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Sticker Shock at the Supermarket? You're Not Alone

Price of groceries just saw record-setting spike due to coronavirus pandemic

(Newser) - With most Americans sheltering at home as they wait out the coronavirus pandemic, you may have noticed that while your eating-out tab has gone down, your supermarket bill has gone up. It's not in your head: The monthly consumer price index has been released by the Bureau of Labor...

Experts Share 7 Ways to Get Your Groceries Safely
Experts: Skip the Gloves, and
Other Grocery Shopping Tips
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Experts: Skip the Gloves, and Other Grocery Shopping Tips

Good news: You don't need to use a million disinfectant wipes

(Newser) - In March a Michigan doctor's video on how to sanitize your groceries went viral—and his tips were pretty involved. But are they really necessary? According to the infectious disease, virology, and food safety experts NPR spoke with, perhaps not. The upshot of their tips is this: "Focus...

Amazon Pushes Pause on New Online Grocery Customers

They will be placed on a waiting list for 'invitations,' company says

(Newser) - People who want to start using Amazon's grocery delivery services are going to have to wait, the company says. In a blog post Sunday, the company cited "unprecedented demand" and said new Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods delivery customers would have to "wait for an invitation to...

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Instacart Workers 'Flabbergasted' at Tips Bait-and-Switch

Customers woo Instacart shoppers with big gratuities, lower them after delivery

(Newser) - Instacart is an invaluable service for those who don't want to venture out during the coronavirus pandemic to go grocery shopping. As 9to5mac.com details, the free app works like this: A customer places an online order with stores like Whole Foods, Publix, or Costco, after which the app...

Your New Grocery Store: Panera Bread? Kind Of

Chain hopes to generate incremental revenue through sales of select grocery items

(Newser) - When Panera Bread shifted to takeout and delivery only in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, half its business evaporated, says CEO Niren Chaudhary. This week starts an effort to get some of it back. CNBC reports that as of Monday consumers are able to order some groceries through "...

First-of-Its-Kind Amazon Store Is Missing One Key Thing

You won't find cashiers at the Amazon Go Grocery store opening in Seattle

(Newser) - Tuesday's likely to be a big day in Seattle's Capitol Hill district, where Reuters reports that the first Amazon Go Grocery store is opening, with just one thing missing: cashiers. Customers simply walk into the 10,400-square-foot site—smaller than the 40,000 square feet or so found...

She Looked Like Any Other Walmart Shopper. She Wasn't

A dressed-down Sia made the rounds in Palm Springs, Calif., paying for others' groceries

(Newser) - When Sia goes "undercover" for an act of generosity, she takes her disguises off. The 43-year-old singer, known for donning face-covering wigs, was spotted Wednesday in a Walmart in Palm Springs, Calif., fresh-faced and free with her wallet, with KESQ reporting she apparently picked up the tab for multiple...

The Supermarket Hero You Didn't Know About: Ludacris

Apparently, the rapper has been going around the country for years paying for people's groceries

(Newser) - In what People dubs the ultimate case of "Southern hospitality," a big name has been picking up folks' grocery tabs on the sly—at least until now. In a now-viral July 30 Facebook post , a woman named Therra detailed how she'd been down on her luck and...

Trying to Push Voter ID, Trump Makes Odd Claim on Groceries

No, you don't usually need ID to buy groceries

(Newser) - More than a quarter-century after former President George HW Bush's grocery store scanner moment , President Trump has stumbled into a similar supermarket-themed slip. While championing the concept of voter ID to prevent noncitizen voting, Trump told a rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday that ID is required virtually everywhere...

New Prime Benefit: Extra Discounts at Whole Foods

Amazon benefit will be rolling out to stores in the US this summer

(Newser) - It's Prime time at Whole Foods: Amazon is rolling out discounts for Prime members at the organic grocer. The benefits start Wednesday at stores in Florida and will expand nationwide this summer, the AP reports. Prime members will get an additional 10% off sale items and exclusive deals on...

Amazon Going for Grocery Rivals' Jugulars

It now offers 2-hour grocery delivery in 4 markets

(Newser) - If traditional grocers aren't intimidated by Amazon's no-checkout grocery store , they might be by the company's latest venture in the world of food. Amazon Prime subscribers in Dallas, Cincinnati, Virginia Beach, and Austin, Texas, can now buy Whole Foods groceries online and have them delivered in two...

Walmart Will Physically Put Groceries in Your Fridge Now

Grocery shopping. Just. Got. Lazier

(Newser) - You might think grocery shopping couldn't get any lazier than home deliveries. You would be wrong. Fortune reports Walmart—in its never-ending competition with Amazon—is testing out a grocery delivery service in which the delivery person actually enters the customer's home and puts the groceries away in...

Under Amazon, This Item Is 43% Cheaper at Whole Foods

Eating an organic apple a day won't cost so much now

(Newser) - Under Amazon, "Whole Paycheck" may need to be updated as "Most-but-Not-All-of-My Paycheck." Amazon on Monday finalized its $13.7 billion takeover of the grocer, and Bloomberg reports new orange signs marked "Whole Foods + Amazon" now appear throughout the grocery store and herald the new prices...

Tech Giant Is Getting Into the Convenience Store Game

Sources say Amazon wants to expand further into grocery market

(Newser) - Amazon is about to expand ever further into the grocery business in a big way, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . Plans include opening convenience stores where shoppers can grab perishable groceries (milk, meat, fruit, etc.) to take home while using their mobile phones or touchscreens inside the store...

America's 10 Favorite Grocery Stores

Trader Joe's takes the cake ... or the Speculoos Cookie Butter

(Newser) - America's most beloved grocery store is once again Trader Joe's. That's the conclusion of Market Force Information , which surveyed 7,200 people on 14 grocery chains. It's the third consecutive year Trader Joe's has taken the top spot, with Publix once again nipping at its...

Good Samaritan Buys Groceries for Strangers

Anonymous do-gooder surprises shoppers in California

(Newser) - Shoppers at a grocery store in Concord, Calif., got an unexpected surprise at the register this week: free food courtesy of an anonymous stranger, reports the Contra Costa Times . The Good Samaritan showed up at the Grocery Outlet yesterday afternoon and got the permission of the manager for his unusual...

Amazon Begins Push to Be Your Supermarket, Too

Company expanding AmazonFresh project, which delivers food

(Newser) - Amazon plans to expand a grocery-delivering experiment in Seattle to metro areas across the US through 2014, reports Reuters . If successful, AmazonFresh could mean seriously bad news not only for supermarket chains such as Kroger and Whole Foods, but delivery services such as FedEx and UPS, writes Alistair Barr. Delivering...

Supermarkets Cut Prices— Just for You

Marketers gather heaps of data on individuals, tailor coupons to them

(Newser) - The food shopping of the future could look a lot more like buying airline tickets: You might not be paying the same price as the person next to you. That's because Safeway and Kroger—and likely soon other supermarkets—are tailoring personal prices based on your purchase history, reports...

Your New Grocery Store: Dollar General?

Chain hopes offering groceries will draw in more customers

(Newser) - When you think dollar stores, you probably think of Tiki statues, fragile toys, and cheap kitchen implements. But Dollar General is trying to change all that, the Wall Street Journal reports, by taking a real shot at the grocery market. Over the next year, the discount chain intends to open...

Consumer Reports: Try Generic Brand Foods

They frequently beat brand names on taste

(Newser) - Consumer Reports offers some age-old advice the next time you're cruising the grocery aisle: Don't pay for the brand name. It recently sampled 21 food products and found that generic brands beat or tied the brand-name version in taste on 14 of them. Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, for instance, lost...

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