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Manhattan Key Food Store and Artolution to Unveil Mural

Key Food Stores Co-Operative Inc.has teamed up with Artolution, an international, community-based public art initiative based in New York City, to create a mural with youth that promotes positive social change as well as reconciliation and healing through collaborative art making.

New York bans single-use plastic bags

New York passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags over the weekend, a long-expected move that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature included as part of a spending plan for the 2019-2020 state fiscal year. In the agreement, reached earlier last week but not officially announced until Sunday, most single-use plastic bags provided by supermarkets and other stores will be banned statewide starting March 1, 2020. The ban will require residents to pay for paper bags or reuse their own on grocery store visits. Individual counties in New York will have the option of charging 5 cents for paper bags, with 40% of the revenue supporting local programs to buy reusable bags for low- and fixed-income consumers, and 60% of the revenue supporting programs in the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

The Case for Shopper-Centered Grocery

People will always need to eat, but grocers should never assume that their customers will keep coming back forever. Tastes are evolving, and people’s lives are changing; grocers that understand how, what and when consumers want to eat will be at a significant competitive advantage. Many grocers already know what their customers are buying – but do they know what those customers value? Leading grocers recognize not only that every customer is unique, but also that their tastes and personal priorities are in flux. So, on some days, shoppers may have time to select fresh ingredients in store to prepare and cook from scratch. On other days, they may want a ready meal delivered to the door to feed the family in a hurry.

Gen X shifts to grocery shopping online

Generation X has often taken the backseat to both Baby Boomers and millennials when it comes to consumer trends, but those born between 1965 and 1979 have a higher than average income and incredible spending power. Though this demographic may not be shaping trends like its younger and older counterparts, it still has a huge influence. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Gen X spends more money than millennials – and spend the most money on wine and food of any generation. They are also the parents of up-and-coming Gen Z consumers.

Retailers Need to Use Tech to Work Smarter, Not Harder

Every week it seems that another major retailer resorts to bankruptcy protection to address its liquidity challenges. Turns out that estimate isn’t too far off, as the first 18 weeks of 2017 have seen 14 retailers announce they are seeking protection — more than all of 2016. I have fond memories of buying a shiny new pair of cleats at Sports Authority every couple of seasons, so that one hit me especially hard. We all know the reasons for these retail falls from grace — channel shift to online and competition from Amazon among the most obvious. It’s likely too late for many of the larger legacy retailers to get out of their own way. Saddled with leases and without the “digital DNA” of many of their new and nimble competitors, they resort to store closures and layoffs, restructurings and changes to senior management. In other words, hard work. To be fair, some of these steps are necessary, but to have any chance for long term survival, retailers and brands need to bring more technology to bear in operating their businesses, enabling them to work smarter, not harder.
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