ARTICLES BY BRIANNA AHEARN
Kroger Plans To Expand ClickList
Kroger is in the middle of plans to expand its ClickList online ordering to an anticipated 1,200 stores nationwide, with 60 planned this year. The news came exclusively via an article from Cincinnati's WCPO Channel 9 News, who reported on the supermarket retailer's plans for the service. At least 60 Kroger stores will receive ClickList ordering capabilities in 2015, the news channel reports.
Kroger Wins For Food Temperature Innovation
Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the United States, has just received recognition for their stores' technology and innovation for consumer food safety. The retailer announced on June 3 via press release that their company was named a winner of the 2015 CIO 100 Award by International Data Group's CIO Magazine. Kroger won due to their FAST Alerts, a state-of-the-art food temperature monitoring system the retailer uses in their stores, and will be presented with the award in Colorado this August in a formal ceremony.
Meijer Tests Curbside Grocery Pickup
The grocery retail category has experienced significant growth in terms of technology over the last few years, with the availability of click-to-collect, loyalty programs, and digital coupons, however, Meijer is testing a new frontier that could provide them a competitive edge in many of the retailer's areas. Meijer announced via press release on April 16, 2015 that it's testing a new service, Meijer Curbside, at the Knapp's Corner retail in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kroger Acquires Most Of Customer Science Firm
The Cincinnati-based grocery retailer, Kroger, has a new relationship with UK-based analytics company dunnhumby Ltd and the two have entered into a new joint venture known as 84.51°.
Big Lots Expands Grocery Selection To Compete With Dollar Stores
Big Lots, the popular closeout store chain, is undergoing a makeover in its groceries department. The retailer is in the midst of expanding its grocery aisles throughout its 1496 stores nationwide. This change comes as the Ohio-based company notes that another Ohio favorite chain, Kroger, has increased its sales significantly. In an attempt to woo middle-class consumers away from Kroger and other grocery chains, Big Lots has decided to add more perishables and non-perishables. Soon consumers will be able to purchase low-priced quinoa, chips, soda, and even ice cream from the discount retailer.
On The Heels of First Security Breach, SuperValu Announces New Data Breach
On August 14, SuperValu announced they had experienced a data security breach in June and July. Now the company is announcing it observed a second security breach into the payment system it uses for its customers. The Wall Street Journal reported the news on September 29, sharing that the company had recently uncovered malicious software on its payment system . The same day, SuperValu posted a press release on its website to warn consumers.
Kroger Enters Online Ordering And Pickup Arena
Kroger, the nation's largest company of supermarket operators, has begun testing online grocery ordering and pickup near its headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The test store, located in Liberty Township, is Kroger's attempt at bringing more shopping convenience to its customers. The program is currently using Kroger employees for this test run but should it be successful, the concept will expand to regular customers, then be offered in other regions.