The retailer is on a mission to reformat its stores to push pickup and delivery shopping options, which will then drive more online business, which will then bring in more online advertising revenue, which it can then use to invest more in the online-offline capabilities.
The discount chain will open locations in Helena and Billings next month, expanding its presence to 10 states throughout the western U.S.
The Kroger Co. has named the country’s next two customer fulfillment centers in its partnership with U.K. online grocer Ocado. Central Florida and the Mid-Atlantic will host the new facilities, automated warehouses with digital robotics capabilities – aka “sheds.”
Piggly Wiggly Alabama has seen higher revenues and store counts over the past year thanks to operators purchasing Southeastern Grocers stores and tackling new projects that have led to organic growth, says David Bullard, president and CEO. The company also specializes in individualized marketing programs for each store and recently adopted a new retail management pricing system.
Walmart’s e-commerce sales increased 21% in its fourth quarter, continuing to benefit from the expansion of grocery pickup and delivery. The chain’s U.S. same-store sales increased 6.8% in the quarter, while Sam’s Club’s same-store sales grew 3.3%. In fiscal 2019, U.S. same-store sales increased 3.6%, while e-commerce sales jumped 40%.
More than 300 stores have integrated the Shopper Engagement Platform offered by Associated Wholesale Grocers, giving a boost to in-store loyalty programs. Retailers using the platform can offer points and gas credits to consumers and can operate with or without loyalty cards.
In a recent report billed as the “2019 U.S. Supermarket Experience Study,” the Retail Feedback Group (RFG) compared U.S. supermarkets to deep-discount chain ALDI and the nation’s largest retailer Walmart to gain consumer feedback on overall satisfaction, quality and variety.
Kroger will open its high-tech warehouses in partnership with Britain’s Ocado in three initial markets: one where it is heavily invested, another with less infrastructure and a third in a new market, CEO Rodney McMullen said.
Earth Fare plans to open 50 stores across the U.S. in the next five years, doubling its store footprint. The chain’s stores are about 24,000-sq. ft. and focus on natural and organic foods, with sections such as bulk nuts and spices, a pizza station, a sandwich counter and packaged meals-on-the-go.
Publix Super Markets has once again been named one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by Fortune magazine, ranking No. 2 in the food and drug stores industry category – the highest of any mainstream supermarket operator.