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•  In comments delivered to Citigroup’s Retail Madness Virtual Conference, Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran said that the company's curbside pickup service, Drive Up & Go, now is the fastest growing component of its business.  Sankaran also said that he expects e-commerce to comprise 20 percent of Albertsons' total business.

Sankaran said that Albertsons' investment in micro-fulfillment technology  is paying off.  The company has been piloting two micro-fulfillment centers, and he said that another seven will be opened this year.  However, Sankaran declined to predict how many MFCs eventually would serve the company's more than two thousand stores.  (MFCs generally serve pods of 6-10 stores.)


•  Reuters reports that "Amazon workers in Italy went on a 24-hour strike on Monday in the first such action by the U.S. company's entire logistics operation in the country, including third-party delivery service providers."  The strike was called after several unions failed to reach agreement with Amazon in talks that took place in January;  the disagreement reportedly is not over pay increases, but rather the unions' call for more humane working conditions.

I'm not sure if we're going to hear Italian trade unionists singing "Sweet Home Alabama," or Amazon employees in Alabama singing "Bella Ciao."