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#ColumbiaAgenda: Swampfox Technologies, Grocery Store Trends, Club Drug Cousin Gets FDA Approval, The Last Blockbuster, Renting Pillows

Mar 08, 2019 09:51AM ● By Chris Haire

Online Ordering and Delivery and Other Supermarket Trends: Earlier this week, it was revealed that Amazon would be launching a new grocery chain in an expansion of their delivering-to-your-doorstep empire, according to the Wall Street Journal. This brand will reportedly be separate from Whole Foods, which Amazon acquired in late summer 2017. 

That acquisition hasn't been without headaches, including reports of sparsely stocked shelves. However, costs on some items have dropped, although recent reports indicate prices are rising at the retailer. 

While online shopping has been introduced in markets across the country -- the big boy of the big box world, Walmart, has been offering online ordering and onsite pickup for several years now -- online shopping remains a tiny segment of the grocery industry, boasting a market pentration of 3%, with only 6% of total shoppers using online services more than once a month, according to a recent survey

Still, few, if any, experts believe these figures will remain this low in the years to come. 

Online shopping and delivery aren't the only trends impacting the grocery business. The consumer packaged goods marketing agency Acosta predicts a number of impacting factors for the industry, from the resurgence of frozen foods to the continued renaissance of the in-store shopping experience (think: Lowe's Foods) and the rise of CBD additives.


Swampfox Technologies Aims To Lessen The Time You Spend Waiting On The Line (Columbia Business Monthly)

West Columbia shopping center sells (Columbia Regional Business Report)

Carolina Panthers owner visiting SC leaders to discuss new headquarters, practice complex (Post and Courier)

The Citadel Wants to Add a B.S. in Supply Chain Management (SC Commission on Higher Education)

Attorneys: Businesses feeling the pressure of immigration crackdown (Herald-Journal)

Plans for disputed Mount Pleasant hotel have a ‘second life’ after new review (Post and Courier)

Air Freight Makes Weak Start to 2019 (International Air Transit Assocation)

Triton is the world’s most murderous malware, and it’s spreading (MIT Technology Review)

FDA Allows Treatment of Depression with Club Drug's Cousin (Manufacturing.Net)

BuzzFeed Goes Offline With Its First Printed Newspaper, Distributed Today in New York (Ad Age)

Glooko makes its management app free to any person with diabetes (FierceBiotech)

USAF Acquisition Head Urges Radical Shift For Next-Gen Fighter Program (Aviation Week)

Beer Maker Boosts Warehouse Operations with Forklift Tracking Solution (Inbound Logistics)

Nintendo to Smartphone Gamers: Don’t Spend Too Much on Us (WSJ)

Amazon lobbied more government entities than any other tech company in 2018, federal records show (Bloomberg)

Shkreli Runs His Company From Prison—With Contraband Cellphone (WSJ)

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Vanessa Bialobreski
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Founder and Managing Partner

Wanting to focus on highlighting local goodness, Vanessa Bialobreski created Farm to Table Productions, Management, and Catering, a partnership with the chef/owner of Bourbon, Kristian Niemi. 

Working with local chefs and farmers, Bialobreski helps orchestrate dinners and events that bring a community together over locally grown food, including Harvest Dinners, Annual Pig and Oyster Roast, Rose Festival, and Great American Whiskey Fair.
Bialobreski and her partners started a nonprofit arm of their company called the Charitable Plate. Its goal is to help the growth of sustainable chefs, farmers, students, and local artisans by providing scholarships and money in times of crisis. She also started Our Place at the Table, which provides female food leaders and aspiring female food leaders the opportunity to provide and receive education, career support, guidance, mentorship, and conversations on how to bridge the gap between each other and find success.