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The Decline of the Plastic Bag

Plastic bags have become somewhat of a scapegoat among environmentalists and have been blamed for everything from endangering wildlife to foiling recycling efforts. Thus far, the states of California and Hawaii as well as the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have completely banned disposable bags, while many other states in the union have banned them on smaller scales, with counties and municipalities passing legislation to ban plastic bags or charge a fee to use them.

Lyft Now Offers Low Fare Grocery Access Program In Baltimore And NYC

Lyft, the San Francisco-based ridesharing company that is offered in 640 cities in the United States and 9 cities in Canada, is expanding its philanthropic initiative, the Grocery Access Program, to Baltimore and New York City.

Addressing Food Insecurity in the Grocery Industry

There is significant evidence to support that access to quality, whole foods is a key to the development of healthy residents and ultimately, healthy communities. However, evidence also suggests that people who live in low-income and minority neighborhoods face significant challenges to finding healthy food, especially when faced with a lack of transportation options. According to a national study conducted by nonprofit The Food Trust and research firm PolicyLink, low-income zip codes have 25 percent fewer chain supermarkets and 1.3 times as many convenience stores as compared to middle-income zip codes. For busy families with few resources, this lack of access is a major detractor to seeking out healthy foods and fresh produce.

Personalized Shopping Tops FMI’s Trends Report

The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) released the 45th edition of its annual “U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends,” a look at grocery shopper attitudes and behavior. The 2019 report, prepared by The Hartman Group, Inc., studies what consumers want from their retailers when personalizing their grocery shopping.

The Future of the Payment

From PayPal to Venmo and Square, consumer payment options in today’s digital landscape are quickly adapting to the modern need for ease and convenience. While these options were tailored for the digital world, more people are becoming accustomed to using alternate methods of payment, even in a brick-and-mortar setting. To accommodate the modern consumer, many grocery stores have started accepting payment methods like Apple Pay or even developing their own apps to facilitate seamless payment. Concepts like Amazon Go, in which customers pay automatically through a synced online account, signals that the future of payment will be a fusion of digital technology and integration with real-life payment options. Many grocery retailers are taking the first steps into the new era of payment processing with these innovative solutions.
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