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Automated Grocery Warehouses Could Be the Future for Strip Malls

Strip mall landlords should consider building automated warehouses for grocery store tenants to capitalize on the newfound demand for online delivery brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, BTIG LLC said in a note Monday. Analysts Michael Gorman and James Sullivan said real estate investment trusts that own shopping centers should consider adding “microfulfillment centers” (MFCs) to food markets already on their properties. The analysts said those facilities can cut down the time it takes to fulfill an online order to five minutes from one hour and enhance productivity in a number of other ways.

Our post-coronavirus world: How tech is influencing which new habits will stick

Over the last few weeks, as the coronavirus has swept across the globe, we have all had to dramatically adjust our daily lives. Even those of us who have worked remotely before find this new level of detachment a significant adjustment. During this time, I have also begun to wonder, when we emerge from this, which we will, if we will quickly snap back to normal or if this has the potential to embed new daily habits and ways of working permanently?

Independent Grocers Rise to the Pandemic Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought out the best in some smaller, independent food retailers, which have moved quickly to innovate and respond to social distancing requirements and changed shopping habits. One example comes from Kansas. Family-owned Smith’s Market, in Hutchinson, started to offer “delivery as soon as the stay-in-place order hit,” according to The Hutchinson News. “Chris Barnes, the owner, said he will keep doing delivery after COVID-19 passes.”

How to Avoid Employee Burnout in Retail

Burnout is an extremely serious problem for companies all over the world today. A recent Gallup study of nearly 7,500 full-time employees found 23% of employees reported feeling burned out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling burned out sometimes. Burnout in employees often manifests in absence from work without warning or explanation; coming to work late and/or leaving early; lower productivity; higher irritability; lack of enthusiasm; and isolation.

Grocery shopping levels still increasing but not at frenzied levels

Traffic and basket size at local supermarkets shifted from record- breaking to more modest jumps last week, allowing the stores to replenish shelves with basics and items for Easter and Passover meals. “The speed at which this occurred went from zero to 400 in four days,” Curt Funk, senior vice president of merchandising for Lunds & Byerlys, said of the buying sprees in the past month. “We plan for many months for the Christmas surge, and this was worse, but sales are starting to level off now.” Cub, Lunds & Byerlys and Kowalski’s stores are now seeing sales up 20% over normal levels compared with 200% increases earlier in March.
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