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The Grocery Industry and the Gig Economy

Whether you’re a New York Times subscriber, a cable news watcher, or the type of guy who gets their news from social media, you’ve heard the term gig economy. Business reporters can’t get enough of this buzzy phrase, as it brings to mind an image of a revolutionized workforce, one that hasn’t changed much since…

4 Tech Tools to Enhance Customer Experience

Just as technology is integral to maintaining a talented, engaged workforce in the grocery industry, it is the key to drawing and retaining a high quality clientele. Customers will no longer share their loyalty with just any grocer. They want to know that their needs are being met: both in terms of inventory selection and…

4 Tech Tools to Enhance Employee Experience

Technology is no longer an option for grocers – it’s a requirement. While we tend to think of technological advancements as opportunities to improve our business for our customers and subsequently generate more profit, as retailers we also need to consider the benefits of technology for our employees. The retail workforce is changing, and keeping…

How to Develop Successful BYOD Standards

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has its advocates and detractors in the grocery industry. Experts on either side argue over whether the benefits of having employees armed with digital knowledge centers outweigh the disadvantages of having a potentially distracted workforce. The difference between these two outcomes lies in the standards that are set by the…

Why You Need to Update Your Loss Prevention Strategy for 2020

What comes to mind when you think of loss prevention? Is it fraud? Customer or employee theft? Damaged product? Grocery has been treating loss prevention the same way for decades, focusing on the negative aspects of business that result in, well, loss. We teach our employees how to identify potential threats, how to prevent customers…

How Your Workforce Will Change Over the Next Decade

If you’ve been in the grocery game for a while now, the hiring process probably doesn’t trip you up. You know exactly who you need to hire for specific positions, what traits and skills they should have, and generally how their personalities should align with the work at hand. It’s all pretty standard at this…

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Retail: Pros and Cons

We go everywhere with our phones. They have made a home for themselves in our back pockets, in our purses, in the cup holders of our cars. They sit next to us at the dinner table, and beside us when we sleep. We even bring them into the bathroom. (TMI?) If we’re used to bringing…

Raley’s rolls out Date Check Pro Management Software

West Sacramento, CA – Raley’s has implemented Date Check Pro expiration date management software in all of its locations after a successful pilot program in the Sacramento area division last spring. With a focus on providing the freshest and highest-quality products to its customers, Raley’s sought after a technology-based solution to support inventory management. The company previously enhanced…

How Personalization Data Will Help You Decrease Shrink

Reducing shrink in a grocery store can seem like an almost impossible task. While the retail industry in general is plagued with loss prevention woes, grocery can be even more difficult to monitor simply because of the nature of its products. Customers can eat products before purchasing them and items can even go bad on…

5 New Ways to Think About Loyalty Programs in 2019

Loyalty programs have been standard fare in the grocery industry for decades, even before digital tracking became an option. Grocers used tools like punch cards and good old person-to-person recognition to identify loyal customers. Technology has come a long way since then, allowing many retailers to create loyalty programs that not only track points, but…