Self-Serve Stores Moving to Small Towns

Self-serve stores are becoming more commonplace. We shared in an earlier post that Amazon Go was one of the first implementations of this concept.

Amazon has continued to expand the self-serve store concept in several Whole Food stores utilizing its “Just Walk Out” technology.

Amazon isn’t alone. A variety of companies are offering the technology to create a self-serve store. However, most of these stores or applications are in larger cities.

One problem many small towns face is a lack of […]

Excess Retail Inventory

The COVID-19 pandemic has had lasting disruptions on inventory levels and supply chains for retail stores.

A combination of changes in demand for certain items based on being quarantined, as well as disruptions in shipping and production, led to inventory shortages. In many cases, inventory was delayed and arrived late and out of season.

Demand then changed due to a re-opening of the economy. This fluctuation resulted in combinations of shortages and excess inventories.

Now, add in the inflation on essential items, such […]

Fertilizer Shortages Could Predict Global Food Crisis

Dairy famers and others with large piles of animal manure are sitting pretty as this once hard-to-unload commodity is now fetching a hefty price.

The cost of commercial fertilizers is soaring amidst global shortages worsened by Russia’s war on Ukraine, and agricultural farmers around the world are frantically seeking less expensive or more readily available alternatives.


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Kroger Expands Geographic Reach for Online Orders

Kroger continues it trend of expanding to new markets without adding grocery stores.

The company is building automated, state of the art distribution centers to fill online orders. Over 1,000 robots travel a giant grid to pick the desired groceries. All of this is powered by proprietary software that helps sort items for delivery to put fragile items on top, and to reduce the number of plastic bags used.

After the order is picked, it goes into a temperature […]

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