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What to Expect in Grocery Technology in 2019

Grocers have long been the laggards in the retail technology game. That’s understandable, given the channel’s longtime traditional nature, narrow margins and reluctance to make huge investments in risky areas.

6 inspiring initiatives for the future of grocery shopping

The future of retail doesn’t always look the same, so what lies ahead for grocery shopping? Adoption of online food shopping continues to grow, but there’s a wide array of other influencing factors from dietary requirements or lifestyle choices, to new food trends and changing eating habits. As such, food retail is in need of change, but it’s currently not always apparent what’s being done. We’ve dug down into the world of grocery retail to bring you six inspiring initiatives that shed some light on the future of food shopping.

Pardon the Disruption: Micro markets could be a huge opportunity for grocers

Grocers are building smaller and smaller stores these days, but what if they went really small? Last week, Kroger announced it had tucked a grocery department inside a Walgreens store in northern Kentucky. Stocked with more than 2,000 items, including fresh produce and cold cuts, this "Kroger Express" mini market is one of a handful the grocer plans to open over the next few months inside Walgreens locations near its Cincinnati headquarters. If the locations prove successful, a lot more people will be buying meal kits and bananas at the same place they buy cold medicine.

The Freshest Ideas Are in Small Grocery Stores

BALTIMORE — Maj. Gene Hogg, the Salvation Army’s commander for central Maryland, organized mobile kitchens after the twin towers fell in Manhattan and the levees broke in New Orleans. He fed protesters and police officers during the riots that erupted here in 2015 after a young man named Freddie Gray died of injuries he received while in the back of a police van. More than 200 businesses were destroyed, many of them places where people bought food. Once the city calmed down, he pondered his next move. After three days of prayer and fasting, Mr. Hogg had an answer. “God said I needed to open a grocery store,” he said.

Aligning Customer and Employee Experience in Grocery

Turning the same commitment to the shopper experience inward to the employee experience will be a winning strategy for grocers Everyone wants in on the grocery business: Amazon bought Whole Foods. Walmart announced grocery delivery this year, and Target continues to expand its grocery footprint to compete. All the while, gas stations, corner stores, and pharmacies offer the ultimate in grocery convenience to neighborhood shoppers.
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