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• Ahold Delhaize-owned Peapod said yesterday that it plans to move its longtime headquarters from Skokie, Illinois, to downtown Chicago, in the city’s West Loop.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Carrie Bienkowski, Peapod's chief marketing officer, said the move will give the company access to a deeper talent pool of skilled data analytics and tech employees. She said the new 55,000-square-foot modern office layout will promote collaboration and give the company room to grow.”

• The New York Times reports that a McDonald’s focus on promotions - including $1 beverages and the “McPick 2” value menu - helped the fast food chain achieve a six percent increase in same-store sales during the most recent quarter. According to the story, “Those budget offerings have helped bring customers to stores, where more premium items, like the Signature Crafted line of sandwiches introduced in the spring, could encourage people to spend more per visit.”
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