GROCERY CHAIN SAYS GOODBYE TO SINGLE-USE BOTTLED WATER
Shelf space is sacred to a grocery store, but New Seasons Market decided to use two shelves to help eliminate bottled water from its locations. One will be covered with a sign prompting shoppers to buy reusable bottles and fill them up in the store. The other will use space to sell aluminum bottles. The Oregon- and California-based supermarket stopped selling single-use plastic bottles on April 22.
PIZZA HUT ADDS DIGITAL ORDER PICKUP WINDOW
To amplify the fact that no one out-pizzas the Hut, Pizza Hut is rewarding customers who order digitally with a way to remain inside their cars: the Pizza Hut Lane. For locations without a drive-thru window, curbside is still available. This shows how Pizza Hut is evolving during the pandemic—and beyond—to provide several digital-first pickup options. There are 1,500 restaurants hopping into this pickup lane.
SUMMER 2021: THE RETURN OF THE SUMMER ROAD TRIP
According to a new NACS survey, 52% of convenience store owners predict that 2021 “summer travel and commuting patterns will be close to pre-pandemic levels.” While they don’t think it will go fully back to normal until 2022, C-store retailers do anticipate more growth and traffic in their stores this summer. Convenience stores “sell 80% of the fuel purchased in the country” and saw a 13% decline during the height of the pandemic. This new outlook is great for the C-store industry as a whole, as well as the overall economy.