Kroger beats earnings prediction with robust financials

Those holding Kroger shares are happy as shares jumped 13 percent last Thursday after quarterly earnings revealed the supermarket brand beat street expectations. The chain reported a 4.5 percent jump in sales and revenue of $27.75 million in the third...

Amazon Go stores may be close to a full 'go'

Amazon is gearing up to establish a roster of Amazon Go stores, the cashierless retail strategy the mega etailer has had in pilot for just about a year, according to a Bloomberg report. Amazon is hiring personnel for the stores, claims Bloomberg.

Kroger debuts new website to embrace local, emerging brands

Kroger, in an effort to deepen and expand brand partnerships, has launched a new website called Kroger.Com/WeAreLocal. "Kroger has always had a commitment to supporting small business owners and local vendors," said Mike Donnelly, Kroger executive vice president of merchandising...

Costco expands delivery options

Costco is now offering same-day and two-day delivery via a new internal program and a partnership with Instacart. The delivery expansion comes on the heels of retailers, including Best Yet, striving to get goods into the hands of the consumer...

Walmart grabs up small NY warehouse

In its quest to provide same-day delivery on par with its ecommerce arm, Jet.com, Walmart has bought a New York City delivery company boasting a warehouse. The Brooklyn-based Parcel, according to an AP report in Newsday, already knows how to...

Amazon's Whole Foods suffers credit card breach

As consumers still grapple with a massive Equifax data breach, reports indicate Whole Foods' shoppers are likely facing a similar issue. Amazon's Whole Foods Market reported last week that payment card data has been taken from venues within some stores,...

Aldi to accept contactless payments at all locations

Grocery chain Aldi will now enable shoppers to pay for their items with any contactless payment method, including mobile methods such as Apple Pay, as well as plastic cards and wearables, according to a press release. "We're continually innovating to...

Google veterans launch smartphone activated self-serve convenience concept

Google veterans Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan are launching a new concept called Bodega, a 5-foot-wide pantry box filled with non-perishable convenience items that customers purchase using their smartphones, according to Fast Company.

Amazon's Whole Foods strategy may not be so consumer friendly after all

Just days after taking over Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, Amazon is getting some cynical response to its vow to provide deep food product discounts at the high-end grocery stores. One industry analyst stated in a client note that the...

New Target hires aim to boost grocery business

Target is aiming to expand and strengthen its grocery business and has hired on two new leaders to make it happen. Former General Mills leader Liz Nordlie is taking on a new role of vice president of product design and development for food and beverage, according to a press release.

Online grocery service debuts Alexa skill for hands-free voice order capability

Consumers who like to order from Stop and Shop's online Peapod grocery service can now enlist the help of Amazon's Alexa devices. The grocer is offering an "Ask Peapod" feature which enables voice ordering, according to a Progressive Grocer report....

Online grocery service debuts Alexa app for hands-free voice order capability

Consumers who like to order from Stop and Shop's online Peapod grocery service can now enlist the help of Amazon's Alexa devices. The grocer is offering an “Ask Peapod” feature which allows for hands-free ordering, according to a Progressive Grocer...

Costco, Wawa gaining ground as gas fuel up locations

The top consumer choices when it comes to gassing up the vehicle at a wholesaler is Costco and Wawa when it comes to grocery stores, according to a Market Force Information study which polled 7,000 consumers. While most vehicle owners...

Walmart.com, Jet.com take top spots in online fresh, packaged grocery buys

When it comes to where consumers go online to buy fresh food, Walmart.com takes the lead spot and Jet.com, which is now owned by Walmart, takes the top spot when it comes to online packaged groceries. Those are the findings...

Amazon's Whole Foods move sits well with many consumers

The acquisition of Whole Foods by Amazon is viewed as positive by 38 percent of Whole Foods shoppers and 31 percent of Amazon consumers, according to a new GfK study. The study also revealed a higher incidence of Amazon Prime...

Midwest grocery chain debuts a robot named Tally

Three St. Louis-based grocery stores are participating in a six-week pilot featuring a robot, Tally, which will check aisles three times a day to ensure items and price tags are in sync. The Schnucks grocery stores are also hoping Tally...

Consumers hungry for contactless checkout at Whole Foods and hope Amazon delivers

Consumers are hoping that once Amazon acquires Whole Foods, the online mega retailer will provide cashier-free checkout and a much improved grocery store experience. That's the feedback from a ChargeItSpot poll regarding the deal, according to a CNBC report. "Our...

Giant Eagle taps Symphony EYC to drive customer-centric retailing

Giant Eagle is aiming to drive customer-focused retailing via the use of Symphony EYC's solutions to gain greater customer insight and drive more personalized marketing. Symphony offers cloud-based software apps, big data analytic solutions and services, as well as an...

Amazon makes a statement with bid to buy Whole Foods for $13.7B

Amazon appears poised to change the grocery business in a big way as the e-commerce giant Friday announced plans to buy Whole Foods Market in a deal valued at $13.7 billion, according to multiple media reports. For weeks, Whole Foods...

Amazon adds grocery pickup kiosks in Seattle

Amazon.com Inc. has opened two grocery pickup kiosks in Seattle in an effort to compete against "click and collect" shopping options from supermarket retailers, according to Bloomberg. The "AmazonFresh Pickup" allows shoppers to buy groceries online and pick them up in as little as 15 minutes instead of having them delivered to their homes.

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