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SN Top 10: Whole Foods, Publix, Save A Lot top the week’s headlines

In this week’s recap of the Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles, Save A Lot selling 32 stores as part of its wholesale business shift was ranked as the week’s top story. Among other stories in this week’s gallery:

  • What grocers can learn from a market basket analysis of Amazon Fresh
  • Sobeys posts mixed results in first quarter
  • Meijer brings custom cake ordering online
  • Publix plans first store in Kentucky

In other news, President Biden announced Thursday evening that the Department of Labor will now require all workplaces with 100 or more employees to get vaccinated or show negative weekly COVID-19 tests in order to remain employed.

“We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from their unvaccinated coworkers,” Biden said in Thursday, adding that the Department of Labor will also require companies to give employees time off to get vaccinated.

Also, Whole Foods Market is next in line to get the checkout-free Just Walk Out payment technology that Amazon introduced in its Amazon Go convenience stores.

Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods said Wednesday that Just Walk Out will be available in two new stores slated to open next year in Washington, D.C.’s Glover Park neighborhood and Sherman Oaks, Calif. The Glover Park store will be 21,500 square feet, while the Sherman Oaks will be a smaller Whole Foods location at 9,100 square feet.

Other top stories:

  • A post-Labor Day reflection on grocery jobs in our evolving industry
  • UFCW applauds USDA pandemic relief funds for food industry workers
  • Natural Grocers adds good4u Meal Deals to retail roster
  • Meijer brings custom cake ordering online
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