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Randy Hofbauer

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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July 2018

New 'Bob's Burgers' meal kits continue service's transformation to more experiential model
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July 2018

As grocery ecommerce sales rise, users won’t tolerate shopping experiences that aren’t seamless

Private label penetration also rises

OptUp puts nutritional info at users' fingertips

John Gehre spent 11 years at the Texas grocer

Chicago, Indianapolis, Columbus just a few markets to get service

Now among top grocers, Amazon makes move into consumables

Infusion to help grow ecommerce grocery business

Policy would have forced suppliers to waive PACA rights

Online grocer opening new fulfillment center in the Bronx

2nd Amazon Go location to take up 1,200 more square feet than original

Prime members can enjoy special deals on big day

American Express vet Janey Whiteside to take on role

June 2018

Ecommerce program testing driverless cars

Responses are negative, though suppliers may get some flexibility

News follows 1-year anniversary of Amazon-Whole Foods deal announcement

Dollar-store chain is first to intro scan-as-you-shop tech

New vehicles are lightweight, transportable alternative to larger-scale conveyor-belt systems

Willis Tower, Ogilvie Transportation Center to welcome checkout-free concept

Blue Apron rival starts with 581 Giant Food, Stop & Shop stores

May 2018

Independent grocer's loyalty app gives quadruple points for buying fresh produce

We wish all a safe, enjoyable weekend

Deal further accelerates move of subscription-based, mail-order-only kits into stores

More basket rings, loss prevention, associate empowerment are just 3

Exclusive ecommerce agreement will help Kroger 'leapfrog' competitors and Ocado pivot own strategy

Retailer intends program to reach 3/4 of U.S. population by year's end

Ecommerce giant posts managerial job listings for both cities

Brand takes its name from Quidsi subsidiary Amazon closed last spring

Retailer buys Flipkart's majority, will become country's biggest online retailer

Kroger, Walmart, Albertsons especially show huge technology strides

Partnership continues service's plan to go beyond pure-play ecommerce

New features aims for fun as well as well as convenience

Strategy fits with affluent, educated Americans, who are more likely to listen

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