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Kroger Details Restock Kroger Successes
Oct 27, 2020
... said that its Restock Kroger transformation program is providing rewards to investors and has helped to position the company for success during the pandemic -- a time during which digital sales have soared. The company told investors on Tuesday, Oct. 27 that the program, launched three years ago, i...
Walmart CEO: Pantry Loading Is Back
Oct 27, 2020
PG: "Another wave of pantry loading is underway as COVID-19 infections surge across the country.That's what Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told the audience at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit on Monday, Oct. 26.“Things are getting better, but we have a ways to go to recover. It will be choppy ...
Sheryl Sandberg Talks to New Meredith Women's Resource Group
Oct 27, 2020
...ry reason, according to this year’s annual Women in the Workplace report from Sandberg’s Lean In and McKinsey & Co. Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, Sandberg said, many women worked a "double shift" — first at work and then another while attending to their family's needs at...
The Atlantic Earns Wins Triple Recognition In Adweek's New Publishing Hot List
Oct 27, 2020
...ptions by June and now has 650,000 total subscribers. With coverage that ranged from how to stop a civil war at the beginning of the year to its own COVID-19 tracking project, The Atlantic has remained a clear, concise and accurate voice providing context and perspective while navigating a tumultuou...
Walmart, Amazon Have 55%, 40% of Online Grocery Market
Oct 26, 2020
...pper marketing platform Chicory and has a margin of error of plus/minus 5.3%.The results of Chicory's fourth quarterly survey quantify the impact of COVID-19 on online grocery usage by comparing current results with past quarterly studies throughout 2020. The latest survey, conducted in early Octobe...
Report: Food Prices Surpass Virus as Consumers' Top Worry
Oct 26, 2020
Grocery Dive: "The cost of food has overtaken worry about getting sickened by the novel coronavirus as a chief concern for U.S. consumers as they struggle with sagging personal finances, according to the results of Dunnhumby’s latest Consumer Pulse Survey, released Monday. Asked which grocery ...
Wakefern Sales Up Nearly 10% for Fiscal 2020
Oct 26, 2020
...ove and expand the digital shopping experience, he said... Wakefern and its independently owned and operated supermarkets rose to the challenge with COVID-19 outbreak, keeping stores stocked and running smoothly while implementing the latest safety protocols at all stores... Key initiatives in 2020 ...
Last-Mile Fulfillment Paying Off for C Stores
Oct 26, 2020
...ing deliveries for company-owned and franchised locations. “When 7-Eleven began offering delivery in 2017, we certainly didn’t foresee a pandemic accelerating on-demand ordering platforms from convenient to essential,” said 7-Eleven COO Chris Tanco. “This year we’ve dou...
Last-Mile Fulfillment Paying Off for C Stores
Oct 22, 2020
...llment can more effectively match products to changing consumer behaviors — like those that will have a lasting impact because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lori Stillman, VP of research at NACS. “Additionally, third-party last mile service providers will see how the convenience ...
NRF Survey Confirms Consumers Plan to Spend Less for Holidays
Oct 22, 2020
...n last year, a drop of about $8. Despite the drop, expected holiday spending is higher than the five-year average for gifts and decor, NRF said. The pandemic has shaken up the way shoppers plan to celebrate the holidays, too, according to the survey. One in 5 people surveyed said they typically trav...
Why Trader Joe's Traffic Has Recovered, But Whole Foods' Hasn't
Oct 22, 2020
Grocery Dive: "Whole Foods Market's foot traffic fell sharply at the outset of the pandemic and continues to lag behind its year-ago numbers despite strong recoveries from competitors such as Trader Joe’s, a new Placer.ai report noted... The report, which tracked location data among more ...
ANA: 15% Of Digital Ad Costs Go To 'Unknown'; P&G Pushing for Social Media Reform
Oct 22, 2020
...er Marc Pritchard focusing on how the ad industry has responded as a "force for good" and a "force for growth" amid multiple 2020 crises of a global pandemic and explosive racial injustice, but it also revealed some nagging low points, especially for the digital supply chain. While Liodice showcased...
Luxe Magazine Marks 15 Years, With Redesign
Oct 22, 2020
...e vice president-managing director of Luxe Interiors + Design, and Chief Sales Officer of Sandow. Luxe hosted more than 50 virtual events during the pandemic. The annual LUXE RED Awards (Residential Excellence in Design), for example, went virtual this year, and attracted over 30,000 views. In March...
Southeastern Grocers Formalizes Plans to Go Public
Oct 21, 2020
...ations, according to the filing.Southeastern is preparing for an IPO at a time when grocery stores are riding a wave of customer interest during the pandemic. The grocer said it recorded net income of $205.7M and $5.3B in sales during the 28-week period that ended July 28, compared with a net loss o...
Whole Foods Launching One-Hour Pickup Nationwide
Oct 21, 2020
...rs to be ready in 30 minutes. Amazon has accelerated the rollout of curbside pickup at Whole Foods only recently, driven by customer demand amid the pandemic"...
1 in 4 Have Already Done Their Holiday Shopping
Oct 21, 2020
...r more. Over 31% of consumers expect to go into holiday shopping debt over the coming months. Among those who were laid off or furloughed due to the pandemic, 47% expect to go into holiday shopping debt. More than half of consumers with a household income of $100,000 or more expect to go into holida...
Amazon Extends Work-at-Home Option Till June
Oct 21, 2020
...day told employees whose work can be done from home that they can do so until June, extending the timeline on a return to office due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Employees who work in a role that can effectively be done from home are welcome to do so until June 30, 2021”, an Amazon spokesw...
Deloitte: Consumers Plan to Cut Holiday Spend by 7%
Oct 21, 2020
...season. The test is whether consumer spending will be sustained amid wildcard puzzle pieces including policy surprises, the election and a resurgent virus.” While many macroeconomic factors, like unemployment, wage growth and savings rates, go into economists’ models, consumer sentiment ...
Report: Satisfaction With Grocers Has Declined In Pandemic
Oct 21, 2020
Grocery Dive: "Consumer satisfaction with grocery stores has taken a hit during the pandemic, according to the latest results from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), which factors in surveys from more than 500,000 consumers collected between April and September. No grocers improved the...
Shoppers to Visit Fewer Stores for Holidays; Bodes Well For Mass Merchants
Oct 20, 2020
...hairman of retail and distribution at Deloitte. The survey found that 51% of people are anxious about going to stores this holiday season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “If I can go fewer places and if I can check [more] things off my list... I think that’s going to bode well for mass ret...
U.S. Ad Economy Expands In September, for 2nd Consecutive Month
Oct 20, 2020
MediaPost: "The U.S. ad economy grew 2.7% in September, marking its second consecutive month of expansion since the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic sent it into decline in March. While the rate of expansion fell by half from August's 5.9% growth, it nonetheless indicates sustained growth for the U....
2021: Online Boom Continues, But COVID Recession Sets In
Oct 19, 2020
...ve over the height of the pandemic, but it is now just part of the fabric of our lives and we will likely continue to see more than we did pre-coronavirus"... Hanging over the heads of retailers and consumers is the threat of a pandemic-spurred recession and what that might mean for grocery shopping...
September Grocery Sales Flat
Oct 19, 2020
...the U.S. Census Bureau. On the whole, retail sales were up 1.9% on a month-to-month basis. Consumer spending on groceries remains markedly above pre-pandemic levels. Sales were up 9.6% in September compared with the same period last year, while overall retail sales recorded a 5.4% increase. After gy...
COVID is Turning Us Into Readers Again
Oct 19, 2020
NY Post: "If the media industry were to proclaim one silver lining of the pandemic it would be the book sale boom. Kids books are doing especially well as parents look for ways to keep their tots occupied at a time when playdates are hard to come by. Ebook revenues for children and young adult books...
ShopRite Store-Within-A-Store Has Fresh-Meals Focus
Oct 15, 2020
...ital screens situated in the department. With more consumers now eating at home and turning to grocers as their primary meal destinations during the pandemic, ShopRite’s new meal station is one way retailers are trying to convert recent gains into long-term loyalty"...
