Grocery Shopping Trends

2020 Grocery Trends: Zero Waste

There has never been more talk about food waste, and that trend will only continue to evolve and expand in 2020. Sustainability is a key issue for shoppers (56% of grocery consumers surveyed by Oracle said a key influence on their brand loyalty is knowing that retailers are acting sustainably) – and it’s high time…

2020 Grocery Trends: Blockchain

If you’ve been keeping up with business news over the past decade or so, you’re probably familiar with the term “blockchain”. Investors and CEOs alike have been interested in this technology for a variety of reasons, but it is only just beginning to become ubiquitous in the conversation surrounding retail. Grocers in particular need to…

2020 Grocery Trends: CBD

As we work our way through 2020’s grocery trends, we would be remiss to leave out mention of CBD. This product has been touted as a super ingredient, added into everything from gummy vitamins to tea, pet food to beauty products.  Part of the allure, of course is that it holds a bit of notoriety,…

2020 Grocery Trends: Self-Scanning

2020 is right around the corner, and with a new year comes a treasure trove of opportunities to consider for grocers. What are the industry trends that are hitting their stride in 2020? Which should I put time, money, and energy into?  Over the next few months, we’re going to be covering those 2020 trends…

How to Foster Employees into Brand Ambassadors

In the digital marketing space, brand ambassadors have become a must-have accessory. The media landscape that we’ve all become accustomed to is crowded, so much so that a single message from a company – even on a stage as big as the Super Bowl – doesn’t easily resonate with an audience. It’s not memorable. It’s…

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…

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…

5 Industry Trends that You Can Embrace – while Remaining a Community Staple

When you take a look at the grocery industry, it seems like there are two types of grocery stores. One, the mega-grocer, with thousands and thousands of square feet, an inconceivable number of items on the shelf, masses of harried employees, inexpensive prices, and the latest retail technology implemented in each of their hundreds of…

The Art of the Store Associate: Why Person-to-Person Interaction Matters in a Digital Age

The world of retail is being pulled between two consumer urges. No, it’s not love and fear, or anything to do with the current political climate. The retail industry is grappling with two consumer desires that are inexplicably opposites: a demand for what’s new and next, and a yearning for the simplicity of the past….