Leslie Patton

Business, Logistics

COVID-19 Has Changed Shopping for Good, Retail Giants Predict

A Walmart store in Rolling Meadows, Ill., is seen from its parking lot on Nov. 5. A Walmart store in Rolling Meadows, Ill., is seen from its parking lot on Nov. 5. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)

The consumer behaviors that accelerated at the start of the virus — think digital ordering, bulkier baskets and no margin for error when it comes to delivery — are showing zero signs of abating eight months in.

Leslie Patton | Bloomberg News
November 17, 2020
Business, Fuel, Logistics

Trucker Shortage Forces Some Restaurants to Buy Local

Tomato salad on a plate Sara Moulton via AP

A labor crunch in the trucking industry is making it more expensive to deliver everything from apples to zucchini. And restaurants of all kinds are turning to local ingredients to avoid surging shipping costs.

Leslie Patton | Bloomberg News
August 28, 2018