Jobless Claims Head Higher Again
Oct 15, 2020
...ovements have slowed to a snail's pace in recent weeks, and went into reverse last week. That means it could take a long time to get back to the pre-pandemic level of around 200,000 claims per week. On top of regular jobless claims, 372,891 Americans filed for pandemic Unemployment Assistance, a pro...
Indie Bookstores Imperiled by Pandemic
Oct 15, 2020
...world’s only retailer, keep shopping there.”  According to ABA, "more than one independent bookstore has closed each week since the pandemic began. Many of those still standing are staring down the crucial holiday season and seeing a toxic mix of higher expenses, lower sales and eno...
Amazon Prime Day: 3rd-Party Sales Up 60%, to $3.5B
Oct 15, 2020
PG: "This year’s pandemic-delayed Amazon Prime Day has brought in more than $3.5B worth of third-party sales in the U.S. and 18 other countries, according to the e-commerce operator. That’s a nearly 60% percent increase from last year. Prime has more than 150M paid members, and such cons...
Allure's Nov. Issue Features AR-Driven Makeup Try-On Tool
Oct 15, 2020
.... The holidays are a crucial period for lifestyle- and fashion-oriented magazines like Allure, but will also be unusual this year as the coronavirus pandemic upends typical retail and puts a bigger spotlight on digital and mobile... YouCam Makeup users are 1.6 times more likely than non-users to buy...
Father/Daughter Team Relaunch Regional Magazine
Oct 15, 2020
NY Post: "In a rare success story in the midst of the pandemic, a father-daughter team took over a tiny magazine named after Martha Stewart’s hometown of Bedford, NY, and doubled its ad-page count in the first issue. The buyer... is Michael Kaplan, who has long been active in commercial real e...
Father/Daughter Team Relaunch Regional Magazine
Oct 14, 2020
NY Post: "In a rare success story in the midst of the pandemic, a father-daughter team took over a tiny magazine named after Martha Stewart’s hometown of Bedford, NY, and doubled its ad-page count in the first issue. The buyer... is Michael Kaplan, who has long been active in commercial real e...
Supermarkets Adding ‘Media Company’ to the Résumé
Oct 13, 2020
...ven more attractive to CPG companies and advertisers to execute their media campaigns. Grocery e-commerce sales have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. August 2019 saw only $1.2B in online pickup and delivery sales, while August 2020 saw $5.7B, according to a Brick Meets Click/Mercatus grocer...
Grocery Shoppers Are Stockpiling Again, Out of Election Unrest Fear
Oct 13, 2020
PG: "More than half of Americans say they are stockpiling groceries or plan to stockpile over worries about supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 surges and political unrest due to the presidential election.According to a new report from market research firm Sports and Leisure Research Group, rou...
Paywalls Emerging as Core Revenue Drivers
Oct 13, 2020
WNIP: "As consumers go in search for well-researched stories on the pandemic, they’ve increasingly gravitated toward trusted news sources and have been willing to pay for quality content. The true extent of this trend is revealed in the Q3 2020 edition of FIPP’s How Fashion Editors Are Reinventing the Genre
Oct 12, 2020
BoF interviews editors from leading fashion magazines about how they're keeping the content relevant during the pandemic. InStyle's editor-in-chief, Laura Brown, says the magazines continue to be important cultural influencers. “People still talk about who is on the cover," she says....
Hearst: Mags, Not Video, Are the Top Source of Cooking Inspiration
Oct 12, 2020
...e wake of a pandemic. Hearst surveyed over 2,000 U.S. consumers ages 18 to 74 from April through June 2020 to understand food culture in the time of COVID-19... One of the findings: Magazines are the top media source of pandemic-era cooking inspiration for all ages, more than YouTube or food sites, ...
Unemployment Claims Still Above 800,000
Oct 8, 2020
WSJ: "U.S. unemployment claims remained elevated above pre-pandemic highs last week, as layoffs persist and the labor-market recovery flashes signs of slowdown. Unemployment claims fell slightly to 840,000 last week, Thursday’s Labor Department report said. Weekly jobless claims are down sharp...
Dollar General Debuts Popshelf Stores for Wealthier Demos
Oct 8, 2020
..... A DG exec said the retailer started working on the new chain about two years ago, but the company isn’t changing course because of the pandemic.
Strong 2019 Prepped Food Retailers for COVID
Oct 8, 2020
...ights into strategic and tactical decisions. This year’s survey also asked retailers to offer perspective on the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic.
Emerson Collective Pulls Funding from Pop-Up Magazine
Oct 8, 2020
...ets two years ago as part of a push to support quality journalism at a time when the industry is under pressure online and in print. Since then, the pandemic has only deepened the woes of many publications, with revenue from advertising and in-person events plunging. Pop-Up Magazine Productions depe...
Marie Claire Takes 'Power Trip' Conference Virtual
Oct 8, 2020
WWD: Like most events during this time of pandemic, Marie Claire is taking its annual 36-hour, invite-only, all-expenses-paid networking conference for successful women virtual. The event will last just a day, instead of 36 hours....
Quartz for Sale Again, 2 Years After The Atlantic Sold It
Oct 8, 2020
...ned to comment on the report. The company has been under intense pressure as the advertising market evaporated with the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic. Even before the pandemic, pressure was mounting on the eight-year-old financial news operation. In May 2019, the company imposed deep cuts, l...
BJ’s, Publix, Brookshire’s Among Most 'Digitally Mature' Grocers
Oct 7, 2020
..., there are a number of digital offerings grocers should look to adopt,” Mokha explained. “With the prevalence of curbside pickup during COVID-19, we were surprised that less than 5% of benchmarked grocers offered curbside pickup turnaround in two hours or less. Additionally, only 6% of ...
NRF: Stimulus Can't Wait
Oct 7, 2020
...expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program, tax credits for business purchases of personal protective equipment and protection for businesses from COVID-19 illness/death lawsuits filed by workers and/or their estates. The trade group was among 200 associations that sent a letter to Congressional l...
A360 Furloughs Entire Staffs of 4 Sports Enthusiast Titles
Oct 7, 2020
...a in August. In early September the new owner warned staffers that furloughs would be coming to offset the financial pain wrought by the coronavirus pandemic, which has slashed ad spending and newsstand sales. As The Post reported at the time, sources claimed that the furloughs nabbed as many as 198...
Bonnier Sells Pop Sci, Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, Saveur, Others to PE Firm
Oct 7, 2020
...erans. “We started this adventure in the media space two years ago and are particularly proud that we’ve been able to expand through the pandemic,” said Perlman, managing partner and co-founder of the company with offices in Miami and San Francisco. “In terms of the Bonnier t...
Out-of-Home Tech Drives Product Purchases
Oct 6, 2020
...indings: More than two-thirds gave as a reason for planning ahead their desire to reduce time spent out of the home and avoid catching/spreading the virus, particularly Gen Z and Millennials. 82% always or usually go to the same stores each time they shop. 65.6% notice OOH advertising on their shopp...
SpartanNash to Hire 1,000
Oct 6, 2020
.... The company has seen surging sales growth in its retail and food distribution businesses from an upswing in consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic"...
Center-Store Sales: 10%+ 2020 Gain Expected; Delivery/Pickup Is #1 Tactic for Driving Growth
Oct 6, 2020
...9%, health and beauty items (19%) and pet food/care (16%) all rounded out the categories that retailers reported having the most success with during COVID-19."
For Magazines, Barnes & Noble Is Holding Up Nicely
Oct 6, 2020
...&N is holding up nicely," Ruth writes. "Currently sales are only down 26% YoY. Stores are open. People are shopping. This is not to say that the pandemic has been without impact. Some stores still have shortened hours; fire and flooding impact retail space. Some publications went on hiatus; othe...
