Kroger's retail media unit worked with more than 1,300 brands in 2020 to leverage the power of its customer loyalty programs and grow year-over-year revenue by 135%, adding $150 million to Kroger's bottom line. Kroger Precision Marketing, part of the grocer's 84.51° data analytics division, is now focused on future growth with Kroger's Cara Pratt saying, "We want to set the bar with respect to media accountability."
The newest store from Whole Foods Market, a 41,000-square-foot site in Portsmouth, N.H., set to open June 25, will showcase the grocer's continued dedication to local sourcing with hundreds of locally produced items including almost 300 beers. Holly Long, a Whole Foods forager from the North Atlantic region, discusses the grocer's dedication to local products, saying her division supports "more than 850 local producers and farmers from across New England."
Summer living and an appreciation for home life in general on the heels of the pandemic is ensuring that housewares-related retail stays strong at least until 2022, if not longer, top retailers say. RH, Williams Sonoma, At Home and Bed Bath & Beyond are forecasting a strong year, with RH CEO Gary Friedman anticipating "a Roaring '20s type of consumer exuberance."
Shipt CEO Kelly Caruso, who took over in 2019 and has helped expand the delivery service's market reach while also tripling its membership, has been chosen among the 2021 Top Women in Grocery by Progressive Grocer. In this interview, Caruso discusses her career, what shaped her leadership style and what aspirations she holds for the future of Shipt.
Recent grocery store shootings have prompted FMI to partner with Foodservice Training Portal for an online training video called "The Power of Preparedness," which addresses workplace violence and offers deescalation and other safety techniques. FMI's Doug Baker said the program will be discussed during a session at the association's upcoming summer executive conference, adding that FMI wants its members to be "aware of innovation in technology, training methods, and best practices to help mitigate the result of an active assailant."
Meat has been among the favorite choices of Americans pushed back into their home kitchens during the pandemic, and the desire for variety and convenience has fueled sales of value-added meat products featuring flavors and seasoning. Companies such as Cargill, Hormel and Tyson have seen steady growth in their flavored meat items and say they expect the trend to continue even as more people return to eating out.
Wakefern banner ShopRite is planning to give $1 million to more than 7,000 schools to go along with funds donated by shoppers through its ShopRite For My School Program. Powered by the digital rewards initiative Box Tops for Education, the grocer's pledge will complement a customer fundraising program that "offers a simple and effective way for customers to help teachers and students get the supplies they need by building the rewards right into their weekly shopping trip," said ShopRite's Seth Nieman.
A new study shows independent grocers support more than 1 million jobs in the US and accounted for 33% of all grocery sales last year, both of which were significant increases from a similar survey in 2012. The report from the National Grocers Association also said independent operators combined to generate more than $36 billion in local, state and federal tax revenue.
Multiple functions stand out on each item in Galanz Americas' new small kitchen appliance collection that's heading to stores this summer. Galanz is offering a digital air fryer, a hot/cold high-speed blender, a grind-and-brew coffee maker, two toaster ovens and an air fryer/grill.
Consumers can replace wine with a host of housewares for housewarming gifts. Examples from this vast list include a vivid blue Great Jones sheet pan bundle, a wildflower-adorned Anthropologie spoon rest and Martha Stewart cotton kitchen towels.
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