As any veteran (and some neophytes) of e-commerce know, delivery is convenient until it isn’t. It’s wonderful when you come home to find packages safely waiting for you on your doorstep or in your lobby, and all the more satisfying when you happen to actually be at home to receive delivery (yes, I’m talking about you, dearest newly-acquired Ted Baker jacket).
And with Kroger and Microsoft’s new partnership, the enemy’s name is clear: Amazon.
It’s a pretty good time to be dropping a market research retail industry report. We are in the midst of the yearly retail bonanza that is the holiday season, and news of traditional retailers either rebranding and rebounding or simply failing to adapt litter business blogs (yes, including this one). Meanwhile, upstart digital-only retailers seemingly emerge every day to bring new challenges to brick-and-mortar’s doorstep.
Grocery shopping ain’t what it used to be. With omnichannel and digital-only challengers threatening legacy grocery’s status quo, operators are racing to build out their omnichannel operations, ranging from in-store pickup of digitally ordered items (click and collect) to rapid grocery delivery (Amazon’s got it down to 2 hours or less).
Grocers beware, Aldi is coming for you, your margins, and your customers (protect your millennials!). The German discounter, which currently operates 1,800 stores in 35 states, was just named Retailer of the Year by Supermarket News, its second such victory in the past four years.