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SN Top 10: Amazon, Stater Bros., Instacart top the week’s headlines

The week's news and updates from the food retail industry

In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, an FMI report on how grocery retail will lead restaurants in food market share post-pandemic ranked as the week’s top story. The FMI U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends study also finds supermarkets losing customers to mass merchants. Among other stories in this week’s gallery:

  • Independent supermarkets drive one-third of U.S. grocery sales
  • Life after lockdown: 5 tips for retailers on planning ahead
  • Retail industry groups push for pharmacy DIR reform

Amazon is set to open its first Amazon Fresh supermarket with the “Just Walk Out” cashierless technology pioneered in its smaller Amazon Go convenience stores. A 25,000-square-foot Amazon Fresh store opened on Thursday, June 17, at The Marketplace at Factoria shopping center in Bellevue, Wash. 

In other news, Instacart has launched same-day grocery delivery from Costco Wholesale, Walmart Canada and Les Aliments M&M stores in French-speaking Quebec, the first time that the e-commerce company has translated its platform into another language.

Other top stories:

  • Stater Bros. stamps brand on expanded online grocery service
  • Online retailer Boxed to go public
  • SpartanNash sweetens perks for Fast Lane subscribers
  • Kroger cycles prior-year pandemic sales gains in first quarter
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