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OneView Commerce Supports Innovative Customer Engagement
OneView Commerce today announced it successfully delivered a series of key digital initiatives leveraging OneView's Unified Commerce Platform for Kroger.
To meet changing shopper needs, America's largest grocer leveraged OneView's headless commerce capabilities to finalize the digital orders when those orders are delivered at curbside pickup or via home delivery. OneView's Unified Commerce platform powers eCommerce pickup and delivery experiences at more than 1,000 Kroger locations.
"Using OneView's platform, we continue to deliver an innovative associate experience," said Sriram Samu, Customer Technology Vice President at Kroger. "The solution helps us create a seamless..."
Sahlen's Flagship Hot Dogs & Newest Product Now Available at Kroger
Three varieties of Sahlen's Hot Dogs can now be found at several Kroger retail locations throughout the Southeast United States. Kroger adds two of Sahlen's most sought after hot dog products—Tender Casing Pork & Beef Smokehouse Hot Dogs and Tender Casing All Beef Smokehouse Hot Dogs—as well as Sahlen's latest product release, Grilled For You™ Hot Dogs.
The two tender casing hot dog products have always been a Western New York staple, while Grilled For You™ Hot Dogs, released earlier this year, add a new, convenient...
Kroger Launches Boost Membership for Customers Nationwide
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced the national launch of Boost by Kroger, which represents the latest expansion of its industry-leading loyalty program. The annual membership provides customers unlimited free grocery delivery on orders of $35 or more, fuel discounts of up to $1 per gallon and additional savings on Our Brands products. Kroger estimates the membership can save customers more $1,000 per year on fuel and grocery delivery.
"As customers continue to evolve how they shop and eat, this expansion of our loyalty program..."
Kroger Board of Directors Raises Quarterly Dividend by 24%
The Kroger Co's Board of Directors approved a dividend increase from $0.84 to $1.04 per year. The next quarterly dividend of 26 cents per share will be paid on September 1, 2022, to shareholders of record as of close of business on August 15, 2022.
Kroger's quarterly dividend has grown at a 14% compounded annual growth rate since it was reinstated in 2006. This marks the 16th consecutive year of dividend increases. The company continues to expect, subject to board approval, an increasing dividend over time...
Kroger #25 on Axios Harris Poll 100 Ranking of Most Visible U.S. Companies
The Kroger Co. today announced it ranked #25 on the 2022 Axios Harris Poll 100, an annual ranking of the reputations of the most visible U.S. companies.
"As the nation's largest grocer, Kroger is changing the way America eats," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Every day, we bring exciting innovations to life that ensure our customers find the foods they want – anything, anytime, anywhere – with zero compromise. We are committed to delivering the freshest food at affordable prices and cultivating a purpose-driven environment where..."
Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands to Central Ohio
The Kroger Co. America's largest grocery retailer, today announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a spoke facility in Central Ohio powered by the Ocado Group. The addition of a delivery "spoke" brings innovation and modern e-commerce to the Central Ohio area, including Columbus, and will extend the grocer's reach and ability to provide fresh and friendly services to its customers.
"We're proud to expand the Kroger fulfillment network in our home state," said Gabriel Arreaga, Kroger's senior vice president and chief supply chain officer....
Kroger Announces Second Year of Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator
America's largest grocery retailer, The Kroger Co. today announced the second year of its groundbreaking Go Fresh & Local Supplier Accelerator, a program designed to enhance and accelerate the selection of local items sold in the Kroger Family of Companies. The program provides a pathway to entry for local businesses of all sizes by allowing American-based growers and producers the chance to work directly with the retailer. Through the Supplier Accelerator, Kroger is continuing to expand its fresh departments – including produce, deli, bakery, meat, seafood, dairy, specialty cheeses, and...
The Kroger Family of Companies Hosting Spring Hiring Event on April 30 to Fill 23,000 Roles
The Kroger Co. today announced a spring hiring event scheduled for Saturday, April 30, the grocer's third nationwide hybrid hiring event. The Kroger Family of Companies is hiring for 23,000 open roles across all departments, including retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, merchandising, logistics, corporate, pharmacy and healthcare roles. The event will take place from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET for virtual interviews and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. local time for nationwide, on-site interviews.
"After our successful fall hiring event, we are eager..."
Kroger, America's Largest Grocery Retailer, Commences Hiring for Grocery Delivery in South Florida
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, is now hiring more than 200 associates as it prepares to bring Kroger Delivery to the South Florida market this summer, providing fresh food and the convenient, exceptional service to area residents. The retailer, which currently operates the service in three major Florida markets, is offering competitive wages, flexible hours, and exceptional benefits.
Reflecting the dynamic South Florida region, the grocery retailer plans to hire talented individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. Kroger Delivery is recruiting drivers, as well...
