Kroger is celebrating Earth Day throughout the month of May with its Sustainability Lives Here campaign, which features more than $100 of coupons on more than 50 brands of sustainably produced products. Based on redemptions of these coupons, Kroger will donate the value of up to 1 million meals to Feeding America.
Amazon posted an increase in grocery sales in the first quarter of 2018, with increasing orders of perishables such as milk showing that consumers' views on online shopping are changing. "Consumers are becoming less selective about what groceries they're buying online and are beginning to treat Amazon just like any other grocery store," says a report from One Click Retail.
Purple is increasingly breaking out as a desired color in a wide variety of foods and beverages from ice cream to spaghetti. New innovations by ingredient manufacturers have brought natural purple coloring to the mainstream, often derived from juice, purple corn or flavonoids known as anthocyanins.
Coca-Cola is seeing positive results following rebranding efforts for its Diet Coke and Zero Sugar lines, with the latter enjoying double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2018. Its carbonated Smartwater and Dasani brands also saw growth, and the US retail value of its Topo Chico mineral-water line rose more than 30% during the quarter, the company said.
High expectations can be inspiring for a business team as long as "they're consistent and clearly communicated," says former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. In this interview, Mayer discusses her time at Google, her tenure at Yahoo and what she is doing now.
Walmart recently rolled out a new, more comprehensive parental leave policy, and other companies have made similar moves in the first few months of this year. Some Walmart employees pushed for the change, but Jackie Telfair, the company's senior vice president in charge of employee benefits, said the business had been studying the issue "for a long time but hadn't been able to fully commit until tax reform allowed us to make investments."
Leaders who use humor increase employee morale and productivity but could signal it's OK to cross boundaries, argues a paper in the Academy of Management Journal. "Workplaces are bound by rules and expected behaviors, and employees usually take their cues about what is and what is not permissible from their managers," writes Oliver Staley.
Tops Market has asked a bankruptcy court for permission to close underperforming stores as its Chapter 11 case continues. The company did not specify a number of stores but said some were in too competitive of areas, the wrong size or had a disadvantage in rent costs, the company said in a filing.
Some 57% of US shoppers say that low-sugar qualities are important when making purchasing decisions, according to recent survey results from Nielsen. Those consumers who still seek sweetness in their foods typically gravitate toward natural alternatives such as stevia, the Nielsen report indicates.
Schnucks will add PharmaSmart International kiosks to its store locations with pharmacies, allowing better management of such diseases as hypertension and high blood pressure, the company said. Health screening data will be connected to customers' pharmacy profiles, allowing adjustments as needed.
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