Poynter Digs Into Meredith's Current Challenges
Oct 6, 2020
..., higher than anticipated costs absorbing Time, together with interest and repayment on the high-rate borrowing Meredith took on to do the deal. The COVID-19 ad recession seems to have hit especially hard at Meredith’s lifestyle and celebrity titles, led by People and Better Homes and Gardens ...
5 eCommerce Trends Supercharged by the Pandemic
Oct 5, 2020
In Grocery Dive, Jeff Wells writes identifies and elaborates on 5 online developments that have accelerated during the pandemic: apps as the connective tissue; moving fulfillment beyond the aisles; companies needing better platforms; pickup as the new delivery... but grocers also having to make deli...
Amazon Web Services Exec Lays Out Benefits of Cloud-Based Grocery
Oct 5, 2020
SN: "With many retailers rethinking their businesses to adapt to a “new normal” — more so today amid the COVID-19 crisis —Amazon Web Services (AWS), the global market-share leader in cloud computing services and solutions, aims to drive cloud adoption in data and IT migration...
Grocery Workers Say Employers' COVID Efforts Inadequate
Oct 5, 2020
...cery, contact center and professional sales. Grocery and retail workers on the front lines, in particular, felt they were behind the pack during the pandemic. These employees scored lower than frontline workers in other industries and reported feeling less safe, less supported, less trained, less kn...
Amazon Reports Nearly 20K COVID-Infected Workers Since March
Oct 5, 2020
...ed Food and Commercial Workers International blasted Amazon for the high number of COVID-infected workers. Since the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, UFCW and other labor groups, government officials and regulators have criticized Amazon — among other companies — for not disclos...
Meredith Drops $1M Suit Against Maven
Oct 5, 2020
...said a spokesman for Maven. In other good news for SI staff, the company told staff this week that the pay cuts tied to the frozen ad picture around COVID-19 will be rescinded as of Nov. 1, two months earlier than anticipated. Salaries for most staffers had been cut 15% and executive pay 30% in May....
Opinion: The Media's 2020 Moment
Oct 5, 2020
... to the media — and often the media alone. It was the media that gave light to the negligence of White House officials in containing the coronavirus. It was Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs who revealed Hope Hicks' positive test, with President Trump disclosing five hours later that he and the firs...
Cal/OSHA: Ralphs, Food 4 Less Violated COVID Regs
Oct 1, 2020
... agency said. In total, four Ralphs stores and one Food 4 Less received citations Sept. 24 for failing to protect workers from exposure to the coronavirus because they did not update their workplace safety plans to properly address hazards, according to a statement by California’s Dept. of Ind...
Hy-Vee Going Primarily Self-Checkout
Oct 1, 2020
...dominantly self-checkout stations is a pilot program, but the self-check out structure will be implemented in every metro store. The decision is not pandemic-related, but made prior to March. It's been tested in 140 Hy-Vee stores across eight states with no loss of employee jobs. They are not self-c...
Essence Furloughs Some Staff
Oct 1, 2020
... Essence "announced this week that it will be furloughing some staff to offset the “significant negative impact” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Six months into an unprecedented and continuing global pandemic, COVID-19 has had a broader and longer-lasting impact than anyone expe...
Conde Reverses Pandemic Pay Cuts
Oct 1, 2020
...ay cuts it made for U.S. employees as the coronavirus wreaked havoc on already fragile ad revenues. Among those about to see their pay return to pre-pandemic levels are CEO Roger Lynch and Vogue editor in chief/ Condé artistic director Anna Wintour, who respectively took 50% and 20% cuts to t...
Walmart's New Supercenter Design Stresses Contactless
Sep 30, 2020
...-checkout kiosks and contactless payment options. Janey Whiteside, the retailer's chief customer officer, said the new design was planned before the pandemic and one of the goals is to save shoppers time." We're working hard to make it easy for customers to be able to toggle between their physical e...
Grocers Stockpiling Ahead of Holidays, Possible COVID Resurgence
Sep 29, 2020
...ting production of their most popular items, and leaders across the industry are saying they won’t be caught unprepared in the face of another pandemic surge"...
Retail Bankruptcies, Store Closures Hit Record in 1H
Sep 29, 2020
WSJ: "Retail bankruptcies, liquidations and store closings in the U.S. reached records in the first half of 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated industry changes, particularly the shift to online shopping, according to a report on the downturn’s severity. This year’s collapse in Ame...
Distribution Crisis, Limited In-Store Browsing Has Bookstores Worried About Q4
Sep 29, 2020
...g. The diversity of sales channels reflects a substantial expansion of retail customer service as they navigate evolving market conditions caused by COVID-19 and climate change. More than 80% of bookstores surveyed are now open for some form of limited in-store browsing, with appointments or other m...
Fresh Food Drives Costco Comp-Store Sales Spike
Sep 28, 2020
...; Galanti said. Costco has seen visits to stores improve as people go out more often and become less timid about entering interior spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, but traffic has not returned to pre-pandemic levels"...
Dollar General Promotes Taylor to Chief Merchandiser
Sep 28, 2020
...ree years in the role, the retailer said. Dollar General is shaking up its merchandising operations as it adjusts its product mix in response to the pandemic, an effort that includes ramping up the amount of fresh and frozen food its stores carry.... Taylor has been with Dollar General since 1998, s...
Stop & Shop, Union Strike COVID Hazard Pay Deal; Ingles to Pay 3rd Hazard Bonus
Sep 28, 2020
... for hourly workers on March 20 and then, in late April, extended the period to May 30 and then later on extended it again to July 4 as the COVID-19 crisis continued... The retroactive pay excludes paid time off accrued during the July 5 to Aug. 22 period and doesn’t apply to employees represe...
Food Insecurity Raging Since COVID
Sep 28, 2020
...ears, but the awful reach of COVID-19 is now bringing the matter firmly into the country’s consciousness. In 2018, prior to the current health crisis, Feeding America reported that more than 37M folks, including 11M children were struggling with hunger. The organization’s recent forecast...
Distribution Crisis, Limited In-Store Browsing Has Bookstores Worried About Q4
Sep 28, 2020
...g. The diversity of sales channels reflects a substantial expansion of retail customer service as they navigate evolving market conditions caused by COVID-19 and climate change. More than 80% of bookstores surveyed are now open for some form of limited in-store browsing, with appointments or other m...
Opinion: How Variety, THR Merger Will Affect Advertising
Sep 28, 2020
.... Awards season is typically a significant period for the publications as studios blanket the trades with "for your consideration" ads. However, the pandemic that's kept movie theaters closed or operating at a diminished capacity is likely to mean less promotional efforts for months to come. Studios...
Another 870K Americans File for Unemployment, Affirming Slowing Recovery
Sep 24, 2020
...t held on to workers at the beginning of the economic crisis are now reducing their head counts because of persistently weak demand. A rise in coronavirus cases this summer triggered new business restrictions and related layoffs, and some small businesses that had relied on government aid to keep wo...
Amazon Launches More Devices
Sep 24, 2020
...array of speaker and security devices centered around the home and a gaming subscription service and controller, offerings tailor-made for the coronavirus era.The devices include a home-camera drone, a pivoting speaker with a camera, a car alarm, a car camera, a cloud-connected gaming controller and...
Walmart, Target Outline Holiday Strategies
Sep 24, 2020
...iates since March across its stores and supply chain locations to ensure the retailer could provide essential items to customers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With these new hires over the last six months, its new seasonal associates, and ongoing hiring of full-time and part-time positions as needed...
2020 Time 100 Features More Scientists, Doctors, Women
Sep 24, 2020
...ime100.They include Fauci (director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), performer The Weeknd, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, COVID-19 front-line nurse Amy O’Sullivan, actor Gabrielle Union and athlete Dwyane Wade, performer Megan Thee Stallion, President of Taiwan Tsai ...
