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Thad Rueter

Senior Editor

Thad Rueter is senior editor of Retail Leader and sister brand Progressive Grocer. Reach Thad by email at [email protected] 


August 2020

The online membership site sells sustainable grocery and other products

The company faces increasing pressure to reduce trade in fake goods

Online offering helps students craft remote learning spaces

Can Autonomous Payments Move Beyond Amazon?

Circle K technology test could bring concept to more retailers

Amazon, Boxed and Coborn’s are among the other hot merchants

Its Style Crew program sells fashion and other products via videos

A new NRF, Forrester study finds reason for optimism

The chain details how the pandemic has impacted operations

DashMart joins other recent C-store innovations

Move comes as retailers increase their health care efforts

Michaels Expands Its Retail Loyalty Program

The move comes as other retailers seek to reward more consumers

Retailer in midst of $1.2B warehouse network expansion

Connected vehicles can help drive more pickup and other retail services

July 2020

Fast Company survey offers lessons to merchants during the pandemic and beyond

Retailer launches a voice-assisted mobile app for employees

Pilot stems from retailer’s sales of shoes for disabled people

Pinot Noir specialist Siduri launches Microsoft hologram tool for shoppers

Fast food stores exit the retail chain as healthcare services amp up

Representatives grill the exec over marketplace practices

The ‘appreciation’ awards apply to hourly employees

Chain says most stores have reopened after pandemic closures

Retailers tout e-commerce while trying to limit big crowds

A new bill targets Amazon, others, ahead of Congressional hearings

Starbuck Rewards will soon accept more forms of payment

The Shoploop mobile app reflects a trend also being fueled by Amazon

Product sales from this sector up 26% in year ended May 31

Retailer expands fulfillment as it tries to regain pre-pandemic footing

The retailer will improve payments, deliveries and store operations

Retail leaders don’t want all enforcement pressure on workers

Amazon Tries to Build ‘Live-Streaming Commerce’

The online shopping method, reliant on influencers, is big in China

Target, CVS, Schnucks Make Masks Mandatory

Retailers and others are pressing for more mask compliance

Can Retailers Fend Off Mask Lawsuits?

Giant Eagle faces court action about its face mask policy

Shoppers Turn to Toys, Health Items and Luxury Discounts

Salesforce data helps shine new light on retail trends

Kmart Strikes Prescription-Delivery Deal with ScriptDrop

Other retailers embrace better, speedier healthcare services

Walmart, CVS, Walgreens Earn High Marks for Disability Efforts

The scores reflect employment, accessibility and other areas

Amazon Eyes New Grocery Stores for Philadelphia Area

E-commerce operator reportedly has three sites in mind

Amazon Opening Health Clinics for Warehouse Workers

The push comes amid increased pandemic pressure for fulfillment employees

Contact Lenses Get an Augmented Reality Makeover

Visual commerce tools keep spreading during the pandemic

Online marketing platform operator Yotpo teams with UPS

Online marketing platform operator Yotpo teams with UPS

Amazon Debuts Larger Delivery Trucks

The retailer seeks to move past pandemic delivery delays

Federal Government Opens the Door to More Online Retail

Amazon, Overstock sign contracts for new e-commerce pilot

How Bad Will Mask Rage Get for Retailers?

Summer heat and other factors could make the problem worse

Kroger Adds Fuel to Branding Push

The food retailer hires Dentsu Aegis Network for media and ad work

CVS Launches $600 Million Racial Justice Fund

The retailer wants to address racial inequality issues

How Will Back-to-School Spending Play Out in 2020?

A new Deloitte report finds bright spots for e-commerce and other areas

Can Walmart Really Take On Amazon Prime?

The Walmart+ subscription service could launch later this month

Crate & Barrel Hires a Williams-Sonoma Vet as CEO

Janet Hayes takes over the job on Aug. 1

Uber Launches Grocery Delivery Service with Cornershop

Uber Launches Grocery Delivery Service with Cornershop

Purple Carrot Brings Plant-Based Frozen Meals to Whole Foods

Speciality foods are enjoying more pandemic popularity

National Grocers Association Backs Pandemic-Recovery Push

The NGA wants to help independent food retailers recover via new efforts

Uber To Buy Food Delivery Service Postmates

The deal follows GrubHub’s deal with Just Eat Takeaway

Walgreens Reimagines Customer Engagement

The retailer works with Microsoft and Adobe on new tool

Conagra Warns of Near-Term Supply Strains

But the company plans more manufacturing capacity investment

Rising Food Retail Prices Could Turn Consumers to Value Purchases

The USDA forecasts higher prices for many food items for 2020

 Ahold Delhaize Spends Big on Sustainability

The food retailer announces results of its first sustainability bond

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