. The ongoing health-and-safety benchmarking study evaluates how retailers in seven industries are operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Ipsos first surveyed 2,000 Americans to determine which health and safety attributes are most important to consumers in the current COVID-19 ...
Media Execs Under Fire for Leaving NYC to Quarantine
Jun 15, 2020
...e killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the New York-based media had already been activated by something else: The clarity with which the onset of COVID-19 revealed who could afford to get out of town, who might be OK if they lost their job, who had money or family to fall back on... Their em...
Time Mag: Still No Plans to Cut Jobs; Print Remains Essential
Jun 15, 2020
... is unavailable in the magazine and attracted 63m unique visitors in March – far above its recent monthly average of 35m – thanks to its COVID-19 coverage. The digital team also claimed a record 82.7m streams on its video content in March.On social media, Time has more than 17m followers...
Conde Faces 'Reckoning'; New Yorker Said to Soon Be #1 Profit Generator
Jun 15, 2020
...r, after years of layoffs and losses, Condé Nast was supposed to get back into the black, before magazine and other media revenue were hit by COVID-19 ad spending cutbacks. "Last year, the U.S. division lost approx. $100M on about $900M in revenue, said several people with knowledge of the co...
Sam's Takes Curbside Pickup Chainwide
Jun 11, 2020
...ing the rollout amid changes in customer preferences, including a greater desire for convenient and contactless shopping options during the COVID-19 pandemic"...
Net Book Sales Down 3.5% in April as Returns Plunge
Jun 11, 2020
...point to an issue that many publishers are keeping an eye on -- the possibility of heavy returns when bookstores reopen after closing because of the pandemic. Nearly all college stores were closed in April, leading to a 57.9% decline in returns to publishers of higher educational course materials in...
COVID's Impact on Publishing, in 8 Charts
Jun 11, 2020
...down worldwide; our media habits have changed; publishers are producing new products like podcasts, newsletters; some local outlets are seeing coronavirus bumps in net traffic and bumps in paid subscriptions that appear to be holding steady based on retention rates so far (but no accompanying bump i...
UNFI Spinning Off Cub Foods, Shoppers Stores
Jun 10, 2020
... it would put the sale of the chains on hold for 12 to 18 months so the stores could continue providing customers with groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a conference call with analysts on Wednesday, UNFI Chairman and CEO Steven Spinner said plans now call for Cub and Shoppers to be split fr...
Report: Hazard Pay Disappearing at Large Retailers
Jun 10, 2020
Fast Company: "COVID-19 pandemic hazard pay has started to disappear for workers.New research by the New York-based not-for-profit Just Capital found that 12% of companies gave their workers this extra bit of cash, because the employees were working on the frontlines during the height of spread of C...
Cub Foods, Shoppers Stores to Be Spun Off From UNFI
Jun 10, 2020
...aid it would put the sale of the chains on hold for 12-18 months so the stores could continue providing customers with groceries during the COVID-19 pandemic. In a conference call with analysts on Wednesday, UNFI Chairman and CEO Steven Spinner said plans now call for Cub and Shoppers to be split fr...
Stop & Shop, King Kullen Drop Acquisition Deal
Jun 10, 2020
...hey have mutually decided to terminate the deal because of “significant, unforeseen changes in the marketplace,” mainly triggered by the COVID-19 outbreak. The acquisition was announced in early January 2019, after the agreement was signed in the previous month. Financial terms weren&rsq...
Deloitte Sees Greater Stress on Locally Sourced Items, Returns, As Well As Retail Safety
Jun 10, 2020
...hopping season — with assurances of easy returns.The pandemic has added a new challenge to returns, thanks to concerns about the spread of the virus. But as the Deloitte report indicated, every challenge also presents an opportunity. “Returns processing — likely to increase amid mo...
Post-Pandemic Retail Comes Into Focus
Jun 10, 2020
...s.On Tuesday, the Massachusetts-based consulting firm said that 83% of C-level executives feel that retail and dining will be changed forever by the pandemic. Those changes include not only more online and mobile shopping but more consumer use of curbside and store pickup services, more retailer use...
