Supermarket Industry News Roundup: October 13, 2017

October 13, 2017

Grocery Store Bagger Alysha Orrok to Compete in National Competition
You have probably heard the expression fastest gun in town, but Alysha Orrok has earned “bagging rights” as the fastest grocery bagger in the state. Orrok, 25, who is also a Rochester kindergarten teacher, will be heading to Las Vegas in February, to [The NGA Show], to match her skills with top baggers from states across the nation. Learn more via Fosters.

Coborn’s Partners with CentraCare to Open Grocery Store Clinics
You’ll soon be able to get your chicken noodle soup and see a doctor at the same place. Coborn’s is partnering with CentraCare Health to bring clinics into three of its grocery stores. The clinics will be inside the Coborn’s in Foley and Cash Wise in Waite Park. The Coborn’s on Pine Cone Road in Sartell will have a virtual clinic. Learn more via WJON.

Shoprite Launches ‘Snack Smart for More Energy’ Campaign
ShopRite’s in-store dietitians have teamed up to launch the “Snack Smart for More Energy” campaign. As part of the program, colorful “Snack Smart” signs have been positioned throughout Shoprite stores near healthy snacking options, such as beef jerky and nut butters. Learn more via Grocery Headquarters.

FMS Solutions to Acquire AWG’s Retail Accounting Solutions Inc.
Associated Wholesale Grocers Inc. (AWG) has agreed to sell it’ wholly owned subsidiary, Retail Accounting Solutions Inc. (RAS) to FMS Solutions Holdings LLC (FMS). The effective date for closing on the Stock Purchase Agreement will be Saturday, Oct. 21. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Will Someone Win the Price Vs. Service Battle, Or Is There Room For Both?
For years, the successful retail business model featured a strong commitment to customer service. Customer service does cover a broad area but was often listed in surveys as the primary reason a customer chose a store. It was not uncommon for employees of grocery, drug, hardware and other traditional stores to be committed to helping their customers have a positive shopping experience. Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Probiotic Foods, Beverages Trending With Millennials, Natural Grocery Shoppers
Roughly a quarter of U.S. adults specially seek out foods and beverages with high amounts of probiotics or prebiotics. That finding comes from a 2017 National Consumer Survey conducted by market research firm Packaged Facts, published in the company’s new report “Probiotics and Prebiotics: Food and Beverage New Product Trends.” Learn more via The Shelby Report.

Omnichannel Grocery Requires Rethinking Demand Forecasting
Consumers desire to shop more ways than ever. As a result, omnichannel is on the rise. More than half of U.S. grocers now offer omnichannel services, according to Progressive Grocer’s 84th Annual Report of the Grocery Industry, published this past April. Learn more via Progressive Grocer.

Study: Online Grocery Could be a Lucrative $20B Growth Opportunity
Online grocery sales in the U.S. are forecast to grow an average of 18.1% annually during the next five years, according to IGD. This will take online’s share of the total grocery market from an estimated 1% today to 2% by 2022, representing a $20 billion growth opportunity. Learn more via Food DIVE.

NGA’s Supermarket Industry News Roundup is a weekly summary of news articles that highlights conversation around the independent supermarket industry and consumer trends. The links included in the summary have content that is not controlled by NGA.