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 INDUSTRY NEWS
   INDUSTRY NEWS
Online Food and Beverage Sales Expected to Increase 32% Annually December 11, 2019. Online sales of food and beverages in the U.S. reached $17 billion in 2018, making the U.S. the second largest food e-commerce market in the world with 15% of global sales, according to U.S. Grocery Market Focus: The Amazon Food Shopper, 2nd Edition, a new report by market research firm Packaged Facts.
Through 2023, food e-commerce sales in the U.S. are forecast to increase 32% per year. As the availability of online grocery shopping expands and consumers begin to embrace online shopping for its convenience compared to shop- ping in-store, sales are expected to rise
dramatically. Strong commitments to developing online grocery services by Amazon and Walmart — the nation’s two largest food e-commerce players — have helped boost market growth. Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market in June 2017 and its expansion into perishable items through AmazonFresh and Amazon Prime Pantry have prompted Walmart to increase investment in promoting online services and curbside pickup. Such activities have in turn helped convince other grocery retailers to adapt to e-commerce in order to remain competitive.
QuickChek Named One of the Best Places to Work in New York
February 27, 2020. QuickChek Corp. has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York State for the eighth consecutive year.
The Whitehouse Station, N.J.-based fresh convenience market chain was once again recognized by The New York State Society for Human Resources Management and Best Companies Group, an independent firm managing Best Places to Work programs around the country.
The statewide Best Companies to Work for in New York State survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment whose practices benefit the State’s businesses, economy and workforce. Survey components include employee satisfaction and engagement.
The family-owned company employs more than 4,500 team members and has 160 retail stores including 86 locations with fuel throughout New York’s Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey.
QuickChek is proud to invest in its team members. The company’s starting pay has been above the New York and New Jersey state minimums for the past 12 years. Career opportunities abound: All of the company’s district leaders and most of its vice presidents began their careers working in a local store.
Full-time employees are offered a wide variety of affordable benefits including medical, dental and vision, as well as life insurance, a 401(k) savings plan, fitness center reimburse- ment and pet insurance.
The company’s growth in New York is continuing as it doubles its foot- print on Long Island with the recent openings of new fresh convenience market stores in Commack and Bohemia with a new store planned for Brentwood this summer.
New York Becomes the Latest State to Ban Single-use Plastic Bags
“Right this minute, plastic bags are hanging in trees, blowing down the streets, filling up our landfills and polluting our lakes, rivers and streams—all hurting our environment,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement in February. “Twelve million barrels of oil are used to make the plastic bags we use every
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