Trade Groups Urge Retailers to Help Nonessential Suppliers
Jun 10, 2020
...hrough the pandemic; seek out the companies, products, innovators and startups that will provide the next generation of consumer solutions in a post-COVID-19 environment through such methods as virtual strategic product demonstrations connecting supplier and retailer decision-makers; and use the too...
Ad Execs Cite 'Lifestyle' Media As Brand-Safest During Pandemic
Jun 10, 2020
...n-place lifestyle content, according to survey of ad executives conducted in late May by Advertiser Perceptions.The survey, the fifth in a series of COVID-19 related tracking studies, also ranked podcasts, local TV news, social media (with comments disabled), national TV news, and online news (with ...
Data Indicate Ad Spending Has Hit Bottom
Jun 10, 2020
...ive this month. The new data come from the fifth wave of ad executive polling conducted by Advertiser Perceptions to measure the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on ad spending, strategy, messaging and tactics. The data show that May was the low point of among respondents ramping up ad spending ...
New Mag, Bloomberg Green, Focuses on Climate Change
Jun 10, 2020
...; enacted in response to the COVID-19 virus — can be used toward climate recovery. An introductory essay by Michael Bloomberg explains why the pandemic will be a turning point for climate change. Other stories focus on plastic waste, an Australian river system and Disney's controversial effort...
Facebook Extends News Service To U.S. Users, Adds 200 News Outlets
Jun 10, 2020
...ws Plus, while it represented a significant realigning of Facebook’s content priorities.Since then, the media landscape has been rocked by the pandemic and the civil-rights movement sparked by the killing of George Floyd.News organizations were already wary of working with Facebook after it ro...
Opinion: Publishers More Likely To See Q3 Thaw In Ad Spending
Jun 10, 2020
... to start shopping again, despite concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. About 70% of people continued to shop at grocery stores during the health crisis, according to a Harris Poll. That experience helped to train millions of people on how to follow safety procedures, such as wearing face masks a...
25K Retail Stores Projected to Close This Year
Jun 9, 2020
CNBC: Due to the pandemic, "U.S. retailers could announce between 20,000 and 25,000 closures this year, according to a tracking by Coresight Research, with 55% to 60% of those situated in America’s malls. That would also mark a record for the industry. Coresight was previously forecasting ther...
Traditional Greeting Cards Struggle to Remain Relevant
Jun 9, 2020
...acquired 60% of American Greetings, while the remaining 40% was retained by the Weiss family, descendants of founder Jacob Sapirstein… Before COVID-19, Hallmark was trying to counter the trends by bulking up its own online offerings, focusing on its own digital cards, overhauling its app aime...
Opinion: The Digital Transformation Has Left Plenty of Space for Print
Jun 9, 2020
...ia, writes: "It’s evident now that retail chains that embraced omnichannel strategies, like Walmart and Costco, may fare better in our current crisis. And in many cases, retailers that were pureplay e-commerce businesses but had begun to set up stores in the brick and mortar world are back to ...
Loyalty Marketing at a Crossroads
Jun 9, 2020
...opping habits, changed by the virus outbreak, could represent a huge opportunity or stumbling block for retailers. 65% say how brands respond to the crisis will have a “huge” impact on their purchase intent and 37% have already made a change... I think of loyalty marketing as paying atte...
Assessing the Kroger, Walgreens Partnership
Jun 8, 2020
... sales of $104.5 billion, with 26.2% of those sales coming from nonpharmacy categories, during its fiscal ended Aug. 31, 2019. Aside from the recent COVID-19-related sales surge, both companies’ sales growth has been modest for several years. However, an innovative partnership model that combi...
DC Ends Comics Distribution Pact with Diamond
Jun 8, 2020
...ors, which distributes to the book trade) resumed shipments of books and periodicals to comics shops May 20 after a 7-week shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns. DCD is the dominant distributor of comics to the comics shop market in North America--a network of about 2,000 comics sho...