Walmart Hiring 20K Fulfillment Workers for Holidays
Sep 23, 2020
...lmart has filled more than 500,000 new jobs in stores and its supply chain since March to help keep essential items available to shoppers during the pandemic. Employment will begin immediately upon hiring and continue through Jan. 1. However, Walmart said many seasonal workers will have a chance to ...
Giant Eagle Adds Frictionless Pickup Technology
Sep 23, 2020
... well as restaurants and other retailers, know exactly when a shopper is going to arrive. Giant Eagle has made a number of innovative changes during COVID-19, with three physical locations' transition to curbside pickup centers dedicated to servicing online orders"...
Partial Stimulus Deal Stresses Food for Children, Includes SNAP
Sep 23, 2020
...hild care. We also extended key flexibility for states to lower administrative requirements on SNAP [food stamps] for families in the middle of this crisis.”
Barnes & Noble CEO Committed to Carrying Magazines
Sep 23, 2020
...o do," he said... He reported that just 23 of B&N's 613 stores (it opened three this summer, but closed others) continued to operate through the pandemic lockdown. But during that time, 350 stores got substantial updates in layout and section flow to customize to the local market, and others got...
Retail Workers Who Are Mothers Face Struggle As School Starts
Sep 22, 2020
NY Times: "As the pandemic wears on and school begins across the country, women working in retail say they are being forced to choose between keeping their jobs and making sure their children can keep up with remote learning. Women in all types of jobs are feeling this squeeze. According to a study ...
U.S. Ad Economy Rises 5.9% In August, First Expansion Since March
Sep 22, 2020
...t: "The U.S. advertising marketplace grew 5.9% in August -- its first monthly year-over-year expansion since March, when the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic put the brakes on many forms of ad spending. The finding, based on a MediaPost analysis of Standard Media Index's U.S. Ad Market Tracker, repr...
Conde Nast Promoting New Ad Metric, 'Ecommerce Accelerator'
Sep 21, 2020
Digiday: "Condé Nast is trying to remind advertisers that brand awareness and engagement matter too, even in a pandemic. It’s hoping that a new ad measurement framework, plus a new performance marketing offering, can help them make the case. The publisher has begun to talk up a new ad p...
Meredith Lays Off 180, May Move Some Jobs to Des Moines
Sep 21, 2020
...ts magazine brands. Its Local Media Group, which is made up of its broadcast channels, lost 130 people. The cuts “address the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and position our business for continued growth. These include cost-control measures, as well as a reallocation of resources to higher-growth are...
Playboy Might Return to the Stock Market: Report
Sep 21, 2020
...founder Hugh Hefner and private equity firm Rizvi Traverse Management. Since then, the company’s print sales have fallen further. The COVID-19 pandemic compounded its challenges, leading Playboy earlier this year to stop printing the magazine, ending a nearly seven-decade run on newsstands tha...
Cleaning Supplies, Indulgent Foods, Test Kits Still Big Sellers at Grocery
Sep 17, 2020
Grocery Dive: Six months into the pandemic, "Catalina says the home testing kit category, which includes face masks, was the fastest-growing sales category year-over-year in August. Cleaning products comprised three of the top six categories, while bacon and yeast rounded out the list. Frozen food h...
Ecommerce to Account for 21.5% of Total Grocery by 2025
Sep 17, 2020
PG: "Online grocery sales will reach an estimated $250 billion by 2025, which is more than a 60% increase over pre-pandemic projections, and more than a fifth (21.5%) of all grocery sales. These numbers are according to a June survey from Mercatus of 60,000 American shoppers across approximately 20 ...
U.S. Sees 26th Week of Record Unemployment Claims
Sep 17, 2020
...ther 860,000 people applied for unemployment insurance claims last week — the 26th-straight week that unemployment claims remained above a pre-pandemic record dating to the 1960s. And 659,000 people had claims processed for pandemic Unemployment Assistance, the program for self-employed and gi...
Maskless Trump Supporters Harass Target Shoppers
Sep 17, 2020
The Hill: Despite extensive scientific proof that masks help reduce the spread of coronavirus, Trump and his political aides have encouraged his supporters not to wear masks, telling them that being asked to wear masks is somehow curtailing their freedom, and denying masks' effectiveness. One result...
Pandemic Spurs Renewed Appreciation of Print, Newsstands
Sep 17, 2020
...nt magazines are multiplying. Fans of Casa Magazines, in New York's West Village, recently helped it reopen through GoFundMe contributions after the pandemic forced it to close in May.
Bloomberg Media Plans Streaming Relaunch
Sep 17, 2020
...ort to reach the audience that, internally, the company refers to as “modern, rising leaders.” Bloomberg Media CEO Justin Smith says the pandemic only made the relaunch more urgent, calling the project “one of the most consequential, if not the most consequential, launch in the new...
U.S. Consumer Spending Slowed in August
Sep 16, 2020
...nother fiscal package. At least 29.6M people are on unemployment.... The Federal Reserve on Wednesday kept interest rates near zero, noting that the pandemic “will continue to weigh on economic activity” in the near term, “and poses considerable risks to the economic outlook over t...
Whole Foods Says It's Lowering Prices Again
Sep 16, 2020
...s, lowering prices and attracting more customers. He also said he believes the widespread adoption of online grocery shopping during the coronavirus pandemic will subside as the health situation improves. Mackey, who co-founded the pioneering organic grocer 40 years ago, credited synergies with Amaz...
Grocery Sales Slip in August, As Other Retail Upticks
Sep 16, 2020
...ust 2%, according to data distributed by 210 Analytics and IRI.?.. Grocery stores essentially stood alone on the retail landscape as the coronavirus crisis seized the nation, with sales rising nearly 27% in March compared with the same month in 2019 even as retail sales across the board plunged near...
CBS Returning to Print With Reboot of Watch! Magazine
Sep 16, 2020
...ost: "CBS says it plans to make a return to print with its entertainment title Watch! after going all-digital and cutting staff at the height of the pandemic. “After pivoting to digital for two editions due to the pandemic, we’ll return to print with our November/December issue,” C...
One-Third of Americans Are Doing Some Freelance Work Now
Sep 16, 2020
Bloomberg: "More than a third of the American workforce did at least some work on the side this year as the COVID-19 pandemic decimated jobs and wages. That translates to 59M people, or 2M more than in 2019, according to the Freelance Forward report released Tuesday by Upwork, a firm that helps busi...
WaPo, Financial Times Make Bundled Sub Offers
Sep 16, 2020
...cated section that will highlight “attempts to rebuild the nation’s economy, its communities and its spirit in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the publisher. Called “The Road to Recovery,” the section is supported by AT&T and JPMorgan Chase. It wil...
Justice Dept. Unleashes Criminal Probe Over Bolton's Book
Sep 15, 2020
...Trump White House. This time, it's longtime Washington Post editor Bob Woodward, whose account of Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and a crisis with North Korea is garnering nonstop news coverage. Simon & Schuster also published Woodward's book."
Lessons from FIPP, Week 2
Sep 15, 2020
...less you get people to pay for your information, it’s game over. People have rediscovered the value of consuming quality journalism during the crisis and we have to capitalize on this moment in history. You must develop the self-conviction in your brand to tell readers they have to pay.”...
Major Chains' Foot Traffic Fully Rebounds
Sep 14, 2020
Grocery Dive: "Store traffic to several major grocery brands has fully recovered from the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, with Albertsons, Kroger, Publix and Trader Joe’s all seeing year-on-year growth in visits in August, according to a new report by Placer.ai.Foot traffic at Whole ...
Kroger CEO Sees Prices Stablizing, Home Cooking Here to Stay
Sep 14, 2020
...— as restaurants were forced to shutter their dining rooms and lockdown orders kept families cooped up at home — will outlast the health crisis... everything that we can see, it’s something that will be a long-term trend because people have, one, learned how to cook and, two, found...
Retailers Suing Over Interruption Insurance Claims Denials
Sep 14, 2020
..., with cases playing out across the U.S. and U.K. Insurers are arguing they don’t have to pay out on pandemic claims in part because the coronavirus didn’t damage property. Their stance will be tested as new cases are filed by bigger businesses with the resources to wage long, sophistica...
