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•  C&S Wholesale Grocers said yesterday that it has purchased Albertsons' frozen service contract from Burris Logistics.

"C&S's legacy is innovating ahead of market trends and this agreement is the next step in our transformation journey. It will further strengthen our service with Albertsons in the frozen product, as well as support a new relationship with Albertsons' mid-Atlantic division," said Rick Cohen, Chairman, C&S Wholesale Grocers, in a prepared statement. "We have always had tremendous respect for the strong customer relationships that Burris has developed over the years. We are committed to continuing a high standard of customer service."

No player to be named later?  No draft picks?

•  Fast Company reports that "Shake Shack will be committing $10 million to its restaurant teams, including $9 million in wage increases … The funds will be dispersed over the next 12 months, with nearly $1 million going toward hiring bonuses and an additional amount toward leadership development programs for employees, as well as equity grants for managers."

“We are committed to doing the right thing for our teams, guests and communities during the good times and especially the tough times, and the tough times brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have shown us the resilience of our people,” the company said in a statement.

It is worth noting that every retailer is competing for people in the current environment, and that when companies like Shake Shack institute programs like this one, it raises the bar on what everybody else has to do in order to find and keep their people.