The company plans to invest $2.3 billion in 2019 in the improvement of its delivery network and in repositioning Stop & Shop, while cutting costs by about $2 million in the coming three years.
The pilot program will take place in Miami-Dade County, FL, using Postmates as its delivery partner, which is already connected to Ford’s digital platform. Walmart and Ford agree autonomous vehicles have an important role to play as we consider the future of delivery.
Consulting firm Brick Meets Click finds that the retailer offers a more seamless experience between online and offline channels for customers than Kroger and Walmart.
Ahold Delhaize will roll out small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times, as it revamps its e-commerce business in response to rising competition. The company will automate order collection at mini “robot supermarkets” attached to the stores of its U.S. chains like Stop & Shop, teaming up with Takeoff, a startup which builds small warehouses that stack groceries to save space and use robot arms to assemble shoppers’ orders. The warehouses cost about $3 million to build, which Takeoff says is less than the cost of a typical store revamp, reported Reuters.
Amazon will split its second headquarters between two cities, with each housing 25,000 workers, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
In just six years, FreshDirect’s Just brand has become a household name with shoppers in the northeast. Encompassing a wide range of fresh and shelf-stable products, the private line has evolved considerably in that time and now plays an important role in the e-grocer’s fight to win over shoppers in some of the most competitive markets in the country.
Kroger is partnering with Geoffrey’s Toy Box to bring toy shops to nearly 600 Kroger stores across the country.
Sales climbed by double digits in the third quarter at Sprouts Farmers Market Inc., which also topped Wall Street’s earnings expectations.
The retail giant is transforming extra parking lot space into “town centers” at Walmart [stores] in several states. These new hubs would feature a “carefully curated mix” of “local, regional, and national” retail tenants, according to a website for the project, not to mention green spaces and, in certain cases, parking systems overhauled to better facilitate the store’s grab-and-go services.
Albertsons will test a robotic system from Takeoff Technologies to help assemble online orders, the company announced. In a test project, a portion of stores will be set aside with the most popular items for online orders, which will be moved quickly via conveyors to an employee for packing.