Andrew Hoeft

4 Food Allergy Best Practices Every Grocer Should Be Following

Food allergies have become a major public health and safety concern as the numbers of those affected by them continues to grow at an alarming rate. According to a new analysis of private insurance claims by FAIR Health, an independent nonprofit that collects and analyzes claims data, life-threatening allergic reactions to foods have increased by…

From Grocery to Grocerant: 3 First Steps Grocers Can Take Now

The fusing of grocery stores and restaurants into hybridized “grocerants” is a trend that’s sticking in a world where most food trends vanish almost as soon as they arise. In short, grocerants are the result of the quickly blurring line separating restaurants and grocery stores––two businesses that both serve hungry customers. Today, the average store…

Supermarket News: The 7 Best Places to Get Grocery-Industry News

Today, supermarket professionals need more than ever to keep up with news, research, and best practices from their fast-changing world. We’ve assembled the top industry publications for grocery professionals and listed them here in one place, with some helpful notes on each and a subscription link to help you get the news you need. 1….

3 Automated Reports Grocers Should Be Sending To Their Department Leaders

As technology makes it easier to both gather data from supermarket operations and pull actionable insight from that data, some grocers are exposing this information to department leaders in each of their stores to drive improvement from the ground up. We sat down with Chad Knutson, Asset Protection Profit Improvement Manager at Wisconsin’s Festival Foods, to…

Study: Online Grocery Shopping Hasn’t Taken Off — Yet

While Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market has a lot of grocers wringing their hands, new data from Gallup suggests the vast majority of Americans aren’t ready to do their grocery shopping online in 2017. The Gallup survey, conducted in July 2017, shows 9% of Americans say they order groceries online at least once…

3 Out-Of-Box Analytics Platforms Grocers Can’t Ignore

It can be hard to stay on top of the latest advancements in grocery store data technology. With recent advancements in CCTV technology and loyalty programs — not to mention the rapidly-changing habits of 21st century consumers — analytics platforms that help inform supermarket business decisions might be pushed to the back burner. If you…

Supermarket Loyalty Programs in 2017: 5 Things Grocers Need to Know

Loyalty programs are nothing new to grocers, but over the past few years, new data has revealed trends in consumer behavior that’s changing the way supermarkets are thinking about loyalty programs. Let’s run through a few of these data-driven takeaways before diving into one loyalty program software platform we’re seeing some grocers have success with…

Modern CCTV for Grocery: How New Technology Is Changing Supermarket Video Surveillance

Traditional closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, while still in use throughout grocery and retail stores, are increasingly being swapped out for more modern networked video tools. The major difference between old and new video systems boils down to the technology itself. While CCTV systems typically transmit signals to one particular set of monitors through wired connections,…

Loss Prevention Analytics and Reporting Software Options for Grocery: How Supermarkets Can Track Loss Prevention

It’s almost impossible to tell where shrink is coming from without a data platform capable of tracking and revealing its sources. The other challenge comes in reporting. While spreadsheets may work well enough for logging data, they tend to fall short when analyzing information to reveal trends that staff can act on. As with most…

How Supermarkets Can Adapt To Increases In Veganism and Vegetarianism

In 2008, just 3.7% of Americans identified as vegetarian or vegan, according to Harris Interactive polling data. More recent data from Pew shows those numbers have nearly tripled in less than a decade, with 9% identifying as mostly or strictly vegetarian or vegan in 2016. This probably doesn’t come as a shock to any supermarket…