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SN Top 10: Future of online grocery may include 'dark stores,' drones

Impact of pandemic continues as Albertsons offers at-home COVID-19 test kits and retailers experience a different back-to-school season

Southeastern Grocers' efforts to personalize customer engagement by making more effective promotions made big news in this week’s Top 10 most popular Supermarket News articles. Among other top stories:

  • Walmart partners with Flytrex to deliver groceries using automated drones
  • Schnuck Markets to open third store in Columbia, Mo., next year
  • Whole Foods opens its first online-only ‘dark store’ in Brooklyn
  • Albertsons offers at-home COVID-19 test kits

With COVID-19 forcing teachers, parents and students to adapt to new learning environments, retailers are recognizing that “back to school” carries additional meaning this year.

  • Meijer extends 15% teacher discount to full school year
  • FreshDirect sees back-to-school sales lift

And in other news:

  • Costco reports monthly comp-sales up 13.2% for August, Q4
  • Pet product sales surge online for supermarkets and pet retailers
  • UNFI names a new vice president of diversity & inclusion
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