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Are Robot the Future of Retail

Are Robots the Future of Grocery Stores?

The evolution in the food retail industry as we know it has completely changed over the past few months. E-commerce stores have shot up, automation has been widely adopted in the food retail industry to keep up with the demands of consumers and technology has significantly impacted our industry for the better. Now, with the proliferation of intelligent machines in the food retail industry hoping to improve operations, are robots the future of grocery stores? Here are some of the reasons why they may be: Addition to Your Workforce Investing in robots for retail operations free up store associates on

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Giovernment agences are more stringent

Food Retail Stores and Government Agencies Establishing More Stringent Regulations

Food-retail business strategies have shifted over the past few weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some retail stores implemented online digital platforms to serve their communities in need and some food-retail establishments such as restaurants and brick and mortar shops implemented delivery and take out only to help keep the lights on. However, in grocery stores, where people still go for essentials, shopping as we know it has changed. In-store navigation altered drastically to abide by state regulations and prioritize consumer safety concerns. As the pandemic evolves, so does grocery shopping regulations and restrictions. The Case for Grocery Stores Social

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What to Expect in 2021

Food Trends: What to Expect in 2021

The year 2020 was challenging for all of us. For the food retail industry, last year was a time for retailers to quickly pivot, shift their business strategy, and consistently innovate and get creative to keep up with the ever-changing customer demand. Though it has been difficult to keep things afloat, our industry has managed to push through. As we enter 2021, several changes in consumer food trends, shopping behaviors, and consumer spending will likely continue to alter how we keep our operations up and running. Here are some trends that food retailers could expect to gain market share over

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Food Retail Give Back

Food-retail Companies Give Back to Vulnerable Communities Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic

The Coronavirus outbreak has been very challenging to all of us; most especially to the vulnerable sectors in our community like senior citizens, children, and family members belonging to low-income households. Due to COVID-19, food insecurity has been prevalent and food-retail corporations are working together with charitable, not-for-profit organizations to give the communities in need all the support they can get amid this health crisis. Amazon, the popularly known online retailer, is delivering 6-million meals to local food banks in 25 cities across the country with the use of their own Amazon Flex drivers. In Houston, Texas, Amazon has partnered

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Food-Retail Establishments: Creatively Supporting Customers and Employees during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has unprecedentedly changed the world and how we do business. Many businesses have suspended operations due to government mandates or fears over spreading the coronavirus. However, essential industries such as healthcare, finance, and supermarkets have remained in service during this health crisis. Supermarkets and grocery stores, eager to do their part in alleviating the crisis and flattening the curve, have adapted in ways that protect the safety and well-being of their employees and customers while also protecting their bottom lines.     Technology and Strategic Shifts Protect Customers While Promoting Sales Many customers, consistent with stay-at-home orders, have

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Technology in the Food Retail Industry

Four Revolutionary Ways Supermarkets are Using Technology to Change the Food Retail Industry

Technology has undoubtedly changed how we do business. Whether in healthcare, banking, or education industry, technology has disrupted the world now more than ever. And now, gone are the days when we trudge our shopping carts around grocery stores or wait tirelessly in line at check-out counters because technology is already catching up in the food-retail industry – and it is all for a greater good. Here are the four revolutionary ways supermarkets are using technology to change the food retail industry: Augmented Reality AR has greatly helped improve the shopping experience of customers over the past few years. In

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Four Ways Food Retailers Could Gear Up for the Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year again! The holidays are here and many customers are planning to stockpile and buy food items ahead to celebrate the season with their loved ones at home. Whether people drive to brick-and-mortar stores or buy groceries online, supermarkets and grocers are an important part of the busiest shopping season of the year. The next couple of weeks will be critical with expected high demands and increased store and website traffic. Here are some ways food retailers could gear up for the holiday season: Enhance Online Strategies People are now buying groceries online more than

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Health and Wellness Food Products Will Continue Trending This Year

