Deep Dive: Page 2

Industry insights from our journalists


  • 'It's our Super Bowl': How food manufacturers are preparing for an unorthodox holiday season

    The pandemic has upended how consumers plan to celebrate, prompting CPG companies to reduce product sizes, tout offerings for novice cooks and shift more resources online. 

    Christopher Doering • Nov. 23, 2020
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    Bottoms up: How grocers can keep alcohol sales pouring in

    As the coronavirus pandemic boosts category sales, retailers are setting the table for long-term shopper engagement with larger departments and expanded online availability.

    Catherine Douglas Moran • Nov. 11, 2020
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    Grocers look to online subscriptions to lock in digital demand

    New programs from the likes of Kroger, Ahold Delhaize and Albertsons can be a defensive move, but experts say companies need to dangle additional perks to get any value out of them. 

    Jeff Wells • Nov. 9, 2020
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    To own or not to own delivery? Grocers reassess the Instacart dilemma.

    Third-party e-commerce services pose a challenge for food retailers as they seek to balance their online strategies with efforts to maintain their brands.

    Sam Silverstein • Nov. 2, 2020
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    4 mealtime innovations that picked up during the pandemic

    Retailers like Barons Market, The Giant Company and Hy-Vee are helping customers solve the age-old dilemma of what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Jessica Dumont • Oct. 28, 2020
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    Grocery pickup is here to stay. Here's how it's evolving

    As grocers continue to expand their pickup offerings, emerging technologies promise to solve pain points like labor shortages and inventory management.

    Catherine Douglas Moran • Oct. 26, 2020
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    Can digital marketplaces feed grocery shoppers' growing e-commerce appetite?

    Kroger's marketplace could be the first of many new platforms in the coming years, but experts wonder if there's enough consumer demand for an endless-aisles strategy. 

    Jessica Dumont • Oct. 19, 2020
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    How the pandemic has sped up autonomous grocery delivery

    Four tech firms say growing demand and a shifting regulatory environment are accelerating rollouts of drones and driverless vehicles.

    Jeff Wells • Oct. 14, 2020
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    MFCs promise to revolutionize grocery e-commerce. That doesn't mean they're right for everyone.

    Grocers face unique e-commerce challenges that make deciding whether to automate fulfillment operations a complex choice, experts say.

    Sam Silverstein • Oct. 12, 2020
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    Exploring the future of grocery e-commerce

    What many thought would take years to achieve has happened in just a few months. Grocery Dive looks at the top trends, strategies and investments that retailers are evaluating to try to stay ahead of consumer demand.

    Oct. 12, 2020
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    Smart carts get a charge from Amazon and COVID-19

    More retailers are looking at the technology thanks to the pandemic and the online retailer's endorsement, but high costs could stymie a broader rollout, experts caution.

    Krishna Thakker • Aug. 31, 2020
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    Grocery apps get smart during the pandemic

    Adoption has skyrocketed in recent months, and now retailers are considering how to update mobile platforms that have become a critical part of the store experience.

    Jessica Dumont • Aug. 3, 2020
  • Less is more: Why retailers and CPGs are moving toward selling fewer products in stores

    As the coronavirus pushes some items off supermarket shelves, the food industry is finding a smaller selection reduces consumer confusion, boosts sales and trims expenses for grocers.

    Christopher Doering • July 20, 2020
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    Heinen's rolls out Sally the salad-making robot

    Could a machine that dispenses fresh, custom-made bowls be a lifeline for retailers trying to boost their prepared food sales?

    Jeff Wells • July 13, 2020
  • Grocers ponder the future of their self-service stations

    More than three months after shutting down, salad bars and hot bars are burning a hole in retailers' bottom lines. Getting them up and running safely and profitably is a major challenge, according to retailers, consultants and other sources.

    Sam Silverstein and Jeff Wells • June 25, 2020
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    Private label prospects brighten as recession hits cash-strapped consumers

    Even before the pandemic, sales growth in the sector was forecast to outpace that of national brands for the fourth straight year, according to IRI.

    Christopher Doering • June 17, 2020
  • Bi-Lo sale clears the way for Southeastern Grocers to energize Winn-Dixie. But will the competition be too much?

    The company's sale of 62 stores will add much-needed investment capital as it turns its focus to Florida, analysts said.

    Sam Silverstein • June 5, 2020
  • 6 strategies for grocers preparing for the new e-commerce future

    Retail experts share insights into how food retailers can retool their online operations in response to the pandemic.

    Sam Silverstein and Jeff Wells • May 26, 2020
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    How companies are helping vulnerable shoppers

    A growing number of retailers and service providers are concluding that dedicating store hours for pregnant, elderly, disabled and other at-risk shoppers is not enough.

    Krishna Thakker • May 11, 2020
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    How grocers are filling the mealtime void during the pandemic

    As homebound consumers re-connect with cooking and look for new prepared options, grocers are seizing the opportunity to once again become America's preferred meal providers.

    Jessica Dumont • April 27, 2020
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    Should grocery stores go dark?

    As safety concerns mount, a handful of retailers across the country have temporarily converted their stores to pickup and delivery service only. More may follow suit.  

    Jeff Wells • April 3, 2020
  • Grocers race to keep their front lines trained and healthy

    As staffing surges, companies are trying to balance rapid onboarding with new health and safety measures, from better sick leave policies to four-day work weeks. 

    Jessica Dumont • March 23, 2020
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    Specialty grocers aren't looking so special anymore

    On the heels of three rapid-fire bankruptcies, experts say companies need to take a hard look at their positioning in the marketplace and realize the days of blazing nationwide growth may be over.

    Jessica Dumont • March 2, 2020
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    Is Go Grocery a game changer for Amazon?

    Experts agree the checkout-free store is a technical marvel, but they questioned its ability to promote regular shopping trips and attract interest to license its system to other retailers.

    Jeff Wells • Feb. 26, 2020
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    For in-store farms to succeed, finding the right balance is key

    High-tech growing operations promise to efficiently supply retailers with greens. But the bigger payoff may be in offering shoppers a bit of food theater.

    Lauren Manning • Feb. 6, 2020