Kroger Dallas Division Launches Restaurant Supply
Kroger's Dallas Division is making it simpler for local restaurants to keep their customer-favorite items on the menu. Known for providing the freshest food at a great value, the grocer is launching Kroger Restaurant Supply, exclusively in Greater Dallas today.
Kroger Restaurant Supply offers an alternative to ordering in large quantities that have highly variable pricing and require deliveries on a set schedule. This service offers competitive wholesale pricing, opportunities to purchase items by the case or unit and seven-day-a-week delivery.
"Supply chain bottlenecks are impacting nearly every restaurant across..."
Kroger Names New Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations
The Kroger Co. announced today Erin Rolfes has been named as Director, Corporate Communications & Media Relations. She will be responsible for enhancing and protecting Kroger's corporate reputation, driving brand narrative across the company's many lines of business, and serving as the company's spokesperson.
"Erin is a strategic communicator who understands the importance of telling compelling and authentic stories that express our company's character," said Keith Dailey, Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Kroger. "We're excited Erin has accepted this role and look forward to her help to elevate our brand..."
Kroger Issues Statement Regarding Carl Icahn's Intent to Nominate Two Director Candidates
The Kroger Co. today announced that Carl Icahn has submitted an intent to nominate two director candidates – Alexis C. Fox and Margarita Paláu-Hernández – to stand for election to the Kroger Board of Directors at the Company's 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The date for the Annual Meeting has not been announced. Kroger shareholders are not required to take any action at this time.
The Company issued the following statement:
The Kroger Board and management team maintain regular communications with shareholders and other stakeholders on a range of...
Kroger Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2021 Results
Fourth Quarter Highlights
- Identical Sales without fuel increased 4.0%; two-year stack increased 14.6%- Digital Sales two-year stack grew 105%- EPS of $0.75; Adjusted EPS of $0.91- Operating Profit of $965 million; Adjusted FIFO Operating Profit of $1,014 million
Fiscal 2021 Highlights
- Identical Sales without fuel increased 0.2%; two-year stack increased 14.3%- Digital Sales two-year stack grew 113%- EPS of $2.17; Adjusted EPS of $3.68- Operating Profit of $3.5 billion; Adjusted FIFO Operating Profit of $4.3 billion- Cost savings...
Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands to Three New Cities
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced at its 2022 Business Update in Orlando it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of spoke facilities in Austin and San Antonio, TX and Birmingham, AL powered by the Kroger Fulfillment Network and Ocado Group. As a continuation of Kroger's successful entry into Florida in 2021 without physical stores, the new Texas and Alabama facilities will serve as new geographies for the organization, bringing innovation and modern e-commerce to the cities and extending the grocer's reach and ability to provide...
Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands with Facility in Cleveland Region
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in a new geography – northeast Ohio. The facility will be powered by the Ocado Group and combine vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics to provide an affordable, friendly, and fast fresh food delivery service as part of the company's seamless ecosystem.
"Kroger is incredibly excited to expand our delivery business in our home state and provide northeast Ohioans access to thousands of fresh and popular products, including..."
Kroger's Fred Meyer Stores Launch Loop in Portland, Oregon Metro
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Loop, the circular reuse platform developed by TerraCycle, have launched a new way for customers to shop, offering a selection of products in reusable packaging rather than in single-use plastic.
Through a first-of-its-kind partnership in the U.S., customers can now walk into one of 25 Kroger-owned Fred Meyer stores in the Portland metro area and purchase more than 20 products from leading consumer brands packaged in reusable containers.
"Kroger is committed to achieving lasting positive change..."
Kroger and Kitchen United Open Houston Location
Kroger and Kitchen United MIX announced today the opening of a kitchen center in Houston, Texas, located in The Heights neighborhood. Customers can order freshly prepared, on-demand restaurant meals from any or all participating restaurants to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.
"Our customers know they can count on Kroger as a destination for the freshest meal solutions," said Dan De La Rosa, Kroger's group vice president of fresh merchandising. "The Kitchen United collaboration provides another simple, on-demand meal option within our stores. It is one more example of how Kroger..."
Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a spoke facility in Oklahoma City powered by the Ocado Group. As a continuation of Kroger's successful entry into Florida in 2021, Oklahoma will serve as another new geography for the company, bringing innovation and modern e-commerce to the area, extending the grocer's reach and ability to provide its customers anything, anytime, anywhere.
"We're excited to extend the Kroger fulfillment network to Oklahoma City, a new geography for our operation and..."
Kroger Announces Leadership Changes
The Kroger Co. today announced the retirement of Mark Tuffin, senior vice president of retail divisions, after more than 26 years of distinguished service, effective April 1. Tuffin will be succeeded by Kenny Kimball, currently president of the Smith's division.
Kenny Kimball, President of Smith's Division, Named Senior Vice PresidentKimball, currently president of the Smith's division, will succeed Tuffin, upon his retirement.
