The technology needed to fulfill orders is costly for stores, and the workers who pick items off the shelves often feel the pressure of being tracked.
After a shift by the C.D.C., employers withdrew mask policies that workers felt were protecting them from unvaccinated customers.
“It’s no different now than it was a year ago,” one Kroger employee said, as states like Texas and Mississippi end mask requirements.
The police responded to a Fred Meyer grocery store in Portland that had tossed its refrigerated food after a winter storm knocked out power throughout the city, infuriating residents.
Pharmacies are dangling five-figure signing bonuses and competing against one another to quickly recruit pharmacists and support staff.
Booming business during the pandemic hasn’t always meant better wages, and they have largely been left off vaccine priority lists.
The theft, by a 19-year-old who worked at a Kroger in Duluth, Ga., occurred over two weeks when a supermarket compliance officer was away, the authorities said.
Gregory Bush shot Vickie Lee Jones and Maurice E. Stallard at a supermarket in Jeffersontown, Ky., in 2018 in a racially-motivated attack.
They were hailed as heroes during the first wave of the pandemic, but wage increases were fleeting, and companies, whose businesses are booming, have been slow to pay out more.
Oranges and frozen foods are being snapped up. Shelves have fewer choices. And customers are steering their carts in surprising new directions.
Grocery chains, including Publix and Giant Eagle, have recalled onions supplied by Thomson International and products that may contain the onions.
Several retailers have ended the pay raises and bonuses they gave to employees as an appreciation for their courage and commitment in showing up to work during the pandemic.
Hundreds of Wendy’s restaurants aren’t serving hamburgers and grocery stores are limiting meat purchases, as shoppers begin to feel the impact of meatpacking plant shutdowns.
Rules and store technology can impede Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, but a pilot effort to expand access is picking up speed.