Is Sprouts Doomed?

Delivery can destroy Sprouts because it keeps customers away from Sprouts where they can see its low prices.

Traditional supermarkets depend heavily from all the spur-of-the moment purchases from shoppers in the store. How many times have you walked into a supermarket to “grab a couple of things” and ended up pushing a full shopping cart out the door?

Online shoppers only get what is on their shopping list, because they are not in the supermarket to get tempted by that extra stuff. That is good for customers’ pocketbooks but bad for Sprouts’ bottom line.

The traditional supermarket is a marketing machine cleverly disguised as a food store. Grocers fill their stores with temptations such as endcaps, free samples, delis, and cafes. The online shopper sees none of that stuff.

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PayPal use growing faster than Apple and Google Pay, Microsoft Plans Automated Store

Mobile payment apps are still a tough sell to America’s consumers and merchants, Kount’s data indicates. The company that can change that paradigm will make a fortune.

That means more two thirds of American retailers or 71% still refuse to accept mobile wallets. Once again it sounds as if Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is losing the payment wars, and Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOG) is not doing very well.

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Is Ocado the Future of Groceries and does it Make Money?

Ocado claims to process 260,000 orders a week with an order accuracy rate of 99% and an on-time delivery rate of 95%. The company claims to reduce costs with a 0.7% rate of product waste, which sounds hard to believe.

What’s truly interesting is that Ocado might be ahead of Amazon in its use of robots to move groceries. Ocado claims to have 1,100 robots at work in its newest Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC3) in Andover, Hampshire. Pictures online show Ocado robots working in refrigerated warehouses and giant freezers.
Those robots can supposedly pick and pack an order of 50 items in just five minutes. That is amazing because the CFC3 is stocked with 50,000 items, and the center itself is the size of three football fields.

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Is Target Really Profiting from Digital

Teaming up with high-end grocers like Lidl and Trader Joe’s for Shipt delivery is a smart move for Target. Other logical moves will to add brands like CVS, Walgreens, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rite Aid, Albertsons, Nordstrom, Aldi, Trader Joes, Safeway, Publix, and Best Buy to the Shipt ecosystem.

More importantly, Target is well positioned to cash in on today’s retail environment and the transition from brick and mortar to delivery. If you want to profit from the growth of grocery delivery, Target is one of your best bets.

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Who is buying Supervalu?

Even if Supervalu keeps operating the distribution centers its new customer might be Amazon or Instacart.
A strong possibility is that Supervalu will get out of brick and mortar supermarkets and concentrate on selling groceries to delivery services. Its’ network of distribution centers is well-positioned for that eventuality.
Supervalu’s financials explain why Jeff Bezos is so interested in the grocery business. Grocers like Supervalu have a very strong cash flow, and Bezos loves cash.

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The Death of Campbell’s Soup

An American icon is in big trouble Campbell’s Soup (NYSE: CPB) is in turmoil after sales fell by 7% during

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Is Kroger Losing Money?

Kroger also bought around 6% of the British online grocer Ocado, a press release indicates. Kroger and Ocado entered into a partnership and subscription agreement that will bring Ocado’s Smart’s Platform to the United States. That will give Kroger access to Ocado’s robotics and digital technology capabilities.

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Walmart to End Uber and Lyft Delivery, Uber Rush Shutting Down

The future of delivery will be specialist delivery firms such as Grubhub (NYSE: GRUB) and Instacart that concentrate on one kind of order such as groceries or hot meals. One-size fits all delivery such as that promoted by Uber Rush appears to be a flop.

Other delivery services will take the place of Uber and Lyft, and customer service should not be affected, Blakeman said. Walmart owns the same-day delivery service Parcel and is working with some other delivery services including Deliv and Google Express. Walmart is also working with Postmates and DoorDash, Reuters reported.

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Grocery Saving Tips

This seems counterintuitive but taking advantage of online grocery delivery and ordering schemes can save you money.

Modern stores are sophisticated marketing machines designed to make you buy as much as possible – so the less time you spend in them, the less money you will spend. When you order online, you can get just the stuff on your list, and there will be no incentive for impulse buying.

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Slash Grocery Bills Quickly

You don’t have to buy all of your groceries in the supermarket. You can find many canned items, spices and other groceries in local dollar stores. Discount dollar stores help slash grocery bills quickly with much lower prices on many items.

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