Pharmacies Add Freezers, Train Staff to Handle Covid-19 Vaccination Drive

Retailers are preparing to administer coronavirus shots, but many guidelines remain uncertain By Jaewon Kang, The Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2020 Neighborhood grocery stores are aiming to become major providers of Covid-19 vaccinations. Supermarkets are rushing to secure freezers, thermometers and other medical gear for administering shots. They are also training staff and establishing…

Walmart Scraps Plan to Have Robots Scan Shelves

Retailer ends contract with robotics company after seeing similar results from workers grabbing online orders during pandemic By Sarah Nassauer, The Wall Street Journal // November 2, 2020 Walmart Inc. WMT -1.53% has ended its effort to use roving robots in store aisles to keep track of its inventory, reversing a yearslong push to automate the task with the hulking…

Grocery Shoppers Are Stockpiling, Again

By Gina Acosta, Progressive Grocer // October 13, 2020  More than half of Americans say they are stockpiling groceries or plan to stockpile over worries about supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 surges and political unrest due to the presidential election. According to a new report from market research firm Sports and Leisure Research Group, roughly 52% of Americans…

The Pandemic Was a Wake-Up Call for Delivery

By Terry Handley, Former CEO, Casey’s General Stores Inc. Convenience Store News // October 7, 2020  History has a way of repeating itself. Years ago, many convenience store operators — Casey’s included — were concerned about the introduction of pay-at-the-pump technology. We feared customers would purchase fuel by swiping a credit card at the pump…