Kroger picks Houston for Nuro delivery expansion | Dollar General to add 975 locations in 2019 | Southeastern Grocers employs reusable bags to help local charities
March 15, 2019
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Kroger picks Houston for Nuro delivery expansion
Kroger picks Houston for Nuro delivery expansion
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Kroger will expand its use of Nuro autonomous vehicles to deliver groceries to four ZIP codes in the Houston area, the grocer said. It has been using the vehicles to make thousands of deliveries in Scottsdale, Ariz., since last year.
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Dollar General to add 975 locations in 2019
Dollar General to add 975 locations in 2019
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Dollar General will add 975 locations and revamp 1,000 others among its current roster of 15,300 stores, the company said. It also will invest more in fresh food and grocery items, adding refrigerators and produce in hundreds of stores.
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Southeastern Grocers employs reusable bags to help local charities
Southeastern Grocers banners are collecting for local charities through the Community Bag with a Giving Tag program. Each sale of a reusable shopping bag, which is made from recycled materials, will send a $1 donation to a nearby charity.
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