Retail Roundup—Boxed rejects Kroger's offer; Aldi expands delivery to Chicago

Boxed rejected a buyout offer from Kroger. (Image: Boxed)

Dollar General begins paid parental leave, adoption assistance 

Dollar General announced a new paid parental leave policy and adoption assistance benefit, effective April 1, 2018. These additional benefits will include two weeks of paid time off, eight weeks for birth mothers, and up to $4,000 in adoption assistance. (Business Wire)

Ikea to raise investment in future

Ikea is willing to put more money into investments in order to stay ahead of online players such as Amazon. At the risk of losing short-term profits, the company is investing in city-center showrooms to compete with new private furniture brands Flipkart and Home24. (Reuters)

Boxed rejects Kroger's $400M offer

Boxed has officially rejected Kroger's $400 million acquisition offer and instead will conduct a new round of funding and remain private. Although Boxed was also in talks with Amazon, Target and Costco, Kroger was the only company to submit an official offer. (Cincinnati Business Journal)

Aldi expands delivery in Chicago with Instacart

Aldi announced an expansion of its Instacart delivery service in the Chicago area to Northwest Indiana and as far as Rockford, Illinois, in the west. The response to the pilot program in Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles was overwhelming and Aldi will now offer delivery in as little as an hour in almost 200 Chicago-area stores. (PR Newswire)