Staff Calls for Shutdown of Sports Illustrated Publisher’s ‘Blue Lives Matter’ Site
Jun 8, 2020
...oss the organization as part of cost-saving measures as a result of the collapse of the digital advertising market following the spread of the coronavirus. While staffers were upset about the latest round of cuts, many raised another concern: The company’s continued affiliation with Defense Ma...
Costco's Sales Up 7.5% in May
Jun 4, 2020
...the warehouse club saw ongoing growth in purchases of food, groceries and essentials and began reopening some services closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For the four weeks ended May 31, net sales totaled $12.55B, up 7.5% from a year earlier. Overall comp sales rose 5.4% YoY, and were up 9.7% e...
Another 1.9 Million File for Unemployment
Jun 4, 2020
...iled initial unemployment claims last week, underscoring that even as all 50 states begin reopening their economies, the damage from the coronavirus pandemic continues to mount. Over the past 11 weeks, 42.6M workers have sought jobless benefits as states shut down nonessential businesses to curtail ...
Amazon Sued Over Warehouse Safety, After Worker-Related Death
Jun 4, 2020
... not comment on the lawsuit, but said it has always followed guidance from health authorities and its workplace safety experts since the coronavirus pandemic began."
Village Super Market Sees Nearly 16% Sales Jump in Q3
Jun 3, 2020
...d to the acquisition of New York City specialty market Gourmet Garage last June.“Same-store sales increased due primarily to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and related stay-at-home measures, most significantly in March, where sales reached unprecedented levels,” Village Super Market...
H-E-B Tops Customer Satisfaction Pandemic Ranking
Jun 3, 2020
...Walmart, each of them scoring 61%. Publix and The Kroger Co. were behind them, with scores of 59% each. During the ongoing outbreak, convenience and pandemic protection efforts have gone a long way toward boosting customer satisfaction with food retail operations, as the Bond Brand Loyalty study dem...
Opinion: Retail Needs Centralized Fulfillment
Jun 3, 2020
In RetailWire, Andrew Blatherwick, chairman emeritus of Relex Solutions, argues "As we move into a new phase of the coronavirus crisis, it’s clear that delivery, click and collect/BOPIS and curbside pickup are here to stay. These options were slowly picking up speed already, but recent events ...
New York Mag Owner Vox Media on How Scale Counts in a Crisis
Jun 3, 2020
...trategist, has also been a bright spot bringing in revenue during the pandemic. “All of these things make me think we’re weathering this crisis much more strongly together than we would separately,” Ryan says – the power of banding together during a challenging time."
Acosta Survey: Half of Shoppers Don't Expect Return to Normal Within 6 Months
Jun 2, 2020
...alf of shoppers expect life to return to normal in less than six months but that new behaviors have also become normal. “Three months into the pandemic, consumers are not surprisingly seeking the light at the end of the tunnel, but not all are optimistic about, or supportive of, a quick return...
Dollar Stores Best Positioned in Pandemic Era
Jun 2, 2020
...o have outperformed essential retail in the first quarter and are poised to benefit as the economy struggles in the months ahead [as a result of the pandemic-driven recession]. “When people are unemployed and they don’t have that source of income, they will need value more than ever,&rdq...
Weis Markets Extends Hours, Restarts Some Services
Jun 2, 2020
SN: "With coronavirus-related lockdowns relaxing across Mid-Atlantic market area, Weis Markets has extended its store operating hours and availability for its Weis 2 Go online grocery service.The Sunbury, Pa.-based regional grocer said its stores are now open an additional hour in the evening, opera...
Cosmo Reveals Millennial, Gen Z Quarantine Trends
Jun 2, 2020
...readership... The report found that 95% of Cosmo’s audience is social distancing, and 70% are more worried about unknowingly passing along the virus than getting sick themselves.Among the brand’s mainly Gen-Z and millennial audience, 50% are sheltering at home with parents, with only 7% ...
Microsoft Replaces Journalists, Editors With AI To Curate News
Jun 2, 2020
...vered a high-quality service.” A Microsoft spokesperson stated to the outlet that the changes were not implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The decision affects journalists both new to the field and experienced, with more staffers holding similar positions around the world expected...
