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Grocery industry is there for consumers amid coronavirus crisis, say FMI and NGA

As the nation locks down to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), supermarket trade groups FMI-The Food Industry Association and the National Grocers Association (NGA) said they’re working closely with federal, state and local officials to ensure ready access to grocery stores and the safety of the food supply chain.

Online shoppers still do most grocery shopping in-store

Almost one third of consumers have made an online grocery purchase in the past year, according to research from Valassis in its new report, “Unpacking the Dynamic Online Shopper: Grocery & Retail.” The report highlights grocery consumers’ behaviors and habits, as well as ways in which brands and retailers can attract them.

A Message From the STCR Team

Memo To Our Community Regarding COVID-19

Increasing Efficiency in Today’s Stores

In some respects, today’s stores would be unrecognizable compared with those of 50 years ago. The latest technology has upended traditional in-store processes in favor of more efficient, streamlined systems. This is especially true when you consider what Amazon has done to move the grocery industry forward (imagine the confusion on a grocery store manager’s face from the 1960s if they saw a store with no employees or checkout counters). Everywhere we look, we’re exposed to the revolutionary technology of today’s grocery store, from self-checkout to order-picking robots.

Top Retail Technology Trends to Watch in 2020

I don’t know about you, but as our team spent time in stores, at social events, in restaurants, attending industry events, and more during Q4 2019, the overall “vibe” was positive – in fact, very positive. The consumer feels good. The consumer is eating out. Shopping. Traveling. Investing. Smiling. Spending. Unemployment is low. Inflation is low. Trade agreements with China (and others) seem to be heading in a positive direction. The stock market is up (way up). There are many jobs – new and different kinds of jobs – in the market. Exciting, and yet this makes me wary given the last time it all felt “this good.”
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