GrocerKey is a white label end-to-end technology solution for grocery stores. Included is a branded web site featuring an online store. GrocerKey has created a faster and more desirable ordering process than any other e-commerce grocery platform on the market. The GrocerKey admin allows you to update store settings in real time, stay on top of your stores performance with real time analytics, and prepare your store for pickup, scheduled delivery, and on-demand delivery. The GrocerKey back-end operations app provides your staff with the tools they need to run an efficient and successful operation.
With the rapid rise of digital and mobile technologies, the shift of power to consumers has forever changed how advertisers, retailers and brands get their messages across. Bringing them all together through its proprietary digital platform is the charge of PlaceWise Media, one of the largest shopper media networks in the U.S. PlaceWise’s shopper media network includes more than 1,400 grocery retailers and nearly 700 shopping and lifestyle centers, with more than 10 million total monthly visitors. Through its unique, first-party data, PlaceWise can extend beyond its network in real time to reach millions of other relevant shoppers. The company also provides digital marketing services to hundreds of malls and lifestyle centers across North America. Shopper access; shopper insight; real time. PlaceWise Media’s network allows brands to offer shoppers engaging content and special offers along the path to purchase, delivering on its promise to them to reach “Just who you want. Right when they are ready®”.
Rosie is the industry leading platform for online shopping and digital consumer engagement. Designed specifically for independent grocers, Rosie provides all of the tools necessary to succeed in E-Commerce and create a distinct competitive advantage.
Each customer enjoys a personalized shopping experience online via iOS and Android mobile apps, leading to increased loyalty and larger purchases compared to in-store. For retailers, Rosie maximizes the ROI of your online shopping program. Touch screen tablets and scan guns optimize order fulfillment, reducing labor expenses. Rosie's data analytics tools are deeply integrated, enabling easy access to customer demographics, high/low turn items, items most frequently out of stock, and more.
Rosie's platform is optimized to position house-made, locally sourced, and other designated items to appear more prominently to customers at the retailer's discretion, creating more effective sales programs and increasing customer satisfaction.
Birdzi’s Personalized Shopper Engagement Suite is made up of the following components:
Personalization Engine - Proprietary algorithms track individual shopper profiles & behavior and score offers & content for each shopper based on objectives
Digital Touchpoints - Connect with your shoppers through your own branded mobile app, web and email
In-store Engagement - Empower your shoppers to search and locate items in-store and receive relevant offers in the aisle through beacons
Offer Management and Analytics - Build and manage offers and track performance in real-time
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Fetch Rewards is a complete grocery shopping solution that puts your grocery store in the palms of your shoppers' hands, creating more valuable shoppers for your store. With the Fetch app, shoppers scan their groceries as they shop, unlocking exclusive deals and earning cash back on every item they purchase. Fetch provides access to information as they shop, such as tracking their running total and recipe inspiration. Thanks to our seamless communication between Fetch and any standard POS system, shoppers experience a quicker checkout, which they love.
Grocers partnering with Fetch have created more valuable shoppers through increased basket size and stronger loyalty. Fetch basket sizes are on average 25% larger than non-Fetch shoppers. 37% say they now shop at their store more now that Fetch is available, and an additional 5% are new to the store because of Fetch.
We help retailers build a true and transparent relationship with their shoppers. A relationship that entices behavior and results in the increase of RFM (Recency, Frequency and monitory spend). AppCard offers brick and mortar retailers a totally new concept of making real-time, item level data actionable, while requiring no integration with the POS to drive customer retention and loyalty. Combining a multi-tier loyalty program with actionable data analytics reports and business intelligence insights resulting in personalized offers and rewards.
RULE NUMBER ONE, “The Customer is Always Right,” is famously engraved into a granite boulder located at the entrance to Stew Leonard’s iconic grocery store in Norwalk, CT.
It’s a simple axiom. If only it were true.
Grocery operators are well aware that in many instances their customers are not right. On some occasions they can be egregiously – even comically – wrong.
Customer service experts, including most independent grocers, understand this to be a normal reality. Right or wrong, the customer is still the customer. Retailers go to extraordinary lengths to keep them feeling successful, satisfied and to ensure their repeat patronage. A degree of loyalty and an expanding share of their limited wallets would be nice too.
