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Walmart’s Winning Formula: Drones And 30-Minute Or Less Delivery

For the past year, Walmart has been droning on and on about drones. For example, just two weeks ago, Walmart made a big announcement that it plans to expand drone delivery to an additional 1.8 million homes in Texas by the end of 2024.

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New Dallas grocery service aims to help food desert communities

A new ordering and delivery system will help increase grocery access for longtime food desert communities in South Dallas. Grocery Connect is a fee-free ordering and pickup system created by Bonton Farms in partnership with Kroger Delivery.

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Brookshire Rolls Out Logile’s Workforce Management Solutions

Brookshire Grocery Co. has installed Logile’s retail labor planning and workforce management solutions at its 209 retail locations across five banners in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, as well as its corporate offices.

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H-E-B Holds Top Spot In Dunnhumby’s Annual Grocery Rankings

H-E-B has been named the top U.S. Grocery Retailer in the seventh annual dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index (RPI), a nationwide study that examines the U.S. grocery market.

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Target kicks off 2024 with 1,000 new wellness products

Target wants to make it well known that it is the go-to retailer for all things wellness. On Wednesday, Target shared that starting in January it will debute 1,000 new wellness-related products, ranging from apparel and accessories to beauty, supplements and technology.

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H-E-B starts building in Melissa, its biggest D-FW store so far

H-E-B started building its Melissa store Thursday, which at 131,000 square feet will be the San Antonio-based grocer’s largest so far in its Dallas-Fort Worth expansion that started in earnest in 2021.

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The surprising reason Tractor Supply has embraced AI

Tractor Supply is investing heavily in generative AI for a variety of applications. CEO Hal Lawton noted the buzz about the tech of the moment, and said that the retailer has already leveraged AI within its supply chain, human resources, sales and marketing activities.

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Industry News

Texas Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $4.1 Billion in December 2023

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $4.06 billion in December, 3.2 percent more than in December 2022. The majority of December sales tax revenue is based on sales made in November and remitted to the agency in December.

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Seen and Heard at #NRF2024: 5 Trends from the Big Show

Over five days and a growing portfolio of on- and off-site events, the National Retail Federation brought together more than 40,000 attendees and 1,000+ exhibitors in NYC. And after three years of pandemic aftershocks, industry experts confirmed what everyone in attendance felt (especially in their aching feet): the Big Show is officially back.

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Study finds these states spend the most on groceries in America

New research suggests that the average American household spends more than $1,000 per month on groceries.

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Some low-income kids will get more food stamps this summer. But not in these states.

Millions of low-income families with kids will get more help paying for food this summer − depending on what state they live in.

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Survey: More Shoppers Turning To Self-Checkout

Self-checkout continues to gain traction in grocery, with 43 percent of consumers expressing a preference for it over traditional checkout, according to a recent report from NCR Voyix Corp.

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2023 Online Grocery Sales Total $95.8 Billion

The U.S. online grocery market finished 2023 with $95.8 billion in total sales, down 1.2 percent compared to 2022, according to the annualized results from the monthly Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopper Survey.

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