The Packer's Tom Karst and Produce Retailer's Ashley Nickle discuss a few of the top stories of the week, from trade payments to Earth Fare closing its stores to a collaborative effort by the berry industry.
They also discuss a recent report from consulting firm Brick Meets Click on how retailers can compete with Amazon.
For more on those topics, check out the following articles:
- Trade payments — "The third and final round of U.S. Department of Agriculture 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments to assist growers suffering from trade retaliation by China and other countries are on their way."
- Earth Fare — "Asheville, N.C.-based Earth Fare is closing the 50 organic and natural grocery stores it operates and seeking a sale."
- Berry packaging — "Berry growers and trade associations in the U.S., Mexico and South America are pledging to use 100% recycle-ready packaging for all fresh berries by 2025."
- Competing with Amazon — "Leveraging data to understand shoppers better will be key for retailers competing with Amazon in the coming years, according to a new report from consulting firm Brick Meets Click."