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Randy Hofbauer

Digital/Technology Editor

Randy Hofbauer is Progressive Grocer's digital and technology editor. He has more than a decade of experience as a journalist and researcher, almost all of it covering CPG retailing. Follow him on Twitter or connect with him on LinkedIn.

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August 2018

Shoppers, especially Millennials, feel location is more important than brand
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Articles by this author

September 2018

Apps free up associates' back-end time to allow for better customer service

Though Amazon Go may pose greater threat to convenience stores

Retailer will use Oculus headsets to empower more than 1M associates nationwide

Buy For Less will launch its self-driving vehicles early next year

Southeastern Grocers, Walmart, Publix, Food Lion and others help patrons stay supplied

All of Toronto area, Winnipeg will have access to service

Grocer continues quest to help shoppers make better eating choices

Ecommerce giant posts several job listings in the city

Its debut comes weeks after a similar concept in the same city

Grocer conducted online polls, focus groups to find key points of interest

Workers want better compensation, benefits, profit-sharing

Other grocers with similar strategies include Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons, Kroger

New pilot rivals similar program offered by Amazon

August 2018

Instacart partnership expansion marks 50% growth in footprint

Grocer partners with University of Cincinnati to create innovation lab, attract talent

Store will be smaller than original location, also in Seattle

27 more locations added to Instacart partnership

New meal components line is reminiscent of retailer's 2014 Mix & Match line

Technology helps automate operations from food safety to online grocery delivery

Grocery technology company Zippin will open location to the public next month

Move comes weeks after wholesaler agrees to sell to UNFI

Observer says deal brings more than just innovative products to the table

Similar to its Ocado partnership, grocer is focused on ‘driving growth uncoupled from its stores’

Nuro will begin Kroger test using self-driving Toyota Prius fleet

Simple Truth natural, organic products to sell through Tmall platform

Drug chain cites stockholders' views as reason behind decision

Times might not be so easy for the drug store chain, however

Sale would be grocer's 2nd major unit divestiture in a year

Top companies must ‘own the narrative’ of their pay plan, expert says

Retailer's ecommerce service will offer the 1-pan products

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