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Retailers focus on last mile

NEW YORK — Walmart and Kroger Co. — the nation’s two largest grocery retailers, in terms of sales — have each launched experiments aimed at bringing down costs associated with the final leg or “last mile” of delivery to consumers. Kroger last month announced a pilot program to test driverless grocery delivery. The supermarket chain

Exec team is strengthened by Kroger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has made a number of executive appointments recently. Earlier this month the nation’s largest supermarket operator named Valerie Jabbar group vice president of merchandising, effective September 1. She has been president of Kroger’s Ralphs Grocery division — which encompasses 191 stores in Southern California — for the past two years. “Valerie

Kroger elevates Valerie Jabbar and Mike Murphy

Kroger elevates Valerie Jabbar and Mike Murphy

CINCINNATI — Valerie Jabbar was named Tuesday as group vice president of merchandising for Kroger Co. Jabbar, who for the past two years has been president of Kroger’s Ralphs division, assumes her new role on September 1. Mike Murphy, vice president of operations at Kroger’s Columbus division, will succeed Jabbar at Ralphs, which is headquartered

Amazon moves up in ranking of largest U.S. retailers

WASHINGTON — The largest U.S. retailers have maintained their edge during the past year by launching new strategies, augmenting the in-store experience and reengineering both logistics and digital commerce capabilities, according to the annual Top 100 Retailers list released last month by the National Retail Federation and Kantar Consulting. The 10 largest retailers on the

Kroger launches OptUP app

Kroger launches OptUP app

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday introduced OptUp, an app designed to help customers make more-informed decisions and buy healthier food. With the app, nutritional information is at the shopper’s fingertips, said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “Kroger’s new OptUP app is transformational for the food retail industry,” she said. The app is a part of Kroger’s recently

Kroger partners with designer Mimran on apparel

Kroger partners with designer Mimran on apparel

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. said on Monday that it will launch a new apparel brand called Dip this fall in more than 300 Fred Meyer and Kroger Marketplace stores. The new clothing line was developed by fashion designer Joe Mimran, who is known for launching the Club Monaco, Joe Fresh and Pink Tartan apparel brands. “We’ve worked closely with

Kroger unveils marketing platform

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. rolled out a new consumer packaged goods search service that connects its acumen in data and personalization. The self-service marketing platform, called Boosted Products in Search, allows CPG brands to reach digitally savvy shoppers with “hyper-relevant” products in search results across Kroger digital properties, as well as view performance in real

Kroger partners with Ocado in e-commerce deal

Kroger partners with Ocado in e-commerce deal

CINCINNATI — Answering Amazon.com’s encroachment on the retail food business, Kroger Co.  has inked a deal with online British supermarket Ocado to accelerate the American grocer’s e-commerce offering. The alliance will mark the U.S. debut of the technology underpinnings of the Ocado Smart Platform, which includes online ordering, automated fulfillment and home delivery capabilities. As

Kroger posts big digital sales gain in fiscal 2017

Kroger posts big digital sales gain in fiscal 2017

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. reported a 90% increase in digital sales in fiscal 2017, and said it increased market share for the 13th straight year. The company said the results validated its new Restock Kroger strategy. “We launched Restock Kroger in the fall of 2017 and finished the year with positive momentum in our sales

Kroger finds buyer for convenience stores

Kroger finds buyer for convenience stores

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has agreed to sell its convenience store business unit to EG Group, a privately-held convenience store retailer based in the United Kingdom, for $2.15 billion. The companies expect to close the transaction during the first quarter of Kroger’s fiscal year. As part of the agreement, EG Group will establish its North American

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