Meticulous compliance with temperature control and monitoring practices is a fundamental necessity for food service providers in order to assure product quality and safety. As both hot and cold menu offerings continue to expand in the supermarket environment, this activity grows more complicated, placing a greater burden upon operators to maintain excellence. Many observe that existing paper-based recordkeeping processes are no longer adequate for the modern grocer.
With these issues in mind, two retailers collaborated on in-store deployments of a food safety and intelligent checklist platform beginning in summer 2013. The activity was focused on deli and prepared foods departments located at one store of a regional supermarket chain and a single-store independent grocer.
The platform (PAR EverServ® SureCheck®) uses digital temperature testing devices linked wirelessly to a cloud-based server application. Among multiple benefits of this arrangement, the platform helps food service associates to better manage temperature monitoring activities in a timely manner, while faithfully capturing an activity log that may be monitored to prove compliance.
Results to date indicate improvement on several key performance dimensions compared with previously existing paper-based record keeping methods.
As the nation's economic recovery continues, supermarkets and other mass market outlets across the country, which capture 38% of the floriculture market, are expanding their floral offerings and anticipate an increase in sales. But it's not just the uptick in the country’s economic condition that's spurring sales. Retailers are redefining the supermarket floral department by concentrating on making it a point of differentiation, a go-to destination for shoppers, and a focal point within the grocery store. And while consumers will always consider price a significant factor in the purchase decision, overall freshness of floral and appearance of the department are the most important buying criteria for shoppers who will likely only spend their discretionary money on flowers that will meet these expectations.
Achieving these goals, while optimizing floral department operations, can effectively be accomplished through the use of Sterilox FloraFresh. Unlike other solutions available in the marketplace, FloraFresh does not require any additional products to be used along with it. It is a concentrated, one-step solution designed to keep flower buckets clean, the water fresh and odor free, and provide essential nutrients to fresh cut flowers.
FloraFresh is a safe, broad-spectrum cut flower formulation in a stabilized concentrate form of electrolyzed water with potassium-based electrolytes. The solution was designed to keep water in flower displays clear and eliminate any buildup on the vases and buckets that hold and display flowers.
FloraFresh integrates seamlessly into the operations of any size floral department. It comes in a 2.5 gallon container with a proprietary delivery system that is installed within the floral operation. The solution is delivered through a trigger-activated dispenser that employees use to easily refill flower vases and buckets.
The following case study reveals the results and benefits experienced among several independent grocery retailer study participants at Roche Bros. who used the FloraFresh solution in their floral departments.
It took radio 38 years to reach 50 million global users. Television took 14 years to reach 50 million users around the world. The internet took 4 years to achieve the same benchmark. Facebook 3.6 years. The ubiquitous iPhone: 2.8 years. The iPad achieved 50 million global users in 18 months. The Angry Birds app was downloaded by 50 million people in 35 days. These examples provide some hint of the accelerating pace of technology adoption. And, to use an oft quoted line, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
The retail industry is entering uncharted territory as technology-fueled innovation explodes across every part of the supply chain, from product manufacturing (think 3D printed food) to distribution (self-driving cars or drones) to realtime marketing to the individual shopper (iBeacons done right).
The disruptive power of innovation is amplified as technologies collide and combine to enable new capabilities. The nebulous Internet of Things (IoT) is now a stark reality for the consumer goods industry since Amazon recently announced a group of home appliance makers have integrated to its Dash Replenishment Service, enabling the automatic reordering of household consumables, no human required.
So what’s fueling this flood of innovation? Four underlying, synergistic technology trends.
Success in supermarket retailing is more and more influenced by a retailer’s ability to strategically use analytics and insights derived from shopper-identified transaction data. Targeted promotions can provide a much higher and effective return on investment than traditional mass promotion. These trends have transformed the industry, powering Kroger’s 46 consecutive quarters of same store sales growth and similar efforts underway at other leading retailers.
While few can debate the power of shopper intelligence, the independent sector of the industry has been largely left behind, challenged by lack of cost-effective solutions, requisite technology integration, and lack of resources related to best using the data once gained.
AppCard is a fast growing company that provides an easy-to-implement solution targeted at independent retailers.
