Kroger news

29 August 2019
As Kroger and Ocado announce Dallas as the fifth location for a Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC), we consider where the retailer may go next. Suite of fulfillment options Last year, Kroger formed a strategic partnership with Ocado to develop up to 20 CFCs. These will support the growth of its grocery ecommerce business which currently includes store pickup, same-day delivery in partnership w...
28 August 2019
Following an open call earlier this year, Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation has selected seven companies to participate in its programme aimed at reducing and preventing food waste. $1m food waste fund for first cohort Kroger received over 400 applicants to the programme, with grants ranging from $25,000 to $250,000 available from a $1m fund designated for the first cohort. The p...
19 August 2019
Following the launch of a pilot programme, Kroger Express, last October, Kroger and Walgreens are expanding their strategic partnership. In a major development, this will include offering some of Walgreens’ health and beauty ranges at Kroger’s stores. Is marriage the next step in the relationship? Multi-faceted trading retail partnership Last year, Kroger and Walgreens launched a new stor...
16 August 2019
We look at how Kroger is using one of the fastest-growing social media apps to reach younger shoppers with its back-to-school promotion. Reaching Gen Z TikTok has emerged as one of the fastest growing apps in the US, with a new platform launched last year following the merger with musical.ly. As the international version of the Chinese short-form video app, Douyin, it’s similar to Snapchat ...
05 August 2019
We look at Home Chef’s plans to triple the size of its operations as the meal kit company continues to grow its product offer. Expanding product ranges and reach Kroger acquired Home Chef in a $200m deal last year. Although the retailer had developed its own range of in-house kits, Prep & Pared, the acquisition has enabled Kroger to accelerate its progress and expand its product range. Sinc...
18 July 2019
Kroger’s data-science division, 84.51°, has launched a new analytics solution to help branded suppliers better position their products with consumers, in-store and online. Single view of in-store and online performance The new tool, Stratum, has been developed to help Kroger’s branded suppliers gain new insights into product performance. Given Kroger’s broad reach, Stratum will be fuelled w...
18 July 2019
We look at some of the latest ecommerce initiatives in the US as retailers develop alternative fulfilment models. Store fulfillment: Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food rolling out grocery pickup With many of the leading US grocery retailers focusing on developing their delivery capabilities last year, store-based pickup has become a growing focus this year. This month, Ahold Delhaize’s Giant Food ...
01 July 2019
As part of its plans to develop a flagship store in Cincinnati, Kroger’s new concept will feature a food hall incorporating its own, and external foodservice brands. Downtown store to tap into different meal occasions The 45,000 sq ft store is scheduled to open in September and will be more than twice the size of its existing store in the downtown area. The central element of the store, whi...
20 June 2019
We review Kroger’s first quarter results and the factors driving growth at the world’s second largest food retail business. Identical store sales behind expectations Kroger’s first quarter sales fell by 1.2% to $37.3bn, reflecting the divestment of its convenience business last year. Total sales, excluding fuel and the impact of selling the convenience store business, increased 2.0%. Identi...
21 May 2019
Kroger and Loop, the circular ecommerce platform developed by TerraCycle, have formed an exclusive grocery retail partnership agreement in the US. Designed to reduce reliance on single-use packaging The launch of Loop was announced earlier this year. International recycling company TerraCycle initially partnered with a group of 25 leading consumer product companies including Unilever, Pro...