UFCW turns up heat on Ralphs in Southern California

With labor negotiations making little headway, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) are now reaching out to Ralphs Grocery Co. customers in Southern California. UFCW today said thousands of Ralphs grocery workers it represents have launched a campaign offering customers at 196 Ralphs supermarkets in the region a six-hour notice [...]

2019-08-23T16:46:31+00:00August 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Kroger Goes Full Robot to Take On Amazon

Kroger Co., the giant but aging supermarket chain, has unleashed a flurry of initiatives to ensure it won’t get thumped in a post-Amazon-buying-Whole-Foods world: It is revamping locations, bought a meal-kit company, and sold off its convenience-store business. Its biggest gamble, though, is a partnership with British online grocer Ocado Group [...]

2019-07-24T17:03:11+00:00July 24th, 2019|Tags: , , |

Kroger to sell CBD products nationwide

Kroger will begin carrying topical products containing CBD at stores in 17 states this week, The Detroit News first reported. The products offered will include balms, oils, lotions and creams, which have FDA approval, and will range in price from $3.99 to $59.99. Customers can find CBD products at 945 Kroger stores in [...]

2019-06-21T18:11:50+00:00June 21st, 2019|Tags: , |

Kroger, Walgreens to test Loop reusable packaging

The Kroger Co. plans to pilot a reusable packaging system for leading consumer brands in an exclusive grocery retail partnership with Loop US LLC, a circular online shopping platform developed by waste management firm TerraCycle. Kroger, along with retail pharmacy chain Walgreens, will be the first U.S. retailers to employ [...]

2019-05-23T16:10:59+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Tags: , , |

In-store concepts feeding customers’ needs

As food retailers gain more experience providing prepared-foods solutions for their customers, they are carefully selecting restaurant partners or developing concepts themselves that meet the needs of their shoppers. Some operators that had previously relied primarily on in-house foodservice have begun bringing in more restaurant concepts from outside, especially local [...]

2019-05-13T23:10:24+00:00May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Kroger, Walgreens test cameras in aisles

Retailers are testing out smart shelves and coolers with penny-sized cameras that collect information on shoppers and their purchases, according to the Associated Press. The technology is aimed at personalizing the shopping experience, but also raises questions about customer privacy. Kroger has placed cameras in two stores near Cincinnati and [...]

2019-05-01T23:35:28+00:00May 1st, 2019|Tags: , |