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Safeway Total Bumper Offer Grand Savings Up To 40% On Groceries

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Safeway Total Bumper Offer Grand Savings Up To 40% On Groceries
Safeway Total Bumper Offer Grand Savings Up To 40% On Groceries

Customers are in for a delight as three Safeway stores in Florida are offering store closure discounts in lieu of Publix’s acquisition of these stores. The inventory blowout is running at 950 NE 50th St. in Oakland Park, 503 E. Altamonte Drive in Altamonte Springs and 10500 Ulmerton Road in Largo.

The discount runs up to 40 percent off on groceries and some electronic goods, domestic supplies and more. The discount signs that are displayed in the store read –

Save 40 percent on floral supplies

Save 40 percent on batteries

Save 40 percent on Starbucks merchandise and bagged coffee

Save 30 percent on imported and domestic beer and soda

Save 30 percent on wine

Save 30 percent on candy

Save 25 percent on basic grocery items and snacks

Save 20 percent on produce, meat, and seafood

The Oakland Park store is to close on Aug 25, as confirmed by a Safeway manager. So new items are not being stocked and the sales are to remain final.

Nicole Krauss, the Publix spokeswoman said, “We expect the deal to close sometime in September and our plan is to open all three Publix locations in the fourth quarter of this year.” The company further added, as regards the pharmacies, they closed in July and the customer prescriptions were automatically transferred to Publix pharmacy.  The only three Safeway stores in Florida were acquired by Publix Supermarkets in June.

“Close proximity to the busy Publix in Northridge Shopping Center will not affect the conversion of the Safeway in Oakland Park,” confirmed Krauss.  She further added there are Publix markets in close proximity to each other in Miami Beach and hence there are no plans to close the current Publix even after the new store opens.

More information and decision on the in-store Starbucks and liquor stores will be available around the grand openings, Krauss declared.

The fate of the employees affected by the store closure is not informed. However, details on applying for employment at Publix stores are provided to the employees who may be affected by the store closure, as confirmed by the Lakeland-based grocer.

Publix Supermarkets, popularly known as Publix is an employee-owned grocery chain and operates in 1,231 locations within the United States. There are more than 780 supermarkets in Florida which include 238 liquor stores in addition to the 1187 stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia. The grocer offers pleasure shopping through weekly savings and online orders on select products at www.publix.com.

ALDI Battling Against Kroger, Amazon, and Walmart – Launching Curbside Pickup

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ALDI Battling Against Kroger, Amazon and Walmart – Launching Curbside Pickup
ALDI Battling Against Kroger, Amazon and Walmart – Launching Curbside Pickup

ALDI US CEO Jason Hart recently revealed to Business Insider that the brand is starting curbside pickup for online grocery orders in some parts of the United States. The company has already started testing the curbside pickup service and will gradually roll it out to expand its reach across all the US stores.

ALDI, one of the retail giants, has been in the running since 1976 and now operates from 35 states with nearly 1,700 stores. From an assortment of gluten-free, organic products along with fresh produce, meat, and seafood, ALDI is popular for providing the lowest possible prices on daily must-haves. The brand is slowly increasing its investment in pickup and delivery segment along with other gargantuan competitors in the online grocery purchase market such as Walmart, Kroger, and Amazon.

The retailer began testing for curbside delivery last year in selected cities after the brand got into a partnership with Instacart. The service is still available in a few markets including Chicago and Atlanta but it is slated to expand to all other U.S. stores eventually.

In an exclusive interview on Wednesday, Hart confirmed that ALDI has big plans to grow with Instacart. “We are very excited about this partnership and the initial results are overwhelmingly positive”, Hart added.

The curbside pickup grocery service by the brand will enable shoppers to buy online and then pick up the items at the store. Customers will get a privilege of the packed shopping bag directly being loaded in their cars when they arrive, without having to spend time walking around aisles and at the waiting line at exit counters.

Without giving solid details of when the service will roll out, Hart said, “Curbside pickup is something that we’re going to begin to pilot. That’s in the much earlier stages than what our relationship with Instacart is.”

The biggest retailer giant in competition, Walmart, plans to offer grocery delivery to over 800 stores by the end of the year and curbside pickup services at over 1500 locations. Kroger, which is in a close race with Walmart is already delivering groceries to 900 stores and has plans of increasing the curbside services from 1,100 store locations to 500 more.

Amazon, meanwhile revealed that the curbside grocery delivery service in amalgamation with Whole Foods at select stores will be delivered in as little as 30 minutes from the time of purchase. “We see a huge success and potential in this way of online grocery shopping”, says Hart. ALDI seems to be overhauling to win the raging grocery war.

