Today’s consumer is used to being able to shop any way they like: from their phone or computer or in person at a brick-and-mortar store. Now, they are even accustomed to buying online and picking up (or buying online and driving up to pick up).
As you probably know already, the SiteSeer leadership team brings extensive experience in grocery retail, with several of us having worked in retail research for one of the nation’s large grocery chains for decades. And we continue to work with numerous grocer retailers so we’re always interested in what’s happening in the world of grocery.
If you’re in the grocery industry or you pay attention to industry news, you’ve probably heard: the largest supermarket chain the country, Kroger, is expanding into Florida. But…they intend to do so without opening a single store in the Sunshine State.
Just before the calendar flipped to 2021, Albertsons Companies made a big announcement regarding its grocery delivery service.
We’ve talked before on this blog about the general impression that brick-and-mortar retail is dying a slow death and why that simply isn’t true.
All it takes is a quick Google search of “retailers closing” to discover news story after news story about retail chains large and small experiencing shrinking sales and closing locations. Yes, big chains like Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears/Kmart, Payless ShoeSource, and others have been shuttering stores. Some analysts and journalists have dubbed the last few years the “retailpocalypse” and are actively predicting the demise of brick-and-mortar retail. But is retail dying? Let’s look at some of the reasons behind recent store closures to accurately answer that question.