Kimball joined the organization in 1984 as a courtesy clerk in the Smith's division, followed by serving in several leadership roles in the years that followed, including store manager, district manager and bakery...
Kroger Delivery Arrives in Metro Atlanta
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced the official opening of the Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) in Forest Park, GA, a city south of Atlanta, powered by Ocado Group, a world leader in technology for grocery e-commerce. This marks an expansion of Kroger's national fulfillment network, providing the region with an e-commerce delivery service that combines vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics with affordable, friendly, and fast delivery of grocery items and fresh food.
"We're proud to launch Kroger Delivery in metro Atlanta with future expansion plans throughout Georgia and..."
Kroger Fulfillment Network Expands to Louisville, Kentucky
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a spoke facility in Louisville, Kentucky powered by the Ocado Group and combining vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics to provide an affordable, friendly, and fast fresh food delivery service as part of the company's seamless ecosystem.
"We're proud to expand the Kroger fulfillment network to Louisville," said Gabriel Arreaga, Kroger's senior vice president and chief supply chain officer. "The new service is an innovative addition to the expanding digital shopping experience available to..."
Kroger Announces 10 Food Trend Predictions for 2022
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced its 2022 Food Trends Report, which predicts emerging food trends, consumer behaviors and popular items for the year ahead. This fourth-annual report centers on the continued dominance of at-home meals, powered by convenience, affordability, social gatherings, and the desire for sustainable and nutrient-rich food items.
Kroger's 2022 Food Trends Report is thoughtfully curated by Kroger's food experts – from Our Brands product developers to culinary specialists. The report contains 10 top trends that will influence consumer food purchases in 2022...
King Soopers and City Market Open for Customers
Today, King Soopers and City Market called the decision by UFCW Local 7 to strike reckless and self-serving, without regard for the implications to associates and Coloradans.
"Local 7 is putting politics before people and preventing us from putting more money in our associates' pockets," said Joe Kelley, president of King Soopers and City Market. "It's time for Kim Cordova to put our associates, her members, first instead of denying them the opportunity to vote on this unprecedented investment. Creating more disruption for our associates, their families, and Coloradans rather..."
Kroger Kicks Off Ghost Kitchen Rollout
Image Kroger is launching its ghost kitchen initiative.
The Kroger Co. is officially a participant in the ghost kitchen space.
As initially announced in August 2021, the country’s largest grocery retailer is partnering with ghost kitchen startup Kitchen United to provide customers freshly prepared restaurant food for takeout or delivery in select Kroger banner locations.
Kroger is opening its first ghost kitchen center at a Ralphs store in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Customers can build freshly prepared, on-demand restaurant meals from any or all of the restaurants participating in the initiative...
Strike at Kroger's King Soopers Stores Imminent as Union Talks Fail
Negotiations between Kroger's King Soopers grocery store and the union that represents more than 8,700 workers at the Colorado chain have failed, setting the stage for a three-week strike starting from Wednesday.
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 President Kim Cordova said on Monday that King Soopers has not yet provided the information the union needs to evaluate its proposal, according to an update livestreamed on Facebook.
The only proposal during the three days of talks was from the union, which the company representatives asked them to...
Kroger Promotes Laura Gump to Houston Division President
The Kroger Co. announced today Laura Gump, formerly vice president of merchandising for the Houston division, has been promoted to president of the division. She succeeds Joe Kelley who was recently named president of King Soopers.
"Laura has tremendous experience in the grocery and retail industries," said Valerie Jabbar, Kroger's senior vice president of retail operations. "Her ability to build high-performing teams will ensure our Houston division continues to deliver the freshest foods and a friendly and welcoming experience for our customers, whether shopping in store or online..."
Kroger Reports Third Quarter 2021 Results and Raises Full-Year Guidance
The Kroger Co. today reported its third quarter 2021 results and will update investors on how key initiatives are positioning the company for long-term sustainable growth.
Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen
"Kroger's strategy to lead with fresh and accelerate with digital continues to connect with our customers. Our agility, and the commitment from our amazing associates, is allowing us to navigate current labor and supply chain conditions and provide the freshest food at affordable prices across our store and digital ecosystem.
"Our focus on execution, combined..."
Kroger and Kipster Farms Announce Plans to Bring the First Carbon-Neutral Eggs to U.S. Customers
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, and Kipster Farms, the award-winning egg production system founded in The Netherlands, announced today a strategic partnership to bring the world's first carbon-neutral, cage-free eggs to retail shelves in the U.S.
"Simple Truth is excited to partner with the innovative team at Kipster to further elevate our brand's purpose to be a force for good," said Brad Studer, senior director, Our Brands for Kroger. "These Simple Truth and Kipster eggs will be produced..."