Amazon Now Says It Will Hire 100K in US, Canada
Sep 14, 2020
WSJ: Amazon "plans to hire 100,000 additional employees in the U.S. and Canada, continuing a rapid expansion that began as the coronavirus pandemic forced many people to stay home and shop online for work and other necessities... Not including temporary employees the company describes as seasonal, i...
Time Mag Uses Black Border for COVID Issue
Sep 14, 2020
... 11, 2001 issue showing the Twin Towers before they fell. This week's cover story, "An American Failure," utilizes data from the Johns Hopkins coronavirus Resource Center, featuring handwritten death counts on every one of the 193 days between the first confirmed U.S. COVID-19 death on Feb. 29 and S...
Online Grocery Sees First Dip Since COVID-19, But Resumed Growth Expected
Sep 10, 2020
...019. The ongoing research has documented a steady decline in the percentage of households that express a high level of concern about contracting the virus, dropping from a high of 47% in April to 38% in August. “There is a common belief that the rapid and dramatic surge in sales caused by COVI...
Walmart Launches Walmart+ Ad Campaign
Sep 10, 2020
...dash; spending time with loved ones.” The ads were created by husband-and-wife film-making team Daniel and Katina Mercadante, who followed all COVID-19 safety production protocols as they embedded themselves into the families’ everyday lives, generating more than 100 hours of unscripted ...
884,000 More Americans File for Unemployment
Sep 10, 2020
...h that jobless claims came in below 1M for back-to-back weeks, as claims remained stubbornly elevated but off their peak from the worst point of the pandemic... However, this was due to a technical change in the way the Labor Department made its seasonal adjustments, which applied for the first time...
Amazon Looks to Hire 33K
Sep 10, 2020
...this year for its annual Career Day event. Along with adding 33,000 new corporate and tech workers to its ranks—its latest hiring spree in the COVID-19 era—the e-commerce giant announced on Wednesday that it will deploy a team of 1,000 Amazon recruiters to offer free virtual career coach...
Kroger's Big Investments in Tech Weren't Ready for Pandemic
Sep 10, 2020
...ba Group Holding Ltd. It also bet that a delivery model using remote fulfillment centers, popular in Europe, would resonate stateside. Yet, when the pandemic sent a tsunami of customers ordering groceries online for the first time, it was unable to meet higher demand. The wide-ranging investments sl...
The Atlantic Gets 20K New Subs After Its Expose on Trump's Disdain for Military
Sep 10, 2020
...ed that The Atlantic accumulated 36,000 new subscribers in March alone as its coverage of the pandemic became a "must read." Finnegan said the coronavirus coverage helped with brand awareness, but articles on other topics also have converted readers to subscribers, such as The Atlantic's political c...
Oprah's Back on Cover in October
Sep 10, 2020
...grieving losses yet unaddressed and ignoring some of the most obvious. If we don’t find a way to consciously engage with our losses, when this pandemic is finally over, the soul of our country will still be locked down," Winfrey said"...
Merger Meant to Offer Alternative to the Duopoly Falls Apart
Sep 10, 2020
... about the deal valuation. MediaPost's Rob Williams writes that the broken deal is "another sign of how the economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have disrupted the digital ad market... Thousands of websites carry Taboola and Outbrain's content feeds, which include a mix of native advert...
Magazines Show Resilience Through COVID Crisis
Sep 10, 2020
... for its independent, investigative journalism – has benefited from the renewed sense of trust that the public are placing in newsrooms.“COVID-19 is a wake-up call for the media industry; young people believe in traditional media again,” she said. “Professional journalism is ...
Conde Nast Traveler Unveils New COVID-Era 'Standard Practices'
Sep 9, 2020
...ial initiative called “The New Standard,” recognizing travel brands and providers that meet a criteria of excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The New Standard will live on a digital hub on the Condé Nast Traveler site, as well as in an editorial package in the Octo...
New Yorker's Virtual Festival Features Big Names, Drive-In Movie
Sep 9, 2020
...nsel of the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Sherrilyn Ifill, and civil-rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson will be interviewed.The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the U.S., and the need for clinical insights and realistic assessments is acute. Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National In...
Bezos Again Tops Forbes 400
Sep 9, 2020
...ff Bezos tops Forbes' list of richest Americans for the third year in a row, "while U.S. President Donald Trump’s ranking dropped as the COVID pandemic slammed his office buildings, hotels and resorts, the magazine said Tuesday. The aggregate wealth of the Forbes 400 list rose to a record $3.2...
Holidays: Experts See More Grocery, Liquor Sales; Delivery Problems
Sep 8, 2020
... dozen other retailers can ship from certain locations, as the delivery company tries to prevent its network from being overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic," per the WSJ. With so many Americans worried about their finances and fearful of entering physical stores, retailers may have to lower ...
Bankrupt Retailers Struggle to Liquidate Inventory
Sep 8, 2020
...h; as well as other incentives. Even then, results can be spotty: Proceeds from liquidation sales have fallen about 25 percent since the novel coronavirus took hold, according to Jim Schaye, chief executive of retail liquidation firm Eaton Hudson
Enquirer Parent Announces Staff Furloughs
Sep 8, 2020
... National Enquirer, Us Weekly and other magazines, "told staff in the media operation about the furloughs in a memo that blamed the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has ravaged ad sales and hurt consumer demand. “As a result of this review, we have made the difficult decision to furlough certa...
Cost of Living Is Actually Rising, Especially for the Poor
Sep 3, 2020
...ures like real output, real wages and poverty are calculated using inflation adjustments that don’t reflect the higher cost of living during a pandemic. This might help explain why measured poverty has fallen even as lines at food banks have grown... people are buying more of the essentials, l...
Retail Exec: Retail Hinges More on End to COVID Than Stimulus
Sep 3, 2020
...Klein’s holding company. “Where there hasn’t been as much fiscal support, let’s say in Europe and in Asia, the fact that the pandemic is under much better control there [means] our business is that much more strong there, and we’ve been able to really capture that more ...
Unemployment Claims Up 881K... With An Asterisk
Sep 3, 2020
...om the previous week. Unemployment has declined since April when much of the U.S. economy was shut down in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But it remains very high by historical standards. As of Aug. 15, more than 29M Americans were collecting some form of unemployment insurance. Th...
Exhausted Warehouse Workers Now Face Holiday Crush
Sep 3, 2020
...essure for months, working extended hours to fulfill a crush of pandemic orders. Working conditions, they say, have steadily deteriorated during the crisis, leaving many distribution centers understaffed and ill-equipped to accommodate frequent hand-washing and other safety protocols. Now the nation...
What's Behind Dark Stores
Sep 3, 2020
...ked for delivery drivers and some bike delivery people. While Amazon had been planning the dark store before the novel coronavirus pandemic hit, the crisis has dropped the retailer into the deep end of e-grocery fulfillment... [Its pandemic-driven] logistics challenges extended to Whole Foods as wel...
Bertelsmann, HarperCollins Show Interest in S&S
Sep 3, 2020
...ed in acquiring Simon & Schuster once ViacomCBS begins to again actively shop the country’s third largest trade publishing house after the pandemic fades. Shortly after Viacom and CBS merged, the newly-formed company placed S&S on the sales block. In an interview with the Financial Tim...
B&N Education Retail Segment Took Hit in Q1
Sep 3, 2020
...irman, said the company continues to upgrade its digital platforms and offerings. "While our first quarter performance was significantly impacted by COVID-19-related campus store closures, the strategic investments we have made to transform BNED’s platforms and offerings to digital, enabled us...
Quartz Nearly Doubles Subscribers In A Year
Sep 3, 2020
... or about 80 people. Uzabase said at the time that ad revenue had declined by 54% during the first quarter of 2020, due to the effects of the global pandemic. Editorial staff was reduced from 85 positions to 50."
