GROCERYSHOP

Target began rolling out new private label line Good & Gather on Sunday, intending the owned brand to inject the food & beverage business with the kind of clear position and unique point of view Target is known for in other categories. "This is the biggest brand launch we've ever done in food and when it's completed next year, Good & Gather will be the biggest own brand Target offers, period," said executive vice president of food and beverage Stephanie Lundquist. 

Target recently opened its 100th small format store. "The grocery component of these small formats is really important to us" said Laurie Mahowald, the retailer’s VP of real estate. 

Building on themes of flexibility and customer choice that permeated many sessions and topics (from store formats to fulfillment options), the latest innovation Ahold Delhaize's Giant-Carlisle has introduced to the front-end of its technology-enabled stores is dual registers. "That solution came about from the problem that we had customers that wanted to have a self-checkout that allowed for larger baskets," said vice president, stores support Sepideh Burkett. "We also wanted a solution that gave flexibility to the store to either man the register or have it operate as a self checkout ... Toshiba created that solution for us [and] it’s doing phenomenally."

Ahold Delhaize's Hannaford is the first retailer to integrate Israel-based Sagarmatha's new AI-driven loyalty marketing platform XACT, facilitating collaboration between retailers and suppliers and predicting the attractiveness of offers.

Mondelez International's Enjoy Life Foods has tested a drop-ship program in partnership with Albertsons for products that are not available on the retailer's shelves, revealed Joel Warady, chief sales & marketing officer for the brand, when speaking to the competition between retailers and brands that conduct direct-to-consumer sales. "[Shoppers] can buy it through Albertsons' online site and have us drop ship ... I think there’s ways to bring those two worlds together," Warady said.

Sam's Club is enabling alcohol purchases via its Scan & Go mobile application. "People want to buy alcohol at the same time [as groceries] so not being able to buy that [with mobile checkout] was a huge issue. We tested and learned ... figured out how we were going to follow each state's regulations ... and it's in the process of rolling out now," said chief executive officer of samsclub.com and executive vice president, membership & technology for Sam's Club Jamie Iannone.

Vice president of Kroger precision marketing commercial & product strategy at 84.51° Cara Pratt shared tips for brands that want to collaborate: 

  • Do your homework: Know what we stand for, know what our intentions are.
  • Be really crisp and clear on the problem you see and what you as a company can do to accelerate our position.
  • Rather than planning a single discrete campaign, have an open conversation thinking more holistically about macro challenges that you have so that we can collaborate on a continuum.  

CLUB

BJ’s Wholesale Club has named Lee Delaney (pictured) president, effective immediately. Most recently, Delaney was executive vice president, chief commercial officer. As president, he will lead BJ’s retail, e-commerce and membership operations in addition to his current responsibilities for merchandising, supply chain and marketing. He will continue to report to chairman and chief executive officer Christopher J. Baldwin.

MASS

Clay Johnson is leaving his position as Walmart's chief information officer to oversee global technology strategy at Yum! Brands.

Walmart just launched a new private brand of vegan gummy supplements dubbed Glow Habit. The entire line is available through the Glow Habit and Walmart website, as well as at select Walmart stores.

Target is staging its second annual "Fun Run" sale from Sept. 22-28, leveraging the retailer's "Target Run" marketing platform to shine a spotlight on multiple weeklong Cartwheel deals across various categories. The sale's Cartwheel deals this year include 20% off select SKUs in home, apparel, food and beauty. This year's sale will also let shoppers use the retailer's Drive Up pickup service and Order Pickup to redeem offers, and promises consumers a $10 store gift card for shoppers that spend $100 using the aforementioned fulfillment services or same-day delivery service Shipt during the sale.

Walmart opened its first-ever standalone facility devoted to health and wellness in Dallas, GA, directly adjacent to a remodeled Walmart supercenter.

Walmart's Eloquii opened its seventh physical location, in Atlanta, and will open an eigth store in King of Prussia, PA, later this fall.

Partnering with Capital One, Walmart is launching the Capital One Walmart Rewards Credit Card program with two new credit cards. The program’s co-branded card, the Capital One Walmart Rewards Mastercard, and a private-label card exclusively for Walmart purchases, the Walmart Rewards Card. Benefits include 5% back on purchases at walmart.com, including grocery pickup and delivery, and 5% back on in-store purchases with Walmart Pay for the first 12 months after approval.

SUPERMARKET

Kroger is expanding its partnership with Apeel Sciences to bring Apeel's longer-lasting avocados to more than 1,100 Kroger stores across the country. Kroger will also roll out Apeel asparagus and limes through a pilot in its Cincinnati market this fall. The Kroger expansion follows a pilot of Apeel avocados launched one year ago in 109 Kroger Midwest stores that, according to the retailer, significantly reduced category food waste. "Kroger is excited to offer more customers Apeel avocados and introduce longer-lasting limes and asparagus, marking another milestone on our journey to achieving our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste vision," said Frank Romero, Kroger's vice president of produce, in a media release. 

Ahold Delhaize is restricting certain chemicals of concern from its private label food and beauty products and packaging at its more than 2,000 stores across the country as part of a new “sustainable chemistry commitment.” Working with Retail Business Services, it will work with suppliers to address problem areas and verify high priority chemicals are removed.

Stop & Shop has joined forces with Wilkinson Baking Co. to pilot The Mini Bakery, a bread-making robot dubbed “The Breadbot” that allows shoppers to buy a fresh loaf of bread on the spot, at a store in Milford, MA. The Mini Bakery mixes, forms, proofs, bakes and cools 10 loaves of artisan bread every hour. If successful, Stop & Shop intends to roll out additional machines to more locations.

DRUG

Walgreens and Alphabet’s Wing Aviation are partnering to make drone delivery of items from Walgreens stores a reality. Starting in October, consumers in Christiansburg, VA, will be able to order items from Walgreens using the Wing app for delivery within minutes via drone. Wing was certified as the first drone operator certified as an air carrier by the Federal Aviation Commission earlier this year. Walgreens said the pilot would be used to explore the future of health-and-wellness product and retail delivery by air. 

AMAZON

Amazon is partnering with Western Union to introduce PayCode, a service that allows consumers to make purchases using cash.