 

Amazon’s Latest Launch: 30-Minute Curbside Pickup At Whole Foods

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Amazon’s Latest Launch: 30-Minute Curbside Pickup At Whole Foods
Amazon’s Latest Launch: 30-Minute Curbside Pickup At Whole Foods

Amazon and Whole Foods in a recent collaboration have decided to launch two new curbside pickups exclusively for Amazon Prime members. All customers need to do is download the Prime Now app after becoming a prime member and place their order online. The groceries will be shopped for by personal shoppers at the store and loaded into customers’ cars upon arrival. This service is set to kickstart in Sacramento, CA and in Virginia Beach, Va., with plans on expanding to various other cities by the end of the year.

Amazon recently announced that Echo users can use their smartphones to shop from the wide range at Whole Foods. All they have to do is say “Alexa, add steak to my Whole Foods Cart” and Alexa records the order. Blending this technology into a shopping experience makes us wonder why it took so long to figure this out. The 30-minute express delivery is another segment of bringing time-tied, quick services to the plate.

A 30-minute hyper fast delivery is available for an additional charge of $4.99 with no minimum order amount regulation. This is slated to work best for customers who are in a hurry or for the elderly who cannot walk around a large store and parents who cannot drag their kids along for grocery shopping. Pickup in an hour is free on orders exceeding $35 and an additional charge of $1.99 for orders less than $35.

Stephenie Landry, worldwide vice president of Prime Now and Amazon Fresh said, “Pickup from Whole Foods Market is clearly the best option for customers who want to grab healthy, organic and fresh groceries at their convenience, all without leaving their vehicle. A customer can order at 5 p.m., pick up at 5:30 p.m. and Whole Foods will have their groceries loaded into their vehicle just minutes after arrival. For an even smoother experience, customers can let us know when they are on their way using the Prime Now app and groceries will be packed and ready as they arrive.”

Prime members also get 10% off sale items which is the same discount they get if the shop at a store, but, they also get exclusive discounts on some items. These savings can be availed in-store, or when using grocery pickup or delivery. The curbside pickup news follows a recent announcement that Amazon Echo smart speakers can now use voice recognition to add Prime Now order items directly to a Whole Foods cart for delivery within a period of two hours. With this announcement, Whole Foods deliveries will be available in all 24 U.S. markets served by Prime Now.

Roundy’s Slash Prices – Supermarkets to Enter a Price War!

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Roundy’s Slash Prices – Supermarkets to Enter a Price War!
Roundy’s Slash Prices – Supermarkets to Enter a Price War!

Wisconsin supermarkets are soon going to witness a state of heavy consumer competition, with Roundy’s and its parent company Kroger slashing prices on thousands of items in Metro Market, Pick ‘n Save and Copps stores.

While some customers and managers have signaled the start of a local supermarket price war, an industry analyst has interpreted this move as a pricing strategy gimmick. Starting Wednesday, shoppers started observing signs posted on grocery, fruits, and vegetables advertising the new lower price, but it was, however, unclear on how much can the shopper exactly save with these new prices.

Jim Hyland, Roundy’s Vice president of Communications, stated in a press release regarding the price slash, ‘Wisconsin is a competitive market for grocery and this counts as another investment that the brands want to make for creating a loyal base of customers. Shoppers here always look for a lower best price.’

There has not been any clear communication from Roundy’s regarding how much price is being dropped on an average. They said individual savings will simply depend on the customer’s specific shopping list. Meanwhile, regular store discount programmes and weekly sales will continue.

‘This move by Roundy’s is just a new volley in the ongoing price war between the superstores. Consumers cannot expect to benefit much from this as the brand can’t make money unless they raise the prices somewhere else’, says a Supermarket industry analyst & critic David Livingston.

Livingston said that he doesn’t expect the already lower-price supermarkets to react or get affected by Roundy’s move. A Shorewood resident Karen Hornblad, however, welcomes the lower prices.

‘It is a great move and I am all in for a deal’, Hornblad said.

 

Moe’s Southwest Grill Launches 3 Bold, New & Chunky Salsa Flavors In Grocery Stores Near You

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Moe’s Southwest Grill Launches 3 Bold, New & Chunky Salsa Flavors In Grocery Stores Near You
Moe’s Southwest Grill Launches 3 Bold, New & Chunky Salsa Flavors In Grocery Stores Near You

Moe’s Southwest Grill, the restaurant that has been providing customers with their signature queso, free chips, and salsa with every order for 18 years has now decided to expand. They have launched three brand new bold and chunky salsa flavors that will soon entice Mexican lovers in grocery stores near you. Mild, Medium and Hot salsa are three flavors rocking the stores currently.

