July 29, 2021
Grocery Pickup and Improving the Shopper Experience
Online ordering and pickup in stores remain popular among shoppers, even though grocery delivery sales have declined. And with the increased demand for grocery pickup, grocers have been moving quickly to improve Click & Collect operations over the past year. Read on to see the latest technology and innovations behind Click & Collect today.
July 21, 2021
Omnichannel Retail: Making the Connection from Digital to Physical
There has been a dramatic shift in how consumers interact with grocery stores, leading to an increased demand for omnichannel retail experiences. Advanced digital commerce solutions, including curbside pickup and touchless payment options, have propelled these capabilities and continued to drive growth for the industry. Online grocery sales grew 54% in 2020 to reach $96 billion and are set to surpass $100 billion in 2021.
July 15, 2021
Understaffed: Fighting the Grocery Store Labor Shortage
Grocers are experiencing a dramatic decline in employee retention as the industry battles intense competition for workers, all while contending with the eroding loyalty among shoppers concerned about rising prices. Taken together, those headwinds represent a sharp change from the beneficial forces that for months propelled the industry, when grocery stores were among the few retailers flourishing over the past 18 months.
June 29, 2021
Stock Up: Grocery Sales are Higher Than Expected
With restrictions lightening and restaurants reopening, it would seem to make sense that grocery sales may start slowing from their pandemic peak. But that’s not the case – Americans keep stocking up on food.
June 17, 2021
4 Steps to a Better Frozen Display
Given its convenience both in preparation and storage, frozen food has moved from what many considered last-resort dinner options to a top choice for shoppers seeking quick and budget-friendly solutions.
June 8, 2021
Increased Speed of Order Picking
As online grocery orders continue to rise, so does the need for retailers to lower their fulfillment costs and increase speed. For many, simply sending workers through their aisles with carts and product lists isn’t going to cut it in the coming years.
May 27, 2021
Memorial Day Cookout Foods
Many Americans consider the Memorial Day weekend cookout to be a celebration of the unofficial kickoff of summer. And as the country begins to restart after a year’s worth of pandemic-related shutdowns, people are making plans for what might be their first gathering in months. For grocers, this means it’s time to prepare for higher traffic and increased sales.
May 19, 2021
Pre-Packaged Salad Sales Soar
Today, many shoppers can’t imagine a supermarket without the convenience of pre-packaged salads. In fact over the past 18 months, salad-kit sales have gone through the roof with families looking for quick, easy and healthy solutions for the increased number of meals at home. The surge in pre-packaged salad sales can be attributed to two factors: freshness and convenience.
May 6, 2021
Opportunities in Plant-Based Dairy
The plant-based meat market tends to be the focus of attention these days. But as more consumers begin shifting to plant-based and flexitarian diets, we’re also set to see the rise of vegan cheese and dairy.
April 27, 2021
Artificial Intelligence in Retail
In their efforts to separate themselves from the virtual world of online shopping, brick-and-mortar supermarkets are using emerging technologies of their own, putting artificial intelligence at the heart of their battle for market share. From offering innovative in-store shopping experiences to providing on-demand delivery services, retailers of all kinds are exploring new solutions that use AI to multiply fulfillment strategies, increase customer satisfaction, and compete in a world driven by technology.