CONVENIENCE

For one day only, 7-Eleven sold limited-edition, stainless-steel Tervis tumblers granting shoppers unlimited refills through Dec. 31, 2020 on the retailer's coffee, Slurpee or Big Gulp proprietary beverages. Priced at $129, the tumblers were available Dec. 11 only via 7-eleven.com and packaged in a gift box. 

GROCERY/DRUG

Ahold Delhaize is investing $480 million to transform and grow its U.S. supply chain on the East Coast as an integrated, self-distribution network over the next three years. The investment includes two new fully automated frozen facilities that will be constructed in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, along with the acquisition of three warehouses (two in York, Penn., and one in Chester, NY) from outgoing distribution partner C&S Wholesale Grocers. Ahold expects the new supply chain to “enable the U.S. businesses to reduce costs, improve speed to shelf, enhance relationships with vendors, and improve product availability and freshness for customers,” especially as e-commerce becomes a more significant part of the business, according to a press release.

Building on a unique collaboration that first brought together Kroger’s food and grocery experience with Walgreens’ expertise in health and beauty, the companies have formed a new group purchasing organization aimed at delivering purchasing efficiencies, lower costs and combined resources to help drive further innovation. The new joint venture will be called Retail Procurement Alliance. 

H-E-B has made “dozens” of enhancements to its mobile app in its latest move to streamline the shopper experience and ramp up its digital offerings and services to better meet the evolving needs of today and tomorrow’s shopper. Updates include improved search and location functions, more ways to shop and more saving opportunities. Read more here.

MASS

Walmart has launched a new pilot with autonomous vehicle company Nuro in Houston, letting select shoppers opt in to receive deliveries of online grocery orders from self-driving Nuro vehicles. These will include Nuro’s custom-built R2 delivery vehicle that carries only products with no onboard driver or passengers, and autonomous Toyota Priuses, all powered by Nuro’s proprietary self-driving software and hardware. Walmart plans to expand the service to the general public around Houston later in 2020.

Walmart has extended its licensing agreement for Meredith Corp.'s Better Homes & Gardens brand through mid-2024. Serving as Walmart's premium home decor private label, the brand encompasses more than 3,000 items.