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Here’s a run-down of potential WIC expansions, FDA traceability regulations, and a growing SNAP pilot program from recent months.
Electronic Shelf Labels, or ESLs, are predicted to become a billion-dollar industry in the next few years. With the growing conversation surrounding the supply chain, these labels could be a major…
Cash may be king, but some customers are opting for more modern ways to check out at the grocery store. Here’s a rundown of the current payment trends.
FMI released its 74th “The Food Retailing Industry Speaks” Report. Here’s what it had to say about tech in grocery stores.
The holidays are right around the corner, and many consumers are planning to change their shopping habits to combat inflation. How can grocers prepare?
With 2023 fast approaching, here's what grocery trends experts want you to know to prepare for the new year.
STCR partners with Toshiba to provide grocery stores with a full suite of technology maintenance services.
After seventeen successful years of owning the business, Brian Tuberman has sold STCR to the Tampa-based private equity firm, Mangrove Equity Partners.
Self-driving food delivery robots can speed up grocery deliveries and raise the stakes for online shopping.
Help save your customers time on cooking by offering meal prep solutions in your grocery store.
Generation Z is changing the way grocers engage with their customers. To meet Gen Z demands, grocery stores need to enhance the in-store experience.
From recruitment and employee training to store operations and management, grocery technology can help you maintain a strong workforce.
Grocery stores are using augmented reality to enhance the in-person shopping experience for consumers and encourage customer loyalty.
With people returning to offices and restaurant prices on the rise, now is the perfect time for stores to promote all things brown bag lunch, including grab-and-go options.
Retail technology is becoming an effective solution to reducing shrink in grocery stores. Here’s how grocers are using self-checkout and management software.
Food prices are still on the rise, but grocery stores are being smart about keeping loyal shoppers coming back for their favorite items.
STCR is now offering the Toshiba TCx® 810 all-in-one POS technology to grocery stores across the US and Caribbean. Here’s how it will benefit retailers.
Virtual food courts in grocery stores are becoming more popular across the country. Should your store invest in the emerging food delivery solution?
Consumers now expect grocery stores to have online shopping options. Here’s why your store needs to launch an online storefront.
Here’s a roundup of the most popular grocery technology according to the UNFI Conventional Expo Show in Minneapolis.
STCR is offering Cust2Mate Smart Carts to grocery stores across the US and the Caribbean. Here's why your store needs this retail technology.
Online grocery shoppers are more concerned about price than convenience, a new study shows.
Retailers are introducing analytics tools that track shopper behavior between online and physical grocery stores.
58% of Generation Z customers expect to shop more in a physical location, which is the highest percentage compared to other age groups.
Hybrid shopping has become more popular since the pandemic. Here’s how grocery stores can use technology to meet omnichannel expectations.
Get returning customers with larger basket sizes by having a grocery store loyalty program with a personalized shopping experience.
As more grocers make the switch to favoring self-service checkout in their stores, it’s becoming clear that customer-operated technology is the future of in-store shopping.
A new survey suggests that the online grocery market has continued to tail off since its initial boom during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grocery executives share their top priorities for grocery stores this year including omnichannel advancements and workforce planning.
Grilling season is here and grocery stores can prepare for in-demand products through omnichannel technology solutions and product forecasting.
Online grocery shoppers don’t just want convenience, they also want better options when items are out-of-stock.
Grocery stores are a crucial part of our lives. And while some things remain the same, the shopping experience has evolved significantly over the years to meet advancing technology and changing…
Supermarkets throw out more than 43 billion pounds of food annually. Here's how grocery technology can help your store combat food waste.
Food prices rose by 10% during the last year, which is the fastest increase since March 1981, according to Consumer Price Index (CPI) data.
Delivery speed is king when it comes to online grocery shopping. As more options for online shopping evolve, consumers are beginning to prioritize grocers who can meet their demands.
Sustainability practices are becoming more popular among consumers. As more individuals seek easier ways to leave a positive impact on the environment, grocery stores have the opportunity to support…
The success of your physical grocery store may depend on your self-checkout options and availability. According to a consumer survey, the majority of grocery customers form their shopping habits…
According to a consumer report, grocery shopping is now a major online category that’s expected to top $85 billion in sales this year.
