January 15, 2021
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Food Marketplace Beat
Stop & Shop investing $55K to boost minority businesses
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In an effort to build up local minority businesses, Stop & Shop and the grocer's NextGen Associate Resource Group are investing $55,000 in the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council. The investment will allow the council to expand its development program, which currently works with 250 companies, and support the integration of minority businesses into the Stop & Shop supply chain throughout the Northeast.
Full Story: Progressive Grocer (1/14) 
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Schnucks rolls out quick-made meal program
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Schnuck Markets has launched the Restaurant Selections by Schnucks program, which offers restaurant-inspired entrees with a different theme every two months. Displayed in the deli case, the choices for January and February reflect the "Eat Good to Feel Great" theme and include roasted salmon, smokehouse rotisserie pork roast and turkey stuffed peppers.
Full Story: Supermarket News (free registration) (1/14) 
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Instacart will offer its full-service shoppers a $25 stipend if they miss a shift to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Dollar General has also announced this week that it will give front-line employees four hours of paid time off so they can get the vaccine, and the company is working on a similar program for its distribution and transportation workers.
Full Story: The Verge (1/14),  Winsight Grocery Business (1/14) 
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Former Kroger CEO Lyle Everingham, who died Jan. 6 at age 94, started his career as a clerk and guided the company through some of its most difficult days. This obituary recounts Everingham's iconic career, including how he fought off a takeover attempt in 1988 and subsequently built Kroger into an industry powerhouse before retiring in 1990.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (1/14) 
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Micro-Fulfillment: The Airbnb of Logistics
From consumer actions and spending patterns to navigating the "new normal," retailers alike must look ahead to find success; but this evolution will not happen overnight. Read more here
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Trader Joe's ranks most popular plant-based products
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From protein patties to a special compostable wrap for its English cucumbers, a recent podcast from Trader Joe's explored some of the top products driving the booming trend in vegan and plant-based offerings. The list also includes meatless products based on traditional meat, chicken and seafood favorites, ground beef without the beef and vegan banana bread.
Full Story: Winsight Grocery Business (1/14) 
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Nearly two-thirds of shoppers say they will continue to have groceries delivered even after the pandemic ebbs, according to a survey from LendingTree. That survey, along with a number of others released recently, show that while many people initially considered grocery delivery a pandemic "splurge," they plan to continue spending on the service in the future.
Full Story: Grocery Dive (1/14) 
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[SmartFocus] Innovations in Supply Chain
Retailers learned to pivot quickly in 2020 as shopper preferences evolved to embrace eCommerce, curbside pickup and buy-online, pick-up in store amid the pandemic. In this whitepaper, we look at how omnichannel technology and fulfillment services have become essential to retailers' success as they work to meet the needs of their customers and manage their supply chain. Read the whitepaper
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Tech Solutions
Omnichannel efforts proved vital as retailers had to find new ways to serve customers during the pandemic, and Nordstrom's digital expertise sent it to the top of a new ranking in CI&T's Connected Retail Report that was presented at Retail's Big Show. Target, Home Depot, Staples and Walmart rounded out the ranking's top five.
Full Story: Retail TouchPoints (1/13) 
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An update on discount grocer Save A Lot's turnaround efforts and Post's new snack line based on two cereal brands made this week's Top 10 list. Ben & Jerry's new dessert for dogs and Pepsi's Super Bowl advertising game plan also interested SmartBrief's food and beverage readers.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Food & Travel (1/15) 
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FMI Spotlight
Celebrating Supermarket Employee Day
On Feb. 22, FMI CEO Leslie Sarasin will be celebrating the hard-working heroes of the supermarket by joining with the industry to proclaim it Supermarket Employee Day. The supermarket has long been acknowledged as the backbone of our communities, but its role has never been more essential than it has been for the past 10 months. Here are some of our reasons for proclaiming February 22 Supermarket Employee Day.
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Lessons learned and insights from Albertsons Companies
Susan Morris, executive vice president and COO at Albertsons Companies, is the 2021 Midwinter Executive Conference chairperson and she has proven to be an admirable guide in helping us plan our first-ever virtual Midwinter experience. Susan's leadership has inspired a dynamic online program that supports our members' business objectives and networking needs. Susan shared some initial insights as we prepare for our event in late January. Read more.
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Editor's Note
The dailyLead will not publish Monday
In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the US, the dailyLead will not publish Monday. Publication will resume Tuesday.
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