Kroger, Ocado slate Georgia DC

ATLANTA — Kroger Co. and online grocery retailer and logistics specialist Ocado are planning to build a customer fulfillment center (CFC) in Forest Park, Ga., not far from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The new CFC represents a $55 million investment that will create more than 400 new jobs, the companies said. “Kroger is incredibly excited to

A test for antitrust enforcement

A test for antitrust enforcement

The nation’s top consumer-facing technology companies, including e-commerce powerhouse Amazon, will encounter increased scrutiny from the federal government. The Department of Justice late last month announced that it is looking into the business practices of “market-leading online platforms,” an elite group led by Facebook, Google and Apple, as well as Amazon. Overseen by the department’s

Retailers always have to get it right today

Retailers always have to get it right today

A customer who has a positive shopping experience with a retailer will come back for more, a new study suggests, which seems obvious enough. But the research, conducted for the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centers), found that a single in-store purchase translates into additional spending via the retailer’s online platform, and vice versa. The

Embracing Change

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. is rolling out a new merchandising vehicle to highlight its highly successful private brands, chairman and chief executive officer Rodney McMullen revealed at the grocer’s recent annual meeting here. The concept, dubbed Treasure EmporiYum, will present a curated collection of trend-inspired private label (which Kroger terms Our Brands) items in almost

Pickup for Amazon is at Rite Aid

SEATTLE — Amazon rolled out its Counter package pickup service in the United States last month at more than 100 Rite Aid Corp. locations. The new network of staffed pickup points gives customers the option to pick up their Amazon packages in-store at a partner location. Delivery to a Counter location is available for the

Dollar General partners with FedEx

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — FedEx drop-off and pickup services will soon be offered at thousands of Dollar General stores. Dollar General and FedEx recently announced plans to introduce the services to more than 1,500 Dollar General stores late this summer and have set a target of more than 8,000 stores by the end of next year.

Walmart in settlement with DOJ

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Wal­mart has concluded a global settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that ends an investigation of more than seven years into the company’s compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The retailer has agreed to pay a total of $282.7 million to settle

Supreme Court supports data confidentiality

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in a lawsuit concerning the confidentiality of store-level sales data provided to the government by retailers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The case stemmed from a 2011 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by a Sioux Falls,

Fred’s is shuttering 49 more outlets

MEMPHIS — Discount chain Fred’s Inc. announced that it will close an additional 49 underperforming stores as part of an ongoing effort to optimize store footprint. Pharmacies will remain open at all locations listed below — customers can continue to fill their prescriptions, receive vaccinations and purchase over-the-counter ­medications. Fred’s decision to close additional underperforming

H-E-B opens Eastside Tech Hub

AUSTIN, Texas — H-E-B has opened a new technology center here that also serves as the new headquarters for Favor, its wholly owned on-demand delivery subsidiary. The new facility, known as the Eastside Tech Hub, represents another step toward fulfilling the regional grocer’s ambition to become the digital industry leader in Texas. The rapidly growing