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  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections. The proposal, authored by Sens. McConnell (R-KY) and Cornyn (R-TX), would temporarily offer schools, businesses, health-care providers and nonprofit organizations legal protections when people allegedly exposed to COVID-19 sue them. The Senate GOP plan resembles the recently introduced H.R. 7528, the Get America Back to Work Act. To read the proposal, click HERE.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Top Senate Republicans are pushing to give federal courts jurisdiction over lawsuits stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a temporary set of legal protections. The proposal, authored by Sens. McConnell (R-KY) and Cornyn (R-TX), would temporarily offer schools, businesses, health-care providers and nonprofit organizations legal protections when people allegedly exposed to COVID-19 sue them. The Senate GOP plan resembles the recently introduced H.R. 7528, the Get America Back to Work Act. To read the proposal, click HERE.

  • July 23, 2020 2:00 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Grocery prices are expected to increase by 3% on average this year. This would be the highest increase in grocery costs the country has experienced since 2011, and it would see grocery prices rising faster than the cost of food from restaurants and fast-food chains. Read more.

  • July 16, 2020 1:44 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    To help stop the spread of COVID-19, some Missouri counties and municipalities have begun issuing orders that require people to wear masks while in public. In some places, businesses can face fines if they do not adhere to the orders.

    Each order has unique caveats about where and when masks are required. Missourians are strongly encouraged to follow orders in their own regions as well as review local orders before traveling to another part of the state.

    You can see view the ordinances below for each county or city (as of July 16th). Since last week, Joplin and Springfield have introduced an ordinance.

    (CLICK ON CITY FOR MORE INFO)

    COUNTY MASK ORDERS:

    Clay County

    Jackson County

    Johnson County

    St. Louis County order

    MUNICIPAL MASK ORDERS:

    Columbia

    Joplin

    Kansas City

    North Kansas City

    Springfield

    St. Louis City

    If you would like a "Wear a Mask" sign for your store, click HERE to view and print one.

  • July 16, 2020 1:43 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Gov. Mike Parson signed multiple bills into law, including legislation that will allow nursing home residents and their families to install surveillance cameras; ensure free COVID-19 testing if recommended by a doctor; and prevent state contractors from boycotting Israel. Parson vetoed a bill that would have restricted special taxing districts. Some city officials viewed the bill as a threat to development projects.

  • July 16, 2020 1:42 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Two new grant programs totaling $50 million aim to help Missouri businesses amid the coronavirus. A $30 million program for small business upgrades and $20 million worth of grants for producing personal protective equipment are both funded by the federal CARES Act. You can learn more HERE.

  • July 09, 2020 2:41 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Sheltering in place. Social distancing. Face mask required.

    With COVID-19 affecting virtually every aspect of our lives, changing the way we shop for groceries is no different. Status quo and conventional wisdom have gone out the window, replaced by a new normal of “contactless pickup,” “one-way store aisles” and other necessary measures. As customers adapt to a new way of shopping, grocers and retailers must also adapt.

    Pre-COVID 19, convenience already was highly valued by consumers and that has only increased exponentially in quarantine.

    Instacart, Walmart Grocery and Shipt have seen their daily downloads surge by 218 percent, 160 percent and 124 percent, respectively.1

    Making changes to boost customer traffic in grocery stores will require flexibility, nimbleness and creativity.

    Restaurants have done a good job of creating appealing and convenient offerings to diners in the wake of restaurants being shuttered. Real world examples include offering more “grab and go” offerings, selling raw beef and pork in takeout kits and introducing alcohol delivery.

    How can grocery stores continue to generate more traffic and increase beef and pork sales during quarantine?

    Here are a few ideas:

    • Stock more ready-made and convenient to-go options in your meat case. Yes, people are sheltering in place, but they’re still busy. Providing protein rich, delicious meal options that can be prepared quickly will always be popular with shoppers whether they’re buying for one or a family of five.
    • Offer special discounts on beef and pork. Unemployment is high and a large chunk of the population is struggling to make ends meet. And even if they aren’t, everyone loves a discount, a BOGO or a giveaway.
    • Start offering home delivery or online shopping with contactless pickup – if you already offer it, waive or slash your usual fee to remove a barrier to customers trying it for the first time.
    • Leverage your social media platforms to share quick and easy beef and pork recipes. People have time in quarantine to try new dishes but don’t necessarily want to attempt anything super complicated. With the arrival of summer, recipes that focus on grilling out are always a big hit.
    • Offer meal kits with pre-marinated meats that skew toward international cuisines. Quarantine is a good time for people to try new things and encouraging experimentation is another way to increase foot traffic.

    And here are a few general grocery store suggestions not specifically related to fresh meats:

    • Reassure customers by posting signs outlining the steps taken to ensure their safety, such as additional deep cleanings of the store.
    • Be even more friendly than usual – in an age of social distancing, simply greeting customers (at a safe distance, of course) can go a long way.
    • Create special hours first thing in the morning for elderly or high-risk shoppers to shop before the general public is allowed in.
    • Partner with “quarantine friendly” companies such as Redbox to offer coupons for free movie rentals.

    Whatever you decide to do to try and boost traffic, just be sure you do something. Daily life post-COVID 19 will be completely reshaped and changed by this virus. Taking steps to position your business to succeed is crucial to the future of your store. Now is not the time to “ride out the storm.” It’s time to be proactive, creative and inventive.


  • July 09, 2020 2:39 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    The Missouri Grocers Association is committed to serving and representing the health and wellness of our members. In the times that we live in today, it is important that our organization rallies around and supports the grocery industry as we continue to serve our communities in these unprecedented times. It is for that reason, that I am proud to announce the launch of the MGA’s Affinity Health Insurance Plan.

    The MGA’s Affinity Health Insurance Plan provides members with a cost-effective way to purchase health insurance for their employees. This plan is designed to give employers the opportunity to provide a great employee benefits package at rates that are lower than they would be on the open market. This option for members will provide our industry with another tool to take care of our employees and lower costs during these challenging times.

    For more information on the program, CLICK HERE.

    QUESTIONS? LEARN MORE

    James Nevins at (417) 228-3565 or email james@nevont.com

  • July 09, 2020 2:38 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    Unemployment dipped in June, as businesses reopened following months of pandemic-related shutdowns. Payrolls rose by 4.8 million last month and the unemployment rate fell to 11.1% from 13.3% in May. Despite the good news, economists are worried that skyrocketing coronavirus cases will eliminate recent job gains as several states reverse their reopening plans.

  • July 09, 2020 2:37 PM | Greene (Administrator)

    As e-commerce continues to boom, so does online impulse buying, a new survey reveals. The research from Magid showed the top impulse buys were snack foods and ice cream or frozen treats, with shoppers saying they were more likely to repeat the purchases if they were offered special deals or a "buy again" option while shopping online. You can read the full story HERE.


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