The game is the same but the field you play on has changed dramatically, and you still have to bring money in, because selling doesn’t alway rhyme with profit.
One of the biggest long-term challenges facing grocery retailers across the US right now is how to keep all these newly created customers – or how to stop $7.2 billion dwindling away back down to $1.2 billion.
What will become of supermarkets and malls after COVID-19? Many people are asking this question, across the ocean and in Italy.
Robots are fast, efficient, and productive. They are also accurate and resilient. They can also work in environments humans would find restrictive. Sadly, they can’t turn to one another and say: “hey, I think I can smell smoke.”
The importance of the care shown by the last people to handle your shopping will be the acid test of a gig economy grocery shopping service.
When I read recently that the Asda / Sainsbury’s merger was an attempt to build a retailer that could go toe-to-toe with Amazon, I was reminded of an old joke. Two zoologists are walking through a game reserve in Africa….
The talk about the Amazon-Whole Foods affair mainly concerns three well definite fronts: a) Amazon wanted to play big in a sector, Grocery, in which his pre-acquisition strategy wasn’t giving ground-shattering results;
Grocers morph into automakers? Just-in-Time!