Month: February 2019

Month: February 2019

Walmart going high-tech to add efficiency to its supply chain
February 28, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

                  This July, a Walmart supply chain first is coming to Colton, CA. A newly built, 340,000-square-foot high-tech consolidation center will be the first in Walmart’s supply chain to receive, sort and ship freight. This automated technology will enable three times more volume to flow throughout the

Why Kirkland private label is key to Costco’s business
February 27, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

New York (CNN Business)Costco’s house brand, Kirkland Signature, is even bigger than you might think. Last year, it raked in nearly $40 billion, an 11% increase from 2017. That’s more than JCPenney and Macy’s combined. Kirkland’s sales also beat out Campbell Soup, Kellogg, and Hershey put together. Kirkland, which Costco sells for at least 20% cheaper

Amazon-owned Whole Foods scraps smaller 365 store expansion
February 26, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey told employees the grocery chain will not open new Whole Foods 365 stores anymore, according to an internal email reviewed by Yahoo Finance. The existing 12 stores, the newest of which just opened in Atlanta in December, will remain in business. Mackey said the main reason behind the strategy shift

Walgreens Tests Digital Cooler Doors With Cameras to Target You With Ads
February 25, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers. The refrigerator and freezer doors act as a digital merchandising platform that depicts the food and drinks

Ahold Delhaize rolling out robots at all Giant, Martin’s stores
February 22, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Following successful pilots that improved in-store efficiencies and freed employees up to better serve customers, Giant Food Stores announced the introduction of a new robotic assistant to all of its 172 stores. Marty, a tall gray robot with googly eyes, will soon be working alongside associates, thanks to a partnership between Ahold Delhaize USA services

Cannabis food, drinks to be 2019’s hottest dining trend, top chefs say
February 21, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

DENVER – Sprinkled on donuts, mixed into milkshakes or infused into olive oil, make no mistake: Cannabis is coming to a kitchen near you. Chefs across the country say cannabis-infused food and drinks are the top two dining trends they expect to see unfold in 2019, although we’re not talking about food that will get you

Cold Storage Evolves to Meet Global Demands
February 20, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Food safety, energy efficiency, labor constraints and changing consumer demands are driving significant changes in the cold storage sector. Despite the disparate levels of sophistication between cold chains in developed markets versus those in emerging ones, the common goals are generally the same: maintain food safety standards and protect brand reputation, reduce operating costs, and

Walmart taps Udelv for latest driverless car tests to deliver groceries
February 19, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Walmart is expanding its tests of driverless cars as a way to get online grocery orders to shoppers’ homes more quickly. The big-box retailer is now piloting a program to use Udelv autonomous-driving vans to deliver fresh groceries in Surprise, Arizona. “We want to make sure we stay on the cutting edge of grocery delivery by

Kroger and Microsoft Develop Futuristic Grocery Store
February 18, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

                      The supermarket chain and technology giant are using the cloud to make it faster to navigate the grocery aisles and pick up online orders. By Matthew Boyle and Dina Bass Kroger Co. and Microsoft Corp. are joining forces to bring the ease of online shopping to brick-and-mortar grocery stores. Kroger,