Grocers are increasingly hiring supermarket dietitians to help customers navigate the often complicated realm of nutrition and dietary restrictions. Coborn's sells dietitian-designed, same-day packaged meal kits online, while some ShopRite stores have areas featuring dietitian-approved weekly recipes and the ingredients to make them.
Food distributor SpartanNash will acquire all 21 Indiana-based Martin's Super Markets, and says it has no plans to close any stores or change the name. "The same people are going to work in the stores and the same people are going to run the stores," said SpartanNash spokeswoman Meredith Gremel.
Packaging trends have moved toward simpler designs with fewer busy patterns than in previous years, but more robust, colorful packaging may still have its place. "Simplified packaging works for products bought online and by subscription," says The Content Crew's Jacqui Dawson, who also notes that branded, attractive packaging can also spur shoppers to try new products.
Google Assistant is trying to shoulder its way onto iOS devices and seize a share of the voice assistant function away from Apple's dominant Siri. The latest effort involves support for Siri Shortcuts, allowing users to record a key phrase that opens the Assistant app.
Some carriers expect in-home 5G routers to completely replace wired broadband and are unveiling options to support this infrastructure change. Huawei recently announced its line of 5G home broadband routers, dubbing them "the first 5G commercial terminals in the world."
Amazon has made its Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit freely available to assist manufacturers in adding Alexa to their devices. The kit will permit Bluetooth-enabled devices to connect with the Alexa app, allowing users voice control over their devices and giving users access to thousands of Alexa skills.
Best Buy reported that US comparable sales increased by 4.3% in its third quarter, supported by sales of home theater systems, gaming consoles and mobile phones. This exceeded analyst estimates of 3.7%.
Judy Spires, CEO of Kings Food Markets and Balducci's Food Lover's Market, discussed her views on the future of brick-and-mortar and running a business. Spires says her team has been proactive in creating prepared food offerings that feature trending herbs and spices, and she believes physical stores aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
Kroger has developed a wellness app, OptUp, with the help of nutrition experts. The app is designed to help shoppers make healthier decisions by providing them with nutrition information and personalized recommendations for healthier products.
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