Book Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Digital Library
Jun 2, 2020
...corresponding physical copies,” the publishers write.They add that the Internet Archive “opportunistically seized upon the global health crisis” to expand its digital lending program.The Internet Archive said in March the new emergency lending initiative would help ensure “th...
Powell's Books Owner On Uncertainties Ahead
Jun 1, 2020
NY Times: When the coronavirus hit, Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon's largest bookstore, 'suddenly faced an existential crisis. Its chief executive, Emily Powell, closed the company’s stores in mid March. Without customers browsing the aisles, revenues dried up immediately, and the comp...
COVID Forces Changes for Wegmans
Jun 1, 2020
WSJ: COVID-19 "represents an existential challenge to the 104-year-old family-owned company as it upends a shopping experience that made it a household name across the U.S. Northeast.The chain’s famed food bars, which sell everything from pizza to sushi, are closed. Its beloved free samples ar...
Retailers Earn Praise for Pandemic Responses
Jun 1, 2020
...tions.In making the list, Forbes said it judged “how well the 100 largest employers among U.S. public companies responded to the public health crisis. It is a snapshot in time, analyzing companies’ policies from mid-March through May 7 across 22 categories, from relaxed attendance polici...
Pantry Loaders Boost Food Sales at Big Lots
Jun 1, 2020
PG: "Big Lots is planning to expand its assortment of food and consumables to leverage big sales momentum from the pandemic.The discounter says it saw so many new grocery shoppers during the past few months that it now plans to launch what it calls a "pantry optimization initiative" in September. "T...
Costco's Sales Growth Slows in Q3
Jun 1, 2020
...ing e-commerce sales.Earnings fell short of Wall Street’s forecast as the warehouse club chain took a hit from incremental expenses related to COVID-19. For the 12-week quarter ended May 10, net sales totaled $36.45B, up 7.3% from $33.96B a year earlier, Costco said. Membership fee income incr...
Online Grocery Sales Up Again in May
Jun 1, 2020
...rocery dollar sales growth totaled $1.3B in May, the same as in April, when sales jumped 37% from $4B in March. Underscoring the impact of the coronavirus outbreak — which led to a spurt of consumer stockpiling activity starting in late February — online grocery sales were $1.2B in Aug. ...
Food Prices Expected to Stay High for Extended Time
Jun 1, 2020
...ns’ paychecks that go toward food has declined over the past 50 years, many people likely can handle the recent price increases. But the coronavirus also has pushed roughly 41 million Americans out of work, and for them, even a small price hike can be troubling. “We’ve obviously se...
S&S's New CEO Unfazed by Challenges Ahead
Jun 1, 2020
...Group, to replace Carolyn Reidy after her sudden death on May 12. In addition to succeeding the much-admired Reidy, he is confronted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential sale of S&S. In a memo to the S&S staff announcing his promotion, Karp wrote about his relationship with Reidy over ...
Hearst Union Election to Take Place in July
Jun 1, 2020
... of unionizing.Staffers will be able to vote by mail, with ballots being sent out on June 12 as most employees work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, the Hearst Magazines Union said on Instagram Friday. The deadline to send them back is July 13. This comes after Hearst executives gave the g...
NYT Mag Wins Big at Virtual National Magazine Awards
Jun 1, 2020
...ute version of The American Society of Magazine Editors’ National Magazine Awards, aka The Ellies, were streamed on Thursday night, due to the pandemic. The only thank-you speech was from David Granger, former editor in chief of Esquire magazine, who was inducted into the magazine editors&rsqu...
Paid Online Subs More Critical, And More Difficult, With COVID Crisis
Jun 1, 2020
...a well-diversified revenue assortment will ultimately see them through the storm: Vox had one of the most-watched shows on Netflix last month (coronavirus, Explained); the Strategist’s e-commerce business is killing it, as homebound readers flock to the site for tips on navigating the quaranti...
Magazines Push Back Release Dates of September Issues
Jun 1, 2020
...lly, we plan to be flexible with our production schedule to accommodate the creative challenges our marketing partners are having as a result of the pandemic.” It usually hits newsstands mid-August and, according to a media kit, that was also the original plan for 2020.InStyle is the only fash...
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