The height of the pandemic has pushed people to look for food alternatives either for convenience or health reasons. As a result, several food trends have emerged over the past few months since the outbreak. Trends like easy-to-prepare meals, chef-inspired meals, and seafood have seen a significant rise in demand. But, out of all the food trends we have seen this year, health and wellness top the list. According to ReportLinker, the global market for health and wellness foods is projected to grow to $1 trillion by 2027. Health and wellness foods are expected to dominate the food trend this

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How Food Retailers are Preparing for the Second Coronavirus Wave

At the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, food retailers were taken aback by unprecedented demand from consumers for essential items in store. From disinfectants and toilet paper to canned goods and frozen food items, retail stores experienced supply shortages. Meeting the demands of concerned consumers was almost impossible but somehow retailers found a way to adjust. So now, as we are beginning to experience another surge of COVID-19 across the country, how are food retailers preparing themselves? Here are some of the things retailers are doing: Food retailers are expecting customers to begin stockpiling again to prepare for the second

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How Food Retailers Can Maximize the Rise in Demand for Prepared Foods

Just like the Coronavirus pandemic, the rise in popularity of prepared foods is unprecedented. Consumers changing behaviors from cooking at home to hitting grocery stores for prepared food items have increased opportunities for food-retailers across the country. Just like for the grab-and-go sector, C-stores and grocery stores are taking the lead. Taking into consideration convenience, speed, and portability as the main drivers of sales, here are some of the ways retailers could maximize the rise in demand for prepared foods. Keep It Fresh and Safe To take advantage of this growing sector, retailers should make sure that food items are

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How Retailers Can Take Advantage of the Surge in Demand for Alcoholic Beverages

The pandemic has caused a lot of disruption and change in the consumers’ minds and behaviors in the food retail industry. One prevalent trend that has sprung throughout the coronavirus pandemic is the surge in demand for alcoholic beverages. Though the increase in alcohol sales was unexpected by some retailers, consumers are clearing out shelves buying beer, wine, and spirits throughout the lockdown period. According to Nielsen’s market data, total alcohol sales outside bars and restaurants increased about 24% during the pandemic. Several factors have come into play supporting an increase in demand for alcoholic drinks, including a shift in

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Merchandising Tips for Refrigerated Display Cases During Covid

Merchandising Tips for Food Retail Amid COVID-19

The beginning of 2020 has been an eventful one, to say the least. The world has been turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and grocery stores have been designated as essential businesses supplying the necessary resources to feed and provide for their customers. As a result, businesses are also needing to rethink their store layout and merchandising strategy. Supermarkets need to shift the dynamic of the way they have always done business. They are now reimagining their merchandising strategy, and how they can effectively use their existing equipment to accommodate the needs of today and offer

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Moving Forward: What Has the Food Retail Industry Learned so Far During COVID

It has been four months since the Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the food retail industry. Restrictions were put in place, consumer buying behavior abruptly shifted and food retailers have adapted their strategies to keep things afloat.   As we move to the 3rd quarter of 2020, and we go on with our operations one cautious step at a time, here are the things we have learned so far: Technology is winning If there is one thing that this pandemic has taught us it is that everything, most especially buying groceries, can be done online. As stay-at-home restrictions were implemented, consumers

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Natural Refrigerants: The Path Forward for Commercial and Industrial Refrigeration

Ever since the Montreal Protocol has been put in place, the search for natural refrigerants in commercial and industrial refrigeration has continued to be the top priority in the industry. These regulations to phase down Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) to protect the earth’s ozone layer and to address climate change and its negative effects have long-term significance, not just in the environment, but also to food retailers across the globe. Looming government regulations have food retailers looking for refrigerant alternatives with low Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) to be used on their refrigeration systems. Below are

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Online Grocery Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping is…NOW!

