The grocery industry is quickly changing as shoppers move online, buy meal kits and pay for more food delivery options. But supermarket operators aren't content to sit back and watch new players such as Amazon-Whole Foods dominate the landscape.
This month, we spotlight grocery store technology. We take a look at how the industry has evolved, embracing everything from cellophane and cash registers to grocery carts and self-checkout machines to stay cutting edge.We also look at what's ahead by exploring the top five trends that will shape the industry in 2018. Even as tech innovations become increasingly futuristic, they still focus on the same goals grocers had in mind more than a century ago: to offer better food more efficiently, and to stand out in the marketplace.
We hope you enjoy this month’s stories about grocery store technology.
From cellophane to QR codes: Supermarket technology through the years
While the experience is very different today, grocers continue to pursue the same opportunities they have for decades. They're still pushing for faster checkouts, easier ways to pay and innovative new products. Read More »
5 tech trends that will shape grocery in 2018
After many grocers expanded their e-commerce footprint in 2017, analysts predict this year retailers will deepen their relationships with online shoppers. Read More »
Online grocery startup Farmstead uses AI for precision sourcing
The Silicon Valley company, which calls itself a “micro grocer,” uses predictive technology to deliver local products "from farm to fridge" in 60 minutes. Read More »
Self-driving mobile grocery may soon take a test spin
Robomart would bring a curated selection of produce and other items directly to consumers as early as this summer. Read More »
What will grocery shopping look like in the future?
People will take a more active role in what they eat, have more opportunities to interact with products and know more about how food impacts their bodies, a pair of futurists said at a July U.S. Chamber of Commerce event. Read More »