Kroger is investing in state-of-the-art automated grocery fulfillment centers with help from Ocado, though the grocer doesn't expect to see changes until the first one comes online sometime in 2021. "With shopper receptiveness to digital innovation limited mainly by retailers' imagination, Kroger's new facilities will be coming online about the time that expectations for speed, accuracy, assortment and freshness are hitting new highs," Mike Troy writes.
ALDI is now offering same-day alcohol delivery through its partnership with Instacart, where state and local laws allow it. The retailer is celebrating by offering free delivery for new customers through December via a special holiday code.
The cereal aisle saw a slew of innovation this year, including such major brand partnerships as a Drumstick flavor from General Mills, Peeps cereal from Kellogg and Post's upcoming Hostess Twinkies cereal, due in late December. Half of grocery shoppers choose flavor over nutrition, with 96% of them buying cereal in a store visit, according to a Shopkick survey.
To cut down on holiday stress, more shoppers are planning to order their groceries online, according to a report from ServiceChannel. Half of online grocery shoppers say they will purchase online more than usual during the holidays, and 63% said they would be somewhat likely to order a fully prepared meal online.
Two-thirds of consumers have boosted their spending on fresh food during the past two years, according to a Deloitte study. Cost was the most important factor when buying fresh food for 92% of shoppers, 58% considered sustainability when choosing items and 80% said they look for healthier versions of their go-to purchases.
As clean label becomes more important to consumers, suppliers are offering natural, clean-label pathogen protection ingredients for ready-to-eat food, Keith Nunes writes. These fruit and spice extracts can help bolster food safety while appealing to modern demands.
Scotland-based Hendrick's Gin is rolling out an absinthe featuring its signature cucumber and rose notes, marking the distiller's inaugural launch into a new category of spirits. "We see absinthe as a category which has been neglected, and we feel that it can grow when the spirit is made in this way and utilised in cocktails," says Ally Martin, the brand's global ambassador.
Walmart and Apple have teamed up to enable online grocery ordering through Siri, allowing shoppers to add items to their shopping carts through voice commands. The move comes a week after Walmart began its national launch of Walmart Delivery Unlimited.
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