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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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September 2018

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

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

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

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

July 2018

Competing meal-kit company purchases brand's assets

Today's top grocers are equipping associates to handle tasks from workforce management to mobile checkout

This is despite 'dramatically increased' performance in the grocery channel

Service lacked 2 key assets physical grocers already have

Internal email blames 'setbacks with financing'

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

OptUp puts nutritional info at users' fingertips

Private label penetration also rises

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

Online grocer opening new fulfillment center in the Bronx

Policy would have forced suppliers to waive PACA rights

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

American Express vet Janey Whiteside to take on role

Prime members can enjoy special deals on big day

June 2018

Ecommerce program testing driverless cars

Responses are negative, though suppliers may get some flexibility

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

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

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

New features aims for fun as well as well as convenience

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

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

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