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Omnichannel ops and IOT

IOT prevents mandated data tracking for food retailers from being a logistical nightmare

Editor’s note: This is Part 3 of a special series sponsored by Par Technologies Corp. Read Part 4 on Sept. 25. With just a few taps on a smartphone, a week’s worth of groceries is ordered for a family and delivered right to their door. For them, their grocery store’s adoption of the omnichannel approach to streamline… Continue Reading

Before crisis strikes: Earn consumer trust through transparency

Opinion

No one is immune from a food safety crisis and its ripple effects on consumers, stakeholders and hard-earned reputations. Maybe you’re fortunate and it’s been smooth sailing so far. But be prepared. A crisis – whether big or small – is in your future and earning trust is critical to successfully managing the fallout. The… Continue Reading

Delivering on your promise

Realtime inventory is a must for fresh food retailers utilizing omnichannel

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a special series sponsored by Par Technologies Corp. Read Part 3 on Sept. 18. Within this decade, food retailers can expect a significant uptick in grocery shoppers using their smartphones to put food in virtual shopping carts, says recent research by The Nielsen Company and Food Marketing Institute (FMI). “Today,… Continue Reading

Alexa, order my online grocery list

This is Part 1 of a special series sponsored by Par Technologies Corp. Watch for Part 2 on Sept. 11

As Amazon turned its key in the doors of nearly 500 Whole Foods stores across the U.S. and U.K. on Aug. 28, the online sales giant opened the gate to one of the biggest omnichannel vessels in the retail food industry. Omnichannel, is the practice of companies utilizing multiple sales channels — think mobile apps,… Continue Reading

USDA Case Study: Consumers Seem to Recognize the Most Dangerous Outbreaks

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that consumers respond to foodborne illness outbreaks differently depending on the severity. The case study, produced by Fred Kuchler, Ph.D., an economist with USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS), compared warnings about cantaloupes issued in 2011 and again in 2012. The first recall was due… Continue Reading