We compared 31 grocery items at Whole Foods and Walmart to see who has the better deals — here’s the verdict

Whole Foods is slashing prices following its $13.7 billion acquisition by the e-commerce giant Amazon.

But can the grocery store ditch its “whole paycheck” reputation to compete with Walmart, the reigning king of American budget shopping?

To see how Whole Foods measures up against Walmart when it comes to grocery prices, we compared the prices of 31 items at a Whole Foods store in Durham, North Carolina, with a nearly identical set of items at a nearby Walmart. Continue reading “We compared 31 grocery items at Whole Foods and Walmart to see who has the better deals — here’s the verdict”

A German grocery store that’s invaded the US is a bigger threat to Walmart, Kroger, and Target than anyone thought

The German grocery chain Lidl is opening dozens of US stores — and it’s already becoming a threat to major players in the space.

According to a recent note by equity research firm Jefferies, there’s evidence that mass-market retailers like Target are now lowering prices to compete with Lidl, which has 10,000 global stores but just came to the US.

Target and Walmart lowered prices the most in Charlotte, North Carolina, where there are several Lidl stores under construction.  Continue reading “A German grocery store that’s invaded the US is a bigger threat to Walmart, Kroger, and Target than anyone thought”

The most popular grocery store in every state

Americans are passionate about their grocery stores.

But some of the most popular chains in the nation only exist in particular regions, so it’s likely you’ve never even heard of some of them.

The mobile search-and-discovery app Foursquare put together a list of the most-visited grocery stores in each state across the US, based on its own visit data. 

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3 ways digitization is changing the future of grocery retail

As more consumers adapt to an increasingly digitized society, grocers and CPG companies have evolved swiftly to capture shoppers’ attention. Not only is it good business, but it’s essential, considering that digital content influenced 51% of grocery purchases in 2016, and 34% of grocery shoppers used their smartphones while in-store to help choose brands.

That was the takeaway from Deloitte’s Katie Dye, who presented on this topic at the recent GMA Leadership Forum when she shared the results of Deloitte’s recent study,The Grocery Digital Divide. While 41% of grocery shoppers use grocers’ apps, 27% use the app of a consumer products company, the report indicated.

Read on for three more takeaways about grocery digitization gleaned from the GMA Leadership Forum. Continue reading “3 ways digitization is changing the future of grocery retail”

Here’s What It Takes To Win The Grocery Wars

Around the time that Amazon was announcing its intent to buy natural-foods pioneer Whole Foods for $13.4 billion this past summer, the little-known (at least in the U.S.) German budget grocer Lidl was opening outposts in Virginia and the Carolinas, kicking off a planned expansion into the States that will bring its number of stores to 100 by next summer. Jeff Bezos’s bold move and Lidl’s international ambition are signs that the grocery wars are just getting started. Here’s how four of the most enterprising chains are planning to keep shoppers—especially health- and budget-conscious ones—in their aisles in the months ahead.

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Perspective For The Grocery Wars: Shoppers Crave Experience

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market is getting the attention these days, with the deal grabbing headlines since June. But there’s also revolution occurring in the food aisles: Grocers are adapting quickly to surging consumer demand for fresher items, personalized options, and digital power to give themselves an edge in the battle for the grocery dollar.

We see it every time we walk into a supermarket. Dynamic chains are meeting the demand for sea-to-plate and farm-to-table by giving their shoppers the backstory of their food. Now, you can expect more than the price per pound on the catch of the day – you can learn about the harvesting conditions, and tips on how you can prepare the food at home. In the produce section, right next to the stack of organic apples, you will see a photo and short bio of the family that grew them. Continue reading “Perspective For The Grocery Wars: Shoppers Crave Experience”

There’s still one big reason why people aren’t buying their groceries online

Everyone wants to figure out online grocery. There are the big guys, like Amazon, Walmart, and Target, as well as traditional grocers like Safeway, who are investing in ordering and delivery capabilities to help them compete as more customers move from in-store shopping to placing orders from their phones and computers. San Francisco-based startup Instacart has raised more than $700 million, at a valuation of $3.4 billion, to make grocery delivery mainstream. In the US alone, consumers are expected to spend more than $100 billion a year on online groceries by 2025. Continue reading “There’s still one big reason why people aren’t buying their groceries online”

Physical stores still dominate U.S. grocery

Discount stores and traditional supermarkets are U.S. shoppers’ most popular choices when it comes to buying food. At least for the time being.

Nearly all — 99% — of adults buy some or all of their groceries in-person, according to a survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The immediate access to products (71%) and the ability to select fresh meat, dairy and produce (70%) were the top reasons driving in-store shopping, along with the ability to see all other items in person (69%).
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What grocery shoppers want: Low prices, one-stop shopping

Donna Brown visited a Whole Foods for the first time in at least five months with one goal: see how much Amazon had cut prices. She did buy almond milk, yogurt and lunch meat, but doesn’t plan to quit her usual grocers, Walmart and HEB, where she says she finds bigger selections and lower prices.

“I am a comparison shopper,” says Brown, a part-time administrative assistant in Austin, Texas.

Amazon made a splash right away as the new owner of Whole Foods, slashing prices last week on baby kale, avocados and ground beef. That attracted some customers, but whether shoppers who’ve found cheaper alternatives will come back, or those who never visited will give Whole Foods a try, may help determine what kind of effect the blockbuster deal has on how people get their groceries. Continue reading “What grocery shoppers want: Low prices, one-stop shopping”

For Grocery Stores In Texas, It’s A Race To Restock Their Shelves

Earlier this week, as torrents of rain fell on Houston, Craig Boyan, CEO of the H-E-B supermarket chain, went on a video-taped tour of his company’s emergency operations center in San Antonio, Texas. The company later made the video available online.

It was a revealing look inside a logistical nightmare. Boyan walked through two crowded, windowless rooms, stopping to speak with the people responsible for reopening stores, locating employees (or, as the company calls them, “partners”) to staff those stores, organizing deliveries of water and ice, and figuring out how to line up fresh supplies of milk, eggs and bread despite the city’s waterlogged streets. Continue reading “For Grocery Stores In Texas, It’s A Race To Restock Their Shelves”