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    Drizly dominates alcohol delivery market

    The popularity of alcohol delivery services has skyrocketed with the introduction of pandemic-driven social distancing policies. Given the closure of bars across the country, consumers are turning towards more convenient alternatives to get their happy hour beverages. Within the alcohol delivery market, Drizly has set itself apart from the crowd. The company—which recently raised $50 … Continued
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    Renewed appetite for meal kits has sales rising at HelloFresh

    The struggling meal kit industry has flourished in the COVID-19 era. Whereas industry sales had previously fallen 5 percent in July 2019, the industry has gained tailwinds a year later, growing an average of 101 percent in July 2020. As shelter-in-place orders left many Americans with extra time for home cooking, a closer look at … Continued
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    Instacart dominates delivery, while top grocers see little shift in market share

    Even staple categories like grocery are facing upheaval as COVID-19 continues to impact U.S. consumer spending. While grocers themselves have seen some shifts in spending behavior, the largest change has taken place among delivery services, which saw sales increase 146 percent year-over-year. Grocery delivery, previously thought of as a costly convenience, has become an essential … Continued
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    For restaurants, COVID-19 recovery varies greatly by state

    After sheltering in place for weeks, American consumers are warming up to the idea of dining out, opening both their mouths and wallets to restaurant chains across the nation. As some states begin phased re-openings, spending at quick-service restaurants year-over-year has grown in many states, especially those where shelter-in-place orders have been lifted. Meanwhile, year-over-year … Continued
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    Discretionary Spending Up Among Stimulus Payment Recipients

    In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. government has begun issuing economic impact payments via the IRS to qualifying Americans. To date, the majority of stimulus payments hit bank accounts on April 14, 15, 21, and 22. These cash infusions are helping U.S. consumers cover their basic expenses as well as stimulating the economy … Continued