Moe’s, which is, Musicians Outlaws and Entertainers, is popular for its originality in allowing customers to create whatever they are craving for with more than 20 fresh ingredients. The whole idea by Moe’s is to let customers enjoy Mexican goodness from the comfort of their home. Moe’s other products such as Spicy Guacamole, Chicken Empanadas, 5 Layer Dip and more are already available at BJ’s. With the addition of these bottled up salsa goodies, customers are going to be privy to Moe’s-style food at home. Anytime!

Bruce Schroder, President of Moe’s Southwest grill said in a recent announcement “At Moe’s Southwest Grill, our chefs take our salsas very seriously. In our restaurants, we offer several different flavors that change seasonally, some made with the world’s hottest peppers like Carolina Reaper and Ghost Pepper. It is only right that we bring our delicious salsas to grocery stores so our fans can enjoy Moe’s salsas anywhere, at any time.”

These products have been made by taking inspiration from authentic Southwestern flavors and spices. The new varieties of salsa have been made from select seasonal peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh cilantro, onions, garlic, and lime. The products are now available nationwide on Amazon and a host of grocery stores including Price Chopper, Buehlers, Tops, Publix, Shoprite, Daves Market and Heinens. Not only are these flavors delectable, they’re also healthy and 100% gluten-free. With a retail price of $3.99, these flavors range from Mild, Medium to Hot.

Moe’s Mild Salsa: Mild is definitely an understatement, this salsa offers a kick rivaling no other with its smoky ancho and dark chili flavor.

Moe’s Medium Salsa: A step up from the mild version and made from select cayenne peppers. Buckle up because this salsa takes your taste buds on a ride to spicy town.  

Moe’s Hot Salsa: Caution: Keep water handy. This salsa is not for the faint-hearted. Enjoy the taste of fire in a bottle. Don’t miss out on the tinge of habanero flavor.   

Dave Mikita, SVP & President, Global Channels said, “Since the initiation of the brand in 2000, Moe’s Southwest Grill has created a loyal fan base that adores our brand personality and products. Moe’s is focused on launching even more additional products inspired by the Southwest in the grocery channel for our loving fans to enjoy in the comfort of their homes.”

 

Walmart Same-Day Grocery Delivery To Baltimore Area Starting Mid-August

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Walmart Same-Day Grocery Delivery To Baltimore Area Starting Mid-August
Walmart Same-Day Grocery Delivery To Baltimore Area Starting Mid-August

Walmart customers will soon be getting grocery delivery service to the greater Baltimore region. The retailer announced on Monday that the service would also be provided to the surrounding areas, including Glen Burnie, Laurel, and Cockeysville.

The grocery delivery service which kicks off with DoorDash will begin on August 14. DoorDash is a technology-driven food delivery service provider to customers in 600 cities since the last four and a half years. In late April this year, Walmart and DoorDash joined hands to broaden their spectrum of work. The service took off from a major metro, Atlanta, and Walmart claimed that 40 percent of the U.S. households would receive the grocery delivery service by the end of the year.

How does the grocery delivery happen? After you place an order, a “Personal Shopper” will collect the items and produce and intimate the Walmart store associate who will get the order ready and notify the DoorDash delivery person.

Customers may opt for a one-hour window for delivery. The charge per order placed will be a fee of $9.95 by Walmart, and the customers do not need to subscribe to the service. Also note, there are no price markups. A Walmart spokeswoman stated that tipping if any, is insisted in cash.

The company is now one of the leading retailers offering home delivery for groceries such as Target and Shipt. Owing to the increase in competition between same-day delivery retailers, Walmart has teamed up with many such services to ensure customers are satisfied and the digital footfall speaks volumes in the revenue reports.

New to Walmart online grocery shopping?

Download the Walmart Grocery App and start shopping. Add items and fresh produce to your cart. Choose a time window. Specify your location and place your order. The DoorDash delivery person will be at your doorstep to deliver your groceries without you ever having to leave your couch.

 

Walmart Plans to Sell Meal Kits in Partnership with Gobble!

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Walmart Plans to Sell Meal Kits in Partnership with Gobble!
Walmart Plans to Sell Meal Kits in Partnership with Gobble!