The grocery shopping habits of consumers have changed drastically over the past few months. Online grocery shopping, which shows a very high surge in adoption, is reshaping the food retail industry. In these trying times where our lives have become narrowed, how is online grocery shopping winning over consumers’ and industry’s demands? Surge in Online Grocery Shopping Since the start of the stay-at-home restrictions, people have been using online grocery shopping to deliver their essentials at home or curbside. Due to this surge, even some brick-and-mortar food-retail businesses are jumpstarting their e-commerce platform strategies. According to Brick Meets Click and

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Plant Based Food is Here to Stay

Gone are the days when consumers can only eat meat from animals. Now, the emerging trend of plant-based food is going above and beyond market shares. As the younger generations seek sustainability amid food crisis, plant-based meat, milk, and cellular-based seafood are on the rise. Make room for plant-based foods on your supermarket shelves because it isn’t going anywhere this 2020 and beyond. Meatless Meat Plant-based meat was invented to address the greatest environmental threat which is the dreadful impact of the use of animals on food tech on the global environment. Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger are the pioneering

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Promoting Healthy Meal Options in Fresh Prepared Departments

Unique food merchandising displays elevate a supermarket’s fresh prepared, deli and bakery departments. These displays help sell the delicious and savory products retailers pride themselves on creating, but also give shoppers a taste of something new and different that they may not normally eat or buy. The IDDBA 19 Show and What’s in Store Live Booth offered creative merchandising ideas for retailers to bring back to their stores and put into action!  So, when they showcased the front of the deli with 16’ of Hilphoenix SMG service cases focused on life-changing eating programs such as Keto, Vegan, Whole 30 and

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Simplified Lunch – Where Flavor and Convenience Collide to Appease the Family Divide

Simplified Lunch – Where Flavor and Convenience Collide to Appease the Family Divide

Let’s be perfectly honest, kids would much rather have the option to eat “kid-friendly” foods than what grown-ups are eating. That pre-packaged snack meal or peanut butter and jelly sandwich are much more appealing than a salad, hummus, and vegetables or yogurt with fruit. Eating a healthy meal is imperative for growing children and providing that conveniently and on-the-go can sometimes be a challenge.  With grab-n-go on the rise, and the more time-starved consumers have become, eating healthy and eating foods we LOVE was recently served up at IDDBA19!  The perfect lunch concept was presented for “Work Lunches” targeted to adults

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Supermarket Food Bars: Are There Better Days Ahead?

It has been a rough road for some food retailers ever since the pandemic hit. Some grocery departments like fresh produce, meat, and center store have been booming, while self-service areas have predominantly dipped in sales. For self-service areas like food bars that have been frowned upon due to health and sanitary concerns, its present state is uncertain. But, will it have a better future? Road to Recovery Since the pandemic hit, retailers have seen a steady surge in sales for the center store and produce department; however, the situation is far different for food bars and deli prepared. According

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Supermarket Fresh Prepared is going to the Dogs (and Cats)!

Supermarket Fresh Prepared Is Going to the Dogs (and Cats)!

The supermarket fresh prepared area is finally going to the dogs, but in a good way! Earlier this month, the What’s in Store booth at IDDBA s showcased a unique variation on meal kits, and yes, it’s going to the dogs and cats! While meal kits for humans are on the rise, the pet meal kits are a viable option for those retailers looking for ways to maintain a sustainability platform within their operation. By 2024, the global dog food market is projected to reach $100 billion, so this may be a great opportunity for retailers to gain additional sales

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The Future is Accelerated: Full-on E-commerce Adoption is Just Around the Corner

The past few months have accelerated the digital strategies of some food retailers in the country. Some implemented makeshift e-commerce platforms to cater to customer needs and some reinforced their in-store online initiatives, like store mobile apps, in the hope of adapting in today’s innovative times. Due to recent events, we were greatly propelled into a shift to the digital world, but what are food-retailers doing to prepare themselves for the e-commerce revolution? Food Retailers are Getting Agile E-commerce sales records continue to surge this year. Brick Meets Click/Mercatus Grocery Shopping Survey recorded up to $7.2 billion of e-commerce grocery

