The Kroger Technology & Digital Innovation Lab, a partnership between the retailer and Northern Kentucky University, will officially open today, store officials said. The lab, which is designed to drive digital innovation and also includes scholarships for students, is the latest in a series of Kroger's initiatives with colleges in and around its hometown, Cincinnati, aimed at boosting the store's digital and technological capabilities.
Whole Foods Market is revamping the look of its 365 private label brand, with changes that include using a black background instead of the current multicolor label and changing the tagline to say simply: "Whole Foods Market." The changes were reported by the IGD research firm at one of Whole Foods' stores in New York City and the updates, which are expected to start rolling out in other areas soon, would be the brand's first in several years.
UK supermarket chain ASDA is adding refill stations at one of its stores, where customers can use their own containers to buy rice, pasta, cereal and tea. The trial period will begin in May and last for a minimum of three months.
Coca-Cola's Powerade brand is adding two zero-calorie lines: Powerade Ultra with 50% more electrolytes than the original launching Jan. 20 and Powerade Power Water set to debut Feb. 10. The brand is also redesigning the bottle and label for all Powerade products.
News that H.E. Butt Grocery ranked first among US grocery chains was this week's most-clicked food-and-beverage story. The launch of Cheetos popcorn in two flavors and Kraft's new corn-fiber chocolate sweetener also grabbed SmartBrief readers' attention this week.
Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.
The best leaders rely on their team to fill the gaps in their own knowledge and aren't afraid to say, "I don't know ... yet," writes Steve Keating. "They are willing to allow the problem to persist a bit to ensure that once it's solved it's solved for good," he adds.
Improve your conversations by thinking about what the other person needs -- do they need advice or problem-solving, for instance, or do they just want to be heard? "My opinion might be well reasoned, deeply thoughtful, and based on years of experience, but it is still just my opinion," writes John Spence.
An E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, which started in late September, has been declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA. The outbreak, tied to lettuce that came from Salinas, Calif., caused no deaths but it did infect 167 people in 27 states.
Increased demand for plant-based protein, innovations aimed at making online grocery services profitable and more attention on store location and design will be the top three trends in the grocery industry this year, writes Inmar's Jim Hertel. Following on the heels of slow growth and increased competition in 2019, the coming trends offer "significant opportunity for bold grocers," he writes.
- Page 1