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Online Shopping Spikes, Grocery Sales Reach 50-Year High As Covid-19 Rages On
The Labor Department reported that prices for groceries across the U.S. jumped by 2.6% in April, the highest single-month bump since February 1974. The spike reflects the surge in demand, as grocery stores have been some of the only retailers to keep their doors open during the pandemic, and many items continue to fly off shelves.
All that social distancing during the month of April led to huge year-over-year spikes in online shopping, including pick up in store (BOPIS) orders, for items including pajamas, groceries and alcohol. Plus, Etsy saw a bump in traffic from people searching for masks and supplies for diversionary activities, and even cleaning supplies and groceries, offering some hope for small businesses who sell on the platform.
PepsiCo’s Move Into DTC Is Both Sales Tactic and Consumer Research
Monday’s launch of two direct-to-consumer sites, PantryShop.com and Snacks.com, represented PepsiCo’s first move into the DTC space. But the tactic isn’t just about revenue—it’s also about gathering clear consumer data. “[I]f you own the interface, you own the customer,” said Wunderman Thompson Commerce’s Hugh Fletcher. “If you own the customer, you own the data, and if you own the data, you own the future.”
Walgreens Boots Alliance Is Reviewing Its Global Advertising Account
Pharmaceutical retail giant Walgreens is reviewing its global advertising account. Walgreens Boots Alliance confirmed the global creative and media review across all of its brands, which also include Alliance Healthcare, Boots and Duane Reade. The review follows the conclusion of the company’s three-year contract with WPP.
Popeyes and Burger King’s CEO Says Coronavirus May Permanently Alter the Restaurant Experience
José Cil, the CEO of Restaurant Brands International (RBI), which owns Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons, addressed the changes that RBI’s locations will incorporate upon reopening. Shifts will include mandating gloves and masks for employees along with additional training and cleanliness protocols, plus partnering with delivery apps and expanding mobile ordering.
Broadway’s Hamilton to Skip Movie Theaters, Debut on Disney+
Disney is releasing the filmed original Broadway production of Hamilton more than a year earlier than planned. And instead of premiering in theaters, it’ll be a Disney+ exclusive. The move is a big one for Disney, which has seen a significant hit to most of its businesses due to the ongoing pandemic, but it does scrap any plans for the theatrical revenue that Disney had counted.
Also in TV and Streaming News:
- Instead of Telemundo’s typical upfronts celebration, the company created a video for media players that highlighted its pivots in the face of the pandemic, as well as its focus on reaching U.S. Hispanic adult viewers, given that they are on track to represent more than 40% of total future video usage. Univision echoed the importance of targeting Latinx audiences as part of advertisers’ upfront buy in its presentation today.
- Doug Ray, CEO, media at Dentsu Aegis Network, explored the ways the pandemic is reforming TV’s supply chain: “Knowing that growth comes from exposing a brand to more prospective buyers, reach and cost per reach point should be the focus—not CPM. “
More of Today’s Top News and Highlights
- Twitter Will Allow Some Employees to Work From Home Forever
- Walgreens Brings Online Order Pickup to Pharmacy Drive-Thrus
- Google Rolls Out Curbside Pickup Badge in Local Inventory Ads
- Quibi’s Founder Blames Covid-19 for Platform’s Rocky Debut
- Twitter Buys Mobile DSP CrossInstall as It Prioritizes Performance Ads
- Facebook Removed 50 Million Pieces of Covid-19 Misinformation in April
- What We Can Learn From the Slow Pandemic Recovery in Europe
- Adweek Together: How to Build an Agency During a Crisis
- I’m With the Brand LIVE: Alex Reed | Truman’s
Ad of the Day: AT&T’s Beloved Spokesperson ‘Lily’ Is Back, and Working From Home
Milana Vayntrub, the actress who became ubiquitous on TV screens across America a few years ago in the role of AT&T employee “Lily,” is back with the brand in a pair of spots. This time, she’s working from home.
Tips for Making Remote Work Successful
Justin Finnegan, Vice President, SHIFT Communications
“Acknowledging the absurdity of this situation has truly been one of the most successful tools in keeping our team sane. … Letting the team know it’s okay if a kid wanders in frame during a meeting or a dog barks during a conference call tremendously lowered stress levels.”
Anna Lyn Arboleda, Sr. Events Manager, Tremor Video
“We have tried to find ways to make working from home fun for all involved by hosting paint, wine, and bingo nights. Bringing those traditional activities to a virtual world helps provide a sense of normalcy and something for all involved to look forward to.”
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