People Magazine Recognizes Publix, Wegmans, Target As 'Companies That Care'
Sep 2, 2020
...y of each organization’s benefits, and their philanthropic and community support, with particular focus on activities in response to the coronavirus"...
UFCW Launches National Hazard Pay Campaign
Sep 2, 2020
...he United States in California, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado, Washington, Tennessee, Maryland, West Virginia, and other states hit hard by the virus. The campaign will include grass-roots actions in addition targeted paid and digital media to highlight the serious health threats faced by worke...
Grocery Shoppers Have Fewer Choices
Sep 2, 2020
...discovery” and more focus on the expediency of repurchasing. These are ways the novel coronavirus has changed how Americans buy groceries. The pandemic has altered what products people purchase, when and where, who is buying them, and how much time is devoted to the endeavor. Americans are spe...
New NYC Whole Foods Is An 'Amazon Warehouse'
Sep 2, 2020
.... Amazon also boosted the number of stores with online pickup available this year as customers have sought to socially distance amid the coronavirus pandemic, RetailWire reported in April. Other retailers have also experimented in recent years with ways to use existing store sites and neighborhood l...
Meredith Among Media Rolling Back Pay Cuts
Sep 2, 2020
...y halted other benefits for the rest of its workforce, such as 401k matching... While the return to normal pay shows that the bumpiest months of the crisis are over, sources at many of the publications that made cuts cautioned against overreacting. “It’s more a function of having to prov...
McKinsey: Curbside Pickup Is Here to Stay
Sep 1, 2020
...an giant trailer-loads of goods being brought to every store. And it isn’t just retail purchases: curbside pickup for food has soared amid the pandemic. Walmart had a huge Q2 in which its online sales rose 97%, and the company highlighted the growth of its grocery business and curbside grocery...
Grocers Shift Gears As Consumer Spending Declines
Sep 1, 2020
...oppers have been growing more frugal since the expiration of $600 additional weekly federal unemployment checks, which were a provision of the first pandemic-driven economic stimulus package, Marketwatch reported. That money had been available to people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic as an ...
Hearst Close to Relocating 3 Magazines to Pennsylvania
Sep 1, 2020
...tested, and memberships and live events. The building, which will also house Popular Mechanics, has been on hold for two-and-a-half months since the pandemic began COVID began, but is now scheduled to be completed in October, reports Lehigh Valley Live.
PRH's 1st-Half Sales Slip Just 1.4%
Sep 1, 2020
...eld by Pearson. The U.S. had the best performance among PRH’s international companies, with sales rising 5.2%, to €990M. “The coronavirus pandemic had a negative impact on the company’s businesses due to the extensive closures of local bookstores,” Bertelsmann reported. ...
Study: News Media Finances Are Too Opaque
Sep 1, 2020
...subscription. Explaining that reader support is vital in providing quality news and information, especially during the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, can be a key part of educating consumers about the finances of news production. Only a third of Americans are even aware of the financial eff...
Record Online Sales Not Likely to Be Forever
Aug 31, 2020
...o; she said. “Once things get back to normal, you are going back to the stores.” Still, even if this is a temporary consequence from the pandemic, it would be hard to simply gloss over these numbers — many of which were triple-digit percentage increases... Not all of this e-commerc...
Will Other Booksellers Follow Powell's Example of Saying 'No' to Amazon?
Aug 31, 2020
...avily on its own e-commerce sales in recent months as it closed its stores in March and Amazon prioritized essentials across the platform due to the pandemic. Sales from Powells.com initially surged due to pent-up demand and community support but slowed by late May as the chain found itself in a mor...
COVID Driving Cuts in Data Spending
Aug 31, 2020
MediaPost: "COVID-19 is likely to drive up to 20% in data cuts in the second and third quarters of 2020, according to The State of Data report conducted and published by the IAB Programmatic + Data Center of Excellence and Winterberry Group. Most survey respondents expect the short-term impact of CO...
Weekly Unemployment Stuck At 1M; Consumer Confidence at 6-Year Low
Aug 27, 2020
...e number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits fell slightly last week, but layoffs remained historically high as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the labor market. Some 1M people applied for state unemployment benefits in the week ended Aug. 22, the Labor Department s...
Dollar Tree Q2 Revenue Up 9.4%
Aug 27, 2020
...ronger same-store sales, reduced markdowns and improved shrink results, partially offset by higher distribution costs, which included $11.4M in COVID-19-related payroll costs, and incremental tariffs of approximately $10.8M. The retailer experienced store damage, lost inventory and other costs ...
Dollar General Ramps Up Remodeling Amid Record Sales
Aug 27, 2020
...ducts and apparel categories. The largest percentage increase came in the home products category, with DG conceding that consumer behavior driven by COVID-19 had a significant positive effect on net sales and same-store sales. Through the first half of its fiscal year, DG has opened 500 new stores, ...
Fareway Will Give 2nd Bonus to Front-Line Workers
Aug 27, 2020
...While several major retailers, including Kroger and Albertsons, have ended their extra pay for front-line associates working through the coronavirus pandemic, Fareway Stores Inc. will distribute a second round of payments under the Fareway Family Front Line Plan, which provides cash bonuses to hourl...
With No Help from Stimulus Checks, Unemployed Americans Are Cutting Grocery Spend
Aug 27, 2020
...nal unemployment checks expired in July. It has also prompted grocery stores to bring back something customers haven’t seen much of during the pandemic: discounts... While consumer spending rebounded between May and July following a plunge earlier in the spring, analysts say that a broader pul...
COVID-Created 'New Value Structure' Shaping Consumer Spending
Aug 27, 2020
US Chamber of Commerce: "The pandemic has turned consumers’ quest for wellness into an imperative, health and well-being are now intrinsically linked to socially responsible purchasing like never before. The shift has birthed a “new value system” for consumers, who are increasingly...
Bezos Is First Person to Hit $200B Worth
Aug 27, 2020
... a combined net worth of $173B, according to Bloomberg. Bezos isn’t the only billionaire who’s made out like a bandit in 2020, despite a pandemic that has shuttered much of the economy and forced a record number of Americans to the unemployment line. Excluding the $87B Bezos has added to...
Most Grocery Shoppers Still Favor In-Store Purchases
Aug 26, 2020
... on more items at one time,” The Manifest said in its report. Indeed, the study found that consumers are spending more on groceries during the pandemic. Though 47% said their grocery spending hasn’t changed, 38% reported spending more for food. Only 15% indicated a decline in spending. &...
New Grocery Stores, Formats Opening Amid Continuing COVID Crisis
Aug 26, 2020
... the retail world. Now, however, a few retailers are moving ahead with opening plans, even as social distancing rules remain in place nationwide and COVID-19 remains a significant public health concern. Giant Food has opened a 53,000-sq.-ft. store location in Fairfax, VA, after months of pandemic-re...
American Media Staff Brace for Job Cuts
Aug 26, 2020
...imply changed too much following the covid outbreak,” Cohen [texted], blaming a “significant sales drop-off.” Of course, the coronavirus outbreak did not happen until nearly a year after Cohen said he was buying the embattled title, which had already drawn federal scrutiny for payi...
Vogue Unveils 2 September Covers From Celebrated Artists
Aug 26, 2020
In a note to readers, Vogue's Dodie Kazanjian writes: "This year, with our world turned upside down, by the plagues of COVID-19 and presidential incompetence, we invited two contemporary artists, Kerry James Marshall and Jordan Casteel, to make paintings for our September covers. Artists have create...
Retail Leases Offer Pandemic Clauses
Aug 26, 2020
WSJ: "Because many insurance policies didn’t cover pandemic-related losses, landlords have offered various concessions to attract and retain tenants, including allowing them to defer part of their rent if another shutdown is ordered. Both sides get breathing room: Tenants are able to lower exp...
How Should Grocers Prepare for Possible Stockpiling Redux?