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The Role of Technology in the Food Retail Industry

The advancement of technology in the food retail sector in 2020 has significantly helped retailers survive one of the most tumultuous times of our lives. Technology has greatly alleviated food retailers’ problems in terms of order and fulfillment, supply chain management, and other major business processes. This year, it is expected that technology will have a key role in the food retail industry as we continue to battle the winding effects of the pandemic. Expediting Online Fulfillment Through Technology The advent of digitalization undeniably accelerated how we do things in food retail. From manual brick and mortar stores, several retailers

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Trend in 2021

What Food Retailers Should Expect in 2021

The New Year is here and, as we welcome an exciting year ahead of us, several emerging trends and changes concerning the food retail industry are expected to affect how we operate one way or another. Last year was a very challenging year, but what could be in store for food retailers in 2021? Here are some exciting things we should be expecting this year: Changes in Refrigeration Regulations On December 10, 2020, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved a groundbreaking and comprehensive program to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Starting in 2022, new equipment with more than

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Why Organic Food Sales are Booming Right Now and What’s in it for Food Retailers

The current environment has accelerated not just the adoption of technology in food retail stores, but also with the increase in consumer purchases of organic food. Organic labels have already seen an upward trend in 2019 with sales topped at $50 billion. Right now, it seems like several factors including health, sustainability, and the pandemic have pushed it even further. According to the 2020 Organic Industry Survey by Organic Trade Association (OTA), people are more conscious of eating more organic food and consuming organic products today more than ever. This holds true as Nielsen’s data reports organic food and drinks

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Are Robot the Future of Retail

Are Robots the Future of Grocery Stores?

The evolution in the food retail industry as we know it has completely changed over the past few months. E-commerce stores have shot up, automation has been widely adopted in the food retail industry to keep up with the demands of consumers and technology has

Continue Reading
What to Expect in 2021

Food Trends: What to Expect in 2021

The year 2020 was challenging for all of us. For the food retail industry, last year was a time for retailers to quickly pivot, shift their business strategy, and consistently innovate and get creative to keep up with the ever-changing customer demand. Though it has

Continue Reading
Merchandising Tips for Refrigerated Display Cases During Covid

Merchandising Tips for Food Retail Amid COVID-19

The beginning of 2020 has been an eventful one, to say the least. The world has been turned upside down as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and grocery stores have been designated as essential businesses supplying the necessary resources to feed and provide for

Continue Reading
Online Grocery Shopping

Online Grocery Shopping is…NOW!

The grocery shopping habits of consumers have changed drastically over the past few months. Online grocery shopping, which shows a very high surge in adoption, is reshaping the food retail industry. In these trying times where our lives have become narrowed, how is online grocery

Continue Reading

Plant Based Food is Here to Stay

Gone are the days when consumers can only eat meat from animals. Now, the emerging trend of plant-based food is going above and beyond market shares. As the younger generations seek sustainability amid food crisis, plant-based meat, milk, and cellular-based seafood are on the rise.

Continue Reading

Supermarket Food Bars: Are There Better Days Ahead?

It has been a rough road for some food retailers ever since the pandemic hit. Some grocery departments like fresh produce, meat, and center store have been booming, while self-service areas have predominantly dipped in sales. For self-service areas like food bars that have been

Continue Reading

The Role of Technology in the Food Retail Industry

The advancement of technology in the food retail sector in 2020 has significantly helped retailers survive one of the most tumultuous times of our lives. Technology has greatly alleviated food retailers’ problems in terms of order and fulfillment, supply chain management, and other major business

Continue Reading
Trend in 2021

What Food Retailers Should Expect in 2021

The New Year is here and, as we welcome an exciting year ahead of us, several emerging trends and changes concerning the food retail industry are expected to affect how we operate one way or another. Last year was a very challenging year, but what

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