Only 22% of grocers are satisfied with their digital store experience, a study shows. The same report suggests the percentage of technology deployed in grocery stores will increase significantly over…
Nearly nine in 10 households do most of all of their grocery shopping in person, a report finds. The study, which surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adults, also concluded in-store shoppers visit more than…
As retailers advance e-commerce innovations, it’s clear in-store management needs to stay top of mind, too. By not merging your online and in-store capabilities, you’re not fully catering to customer…
We’re using technology to change the grocery shopping experience for your customers. From the back office to the front end, and all the way to your shoppers’ homes, our retail solutions streamline…
Retail technology is evolving faster than ever, but one thing is certain: the future of grocery shopping is frictionless.
We all know customer data can help grocery stores predict high-demand products, track shortages and understand their shoppers better. In fact, software solutions that utilize customer data simply make…
Food insecurity impacts 38 million people in America. Grocery stores are now taking a stand against food insecurity by implementing programs aimed at helping their customers have more access to…
Grocers across the country are facing labor shortages, causing them to find alternative ways to keep their stores running. To combat staffing issues, more retailers are investing in automation and…
Every January, consumers kick off the new year by choosing a resolution that’s important to them. Oftentimes, that resolution ends up being health and wellness related. Whether it’s buying a gym…
Grocers are continuing to reinvent themselves to appeal to consumers, and that’s not changing anytime soon. Technological advances are taking center stage in grocery stores, and retailers must comply…
The pandemic shaped the way many customers shopped in 2021. From online ordering, delivery, and pick-up to streamlined in-store purchasing, today’s consumers are looking for grocers to offer the…
The fresh-food market is making waves in the grocery industry, and shoppers are now choosing stores that offer fresh and healthy food options. Yet, having fresh products can cause grocers to waste…
Is your point-of-sale system designed for a demanding and unpredictable grocery store environment? STCR can help.
Grocers are finding engaging ways to merge online grocery shopping with in-store experiences, and are using livestreaming as a way to attract more shoppers.
Watch STCR's Farrell McKenna speak about building nutrition incentive programs with grocery software solutions.
More grocers are choosing to build their online presence through smart e-commerce solutions. Now, research suggests the grocery industry faces obstacles converting in-store shoppers into online…
As the holiday shopping season approaches, grocers are continuing to invest in retail technology to streamline the in-store shopping experience for their customers. Though grocers aren’t necessarily…
Pandemic shopping habits are here to stay, according to new research. Acosta’s latest report revealed 25% of online grocery shoppers plan to do more within the next year. While that might not be…
As technology evolves and shopping habits shift, grocers must stay up-to-date on ADA compliance regulations for their physical and online stores. Following these guidelines isn’t just about avoiding…
It’s no secret the pandemic disrupted the grocery industry and supply chain entirely. Ever since the infamous toilet paper shortage of 2020, consumers have been more conscious about product…
More grocery store chains are investing in omnichannel retail solutions to increase sales, attract new customers and strengthen brand loyalty. In fact, larger grocers who adapted to retail technology…
Preparing for the holiday shopping season will look different for grocery stores in 2021. Last year, small celebrations replaced typical holiday gatherings, and consumers stuck to online shopping for…
Since the rise of COVID-19, more people are rethinking their buying habits, diets and even their impact on the environment. Whether it’s creating sustainable homes or eating healthier meals, consumers…
When done right, self-checkout can take your store to the next level. Customers experience fast and easy shopping. Stores save through end-to-end efficiencies. Customer loyalty grows. But, when…
Last week independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers and service providers came together in Las Vegas for The NGA Show, put on by the National…
Stores are constantly fighting to be that ideal choice for a shopper for any given situation. Phygital stores combine the best of both worlds for your shopper, with digital technologies driving an…
Amazon’s recent announcement that its Just Walk Out tech is going to be put to use at Whole Foods stores confirms that cashierless is the next big retail tech that grocery stores and shoppers will be…
Like many businesses, Grocery stores have experienced a challenging labor shortage in 2021. Stores have responded by increasing wages and benefits to attract and retain workers, and also by increasing…
Convenience is key, and that’s especially true when it comes to grocery shopping. More consumers are utilizing curbside pickup or delivery services to save time, and that isn’t changing anytime soon.…
Recent research by Google shows that when it comes to online versus in-store shopping, most consumers do not always prefer one over the other. 73% of those in the study claim to be “channel-agnostic,”…
Rising overall prices due to inflation, severe weather, and supply-chain snags has led to reports of grocers stockpiling inventory to maintain profit margins. Now, the Delta variant and lingering…
