• Albertsons announced this week what it calls "the latest digital enhancements to its shoppable Meal Plans and Recipes tool available within the retailer’s grocery apps and websites, including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, ACME and Tom Thumb banners. Designed to provide customers with culinary inspiration throughout the week while saving time and money, the meal plan feature includes a budget tracker, an expanded library of more than 8,000 exclusive recipes, shoppable ingredient lists and hands-free cooking mode with step-by-step timer."
“This all-in-one tool empowers the everyday home cook to plan, shop and prepare inspiring recipes without the added expense or commitment of a meal delivery service,” said Jill Pavlovich, SVP of Digital Customer Experience for Albertsons. “Our Meal Plans tool offers greater versatility as price-conscious families can plan a week’s worth of flavorful meals based on their budget. Best of all, it’s free to use on our grocery app and website.”
• Axios reports that rideshare company Lyft has introduced a new feature, "Women+ Connect," that will "prioritize matching women and nonbinary drivers and riders in an effort to make people feel safer using the service … Women and nonbinary drivers will be able to activate a preference to match with other nearby women and nonbinary riders.
"If none are available, drivers will be matched with men."
The story notes that "advocates have long questioned the safety of ride-hailing for vulnerable groups … 4,158 sexual assaults and 10 fatal physical assaults of Lyft passengers and drivers were recorded between 2017 and 2019."
Axios says that "Lyft rolled out the feature this week in Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, with plans to quickly expand nationwide."