Looking at the future of food purchases, Walmart is making moves in the digital selling battle with Amazon and Whole foods.  The business relationship between the largest selling retailer- Walmart and San Francisco based Gobble was inspired by Amazon’s acquisition of Whole foods in June 2018, encouraging the brand to improve its digital offerings to the customers.

The meal kits offer quick meals that can be prepared in less than 15 minutes in a single pan. “These delicious meals offer an easy & fresh dinner option to the best or worst of the cooks for any time of the day or week,” stated Tyler Lehr, Senior Vice President and General Merchandise Manager of deli services for Walmart U.S. The kits are ideal for two people and sell from $8 to $15, depending on the item. These can be picked up from the online grocery pickup service or in the Walmart store.

Walmart has been previously selling one-step meals and meal kits in more than 250 of its brick-and-mortar stores and now plans to bring Gobble meals to around 2000 of its location stores by the end of 2018, reported CNBC. Unlike competitors of meal kit delivery services like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, Walmart is not making its customers purchase any subscription. Previously, Walmart has offered its customers varied kit options like Takeout Kit, Sun Basket, and Home Chef, enabling customers to try out the meals before subscribing.

According to Earnest Research, the overall U.S. meal-kit sales shot by 40.7% last year. Gobble founder Ooshma Garg told, ‘Our meal plan seeks to serve busy parents and audiences who look forward to quick preparation time for meals. Approximately half of our customer base lies between the ages of 35 and 44 years old.’

 

According to reports, the meal-kit market has crossed the $2 billion mark making sense for every big player in the market to get into the act. A Walmart corporate spokesman told Fortune in an email statement confirming the partnership, ‘We continuously strive to find new options for offering our customers despite 75 million items lying in our inventory. This includes specialty food options like farm fresh crates, meal kits by Gobble and convenient snack boxes for quick meal requirements.’

In the meal kit industry, companies have been trying to discover a convenient spot, variety, and consistency with the meal options. It is difficult to churn out profits and hence Gobble is no exception. Fortune estimates Gobble made an annual revenue between $25 million to $50 million last year, but the company has not yet made any profits.

Khosla Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Trinity Ventures are some of Gobble’s investors. The company was first backed in 2012 by Reddit founder and Angel investor, Alexis Ohanian. ‘ The firm and our initialized capital were attracted to the vision of its founder and the quality of the product. This was before meal kits were on the market, but Garg still thought about the business intelligently. Walmart is surely a proof of his vision paying off.’

Ohanian strongly believes this to be a great opportunity for Walmart and has faith in Garg’s methodical approach and engineering background that are sure to pay off in the long term. A clear battle is being waged between the largest retailer and the largest e-commerce company in the world.

‘This is surely a business game-changing alliance for Gobble with Walmart – world’s largest retailer. It enables our customer reach to gain miles of visibility very quickly. Private companies striving to enter the same space show up to 70% of their sales coming in from Walmart’, says Garg.

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon Bon Jovi Drops By A Local Long Island Supermarket And Surprises Patrons

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon Bon Jovi Drops By A Local Long Island Supermarket And Surprises Patrons
Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon Bon Jovi Drops By A Local Long Island Supermarket And Surprises Patrons

A normal Saturday morning shopping spree for some customers turned into the most exciting moment of their lives when Rock ‘n’ Roll icon Bon Jovi walked into Stew Leonard’s store located in Farmingdale with his son Jesse Bongiovi and CEO Stew Leonard Jr. “I was just shopping,” Bon Jovi sure knows how to steal the show!

The rock icon who has evergreen hits like ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Living on a Prayer’ thoroughly excited shoppers and staff alike as he made an impromptu appearance on a monotonous Saturday morning. Newsday, the local newspaper, got the reaction of a few shoppers present in the store during his appearance.

Lou Diaz, 43, of West Islip, told Newsday, “We actually were coming for cookie dough, we talked to the lady over there, and she said, ‘Oh, I think Bon Jovi’s inside in the store,’ at first we certainly didn’t believe her, I mean c’mon the odds of a legend like Bon Jovi being in a local Long Island supermarket was preposterous. All of a sudden, everyone just started running, that’s when we realized she wasn’t joking. We were just trying to catch him wherever he went.”

Bon Jovi, who was inducted in the Rock n Roll hall of fame in April was present in the store to promote rosé wine which he co-created with his son, Jesse Bongiovi. Both shoppers and staff couldn’t hide their excitement as they snapped pictures with Bon Jovi while he was promoting ‘Diving Into Hampton Water’, which is the name of this new rosé wine.

