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·         Sales at grocery stores ease up slightly in August

U.S. retail sales remain elevated year over year amid inflation, resilient consumer spending

 

·         Walmart online shoppers to pay list price for product substitutions

Policy change due to become effective in coming weeks, published reports say

 

 

Sales at grocery stores ease up slightly in August

U.S. retail sales remain elevated year over year amid inflation, resilient consumer spending

 

Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Sep 15, 2022

 

U.S. retail sales in August edged up from the previous month and, amid continued high inflation, remained well over the prior-year level, including for grocery stores.

 

August retail and foodservice sales totaled $683.29 billion (seasonally adjusted), an uptick of 0.3% from July but rising 9.1% from August 2021, the U.S. Census Bureau reported in advance estimates on Thursday. August retail trade sales — excluding motor vehicles and parts stores, gas and repair stations — grew 0.2% to $611.19 billion, and were up 8.9% year over year.

 

In July, total retail sales were flat month to month but had increased 10.3% a year earlier. Retail trade sales for the month followed the same trend, no gain sequentially but 10.1% from July 2021.

 

Grocery store retail sales for August came in at $71.13 billion (seasonally adjusted), matching the 0.2% month-to-month growth in July and climbing 7.7% from August 2021, compared with a 9.2% year-over-year gain in July. The Census Bureau reported that sales at all food and beverage stores in August were up 0.5% sequentially and 7.2% over 12 months to $79.47 billion, versus increases of 0.2% month over month and 8.4% year over year in July...

 

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https://www.supermarketnews.com/consumer-trends/sales-grocery-stores-ease-slightly-august

 

 

Walmart online shoppers to pay list price for product substitutions

Policy change due to become effective in coming weeks, published reports say

 

Supermarket News Staff

Sep 15, 2022

 

Until now, when online Walmart shoppers were offered a substitute item for an out-of-stock product, the customers were automatically charged for the lower-priced item. But soon, if the recommended substitute costs more, shoppers will have to pay the higher price.

 

That’s according to a leaked internal memo sent to Walmart store managers last Friday, according to a report from Business Insider.

 

“Moving forward, customers will now pay the list price for specific substitution items made on their order,” the memo obtained by Business Insider states. “Customers and members will receive updates about this change in the Walmart app at various points in their shopping experience.”

 

Supermarket News couldn’t immediately reach Walmart for comment.

 

The new policy is expected to go live in the coming weeks, published reports said.

 

“As we continue to expand our popular online pickup and delivery service, we’re giving our customers more control of how and when items are substituted, including enhanced preferences and the ability to approve or reject substituted items,” a Walmart spokesperson told Best Life. “This flexibility is an important part of how we continue to give our customers more control over their pickup and delivery experience.”

 

Walmart doesn’t foresee much of a pushback from shoppers over the new pricing policy, Business Insider reported. “There will be a bit of a transition period,” the spokesperson told Insider, “but overall, this is pretty common.”

 

The new policy is the standard practice across the retail industry, used by companies such as Whole Foods Market and Instacart, according to Business Insider...

 

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https://www.supermarketnews.com/retail-financial/walmart-online-shoppers-pay-list-price-product-substitutions