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Rodney McMullen

Kroger picks two new Ocado sites

Kroger picks two new Ocado sites

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. and Ocado said Tuesday that their next two customer fulfillment centers will be located in central Florida and in the Mid-Atlantic region. “Kroger is excited to partner with Ocado — one of the most innovative, advanced companies in the world — to redefine the grocery shopping experience for customers along the

Kroger’s McMullen makes five predictions at NRF

Kroger’s McMullen makes five predictions at NRF

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. chairman and chief executive officer Rodney McMullen provided his outlook on the future of retail at the NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show in New York City during a  keynote presentation called “Restocking the future: Kroger’s insatiable appetite to play and win the long game.” CNBC “Squawk on the Street” and “Closing Bell” anchor Sara Eisen moderated the 30-minute

Kroger, Ocado pick site for automated warehouse

Kroger, Ocado pick site for automated warehouse

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has chosen a suburb of its hometown as the site for its first automated customer fulfillment center (CFC). The facility, which is planned for the Cincinnati suburb of Monroe, Ohio, will be the first of 20 that Kroger and partner Ocado plan to build to support the retailer’s online grocery business. “Kroger

Kroger to phase out single-use plastic bags

Kroger to phase out single-use plastic bags

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. said Thursday that it will phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags by 2025. The move will take effect at all of the retailer’s supermarket divisions, beginning with Seattle-based QFC, which is expected to complete the transition away from single-use plastic bags next year. “As part of our

Kroger on Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list

Kroger on Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list

CINCINNATI — The Kroger Co. announced  it has been named to Fortune magazine’s Change the World 2018 list, debuting in the sixth spot. The company was recognized for its bold social impact plan Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, which aims to end hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

Kroger’s earnings, sales beat analyst expectations

Kroger’s earnings, sales beat analyst expectations

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. posted a $2 billion profit in its first quarter, largely on a windfall from the sale of its convenience stores. On the operations side of the business, online sales jumped 66% as overall sales rose 3.4% to $37.5 billion. Comparable-store sales increased 1.4% in the period ended May 26. Kroger raised

Kroger takes aim at hunger

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. has announced an effort to end hunger in the chain’s markets and eliminate waste across the company by 2025. Some 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year. “More than 40% of the food produced

Kroger makes bid to cut back staff

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced last month a one-time Voluntary Retirement Offering for certain non-store associates. Eligibility for the offering will generally include administrative associates who meet certain criteria related to age and years of service as of December 1, 2016. The offer does not include store and district associates, senior officers, and supermarket division

Kroger names exec for digital

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced the appointment of Yael Cosset as chief digital officer, effective January 27, the date of the retirement of Kevin Dougherty, 63, who now holds the job. The 43-year-old Cosset is chief commercial officer and chief information officer of 84.51°, Kroger’s consumer insights subsidiary. The name is a reference to the

Kroger announces voluntary retirement offering

Kroger announces voluntary retirement offering

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. announced it is offering a voluntary retirement option for up to 2,000 non-store associates in a cost-cutting move. “Kroger would not be the successful company it is today without the incredible efforts of all of our associates. We believe a generous voluntary retirement offering is in line with our company values

Kroger’s first quarter profit rises to $680 million

Kroger’s first quarter profit rises to $680 million

CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. on Thursday said its first quarter profit increased nearly 10% to $680 million, or 70 cents per share, on a 2.4% rise in same-store sales, excluding fuel. “We are very pleased with a solid quarter during which we continued to strengthen our connection with customers and expand our ClickList offering to more customers