Aug 26, 2020
...d of COVID-19 research revealed: 67% of shoppers think another shutdown is extremely or somewhat likely to occur. 38% stocked up at the start of the pandemic and plan to stock up again; 15% of shoppers did not stock up at the start but plan to stock up this time; 17% stocked up at the start but won&...
Consumers Have Faith in Retailers, But COVID Worries Persist
Aug 25, 2020
...al governments as doing a good job in regard to the crisis, just 25% of Americans surveyed have faith in their government’s actions during the pandemic. With the uptick in COVID cases logged across the country since late May, U.S. respondents said that stores were doing a poorer job keeping th...
Retail Leases Offer Pandemic Clauses
Aug 25, 2020
WSJ: "Because many insurance policies didn’t cover pandemic-related losses, landlords have offered various concessions to attract and retain tenants, including allowing them to defer part of their rent if another shutdown is ordered. Both sides get breathing room: Tenants are able to lower exp...
Pandemic Boosts Big-Box Retailers, Crushes Malls
Aug 25, 2020
... have altogether reported an earnings decline of just 0.6%, the firm said. The pandemic is exacerbating a divide that began before the global health crisis. Mall-based retailers have underperformed their off-mall competitors in 19 of the last 20 quarters, Retail Metrics founder Ken Perkins said"...
How Should Grocers Prepare for Possible Stockpiling Redux?
Aug 25, 2020
...d of COVID-19 research revealed: 67% of shoppers think another shutdown is extremely or somewhat likely to occur. 38% stocked up at the start of the pandemic and plan to stock up again; 15% of shoppers did not stock up at the start but plan to stock up this time; 17% stocked up at the start but won&...
Giant Company Intros New Brand Platform
Aug 24, 2020
...rdquo; emphasizes families spending time together and connecting over food — themes that have become particularly resonant during the COVID-19 pandemic, when so many consumers are dining at home and spending more of their food dollars at grocery stores. Decor at Giant and Martin's stores as we...
'Christmas Creep' to Be Worse Than Ever This Year
Aug 24, 2020
... after their experiences with heightened online demand in recent months. Retailers are generally planning back-half inventories conservatively given COVID-19’s uncertainty. Amazon Prime Day, expected to be held in October, is likely to contribute to the pull-forward holiday buying trend, accor...
Small Stores Going Online
Aug 24, 2020
...close their stores for good and stake the future of their businesses on the internet... The internet has been a refuge for many retailers during the pandemic, says Carlos Castelan, managing director of The Navio Group, a retail consultancy based in Minneapolis. He noted that Shopify, a company that ...
U.S. Advertising Falls 14% In July, Most Moderate Rate Of Erosion Since March
Aug 24, 2020
MediaPost: "The erosion of U.S. ad spending continues to moderate, falling at its lowest rate of decline in July since the economic effects of the pandemic began manifesting earlier this year. U.S. ad volume declined 13.9% vs. July 2019, according to the just-updated U.S. Ad Market Tracker, a collab...
AMI Merged Into Wholesaler Accelerate; Pecker Out as CEO
Aug 24, 2020
...According to people familiar with the situation, AMI magazines have been running photos of celebrities sporting face masks, opposite display ads for COVID-19 masks that are marketed and distributed by Accelerate360"...
BJ's 'Turns the Corner' On Strategy, Records Robust Q2
Aug 20, 2020
...mance relates both to favorable changes in consumer shopping behavior that came with the pandemic and traction on internal strategies going into the crisis, including new approaches to marketing, merchandising and digital. What the company calls digitally enabled sales—orders for including hom...
Bain: China Offers Glimpse Into Post-COVID Retail
Aug 20, 2020
...Taobao Live, Kuaishou and ByteDance’s Douyin. Parekh estimates livestreaming accounted for about 7% of China’s online sales prior to the pandemic, and could more than double this year... Other analysts have estimated a lower share of online sales, and say it’s less clear whether li...
Instacart to Offer Free COVID Screenings
Aug 20, 2020
Grocery Dive: "Instacart will offer its shoppers access to free COVID-19 screenings and virtual medical consultations through a partnership with Doctor on Demand, the company announced in a press release. Any Instacart shopper who thinks they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 can take an online ...
Vogue Business to Launch Membership
Aug 20, 2020
...el Cernansky, focusing on some of the biggest issues of the generation. The main newsletter is designed to address the changing landscape, including pandemic disruptions. Currently, 340,000 members are subscribed with advanced members having access to the bi-monthly Market and Insight Reports. Vogue...
Podcast Ad Revenue to Grow 15% This Year
Aug 20, 2020
...tnered with Veritonic and Nature Made to study how 15 podcast ads performed during COVID. The study — Communicating with Consumers in Times of crisis — reveals how marketers can adjust to rapid shifts in purchasing and consumption habits, as well as generational shift in overall attitude...
Meredith Exec: 'COVID-19 Has Changed Media Sales Forever'
Aug 20, 2020
...r be ignored. They had to prove ROI. The rise of the consultative approach is changing what it means to be a good seller. Regardless of how long the pandemic lasts (or until it’s over), here are three changes that will stick:1. Salespeople must be experts on their clients’ business. The ...
Target's Q2 Sales Up 24%, Including 195% in Digital
Aug 19, 2020
...l said. “For both categories, this was slightly slower than we saw in the first quarter, which was marked by dramatic stock-up shopping as the pandemic emerged""...
Fed: Economy Will 'Weigh Heavily' on the Economy
Aug 19, 2020
CNBC: "The Federal Reserve’s policymaking body released minutes Wednesday of its July 28-29 meeting and expressed concern about the coronavirus’s continuing impact on the economy. On policy matters, committee members expressed skepticism over using bond purchases to control the governmen...
Walmart: Sales Slowing As Stimulus Checks Stop
Aug 19, 2020
...n interview with CNBC, Walmart CFO Brett Biggs pointed to government stimulus as a factor that’s creating uncertainty during the public health crisis. “Stimulus was definitely impactful to the consumer in the second quarter, and we’re watching what’s going on in Washington, a...
Conde Nast Hosts First Virtual Events Upfront
Aug 19, 2020
...nt [yesterday], presenting its programming slate to advertisers. Condé Nast says its recent pivot to virtual programming, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has included more than 150 virtual events globally, reaching more than 700,000 consumers at home. To date, 80% of Condé Nast virtual-e...
Meijer: COVID Safety Issues Transforming BTS Shopping
Aug 18, 2020
...er, is top of mind for parents and teachers this back-to-school shopping season as students prepare to resume learning in an environment reshaped by COVID-19, a new survey by supercenter retailer Meijer finds. Of 1,200 parents and teachers polled in July, 70% of parents said they expect to buy perso...
Walmart Sales Surge on Food and Consumables
Aug 18, 2020
...se in e-commerce sales. Walmart U.S. total sales increased 9.5% to $93.3B, but it was the composition of that growth that reflects a continuation of pandemic-driven changes in shopping behaviors that began during the first quarter. Walmart reported a massive 27% increase in the size of its average t...
Walmart Expected to Report Improved Margins
Aug 17, 2020
...n is how well it will perform compared to big-box competitors like Costco Wholesale Corp and Target that have gained momentum since the start of the pandemic"...
What’s Next for Food Retail Self-Checkout?
Aug 17, 2020
...mans, Costco and other large food retailers are helping to lead the charge, with convenience store chains also getting involved. “The COVID-19 crisis will only embolden long-standing and new self-checkout proponents alike to speed up expansion plans, with customers increasingly expecting such ...
Walmart Eases Store Hour Restrictions
Aug 17, 2020
...d Neighborhood Market locations to 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. effective March 19 to give associates more time to clean stores, stock products and institute COVID-19 safety measures. “As we continue reopening our operations, the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities will guide...
Bookstore Sales Down 35% in June, But Less Than in May
Aug 17, 2020
...o a year ago. YTD sales for bookstores were $2.74B, down 32.6% from the 1H 2019. The Bureau modified its note about gathering retail data during the pandemic. The note accompanying the June figures stated: "The Census Bureau continues to monitor response and data quality and determined estimates in ...
