The Store-Brand Groceries You Actually Want

Forget the utilitarian packaging and low-to-middling quality of decades past. Store brands have gone upmarket THE WALL STREET JOURNAL  // JAN. 14, 2022   For most of its nondescript life, the humble store brand has played the role of poor cousin to more glamorous brand-name products. Its packaging was basic, even ugly; the quality, good enough.…

Grocery Stores Cut Hours, Services as Omicron Infects Workers

Some supermarkets tap corporate employees, use temporary employment agencies to keep stores open THE WALL STREET JOURNAL // JAN. 13, 2022 Some U.S. supermarkets are reducing hours and cutting services as Covid-19’s Omicron variant infects cashiers, baggers and stockers, deepening grocery chains’ staffing challenges. Across the country, supermarket workers are calling out sick after contracting…

Supreme Court Blocks Biden Vaccine Rules for Large Employers

Justices allow Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers whose facilities participate in Medicare and Medicaid THE WALL STREET JOURNAL // JAN. 14, 2022 The Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the Biden administration’s Covid-19 vaccine-or-testing rules for large private employers, upending the government’s most aggressive effort to combat the pandemic via the workplace. The high court,…

City Announces Indoor Vaccine Requirements

City of Chicago Business Affairs & Consumer Protection // Dec. 21, 2021 Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) announced that any individual 5 years of age or older will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to dine indoors, visit gyms, or enjoy entertainment venues where food…