Kroger news

20 July 2017
Amazon US has released its meal-kit selection through its AmazonFresh grocery service, days after filing a trademark for the phrase: “ We do the prep. You be the chef”. Amazon meal kit selection includes 17 options Earlier this week, it was reported that Amazon had filed trademarks for a meal kit service with the slogan “ We do the prep. You be the chef” . They are now available through th...
13 July 2017
With the launch of Lidl in the US market, retailers have been re-evaluating their discount offers in an attempt to mitigate the threat from Lidl. Ruler Foods format expanding Kroger's dedicated discount format, Ruler Foods currently operates 48 stores across Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee. The stores are around the same size as Lidl's US stores (19,000 sq ft) and ...
26 June 2017
Kroger has added over 1,800 items to its private brands offer over the last 12 months as it aims to further differentiate its offer versus its peer group. Accounting for a quarter of sales Kroger’s private brands offer currently extends to over 30,000 items, many of which are produced at one of its 38 US-based production facilities. Last year, it sold 8.2bn units, representing around 28% of...
18 June 2017
Following the announcement of its Q1 sales for 2017, Kroger has announced its full year earnings will be around 9% lower than forecast, as it plans to increase its investment in pricing and service. Q1 performance impacted by deflation Same store sales fell by 0.2%, however this was partly due to continuing deflation in the market. Overall sales for the quarter increased by 4.9% including f...
17 May 2017
We round up some of the latest developments at Kroger and its areas of focus for 2017. Online and digital accelerating Kroger has been accelerating developments in this area. Its acquisitions of Harris Teeter, among others, has helped it to develop its capabilities and it has been rolling out its online pickup service, ClickList, rapidly. There are now more than 640 locations and this to co...
09 May 2017
We round up the latest developments from Peapod, as the online service partners with Wyndham Hotels and introduces Mexican-inspired meal kits. Wyndham Hotels partners with Peapod & Instacart… Wyndham Hotels is introducing a new service, providing its guest with access to online grocery orders, in partnership with Peapod and Instacart. This forms part of Wyndham’s  Homemade @ Hawthorn ser...
19 April 2017
As part of its new 'Sustainability Lives Here' campaign, Kroger is offering customers digital coupons targeted towards sustainable products. New website to support the program and broader sustainability initiatives The digital coupons are being made available at a new website to support the program, SustainabilityLivesHere.com. They are targeted towards certified products such as Fair Trade...
07 March 2017
With several major retailers recently reporting quarterly results recently, including Walmart, Kroger and Costco, we look at the five key themes shaping their performances.  1. Deflation making its impact on growth rates Growth rates across the grocery retail market have slowed significantly over the last year. While the factors behind this are often complex and relative to each individual ...
03 March 2017
Despite the operating environment being more challenging than expected, Kroger achieved sales of $115.3bn for 2016, up 5% on 2015 or 1% on a like-for-like basis. Underwhelming Q4 performance The deflationary conditions have driven lower than expected Q4 sales for the retailer, with same store sales dropping for the first time in 52 quarters, by 0.7% (excl fuel). However, overall sales...
10 January 2017
We highlight the key trends and  top retail-relevant innovations we spotted at the world’s leading consumer electronics show. While a broad range of technologies are covered as part of the event, many of them have direct relevance for the food and grocery industry including the connected home, robotics, augmented and virtual reality, health and wellness trackers and automated transportation. F...