05 Dec

Kroger, Walmart in no hurry to match Amazon’s $15 starting pay

2018-12-05T00:23:52+00:00

Two months after Amazon Inc. threw down the gauntlet on a $15 minimum wage, grocery rivals Kroger and Walmart are showing no signs of picking it up. In fact, both companies defended their existing salary structures at recent investor conferences. “Our starting wages are higher than $15 when you look [...]

Kroger, Walmart in no hurry to match Amazon’s $15 starting pay2018-12-05T00:23:52+00:00
05 Dec

Amazon is reportedly testing its cashier-less technology in larger stores

2018-12-05T00:21:08+00:00

Amazon might be aiming to scale up its cashier-less stores, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal, which says that the company is testing the technology in larger stores. In January, Amazon opened its first cashier-less store in Seattle, which was followed by additional locations in Seattle, Chicago, [...]

Amazon is reportedly testing its cashier-less technology in larger stores2018-12-05T00:21:08+00:00
16 Nov

When customers can skip the cashier line, what happens to the nation’s 3.6M cashiers?

2018-11-16T00:29:00+00:00

The new wireless checkout that Walmart, Target, and other retailers are rolling out for the holiday season may lower stress for shoppers — but tension may be building among the roughly 3.6 million people nationwide who work as cashiers. It's another nail in the occupational coffin. Amazon opened its first [...]

When customers can skip the cashier line, what happens to the nation’s 3.6M cashiers?2018-11-16T00:29:00+00:00
16 Nov

Ford, Walmart partner on self-driving grocery delivery

2018-11-16T00:26:47+00:00

Ford Motor Co. is partnering with Walmart to figure out how self-driving vehicles might be used for delivering groceries. The automaker announced Wednesday it would leverage an existing partnership with Postmates to study how to best use robotic vehicles for grocery delivery. Postmates has a network of couriers that deliver [...]

Ford, Walmart partner on self-driving grocery delivery2018-11-16T00:26:47+00:00
13 Nov

Kroger Columbus Associates Ratify New Contract with UFCW Local 1059

2018-11-13T17:40:28+00:00

The Kroger Co.'s Columbus division today announced associates working at stores in the region have ratified a new labor agreement with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 1059. The Columbus division agreement raises starting wages to at least $10 per hour and accelerates wage progressions to $11 an hour [...]

Kroger Columbus Associates Ratify New Contract with UFCW Local 10592018-11-13T17:40:28+00:00
12 Nov

How can grocers solve the labor equation?

2018-11-12T17:54:42+00:00

The unemployment rate in the U.S. is officially below 4%, and businesses and industries around the country are facing labor shortages and reportedly struggling to fill open positions. At the same time, grocers nationwide are on hiring sprees. Aldi is looking to hire 1,000 employees at 380 stores in eight states, with plans [...]

How can grocers solve the labor equation?2018-11-12T17:54:42+00:00
06 Nov

Grocery shopping is about to get way better, according to Whole Foods’ CEO

2018-11-06T17:14:52+00:00

When it comes to topics that get wellness enthusiasts excited, Whole Foods is right up there with leggings and avocados. Whole Foods devotees love the organic chain—which is why the much-lauded merger with Amazon last year freaked fans out. People—present company included—immediately started wondering if the prices would change and about how the news would affect [...]

Grocery shopping is about to get way better, according to Whole Foods’ CEO2018-11-06T17:14:52+00:00
06 Nov

Welcome to the golden age of grocery shopping

2018-11-06T17:13:48+00:00

It’s a bad time to be in the business of selling groceries, and the headlines are as bleak as you’d expect: “The Retail Apocalypse Is Coming for Grocery Stores,” “The New Era of Grocery Just Claimed Its First Victims,” “Grocery Retail ‘Bloodbath’ Is Here,” “The Grocery Price Wars Are Raging. [...]

Welcome to the golden age of grocery shopping2018-11-06T17:13:48+00:00
05 Nov

If Amazon can do it, why not CVS?

2018-11-05T17:36:42+00:00

CVS is piloting an Amazon Prime-like membership program that aims to generate loyalty among shoppers. The program, called CarePass, offers members a suite of in-store and online perks including free delivery on most medications and purchases, access to a 24/7 pharmacist hotline and 20% off all CVS Health brand products. Customers [...]

If Amazon can do it, why not CVS?2018-11-05T17:36:42+00:00
05 Nov

How Technology Is Shifting The Way People Feel About Their Food

2018-11-05T17:35:07+00:00

What do consumers want? It’s a question many food companies are struggling to answer. Are they vegan or are they plant-based? How much transparency do they really want? Before companies fight to the death over every last mayo-hating, Applebees-killing Millennial, they should consider how technology is changing the way consumers [...]

How Technology Is Shifting The Way People Feel About Their Food2018-11-05T17:35:07+00:00