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SN Top 10: Walmart, Kroger expanding their digital options

This edition of Supermarket News’ Top 10 most popular articles includes the latest news on retailer and consumer response to the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Of shoppers polled by Acosta, 38% said they stocked up on groceries at the start of the COVID-19 crisis and would do so again if another shutdown occurs.
  • More than 4,000 of Walmart's 4,700 U.S. stores will expand their closing time from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. by Aug. 17.

Two of the largest retailers are expanding their delivery options, including beyond grocery items, in their bids to challenge Amazon's e-commerce dominance:

  • Walmart will start delivering items through Instacart ranging from groceries to home decor and more in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Tulsa, Okla.
  • The Kroger Co. is getting into the online marketplace business.

And in other news popular among our readers:

  • Whole Foods launches free virtual home economics classes, Home Ec 365 covers contemporary baking, cleaning, smarter shopping and more.
  • Hours-of-service waiver extended for commercial truck drivers through Sept. 14.
  • Wakefern making a foray into off-site programmatic advertising by using the Inmar Retail Cloud to grow its retail media network.
  • SpartanNash posted double-digit gains in its food distribution and retail businesses in the second quarter.
  • Lidl US tops NRF/Kantar’s Hot 100 Retailers list for the second consecutive year with sales growth of 69% to $1.09 billion in 2019.
  • Safeway and other Albertsons Cos. banners will care Plenty Unlimited’s vertically farmed produce.

Readers can click through the slideshow to find links to these Top 10 articles.

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