Tesla CEO Elon Musk (Veronique Dupont/AFP/Getty Images)
Tesla has unveiled an electric Semi truck slated to hit the market in 2019, and retailers including Walmart and Loblaw have already placed orders. Walmart has pre-ordered 10 for Canada and five for the US, while Loblaw has requested 25 for Canada.
Ahold Delhaize will postpone plans to roll out its small-format Bfresh stores in Philadelphia and other national markets, and it will close its Everything Fresh store, which served as a model for the Bfresh banner, the company said Monday. The retailer will move forward with plans to open new stores in the locations slated for expansion of Bfresh, but the concepts for those locations will be reevaluated.
Organic grocery delivery firm Doorganics will expand into the Detroit market next month, with the goal of picking up market share in the area following the sudden closure of Door to Door Organics last week. The Michigan-based retailer had plans to wait until 2018 to embark on its expansion, but decided to move into the market sooner when Door to Door Organics shuttered, CEO Mike Hughes said.
The days leading up to Thanksgiving can be stressful for Instacart and other grocery delivery services, as first-time customers sign on for the convenience and a chance to avoid supermarket crowds. Satisfied newbies turn into loyal long-term customers, companies say, while glitches can turn consumers off on the service forever.
Online grocer Movebutter launched earlier this year with the goal of delivering its members a curated selection of high-quality groceries while cutting out many of the inefficiencies associated with traditional food retail models. The retailer is one of several companies innovating in the grocery industry, a list that also includes Brandless, which sells every item for $3, and Thrive Market, which offers socially-responsible products.
Coca-Cola is experimenting with methods to attract online shoppers, such as integrating with Amazon Echo to add purchase opportunities. The company is promoting last-minute buys when customers pick up orders at stores or at pickup lockers.
Product developers at PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division are seeking a balance between flavor and nutrition by researching new and different ingredients for its snack foods. By considering items such as legumes, tubers and pulses, Frito-Lay aims to deliver its innovations to consumers without sacrificing taste, company executives say.
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The growing trend toward imbibing premium drinks while out on the town is helping to boost spending in groceries on alcohol, according to a Kantar study. Grocers and other stores in the UK are offering more high-end choices to meet consumers' higher expectations, said Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel.