Retail Operations

How to Train Your Staff to be In-Store Experts

Customer interaction is the single most important aspect of every grocery employees job. It’s one thing to be a great stocker or date checker, a detail-oriented cashier or excellent manager. However, if you can’t assist customers, answer their questions, or develop a connection with them, you’re not adding a lot of value to a grocery…

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…

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…

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 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…

First Jobs Matter: How your Employees’ Impression of Your Company Creates Lasting Value

First jobs stay with us for a lifetime. They’re the answer to an interesting interview question, the basis of many of our professional skills, the training ground for becoming a productive member of society. Many of us can recall our first days at our first jobs at the drop of a hat because they had…

How Community Clout Can Be Used as a Loss Prevention Tool

When you think of loss prevention, you think of the obvious operational strategies against shoplifting, fraud, employee theft, and administrative errors. It’s likely that, as a retailer, you have many systems in place to stay informed about loss in your store, and to act when you’re alerted to an attempted theft. However, hard touch loss…