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Can technology extend grocers' reach into food deserts?

As tech startup Udelv approaches its thousandth autonomous delivery for Walmart in Surprise, Arizona, director of business development Adriel Lubarsky believes the service has a role to play in solving a problem that has long bedeviled retailers, legislators and advocacy groups alike: food deserts.

The Grocery Ecommerce Revolution

Most modern shoppers can’t fathom the effort that went into stocking the kitchen in the past: when you needed meat, you went to the butcher and bread only came from the bakery, making grocery shopping a time-consuming affair.

The Rise of Autonomous Delivery

With an increasing number of people embracing the convenience and immediacy of grocery delivery, many technology companies are exploring new solutions for fulfilling orders and delivering them to customers’ homes safely and expediently.

Tech Innovations Become Major Grocer Investments: Annual Report

Technology remains a key concern, hitting No. 4 on the list of issues that keep retailers up at night in Progressive Grocer’s Annual Report, with 42 percent citing keeping up with technology as a key concern. Two-thirds of retailers indicated that they planned to increase their technology spend in 2019 to keep up with the rapid pace of change in the industry as consumers increasingly shift their lives online or into the digital realm. Technology upgrades also ranked second for shoppers’ suggestions for investments, according to a PG consumer survey.

In-Store Farming: From Farm-to-Table to Farm-to-Aisle

With a majority of today’s consumers prioritizing more natural food options, it’s no surprise that local, fresh produce is high in demand. Restaurants in urban centers and small towns alike have taken notice of this trend and an increasing number have begun offering fresh, seasonal and local produce, aligning with the “farm-to-table” concept.
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