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Consumer Habits: The Pandemic Shopper

Six months after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, grocery shoppers in the U.S. are still spending more on groceries each month while taking fewer trips to the store. In August, per trip spending increased by 6%, while trips were 11% lower in August of  2019.  “Our data scientists and advanced analytics teams…

Online Grocery Sales Dip for First Time Since COVID-19

According to the most recent Brick Meets Click + Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey, grocery e-commerce orders for pickup and delivery have finally hit a decline after four months of continuous growth in response to fear of in-store shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The August 2020 e-commerce grocery sales totaled $5.7 billion, an approximate 20%…

Grocery Industry News: 6 Months Into the COVID Pandemic

There’s no way anyone could have predicted what 2020 could have in store. Much of the year has been consumed by the pandemic, which is now rounding out its six month.  The grocery industry has faced many changes, challenges, and adaptations in the past six months. Here are the top grocery industry stories by month…

Frozen Foods Continue to Lead Category Sales Four Months into Pandemic

From constant mask-wearing to social distancing, the coronavirus has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, mostly in ways that at this point six months after the outbreak, many consumers are regarding as the eye roll-worthy “new normal.”  For grocers, however, the coronavirus has completely changed the industry. With slow movers flying off the shelves…

How the Coronavirus Has Impacted the Digital Grocery Space

Since the pandemic made its way to the U.S. in mid-March, consumers have grown accustomed to their grocers adapting and changing at a much faster pace than the years before. In fact, before March, much of grocery innovation had remained the same for the better part of the last two decades.  However, with stay-at-home orders…

Why Most U.S. Shoppers Still Choose To Shop In-Store Versus Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our everyday life, especially when it comes to willingly spending time around other people in public places.  According to a survey by Bankrate.com, despite the pandemic, social distancing measures, and stay-at-home orders, 72% of individuals surveyed are still doing their grocery shopping in person as opposed…

Blocking & Tackling: Principles, Policies, and Tactics for Crushing Shrink and Creating a Loss Prevention Culture

This week’s blog post is an excerpt from our eBook Blocking & Tackling: Principles, Policies, and Tactics for Crushing Shrink and Creating a Loss Prevention Culture.  The phrase “blocking & tackling” is commonly used to reference a commitment to excellence on the fundamentals of the game. While every loss prevention manager is aware of these…

How Date Check Pro is Changing the Scope of Sustainable Grocery Shopping

Did you know that $165 billion worth of food is wasted each year in the US, or that 40% of the food produced in the US goes uneaten? Food waste happens at every stage of the supply chain – not just at home – and unfortunately, a large amount of food waste comes from grocers…

How Imperfect Foods Doubled Demand During the COVID Pandemic

Since January of 2020, San Francisco-based Imperfect Foods has seen “more than a 40% growth” in its active user base, says VP of Merchandising Ed O’Malley. The food subscription service that currently serves 400,000 subscribers in 38 states says that its weekly order volumes have doubled, resulting in the company being on track to save…

Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Lead in Retailer COVID-19 Safety

According to a new study from global research firm Ipsos, Costco, Whole Foods Market, and Trader Joe’s ranked as the top three grocery retailers in coronavirus related health and safety measures.  The study, the Ipsos Consumer Health & Safety Index that launched in early June, takes a closer look at the COVID-19 related health and…