Kroger's Home Chef Surpasses $1 Billion in Annual Sales
The Kroger Co. and Home Chef announced today the meal solutions brand reached $1 billion in annual sales. Founded in 2013 by Pat Vihtelic, Home Chef merged with Kroger, America's largest grocery retailer, in 2018. Since then, Kroger and Home Chef have advanced the availability of mealtime shortcuts and solutions, offered new product innovations, and continued to transform how customers approach preparing meals.
"Kroger's commitment to being Fresh for Everyone is underscored by our Home Chef products, which help us bring families together in the kitchen with meal options..."
Kroger Delivery Expands with New Fulfillment Centers
The Kroger Co., America's largest grocery retailer, today announced it will offer more customers Kroger Delivery through the addition of new Kroger fulfillment centers powered by the Ocado Group, combining vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics to provide an affordable, friendly, and fast fresh food delivery service.
"Kroger Delivery is a thriving part of our dynamic ecosystem and is transforming grocery e-commerce and meeting a range of customer needs through the introduction of first-of-its-kind technology in the U.S. developed by Ocado," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO...
The Kroger Family of Companies to Hire 20,000 Associates
The Kroger Co. today announced its Family of Companies' second nationwide hybrid hiring event, including virtual and on-site interviews, will take place from 2-5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, October 13. The organization's mission is to hire 20,000 associates by finding talent for retail, e-commerce, manufacturing, supply chain, merchandising, logistics, corporate, and pharmacy and healthcare roles.
"The Kroger Family of Companies is eager to welcome 20,000 associates to our organization as we prepare for an incredible holiday season where customers are planning to return to larger family gatherings and..."
Kroger Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen Delivers Opening Keynote at Groceryshop
The Kroger Co. Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen took the stage in Las Vegas at Groceryshop, a leading U.S. event for the retail, grocery, and consumer packaged goods industries, for its annual conference during the opening keynote themed Kroger Delivers the Future of Grocery Shopping Now.
McMullen shared the company's continued focus on leading with fresh and accelerating with digital by leveraging its complementary assets to create innovative solutions for customers, a continually improving workplace for associates, and a more sustainable operation for the planet...
Three Reasons Retailers Want to Become Tech Platforms
Kroger’s proprietary “Customer Fulfillment Center” (CFC) concept is one example of a retailer acting as a tech platform.
More retailers are attempting to transform themselves into full-fledged technology platforms, with good justification.
I recently wrote on a column on signs that Instacart wants to join major technology providers such as Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook by evolving into a broadly-based tech platform. While I still stand behind that column, Instacart is hardly alone in what appear to be its technology ambitions.
Other retailers, including (but not limited to)...
Kroger Reports Second Quarter Results and Raises Full-Year 2021 Guidance
The Kroger Co. today reported its second quarter 2021 results and will update investors on how key initiatives are positioning the company for long-term sustainable growth.
Comments from Chairman and CEO Rodney McMullen –
"Our strategic focus on leading with fresh and accelerating with digital continues to build momentum across our business. Kroger's seamless ecosystem is working. This was evident during the quarter as we saw customers seamlessly shift between channels, and we continued to see strong digital engagement. Customers are eating more food at home because...
Kroger Releases 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance Report
The Kroger Co. released its 2021 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, sharing its new long-term ESG strategy and framework to benefit people and the planet, and to help create a more resilient, equitable food system for tomorrow.
"As a grocery retailer, Kroger is committed to advancing positive impacts for people and our planet and to creating more resilient global systems," said Rodney McMullen, Kroger's chairman and CEO. "Even throughout a difficult year, our team continued to make progress on our goals while still playing a key role in providing fresh food and essential goods to our communities. Through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and...
AYO Foods Expands as West African Favorites Now Available at Kroger Locations Nationwide
AYO Foods, a premium frozen food brand delivering an authentic and delicious line of West-African inspired cuisine, today announced that its products are now available across the U.S. at Kroger, and Kroger owned banners nationwide. Kroger will be carrying some of the company's most popular offerings including Jollof Rice, Puff Puff, and two recently launched items in partnership with Bravo TV's Top Chef, Eric Adjepong, Chicken Yassa and Waakye. The company's new partnership with Kroger, along with a growing body of fast-growing regional grocers like...
Real Good Foods Expands Frozen Entrée Offerings at Kroger Stores Nationwide
The Real Good Foods Company, a high growth brand in frozen food, announced today the launch of seven new frozen, high protein, low carb, grain free, gluten free entrées in approximately 1,500 Kroger stores nationwide. These tasty offerings are made with real ingredients that allow consumers to stay on track with their health and wellness goals while also bringing convenience to every lifestyle.
"We are delighted with this expansion of approximately 10,000 points of distribution in Kroger stores and Kroger owned banners," said Bryan Freeman, Executive Chairman of...
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