Author: Chantal Tremblay

Author: Chantal Tremblay

Why Kroger is teaming with Microsoft
Image March 8, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

The Kroger Co. announced on Monday that it was teaming with Microsoft to help create the grocery store of the future with digital shelves, price tags and advertisements. Cincinnati-based Kroger and Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft are rolling out the technology to two pilot stores in Ohio and Washington state. According to CNN, Kroger wants to give

What You Need to Know about AI in retail
March 7, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Artifical intelligence is poised to transform retail, according to Symphony RetailAI Chairman and CEO Pallab Chatterjee. His firm has developed a framework to identify, activate and realize the benefits AI can bring to retailers’ assortment, promotions, category management and supply chain decisions. 

Canadian Grocer Sobeys Rolling Out E-Prescribing Service Across All Stores
March 6, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Canadian grocer Sobeys Inc. is rolling out an e-prescribing service chain-wide following a successful test in nine locations across three provinces. PrescribeIT, said to be Canada’s only national not-for-profit e-prescribing service, will come to all Sobeys, Safeway, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, Lawtons, Foodland and IGA retail pharmacies across the country over the next two years. Sobeys is

Robots are helping Sedano’s Supermarket gather your groceries faster
March 5, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

The robotic system is on a roll, summoning a plastic bin stocked with your Cheerios. Next, the string beans you asked for go on the assembly line. The machine tells a worker how much of each item he needs to bag. This new system at Sedano’s Supermarket fills online orders lightning fast — 60 items

Why Blockchain Will Be Used to Improve Distribution Food Safety, Quality, and Traceability
March 4, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

With the passage of the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) comes the final rules on the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Foods. Combined with the FSMA Preventive Control rules designed to establish food safety requirements throughout the food supply chain, serious documentation challenges face the food logistics sector. Food distribution is increasingly complex.

Inside the Delivery Derby
March 1, 2019 Blog Chantal Tremblay

Consumer-centric grocers have little choice but to play in delivery, where demand is growing and the potential rewards are big. But many are hedging their bets with creative partnerships to conquer the elusive last mile. Shed no tears for the N4 Tap Room. The subterranean pub and restaurant in Brooklyn’s hip Williamsburg neighborhood quietly closed

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