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Lakewood’s Division of Aging restarting grocery shopping transportation trips for seniors

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — More than seven months after the pandemic forced Lakewood’s Division of Aging to cease transportation of seniors to the store, the city is restarting the program on Oct. 20.

“We’re starting with offering transportation on Tuesdays and Wednesdays,” Lakewood Department of Human Services Director Toni Gelsomino said. “We’re already filled for the first two weeks.

“If it looks like we have a need, we’ll add a third (day). We’re kind of finishing up the survey to get an idea of how many people actually need this.”

Offered in the morning and afternoon two days per week with a maximum of four people on each bus, grocery shopping transportation will follow strict social-distancing guidelines with all occupants required to wear masks.

Hand sanitizer will be available on each vehicle for personal use. Drivers will assist passengers with minimal contact. Also, all bus surfaces will be cleaned before and

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White woman calls the wife of Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor the n-word while grocery shopping

The wife of Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor alleges she was insulted with a racial slur while grocery shopping this week.



a close up of a woman holding a microphone: Gisele Fetterman alleges that an unidentified woman approached her while grocery shopping on Sunday and called her the n-word along with other derogatory and racist comments.


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Gisele Fetterman alleges that an unidentified woman approached her while grocery shopping on Sunday and called her the n-word along with other derogatory and racist comments.

Gisele Barreto Fetterman, who is married to Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, told CNN the incident happened Sunday evening. In a two-second video Fetterman posted on her Twitter account, a White woman is seen lowering her mask and saying, “You’re a n****r” through Fetterman’s open car window and then walking away. Fetterman was born in Brazil.

Both Fetterman and the state’s governor pointed to the incident as an example of the increasing divisions in the US, particularly as the country continue to grapple with racism and xenophobia after a summer of escalated tensions regarding the deaths of Black Americans in

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How COVID-19 has changed grocery shopping: Buying more, fewer trips and more online ordering

Laura Rowe has set foot in a grocery store twice since March.

The Hampden Township mother of three children recently settled back into a weekly shopping routine after months of relying on Instacart delivery and curbside pickup at Weis Markets. It’s easier now that two of her children are back in school.

“We’ve been stuck at home with the kids and trying to limit our exposure,” Rowe said. “There were a lot of unknowns. We were trying to stay safe and keep everyone at home.”

A lot has changed since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic when shoppers rushed to supermarkets to stock up on toilet paper, wipes and hand sanitizer. Others, cautious about venturing out, turned to online searches for curbside pickup and delivery options.

For the first time in decades, Americans were spending more on groceries as dining habits shifted away from eating out at restaurants, sports

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Instacart announces Senior Support Service to help older customers do their grocery shopping online

Seniors are getting a little help with their online supermarket sweeps.

Grocery delivery service Instacart announced Wednesday its new Senior Support Service hotline aimed at helping customers over the age of 60 order food more seamlessly — and safely — online during the pandemic. 

Instacart launched a program to make it easier for seniors to shop online. (iStock).

Grandparent-aged consumers can call up Instacart’s Senior Support service number (1-844-981-3433) daily between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. to get help onboarding their digital grocery store cart. Instacart says the company has recruited more than 60,000 seniors to order grocery delivery in the past month, showing that demand continues to climb during the pandemic.

INSTACART ADDDS 7-11 AS GROCERY STORE PARTNER 

Instacart’s Senior Support

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Rumaan Alam On Crisis, Capitalism, & Grocery Shopping



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It wasn’t long into the lockdown in March that my grocery lists began to resemble prayers. Not the kind of prayer that functions as a plea to any god, exactly, but rather the kind that serves as a pledge toward the future, a promise for another day. At that point, nothing felt certain; nothing felt under control. But as I wrote out lists of what I needed to buy, as I planned out what I would need to make enough meals to get through the week, the days — mornings, afternoons, nights; breakfasts, lunches, dinners — began to make sense, began to feel certain, if not fully under control. 

