Food Lion is trying out Marty the Robot at a store in La Follette, Tenn., where Marty will help employees keep track of out-of-stock items, pricing and hazards in the aisles. Similar tests are also being conducted at some Giant and Martin's stores in Pennsylvania.
Target will offer same-day delivery via Shipt in Colorado starting early next month. The service will be available in the Fort Collins, Boulder, Colorado Springs and Denver markets, and the retailer plans to expand its Shipt offerings to all its stores in the US by the end of the year.
Amazon's app was the most-often downloaded app in India last year and its marketplace is the fastest-growing e-commerce site in the country, CEO Jeff Bezos said in a letter to shareholders this week. Amazon has invested $5 billion in India, but it still lags rival Flipkart in terms of total monthly sales.
One hundred percent of US households make a purchase from the bakery category at least once a year, and growth is expected to increase if bakery firms work to drive it, said Todd Hale, principal of Todd Hale Associates. He suggests several growth strategies, such as new techniques to jazz up center-store sales and digitizing marketing programs to attract more baked-goods shoppers.
The Italian Trade Agency is launching a $25 million marketing campaign to improve its US standing, especially in the premium wine segment, where France enjoys higher status. "We want to start claiming our place in the higher end of the market," said the agency's director, Maurizio Forte.
Frenchette, a restaurant opening in the trendy Tribeca section of Manhattan, has eschewed the traditional high-end wine selections for a list focused on natural wines. "It's meant to stimulate a conversation about wine and go from there," wine director Jorge Riera said.
Blended white wines are earning more shelf space with one variety, Bordeaux whites, posting a nearly 18% sales increase in 2017, according to the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux. The trend is also showing up in other French and Italian blends, writes Leslie Gevirtz.
Champagne, the capital of bubbly white wines, also produces still red table wines, some of which are scarce and highly sought. As one might expect, the pinot noir made on Champagne estates is light and delicate, quite different from those made in Burgundy, Roger Morris writes.
A third-party assessment group will visit wineries in China's Penglai region in a monthlong check to ensure that proper practices are being followed. The move comes amid concerns about fake wines and the risk of toxic chemicals being used in the winemaking process.
Owners of small liquor stores in Tennessee seem unenthusiastic about the looming move to allow Sunday sales. Many are debating whether Sunday openings will draw enough business to be worth it for their stores or if groceries will be the ones to benefit.
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