This major grocery chain is testing fully contactless checkout—just walk out when you’re done

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Giant Eagle customers at some stores will soon be able to check out without even doing self-checkout. In an age of social distancing, the biggest challenge in shopping at a grocery store is waiting in line to check out. But a major supermarket is now beginning to experiment with contactless payment—the first grocery chain in the U.S. to begin using the tech after Amazon pioneered cashier-less retail. Read Full Story

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Amazon’s new smart grocery cart is just another step to a cashierless future

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Amazon’s latest innovation in the grocery world is a smart grocery cart, dubbed the Dash Cart. Amazon is intent on leaving its mark on the traditional grocery shopping industry. After buying Whole Foods a few years ago and launching a chain of cashierless grocery stores , Amazon’s latest innovation in the grocery world is a smart grocery cart, dubbed the Dash Cart. Read Full Story

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Three ways Walmart has created a better store

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The shopping giant has recently introduced multiple initiatives to earn 2020 Innovation by Design award recognition. Most people don’t associate Walmart, the original big-box store, with good design. But under VP and head of design Valerie Casey, who has worked at the world’s three most iconic design firms—Pentagram, Ideo, and Frog—that’s changing. “Hundreds of millions of people walk into a Walmart each week,” Casey says. “How do we convert [them] to more satisfied shoppers with digital tools?” Case in point: Ordering grocery pickup from Walmart is now a smoother process than getting grocery delivery from Amazon Prime Now. Walmart lets you add additional items to your order after checkout (Amazon doesn’t), and the company doesn’t increase its shelf prices for the convenience of pickup or delivery (which, during COVID-19, has allowed customers to social distance without paying premiums for service). Here are three initiatives that the company has rolled out …

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How well does plexiglass defend against COVID-19? VP debate shields raise questions

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Since the coronavirus pandemic swept across the country, it’s become ubiquitous. Does it work? Plexiglass is the acrylic plastic material forming the transparent barriers that have become ubiquitous in the age of the coronavirus. Since the pandemic swept across the country in March, this material has emerged as a silent, see-through hero—recruited in pharmacies, at grocery store checkout counters and drive-through windows, and between tables for outdoor dining. Read Full Story

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Grocery stores are starting to end hazard pay, but grocery workers are still getting sick

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As states begin to reopen, many policies for frontline workers are starting to disappear—even though the coronavirus has not. Across the country, more than 10,000 grocery workers in stores represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union—which has members at Kroger, Ralphs, Safeway, Shaw’s, and more—have become sick or exposed to COVID-19, and 68 have died. That’s a 200% increase compared to the number of deaths and infections five weeks ago, the union says, and proof, they add, that additional and extended hazard pay is needed for grocery employees on the front lines. Read Full Story

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This tool is helping cities find the neighborhoods most vulnerable to coronavirus

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Which neighborhoods will have a hard time accessing groceries while under lockdown? Which hospitals are closest to lots of seniors? Urban Footprint is helping cities map their response plans. The coronavirus crisis isn’t hitting every American equally—both in terms of factors like who is able and allowed work from home and in terms of urban design, like whether someone under lockdown can easily reach a grocery store or whether the nearest hospital is well-prepared for a surge in patients. As governments and nonprofits figure out where to send help, Urban Footprint , an urban planning tool, is beginning to map out the neighborhoods that are most vulnerable. Read Full Story

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Women are leading us through the pandemic. They should be leading our country next

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Women are the majority of critical healthcare workers, grocery clerks, and caregivers while the country is working from home. Those experiences will make them much better leaders. Women lead from wherever they are, and that’s never been more true than during the COVID crisis. Women are on the frontlines. They are t he majority of critical healthcare workers , nurses, and aides. Women make up the majority of essential but low-paid workers serving as our grocery store clerks . And women, like always , are taking on the brunt of work at home to serve the needs of our children and households. Read Full Story

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