Cathy Smith, 57 and an avid shopper said, “It’s just so exciting, ‘Living on a Prayer’ is my song. I have goosebumps.”
Diving Into Hampton Water is curated in the Languedoc region located in the South of France. It is a perfect blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvedre grapes and promises a fine quality rosé. The wine goes perfectly well with finger food, salads or seafood.

Photo Credits – The Mega Agency RTI

Walmart Exploring Speedy Grocery Pick-up Using Robotic System ‘Alphabot’

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Walmart Exploring Speedy Grocery Pick-up Using Robotic System ‘Alphabot’
Walmart Exploring Speedy Grocery Pick-up Using Robotic System ‘Alphabot’

In a tie-up with Alert Innovation, Walmart is ready to deploy an automated system ‘Alphabot’ in its superstore located in Salem, New Hampshire. The robotic system will run trials in a 20,000 square-feet store extension cum grocery pick-up point with drive-thru lanes for customers. The motive behind Walmart’s association with robotics is to test if the turnaround time of processing online orders can be made faster. The high-speed robotic system ‘Alphabot’ collects a wide variety of items including frozen, refrigerated and dry items from the storage and brings to the Walmart’s store staff. The store staff then picks and assembles customers’ orders. That way the personal shoppers can be empowered to be more interactive, efficient and only focus on handpicking select items such as fresh produce.

This service is slated to become beneficial for busy consumers who can’t spare the time to grocery shop and for those who would like to dodge high-priced grocery delivery services like Instacart and Shipt. This experimentation is one of the ways for Walmart to strategize its grocery delivery in the midst of stiff competition from Amazon/Whole foods.  Walmart confirmed that it aims to establish delivery services in one hundred markets by year-end and now works with assorted delivery partners including Doordash, Postmates, and Deliv, while delivery partnerships with Uber and Lyft have been terminated.

The distribution setup in Walmart is now much wider with grocery pickup services going up from 600 to 1,200 in the last 2 years and a plan to add 1,000 more stores by 2018. Currently, there are 1,800 stores offering grocery pick up services.

Automation means taking care of even critical details such as expiry dates on the labels while picking up and Alphabot is expected to handle such points of human error. The effective grocery-picking process not only means multiple benefits to customers but also means the efficiency of Walmart in improvising the system of the online order process.  The whole idea is to be delivery ready and cut back on time when customers arrive at the stores.

Walmart expects that consumers who order online will have access to Alphabot by this year-end. However, they are first learning how this kind of technology aids their business goals. Shoppers will first be able to order groceries online for pick-up only from October 1 onwards. Eventually, the store will offer grocery delivery from a later date.

Walmart is testing the newer and innovative technologies at its flagship Salem store, just off Interstate 93. Post a remodel, the store will serve multiple purposes such as a Pickup Tower for online orders, an automated shelf scanner that identifies out-of-stock items, the QUICK unloader to help move items off trucks, and Walmart’s mobile point-of-sale, Check Out With Me.

As this is only a pilot project, no confirmation has been received from Walmart if they will be extending the automated service to its other stores as well. However, the experiment with ‘Alphabot’ to improve online grocery pick-up service only proves Walmart’s consistent efforts to serve customers in an even better way.

Walmart Starts on the Whole Foods Segment with a Premium Coffee Brand!

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Walmart Starts on the Whole Foods Segment with a Premium Coffee Brand!
Walmart Starts on the Whole Foods Segment with a Premium Coffee Brand!

Walmart Inc. has introduced a new line of Organic Coffee made by a roaster in Colorado exclusively across its 1200 stores, taking a head-on battle with Amazon.com who has been the sole seller of this coffee brand.

Mash-up Coffee, as it is called, is produced by Denver based Boyer’s Coffee and will now be available on exclusive Walmart stores or the Mash-up Website. The price per coffee bag is rated to be 7$ which is roughly similar to the Starbucks coffee bag sold at Walmart, which usually segments in the high-end coffee section at the retailer store.

Walmart was keen on gaining knowledge about the third wave of coffee and hence contacted Boyer’s Coffee last year. The third wave refers to the modernization and premiumization of the caffeine fix for US consumers who are seeking further innovations to the coffee segment. Over years, people have moved from the conventional Folgers and Maxwell house to Starbucks, looking for something different.

Jason Barrow, One of the Luna Gourmet brothers, running Boyer’s parent company, further said, ‘They looked at us to give them knowledge on this coffee segment. We knew it shall be a strong competition with Starbucks while we pushed this coffee in the Walmart market.’

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