As independent supermarkets gain strength and momentum in the grocery retail industry, they continue to spar with larger, national chains in a highly competitive marketplace, working hard to survive on small margins. The complexities and risk factors faced by independent grocers require them to implement ways to cut costs and expenses and keep a tight hold on cash. However, while strong accounting practices and efficient operations are fundamentally at the root of doing so, large numbers of independents do not recognize that deficiencies exist in their cash offices, a scenario that can be a major liability to any business. Many independents execute various practices that were implemented years back, but they have not reviewed their entire cash office reconciliation process including balancing, reporting, and auditing for an extended period of time. As a result, these retailers are unaware of inefficiencies and any areas where profit is leaking.
In today’s retail marketplace the customer experience is a main focus, and shoppers are looking for stores that provide benefits that go beyond price such as assortment, excellent customer service, and a variety of payment types and points of payment. Unfortunately, while retail has evolved significantly over time and the front end has completely changed, the cash office has remained stagnant despite the demand of working with new payment types and processes. In response, technology solutions that can drive efficient store cash management should be leveraged to improve the overall bottom line. Optimally, supermarket retailers should be able to implement a solution that tracks and reconciles transactions from the point of sale terminals to the bank and up to the corporate level. In this case study, several independent grocery retailers provide insights into how the use of Balance Innovations’ solutions has done just that and facilitated improved accounting systems and operational efficiencies across cash management modules.
As the leading provider of reconciliation and efficient cash management solutions, Balance Innovations has special expertise in software solutions for the cash office. They understand the pain points of retailers and what they need to do to optimize cash office and accounting efficiencies. The Balance Innovations organization looks at cash management through a holistic lens considering the cash office as an extension of the total store. As such, they help retailers view and treat cash as they do every piece of inventory in their stores, tracking every bundle of money with the same fervor and accuracy as every unit of canned beans.
Balance Innovations offers solutions for best-in-class retailers who want to better manage the store reconciliation process through an end-to-end automated solution that streamlines processes and provides analytical data to help identify problems. In the following pages, several independent grocery retailers provide insights into how they have integrated Balance Innovations solutions with their existing POS technologies to automate and improve revenue balancing, check processing, and self-checkout management.
Associate Professor Kurt Carlson, Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research
Over the course of consumers' lives, they experience many significant changes in their incomes and budgets. In addition to life events and personal circumstances, consumer budgets respond to fluctuating economic conditions. When a consumer experiences a contraction in their income, their spending declines; of significant interest is how they will implement the reduction in spending. In other words, what choices do consumers make to accommodate budget cuts?
Increasingly, the largest retailers in markets across the country are employing sophisticated personalized marketing and thereby becoming the primary shopping destination for a growing number of customers. Meanwhile, other retailers in those markets, once vigorous competitors for those loyalties, are being relegated to the role of convenience stores.
Assistant Professor Neeru Paharia, Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research
Consumers generally prefer associating themselves with winners. Consider the legions of loyal fans for sports teams like the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Lakers. This desire to improve one's social status by associating with a winner is sometimes referred to as "basking in the reflected flory". However, consumers do not always prefer the winner or top-dog, they often have a strong affinity to identify with an underdog.
David R. Bell, Daniel Corsten, & George Knox, University of Florida Retail Research Center
Many retailers believe that the majority of purchases are unplanned, so they spend heavily on in-store marketing to stimulate these types of purchases. At the same time, the effect of "preshopping" factors - the shoppers' overall trip goals, store-specific shopping objectives, and prior marketing exposures - are largely unexplored. The authors focus on these out-of-store drivers and, unlike prior research, use panel data to "hold the shopper constant" while estimating unbiased trip-level effects.
Professor Luc Wathieu, Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research
Recent research has shown that too many choices can demotivate consumers, prompting them to delay or abandon an intended purchase simply because selecting the best product at the best price required too much effort.
Assistant Professor Simon Blanchard, Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research
When the manufacturer of a new organic chocolate cake mix negotiates shelf space with a retail chain, which shelves and which part of the store are the most desirable to stock the products? It is generally assumed that in-store placement of products should be organized such that consumers can easily find what they want, and that managers can easily identify how consumers think assortments should be organized. For the new organic chocolate cake mix it would seem natural to stock the product along with other cake mixes in the baking aisle. Yet, it is also possible that consumers may categorize brands or products in ways that may not be intuitive to managers. Should the manager consider stocking the product with cake mixes, organic products, with chocolates...or in a combination of the above locations?