Target will pay a $200 bonus in August to all full- and part-time store and distribution center employees and some corporate staffers who support customer and employee contact centers. It's the sixth round of employee bonuses the retailer has paid out since the pandemic began, and a report released late last year by the Brookings Institution found that Target, Best Buy and Home Depot have provided the biggest pay raises and bonuses to employees during the pandemic.
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Albertsons is preparing for the possibility of bringing back COVID-19 restrictions because of rising cases brought on by the Delta variant of the coronavirus. CEO Vivek Sankaran said the grocer is actively discussing possible new restrictions and will be prepared to enact them if needed.
Walmart and Walgreens are two high-profile companies that are diving into banking and financial services as a way to further build on customer relationships and drive more business to their stores and e-commerce sites. Walgreens will launch online and in-store bank accounts this year with partner InComm Payments, and Walmart plans an array of financial services with its new fintech arm, Hazel, created in partnership with Ribbit Capital.
Beauty conglomerate L'Oreal reported a 34% increase in sales in the quarter ending June 30, as consumers prepared to resume social occasions after pandemic-related quarantines and lockdowns. Skin care brands saw continued strong sales, and increased demand for makeup and perfume further buoyed sales.
Forty-nine percent of women said they plan to do more hiking and walking this year, compared with 46% of men, according to NPD Group research that highlights opportunities outdoor gear brands and retailers have to grow sales to women. Men's hiking boots made up 70% of sales in the category in the first half of the year, and brands are missing out on sales by failing to produce boots designed for women's feet and style preferences, NPD's Matt Powell said.
Mask sales began to wane earlier this year, but they're on the rise again and expected to grow further after the CDC's latest recommendation that vaccinated people start wearing masks in certain settings. Mask sales grew 24% in the seven-day period ending Tuesday, compared to the previous week, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index.
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Yum Brands reported a 30% jump in second-quarter same-store sales at KFC, which saw soaring demand for chicken sandwiches. Yum also owns Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Habit Burger Grill, and same-store sales at all four chains were up compared to the same period in 2019.