Effects of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt across the nation, causing many organizations in the grocery industry to cancel their annual trade shows. The International Dairy Deli Baker Association now says it has cancelled its show, which was scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Many businesses also are doing what they can to help their customers during this time, as Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is offering an online resources hub for its customers, and Walgreens and Postmates are expanding their on-demand delivery service.
IDDBA cancels annual trade show due to Covid-19 pandemic
The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) said March 31 that IDDBA 2020, scheduled for May 31-June 2 in Indianapolis, Indiana, is cancelled due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier in the month, association leadership remained optimistic the industry’s leading show for more than 50 years would still go on as planned. With the continued progression of Covid-19, countless conversations with show exhibitors, attendees, and government and industry leaders determined that cancelling the show is in the best interest of the health and safety of the thousands of people who were scheduled to attend.
U.S. Surgeon Gen. Jerome Adams’ announcement on March 29 deeming Indianapolis, Indiana, as an emerging hotspot for Covid-19 made it evident that continuing to plan the show as scheduled put the health and well-being of those IDDBA serves and its partners at risk.
“Our hearts go out to all those with family and friends battling this virus,” said Mike Eardley, IDDBA CEO and president. “Global impacts and hardships that our members, community and industry continue to face while carrying the daunting responsibility to keep food on our tables during these difficult times, has been unlike anything I have seen in my lifetime of being in this business.”
Information for show exhibitors and attendees has been shared via email and is available on iddba.org. Planning for IDDBA 2021 in Houston, Texas, on June 6-8 was already underway and continues. The association also continues to support its members and industry through its 365 days a year educational resources and trends analysis.
The IDDBA is a nonprofit membership organization serving the dairy, deli, bakery, cheese and supermarket foodservice industries.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits launches online Covid-19 resource hub for customers
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits says it has launched an online hub for trade customers, providing timely updates and important resources to help businesses in the hospitality industry navigate the Covid-19 pandemic.
The website, available at sgwscustomercare.com, includes the latest Covid-19-related industry news developments, updates on Southern Glazer’s operations, frequently asked questions and a curated list of trusted sources related to financial relief, health and wellness, and federal and state-specific guidance for employers and employees in the hospitality industry.
The site will be updated continually to provide Southern Glazer’s customers with a one-stop-shop for the latest information as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Customers can also sign up on the website to receive email updates as new information is posted on the site.
Customers can also continue to leverage the company’s e-commerce portal SGProof.com in markets where available for online ordering and self-service.
The company remains committed to open and ongoing communications and supporting customers through the challenges of Covid-19.
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is a distributor of beverage alcohol and is a multi-generational, family-owned company.
Walgreens, Postmates expand on-demand delivery service
To address the rising need for home delivery, Walgreens and Postmates have expanded on-demand delivery to now service consumers nationwide. (Not available in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico). With this expansion, consumers in cities across the country can get health and wellness items, including select over-the-counter medications and other household essentials and convenience products they need delivered to them from more than 7,000 Walgreens stores.
“During these challenging times, our customers need alternate options to get the essential products they need,” said Walgreens President Richard Ashworth. “By expanding our delivery service collaboration with Postmates, more customers can get what they need, delivered on-demand, at their doorstep. Because of Postmates’ non-contact delivery options for certain items, Postmates drivers will leave deliveries on doorsteps, keeping these transactions completely contact-less, with no personal interaction required.”
To order any of the items available, customers should visit Postmates.com or download the Postmates mobile app. Customers can get access to unlimited free delivery when they subscribe to Postmates membership service, Postmates Unlimited, for $9.99 per month.
“Community health and safety is paramount at Postmates, so we’re working to support our merchant partners, like Walgreens, and get essential items into the hands of our customers,” said Craig Whitmer, VP of merchant business development, Postmates.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, retail inventory remains fluid. Some currently high-demand items may not be available in the Postmates inventory.