Online grocery shopping continues to surge


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s agday minute.

Online Grocery Sales continue to surge in the wake of the pandemic. According to the latest grocery shopping survey from Brick Meets click and Mercatus, online sales rose to $9.3 billion in January. That’s up about a third compared to last March. The survey says some 70 million households placed orders online in January. A majority of those are doing pickup or delivery. The biggest challenge to this trend, according to researchers, may be customer satisfaction with only a little more than half of folks saying they were extremely or very likely to use the same online grocery service again within the next 30 days. It was up over 80 percent in November.

And there’s now officially a new Secretary of Agriculture. Tom Vilsack was sworn virtually on Wednesday after winning a majority of votes in the Senate
This will be the 70-year-old’s second time serving as USDA Chief.

Trade over the next four years as the Senate Committee on Finance held its hearing to consider Katherine Tai the next U.S. Trade Representative. Tai previously worked for the USTR from 2007-to-2014. She took questions from committee members on a host of topics promising to enforce current trade deals and pledging to focus on the nation’s workers.

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