Bustle Digital Group Teams With Investor Group To Revive W
Aug 17, 2020
...s. In March, Future Media Group CEO Marc Lotenberg suspended the title’s publication and furloughed the staff, given fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. W plans to publish six print issues a year and has brought back its furloughed staff. A single aggregate issue will print in 2020.W originall...
Local Media Survey: Publishers Expect Second Half Of Year To Stabilize
Aug 17, 2020
...lobal advisory firm FTI Consulting, based on Local Media Consortium members. “Like many industries, local media has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, seeing steep declines in advertising revenue, which have resulted in the closure of more than 50 newsrooms according to Poynter,”...
Why InStyle Is Sticking With Monthly Print, Pandemic Or No
Aug 17, 2020
In a long article about how magazines are producing September issues despite pandemic-created advertising cutbacks and logistical challenges, and their efforts to better reflect the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement, CNN Business quotes Meredith Magazines president Doug Olson saying t...
Metro Bets on Prepaid
Aug 13, 2020
...gy provider InComm. Payments are becoming ever more varied, digital and sophisticated in the food retail world, a trend that was in place before the pandemic but has since grown even more as the outbreak continues. At the same time, the world of prepaid payment offerings is also growing as retailers...
New Pandemic Stimulus Payments Would Go Toward Groceries and Essentials
Aug 13, 2020
PG: "As lawmakers debate a new round of pandemic stimulus payments, new research from IRI finds that 27% of U.S. consumers used their first stimulus payments for groceries and household essentials. In fact, IRI found, those consumers would use a new round of stimulus payments in much the same way. T...
Indie Grocers Built on 2019 Gains to Win in Pandemic
Aug 13, 2020
... performance and operational execution served as a building block to respond to the extraordinary spikes in traffic, sales and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic. ”In 2019, the economy was strong, with low unemployment driving consumer spending, including grocery shopping. Independent gro...
Opinion: Retailers Should Push Congress for a Robust Stimulus Plan
Aug 13, 2020
...gress struggles to find common ground on a second round of fiscal stimulus, it feels like an important time to review the impact of the CARES (coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act legislation. The first program totaled almost $1.8 trillion and was delivered through one-time checks to ...
Meredith Sees Net Earnings Loss of $234M in Fiscal 2020
Aug 13, 2020
...and growing our connection to more than 190M consumers who interact with our brands," said Meredith President and CEO Tom Harty. "While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to materially impact our business, we saw continued strong consumer engagement along with improvement in advertising revenue perform...
Sports Illustrated Prepping Deal With Sports Betting Company
Aug 13, 2020
... its long-form video producers and switching the top ­editors. Maven has since made more cuts amid the advertising slump brought on by the coronavirus and has endured sharp criticism from inside for hosting a pro-cop Black Lives Matter blog site on its platform. Maven does not own or produce edi...
Time Out to Fold Most Print Editions
Aug 13, 2020
...d inspiration,” Bruno wrote in a post published on LinkedIn for London readers. Time Out stopped printing its free magazines when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The company went fully digital and rebranded as Time In. The London magazine resumed printing this week, with an issue dedicated to Time ...
Survey: Online Grocery Buying Stablizing
Aug 12, 2020
Grocery Dive: "Online grocery buying is stabilizing among consumers but remains higher than it was pre-pandemic, according to a report from shoppable recipe platform Chicory. About 60% of respondents bought groceries online in July, compared with 63% in April and 53% in January of this year. In Chic...
FMI: Shoppers Say Grocery Shelves Better Stocked
Aug 12, 2020
...er Trends COVID-19 Tracker survey indicate. Weekly spending on groceries remains above pre-pandemic levels, but is lower than it was when the health crisis was in its early stages. Consumers who participated in the FMI survey in July said they spent a weekly average of $134 on groceries, compared wi...
C Stores Morph to Adapt to COVID
Aug 12, 2020
...nd lunchtime traffic is 88%... Chains also face a double threat from Amazon, whose online retail dominance has only become more prominent during the pandemic and whose autonomous checkout tech, most notably in its Amazon Go stores, could keep pushing physical retail toward automation. Circle K isn&r...
Grocery Workers Say Morale at All-Time Low
Aug 12, 2020
Washington Post: "Grocery workers across the country say morale is crushingly low as the pandemic wears on with no end in sight. Overwhelmed employees are quitting mid-shift. Those who remain say they are overworked, taking on extra hours, enforcing mask requirements and dealing with hostile custome...
COVID Isn't Hindering Aldi's or Dollar General's Grocery Ambitions
Aug 11, 2020
...750.Finally, the facilities are expected to improve in-stocks. Vasos said the chain saw a “meaningful difference” in stock levels during COVID-19 “as our customers needed us the most""...
NRF: Pandemic Accelerates Contactless Payment Methods
Aug 11, 2020
...eparate consumer survey found that 19% made a digital payment in a store for the first time this May and 57% would likely continue to do so once the pandemic has subsided. Of those, 62% used their phones and 56% used a contactless card. Visa’s just-released “Back to Business” study...
Earnings Up at Major Book Publishers
Aug 11, 2020
PW: "When the COVID-19 pandemic began to tighten its grip on the U.S. in early spring, most people in publishing were bracing for the worst. Indeed, sales reports from April and May were worrisome, but they began to improve in June. For three publishers that reported their financial results August 6...
NYT Print Edition Profitable, But Outgoing CEO Thinks It Has About 20 Years
Aug 11, 2020
...venue exceeded print revenue for the first time. Print advertising fell more than 50% YoY from last quarter, driven by both secular declines and the pandemic. Thompson told CNBC he doubts that advertising will ever come back... “I believe the Times will definitely be printed for another 10 yea...
Lidl Tops Hot 100 Retailers List
Aug 10, 2020
...ven more by the pandemic. Those two organizations also said that merchants on the list are likely best prepared to survive and thrive in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions and well into the future. “Where we are now, in terms how we shop and purchase items, is where we would have been 10 years ...
What's the Post-Pandemic Assortment Outlook?
Aug 10, 2020
...work to understand what has changed. It would be shortsighted to assume that the previous category plans are still well optimized for the post-coronavirus world. To respond wisely, retailers need to understand what items really matter most to shoppers now and follow those preferences as they change ...
UFCW's Perrone, Sen. Harris Urge Reinstatement of Hazard Pay
Aug 10, 2020
...nwide. Perrone and Harris said in the Aug. 7 CNN opinion piece, headlined “Why Grocery Store Workers Deserve Hazard Pay,” that the coronavirus threat for grocery workers hasn’t abated, since they remain exposed to the disease in performing their daily tasks and interacting with fel...
Pandemic Accelerates Media Job Losses
Aug 10, 2020
...ees will be laid off or furloughed. The New York Times has laid off 68 employees from its sales teams... According to a New York Times analysis, the pandemic has seen 36,000 media workers either laid off, furloughed or forced to take a wage cut in a sector which had already endured years of belt tig...
Grocery Shortages Continuing As Outbreaks Spread
Aug 10, 2020
...an’t find what they are looking for, they will try a different store, and the retailer risks losing that customer for good.... As increases in COVID-19 cases cause states to pull back their reopening plans, grocery makers and retailers say demand is ticking up and they have little extra stock ...
How Magazines Created September Issues During Pandemic
Aug 10, 2020
WWD: "Having skipped some issues due to coronavirus-related production and advertising concerns, most magazines are making a comeback for September, with publishers even extending their deadlines to allow more time for ads and content to roll in... on the editorial side, it’s been a bit of a r...
Time Out London Releases First Print Edition Since Pandemic
Aug 10, 2020
MediaPost: "Since going online and rebranding as Time In in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Time Out is releasing its first print issue on August 11, dedicated to the memory of Time Out’s founder Tony Elliott. Elliott launched Time Out as an eight-page listings guide he handed out him...
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...