Three boxes of pasta (a tube-y kind; rotini, if they have it)

Two cans crushed tomatoes (the big ones)

One can whole peeled tomatoes 

Three tins of anchovies

A prayer is a bargain.

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A Look At The Micro-Fulfillment Model And The Future Of Grocery Retail

CMO of PULSE, the robotics and technology company. Recognized Thought Leader in strategy, retail, e-commerce and micro-fulfillment. 

In an effort to more cost-effectively fulfill online grocery orders for its customers, Amazon has opened a “dark store,” which is more of a warehouse than a store. Located in Brooklyn, New York, Amazon’s dark store will be a good test of the concept to determine how big of a role the stores will play as the company accelerates investment in the grocery ecosystem.

Amazon is confronted with many of the same challenges as its grocery competitors, like Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons and Ahold Delhaize. Among the challenges is how to meet the increasing demand for online grocery ordering and delivery. 

On the surface, fulfilling online grocery orders appears to be a fairly simple and straightforward process. It’s not. Consumers purchase a wide variety of products, resulting in a mixture of small,

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Amazon’s New Launch Will Make Grocery Shopping Take Mere Seconds

If you want a glimpse into what the future of grocery shopping looks like, take a look at Amazon One, Amazon’s latest tech launch. It’s a “palm-reading biometric identification system”—aka the ability to pay for groceries with the swipe of your palm.

The new innovation was presented earlier this week at two Amazon Go convenience store locations in Seattle, according to Apple News. Essentially, the process involves signing up at a small kiosk to scan your palm, which is then matched to your credit card and cell phone number—effectively making your own hand a touchless payment method. (You can also link your “palm’s signature” to your main Amazon account to see and review your recent purchases made with… your palm.)

Of course, this fits nicely into Amazon Go’s setup, considering the concept convenience store has zero checkout counter and is remarkably seamless to navigate by design (as in, cameras

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Online Grocery Shopping Will Continue Post-COVID Says Data From Online Grocer Good Eggs

Yesterday Good Eggs announced the results of a nationwide grocery shopping survey conducted in August, 2020, amongst 2,598 consumers beyond their own customers and operating geography in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Results showed that two-thirds of people have bought groceries online, compared to only 13% of households surveyed one year ago (August 2019, by Brick Meets Click), representing a five-fold increase. The bigger news—and opportunity—is the 81% who say they’ll continue to do so post-COVID.

Seventy percent said the #1 benefit (aside from reducing COVID-19 risk) is time savings.  Fifty-one percent say it helps them reduce impulse purchases, and 42% say it makes it easy for them to reorder the same foods regularly. 

When asked

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‘Supermarket Sweep’ to give away gift cards to shoppers at Brooklyn grocery store

Grab your carts — shoppers at a Brooklyn grocery store will have a chance to have their food paid for on Sunday.

To kick off the series premiere of “Supermarket Sweep,” ABC will be bringing a branded 18-foot street legal shopping cart to grocery stores around the country. At each stop, shoppers will be surprised with “Supermarket Sweep” shopping bags containing gift cards up to $100 each to help cover the cost of their bill.

On Oct. 4, the giant cart will park outside of Key Food Brooklyn, located at 575 Grand Street, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fans will be able to pose with the shopping cart for pictures.

“Supermarket Sweep” premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. on Oct. 18. Hosted and executive produced by Emmy® Award-nominated comedienne and

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Shopping once every 3 weeks slashed my grocery bill in half

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Grocery spending can add up quickly. Even though you might have the goal of saving money by cooking for yourself, it is easy to let your grocery bill get out of hand. 

I know this reality all too well — I’ve spent way too much on groceries in the past and blown my budget. But I learned a few tricks and I’ve been able to dramatically slash my grocery bill with a long-term meal planning strategy. Here’s how I made that happen. 

How I let my grocery spending explode

As a family of two, we were spending over $750 per month in groceries last July. Of course, it was a

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