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Alright, onto the news. Here’s what you need to know:
This week, a slew of major retailers announced policies requiring shoppers to wear masks in their stores across the country.
Starbucks started the trend with its July 9 announcement, which only applies only to company-owned stores. Now, 13 chains including Walmart, Target, and CVS have implemented similar policies so far.
While most Americans seem to approve the new policy,anti-mask sentiment is still strong. A new Service Employees International Union survey of about 4,000 McDonald’s workers found 44% said they had been verbally or physically assaulted after approaching customers who were not wearing masks. While the SEIU only surveyed a small proportion of the chain’s more than 800,000 workers in the US, the 44% of respondents represent more than 1,800 employees who say they have been assaulted on the job.
Walmart implemented its own mask policy after a Tuesday evening incident in which a Louisiana customer, apparently enraged with being told to wear a mask, hit a police officer with his car.
If you were on social media at all this week, you might be wondering: What’s going on with Goya, the Hispanic food brand known for its canned beans?
Here’s a quick breakdown of what went down:
- In a meeting at the White House last Thursday, Goya CEO Robert Unanue praised President Trump.
- In response, anti-Trump consumers called for a boycott of the brand, and some even shared their own recipes to make the brand’s Adobo seasoning at home.
- Ivanka Trump shared a photo posing with Goya beans, a move that may have violated ethics laws and certainly received backlash.
- President Trump posted a similar photo on Wednesday.
- Trump supporters launched a “buy-cott” in response, a move endorsed by Fox News host Mark Levin, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio.
Despite all the hoopla and what appeared to be a sign pointing to a shortage of Goya products in one store, the brand is not in short supply of products. There’s just currently a shortage of beans in general, which has little to do with any “buy-cott.”
Innovation Station: What’s new in restaurants and retail?
Even a pandemic can’t stop chains from rolling out innovative new items, products, and machines. Here are the ones that made headlines this week:
- Coca-Cola is debuting a touch-free soda machine.
- White Castle has a new robot chef that fries and flips. His name is Flippy.
- Burger King announced it will make a new Whopper from cows that burp and fart 33% less (and Ted Cruz is not a fan).
- Amazon will debut a smart shopping cart in its grocery stores that will let customers skip the line to check out.
- KFC is expanding Beyond Fried Chicken at more than 50 California restaurants.
Everything else you need to know:
- Country Time is bailing out kids who have had to shutter their lemonade stands amid the pandemic.
- With less time for “intimate occasions,” condom sales are down.
- Nike denied involvement with the sudden deletion of ‘Black at Nike,’ an Instagram page alleging racism at the company.
- Here are the 25 fastest-growing DTC brands for Q2, according to growth in digital traffic.
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