Tag: Supermarkets and Grocery Stores

Instacart Shoppers Plan to Strike Over Coronavirus Protections

Employees of Instacart, a tech company that delivers groceries and other household items ordered through an app, plan a nationwide strike on Monday, maintaining that the company has not provided them with supplies to protect them from being infected during the coronavirus pandemic. It is unclear how many employees might strike. The company has approximately […]

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One Shop Became a Lifeline for Rhode Island’s Solitary Clam Fishermen

BRISTOL, R.I. — Lou Frattarelli eased his flatbed truck into the loading zone at Andrade’s Catch, a small seafood shop in this town on Narragansett Bay. He had just tied his 24-foot clam skiff to the marina beside the firehouse and offloaded his catch. He had four sacks of quahogs to sell, raked on the […]

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Who Knew Grocery Shopping Could Be So Stressful?

As much of the world practices social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus, trips to the grocery store are one of the few reasons many of us still are allowed to leave the house. But the logistics of shopping for groceries can be daunting. What happens if some key items on my shopping list […]

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The Wealthy Flee Coronavirus. Vacation Towns Respond: Stay Away.

People with second homes in the Catskills region of New York are being warned to stay away in venom-laced Facebook posts and blunt messages from county officials. Boardwalks and beaches in some Jersey Shore towns are barricaded and residents are urging the closure of coastal access bridges to outsiders. In the Hamptons, the famous playground […]

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Death of Store Clerk in Italy Highlights Contagion’s New Front Line

VERONA, Italy — As the fatalities have piled up, with a daily accounting of the dead serving as a grim scorecard on whether Italy is gaining ground in its war with the coronavirus, there have been milestones. One came early, when it became clear that the virus was killing off a generation of older people. Another […]

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We Need to Protect the ‘Touchless Economy’

The economy is currently on life support — yet as that metaphor suggests, it could actually be worse. Imagine if, next week, we find that coronavirus infection has spread so far through major supply lines as to sicken large numbers of the workers who deliver goods and also begins to threaten their recipients. Or imagine […]

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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

OAKLAND, Calif. — While the rest of the economy is tanking from the crippling impact of the coronavirus, business at the biggest technology companies is holding steady — even thriving. Amazon said it was hiring 100,000 warehouse workers to meet surging demand. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said traffic for video calling and messaging had […]

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‘This Is Not Shelter in Place in NY,’ Cuomo Says. So What Is It?

In a wide-ranging executive order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo told New Yorkers on Friday to stay home as much as possible and he enacted strict new rules for businesses, gatherings and people over 70 and those with underlying illnesses. “These provisions will be enforced,” the governor said […]

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When Stocking Grocery Shelves Turns Dangerous

They are a new class of emergency medical workers: the more than two million Americans reporting to work each day to sell food and other household staples to a country in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic. As shoppers swarm stores, snapping up everything from milk to toilet paper, cashiers are there to ring them […]

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New York’s Food Distribution Networks Brace for an Unprecedented Threat

Alexander Rapaport, the executive director of the kosher Masbia Soup Kitchen Network, started worrying on March 5. It was four days until Purim, and Passover would begin April 8. How was he going to feed his walk-in clients if they were sick or under quarantine? Normally, New Yorkers — Jewish or otherwise — would come […]

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Food, a Basic Pleasure, Is Suddenly Fraught

The white-tablecloth restaurants and the dive bars are closed. The ample buffets that feed America’s tech work force and Las Vegas gamblers have been shut down, along with millions of school cafeterias. On Monday, McDonald’s joined other fast-food companies and closed its restaurants except for delivery and drive-through. Almost overnight, Americans have had to rethink […]

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‘There Is Plenty of Food in the Country’

The aisles and aisles of empty store shelves give the appearance that the United States, improbably and alarmingly, is running out of food. But the nation’s biggest retailers, dairy farmers and meat producers say that isn’t so. The food supply chain, they say, remains intact and has been ramping up to meet the unprecedented stockpiling […]

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Panicked Shoppers Empty Shelves as Coronavirus Anxiety Rises

A day after New York officials declared a state of emergency, hordes of shoppers flooded stores and emptied shelves, looking to stockpile groceries and household items to prepare for the unknown. Stores were overwhelmed with long lines of customers waiting just to enter what would be a space of packed aisles and backed-up checkout lanes. […]

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Joe Coulombe, Who Founded Trader Joe’s, Dies at 89

Joseph Coulombe, who in 1967 parsed a few cultural trends, added his retail instincts and created Trader Joe’s, the popular grocery chain known for unusual foods, a generous wine selection and a laid-back atmosphere, died on Friday at his home in Pasadena, Calif.. He was 89. The death was confirmed by his son, Joseph. In […]

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Get Ready, New York: Plastic Bag Ban Is Starting

New York is banning the distribution of single-use plastic bags statewide on Sunday, a move with the ambitious goal of reducing the billions of discarded bags that stream annually into landfills, rivers and oceans. The law forbids most businesses from handing out the thin bags that are ubiquitous in supermarkets, bodegas and boutiques, making New […]

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Should Robots Have a Face?

When Tina Sorg first saw the robot rolling through her Giant supermarket in Harrisburg, Pa., she said to herself, “That thing is a little weird.” Programmed to detect spills and debris in the aisles, the robot looked like an inkjet printer with a long neck. “It needed personality,” said Ms. Sorg, 55, who manages the […]

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Inside the New York City Bodegas Going Viral on TikTok

Captured on video, the unique culture of the colorful corner stores is winning fans around the world. Feb. 22, 2020 Ahmed Alwan quizzes customers and posts the videos on TikTok.Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times Gabriel Valdez’s correct answer to a math question earned him free snacks.Credit…Gabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times The […]

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FreshDirect, After Broken Eggs and Angry Customers, Stages a Comeback

About a year and a half ago, longtime patrons of the pioneering grocery delivery service FreshDirect started complaining that orders were arriving hours late. There were broken eggs and spoiled fruit. One customer reported that she had paid $200 for groceries — only to receive nothing but seltzer and a loaf of bread. The source of […]

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The Coronavirus Hits Hong Kong? Quick, Toilet Paper!

HONG KONG — “It’s gone,” I overheard my neighbor Mrs. Wong shout in Cantonese from her balcony to a man on a bicycle downstairs. “Maai saai la!” Sold out. This was unbelievable. I jumped from the sofa, pulled on my shoes and headed across the island, to our single village supermarket, Wellcome. Just outside, a […]

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$9 Cabbages, Emergency Pork: Coronavirus Tests China on Food

SHOUGUANG, China — Along the roads leading into the small eastern city of Shouguang, workers in hazmat suits stop cars and take passengers’ temperatures. The fever checks are mandatory at offices, too. Whole neighborhoods have been barricaded off to nonresidents. All the hotels are shut. Shouguang is 500 miles away from the epicenter of the […]

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What We Lose by Hiring Someone to Pick Up Our Avocados for Us

For the past few years I have made a habit of going to a particular Starbucks in Brooklyn after I drop my son off at school, a ritual that has given me pleasure way out of proportion to its ordinariness. What began as a means of procrastination developed into the practice of social efficiency. Inevitably […]

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