COVID-19 has brought the supermarket channel to a crossroads, as a tried-and-true format that has been challenged to fundamentally adapt to a disrupted marketplace that could provide the sector some advantage but could severely penalize those that refuse to adjust to an altered reality.
Kroger Health, the health care division of Kroger, is expanding its COVID-19 testing offerings at more than 220 clinic locations by appointment for both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. The expansion comes on the heels of the launch of the company’s employer-focused COVIDCare Plus testing program.
H-E-B and Stratacache, a provider of marketing technology and in-store customer experiences, are expanding their multi-year innovation partnership, focusing on delivering new actionable data and insights to create greater customer shopping experiences.
Instacart and Costco have partnered to launch same-day delivery from 76 Costco warehouses across Canada. Instacart’s national partnership with Costco in Canada comes on the heels of a nationwide partnership with Costco in the U.S.
Aldi has opened its 2,000th store and plans to keep on growing, entering the greater Phoenix market as part of initiatives that include debuting 70 new stores by the end of the year and, to support slated Gulf Coast expansion, christening a new distribution center in Loxley, AL.
As coronavirus-related movement restrictions decrease in the U.S., Placer.ai noted that the grocery channel, represented by the 10 chains it analyzed, is adding visitors each month, from down 22.2% in April to only down 7.1% in June versus the periods in the year prior.
Kroger said that Joe Grieshaber, svp/chief merchant, is retiring after more than 37 years of service. The retailer is promoting Stuart Aitken, who will assume the role.