Articles on Kroger.

  1. Trends & External Forces
DETROIT — Kroger Health is partnering with Michigan’s second-largest health plan, Priority Health, to launch two co-branded Medicare plans that promise to address patients’ whole-health needs. The two co-branded plans, PriorityMedicare + Kroger (PPO) as well as PriorityMedicare D-SNP + Kroger (HMO), will be available in eight counties in Southeast Michigan beginning in January 2023. […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
CINCINNATI — Kroger outlined new efforts in its quest to fight hunger and create healthier communities during the Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health convened by President Joe Biden. Kroger chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen participated in the Conference aimed at ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity among Americans. Rodney McMullin “We are […]
  1. Channel & Retailers
Toronto-based Longo’s announced that its Liberty Village store now is hosting a Kitchen Hub ghost kitchen – the first to open inside a grocery store in the city, and the beginning of what the two companies call “a longer term partnership.” According to the announcement, Kitchen Hub “has four new kitchens at Longo’s Liberty Village. […]
  1. Channel: Delivery
Business Insider writes that as Kroger builds “its own tech infrastructure, including automated warehouses for delivery orders,” it means that it inevitably will end up “in competition with Instacart, its longtime grocery-delivery partner, analysts say.”  This competition may also play out as both companies seek advertising revenue from suppliers – there are only so many […]
  1. Data & Insights
Kroger is the largest supermarket operator in the U.S. and the retailer is using its size to deploy technology and analytics to understand its customers as well, if not better than, its smaller competition. “We are leveraging data to engage with customers through digital channels such as apps and website logins to make the customer […]
  1. Department & Category
Bloomberg has a story about how Circle K owner Alimentation Couche-Tard is developing a series of tactics designed to serve a core strategy – growing its food sales to represent between 20 and 25 percent of sales. The impetus comes from a recognition that the company is too dependent on fuel sales and profits at […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Kroger will roll out BrightDrop’s temperature-controlled Trace Grocery e-carts to its stores later in 2022 to help streamline the handling of curbside grocery orders. The retailer recently completed a pilot of the technology at its stores in Lexington and Versailles, Ky., where it experienced an improvement in both the customer and associate experiences. The carts […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
Got the following email from an MNB reader: It does not surprise me that chains like Winco, Grocery Outlet, etc. are doing so well dealing with inflationary pressures. IMHO, retailers like these two and others you mentioned in your missive understand what the customer wants today, low prices, good value, clean stores, and making it […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
Fox Business reports that Kroger is testing a new electric grocery delivery cart developed by General Motors under its “new BrightDrop brand, which sells its new all-electric commercial vans and associated technology. “The BrightDrop Trace Grocery features nine temperature-controlled drawers and is weatherproofed for four-season use.  Its propulsion system can handle loads up to 350 […]
  1. Agencies & Vendors
dunnhumby has released a special edition of its Retailer Preference Index (RPI), looking at which grocers are best serving their customers in a faltering economy, and concluded that the top five are Market Basket, Aldi, WinCo, Grocery Outlet and Save A Lot. Rounding out the top 10:  Lidl, Dollar General, Food4LessFoodsCo, Family Dollar, and Military […]
  1. Shopper & Customer
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Market Basket is rated the top U.S. grocer in terms of gaining customers as consumer prices rise, according to a special edition of the Retailer Preference Index (RPI) from dunnhumby, a provider of customer data and analysis. Market Basket topped all 69 retailers in the Inflation RPI rankings, ahead of household […]
  1. Channel: Restaurants
Starbucks has long licensed in-store shops in stores operated by Kroger, Hy-Vee and others. Until now, however, those customers were not able to receive reward points from the coffee giant because purchases were processed through the point-of-sale system used by the store. The coffee giant has rolled out Starbucks Connect, which enables orders placed at […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Last week, we took note of a New York Times story about Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia, and how, “rather than selling the company or taking it public, Mr. Chouinard, his wife and two adult children have transferred their ownership of Patagonia, valued at about $3 billion, to a specially designed trust and […]
  1. Channel: Grocery
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kroger Co. is bringing its grocery delivery service to Birmingham, Ala., another market where it operates no physical stores. The retailer on Friday announced the opening of a new “spoke” delivery facility that serves as an extension of its regional fulfillment center in Atlanta, bringing its Kroger Delivery service to customers in […]
  1. Associates & Employees
Kroger said yesterday that it is engaged in “a new collaboration that provides financial counseling opportunities for its associates … piloting a new program to expand its work with Goldman Sachs Ayco to support associates seeking to achieve their financial goals.” According to Kroger, “Salaried and hourly associates will be able to access financial coaches […]
  1. Trends & External Forces
We reported yesterday that the state of California yesterday filed a lawsuit against Amazon on antitrust grounds, charging that the online retailer stifles competition by penalizing sellers for offering products elsewhere for lower prices. MNB reader Tom Murphy replied: Nothing new in the market on this.  Walmart and Kroger have for years forbidden vendors from […]
  1. Technology & Innovation
The Wall Street Journal has an analysis of a report issued by FMI-The Food Industry Association indicating that “self-checkout is nearly twice as widespread as it was before the pandemic, representing 30% of all grocery store transactions in 2021, according to an FMI-The Food Industry Association report released last week. That is up from 18% […]
  1. Owned Brands (Private Label)
CINCINNATI — Ongoing inflation is providing a boost to The Kroger Co.’s portfolio of private brands, as many budget-conscious shoppers seek to curb costs. The grocery retailer in the latest quarter saw “incredible engagement” in the business, which includes Simple Truth, Private Selection and other product lines, “with identical sales growth of 10.2% compared to […]

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The RETHINK team visited Las Vegas from September 19-22 for Groceryshop 2022. While there, we had the opportunity to speak with many of our Top Retail Influencers and learn about their event experience. #TRI2022 members- Ricardo Belmar, Michael LeBlanc, Jeff Roster, Melissa Minkow, Bryan Gildenberg, Andrea Leigh, and Stewart Samuel- all shared their thoughts on […]