Kroger news

20 April 2020
We look at the actions some of the major retailers in the US have undertaken in response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in four key areas; stores, supply chain, associate care and community support. Common actions Reducing operating hours to enable restocking and store cleaning, along with introduction of dedicated shopping periods for vulnerable shoppers Introduction of measures to...
08 April 2020
To help local residents during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Chicago based Mariano's has launched an online platform called Mariano's Meet Ups. Interactive classes The platform is hosting cooking classes, demonstrations, wine tastings and more. Classes will be hosted by local chefs and sommeliers, as well as Mariano's Tastemakers. They aim to provide customers with tips and tricks to...
02 April 2020
Kroger has released a trading update and outlined its initial responses to COVID-19. Sales up 30% With the COVID-19 pandemic causing shoppers to stock up on groceries, Kroger has experienced a 30% increase in identical store sales for March (excl fuel), compared to the same period last year. Both its physical stores and its online services have seen growth and to support this, Kroger is mak...
27 March 2020
With online grocery demand continuing to increase, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we look at how Kroger in the US is trialling a pickup only store. Alternative shopping methods With shoppers looking for alternative ways to shop for groceries, and online services finding it difficult to maintain service levels, Kroger has converted a store in Cincinnati to pickup only. The store is taking ord...
05 March 2020
We look at Kroger's Q4 results, along with its full year performance for 2019. Digital sales continue to accelerate For the fourth quarter, Kroger saw sales increase by 2.3% (excluding fuel) and its digital sales grew by 22%. Same store sales were up 2%. For the full year, sales hit $122.3bn, up 2.3% (excluding fuel, dispositions and merger transactions), with digital sales up 29%. Cost sav...
17 February 2020
Kroger's media advertising business, Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM), has advanced its capabilities to enable it to provide brands with full transparency of their media performance. Attributing sales to advertising campaigns The new sales attribution capability allows brands to view both their online and in-store sales performance resulting from advertising campaigns. The platform is power...
24 January 2020
Instacart has partnered with leading US grocer, Publix, to launch a new meals delivery service, Instacart Meals. Moving to capture ground won by DoorDash and Uber Eats This launch sees Instacart, the leading on-demand crowd-sourced delivery service in North America, enter the highly competitive meal delivery segment. Over the last two years, several retailers across the region have started ...
24 January 2020
We highlight the five food trends shaping Kroger's private label development in 2020. The five trends The five trends as identified by Kroger are as follows: Nowstalgia: foods and flavours that reawaken childhood memories Food as medicine: promote well being and help manage medical conditions Flexitarian foods: encompassing foods that flex between plant based, vegan and healthy ...
23 January 2020
Following an earlier announcement that it would open a Customer Fulfillment Centre (CFC) in partnership with Ocado in the mid-Atlantic region, Kroger has confirmed that it will be developed in Frederick, Maryland. Six sites announced to date Opening in this location will enable Kroger to target the populous northeast region, including Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia, with its gr...
22 January 2020
US-based, natural and organic specialist, Lucky's Market, is reported to be closing 32 of its 39 stores. Difficult conditions The retailer, which was founded in 2003, had grown to 17 stores by 2016 when Kroger invested in the business. By 2019, it had expanded to 39 stores, however at the end of 2019, Kroger announced it would be divesting its stake in the grocer, as it focused in on its co...