Andrew Hoeft

Online Grocery Sales Dip for First Time Since COVID-19

According to the most recent Brick Meets Click + Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey, grocery e-commerce orders for pickup and delivery have finally hit a decline after four months of continuous growth in response to fear of in-store shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic.  The August 2020 e-commerce grocery sales totaled $5.7 billion, an approximate 20%…

Frozen Foods Continue to Lead Category Sales Four Months into Pandemic

From constant mask-wearing to social distancing, the coronavirus has changed many aspects of our everyday lives, mostly in ways that at this point six months after the outbreak, many consumers are regarding as the eye roll-worthy “new normal.”  For grocers, however, the coronavirus has completely changed the industry. With slow movers flying off the shelves…

Why Most U.S. Shoppers Still Choose To Shop In-Store Versus Online

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of our everyday life, especially when it comes to willingly spending time around other people in public places.  According to a survey by Bankrate.com, despite the pandemic, social distancing measures, and stay-at-home orders, 72% of individuals surveyed are still doing their grocery shopping in person as opposed…

How Date Check Pro is Changing the Scope of Sustainable Grocery Shopping

Did you know that $165 billion worth of food is wasted each year in the US, or that 40% of the food produced in the US goes uneaten? Food waste happens at every stage of the supply chain – not just at home – and unfortunately, a large amount of food waste comes from grocers…

Costco, Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Lead in Retailer COVID-19 Safety

According to a new study from global research firm Ipsos, Costco, Whole Foods Market, and Trader Joe’s ranked as the top three grocery retailers in coronavirus related health and safety measures.  The study, the Ipsos Consumer Health & Safety Index that launched in early June, takes a closer look at the COVID-19 related health and…

COVID-19’s Impact on Retail Grocery

We recently teamed up with our partners at Agilence, Inc. to gather data from decision-makers in the grocery industry about how COVID-19 has impacted their business, how they’ve managed this change, and what plans they have in place for a post-pandemic world.  With the Agilence team, we developed a brief survey that we shared with…

Reinventing Grocery | The New Shopper

This week’s blog post is the third in a series taken from our webinar and eBook, Reinventing Grocery | The Timeline to the New Normal. To read the first and second parts of the series in Reinventing Grocery: The Timeline to the New Normal, please click here and look for the posts titled “Reinventing Grocery.”…

The Product Expiration Blind Spot

The Product Expiration blind spot at supermarkets today are caused by multiple issues that include: A Lack of Priority from Management and Associates at the Store level A Lack of Urgency to Implement Solutions at the Corporate level Trends of Increased Product Line Expansion Current Ineffective Solutions In this article, we unpack these four issues…

How to Emerge From COVID-19 as a Top Grocer

It’s no secret that the grocery industry experienced different challenges than most other industries during the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. While the industry saw record-breaking sales, it also gained new insights to retailer preference as shoppers changed their usual shopping habits. According to New York research consultancy Magid, shoppers had the most positive experiences…

Micro-Experiences Reimagined | How In-Store Activations Will Change Following Coronavirus

Micro-Experiences were on track to be the hottest trend in retail in 2020 before the coronavirus put a halt to any and all retail operations. The small-scale in-store activations were simple yet effective; they aimed to take a regular customer and turn them into a lifelong brand loyalist just from one in-person shopping experience. With…