Today’s consumers are looking for convenient and exciting meal options. People are going out to dinner more often now, so grocers are competing with restaurants for shoppers’ dollars. The growing…
Grocery prices have risen considerably in 2021. Bacon costs 15% more today versus last summer. Milk prices are up more than 11%, and eggs cost more than 5% more this year. Increased production costs,…
Grocery shoppers are doing more in-store shopping as the world emerges from the pandemic. While online sales have fallen again, there are indications that e-commerce sales will still be a popular way…
A successful omnichannel strategy adopts new technologies that deliver value to shoppers by making online sales seem more like in-store shopping, while bringing the digital world to the aisles. Smart…
Over the past few years, grocery shopping consumers have increasingly sought out healthier options. At the same time, consumers’ tastes have evolved to include more culturally diverse influences. This…
Today, many grocers know the importance of omnichannel shopping as a tool for delivering the best customer experience. But, beyond convenience, omnichannel has proven itself as a way to increase how…
Online grocery sales have declined as people transition to a post-pandemic world. Online grocery shopping is still relevant for retailers, especially as part of an omnichannel retail strategy that…
Today’s retailers face competition from all fronts. It’s more important than ever to differentiate your store from larger retailers and online grocery services, while also providing the same…
Phygital is the latest grocery retail buzzword, and it's leading the way in shopper experience. Unlike omnichannel or multichannel that seek to extend a retailer's presence to the various ways people…
Recent ransomware attacks and data breaches against the oil industry, meat producers, and grocery stores such as Kroger have brought cybersecurity back into the national spotlight after being somewhat…
As the pandemic seemingly winds down, grocery stores need to reevaluate their pre-Covid strategies. In 2019, experts predicted two main areas where stores will need to focus for success. The first was…
Shoppers are always looking for ways to save and take advantage of special deals. Loyalty programs are effective tools for incentivizing shoppers, but these programs can often go overlooked. A shopper…
Now that the pandemic is seemingly entering a quieter and hopefully final phase, we can look back at some data in the form of shopper satisfaction surveys to see what worked and what didn't over a…
One of the top stories of 2020 and the pandemic is, of course, the massive growth of online retail in the grocery industry. We’ve talked about the continued popularity of buying online and picking up…
It is not surprising that younger consumers are more likely to use digital shopping tools, but according to a new study, e-coupon use among all consumers has eclipsed paper coupons. Physical coupons…
For the past year, grocery retailers have been operating in a landscape that isn’t sustainable. Shoppers have been maximizing their buying at primary stores with large basket sizes and fewer trips —…
There is a great deal of pressure on grocers today because of how much customer needs and expectations have been changing, especially over the past 12 months. The digital and physical worlds of…
Electronic shelf labels (ESLs) offer countless benefits for retailers, from providing accurate and up-to-date information to shoppers to giving retailers valuable data on shopper foot traffic and…
In 2020, pandemic buying increased out-of-stock issues with various consumer packaged goods. Shoppers saw empty store shelves all around the country, especially in the paper towel and bath tissue…
2020 saw more shoppers using alternative ways to buy and receive groceries. Grocery delivery experienced a surge during the earlier parts of the pandemic, but, according to a recent e-commerce…
We all are aware of the impact that the pandemic has had on the grocery shopping experience, from socially distant checkout lines to the rise of “buy online and pick up at store” shopping. Some of…
One of the most prominent obstacles that grocers face is waste. Food and energy waste can cost grocers millions each year. Food waste is a massive problem globally, with an estimated 40% of all food…
Due to the pandemic, today's consumers are increasingly looking for contact-free shopping convenience and safety. Online shopping has surged along with consumer enthusiasm for contactless payments --…
Consumer behavior saw many changes and adaptations as Covid-19 swept the U.S. in 2020. During the first few weeks of the pandemic, consumers began stocking up on groceries and other household items.…
With vaccination occurring across the world, and recent downward trends in COVID-19 infections, many are cautiously optimistic that the end of the pandemic is near. The question for grocery stores is…
Grocery store robots are no longer just the stuff of science fiction or out-of-reach technology only for huge supermarket chains. Today, independent and specialty grocers can access this…
The world is still in the grips of Covid-19, but with more widespread vaccination, a pandemic-free future is coming into view. Grocery shopping was a major topic for most of 2020, and much of the buzz…
Now stores can highlight online shopping, delivery, curbside and inventory The pandemic has, of course, changed the way people shop, with safety concerns and fluctuations in supply making…
While not yet part of mainstream grocery technology, shelf-scanning robots like those from Badger Technologies are part of many grocers' upcoming plans, according to RIS’s recent Retail Technology…
Self-checkout technology is not new in the grocery industry, but it is becoming more prevalent as an option for shopping convenience and safety. Industry experts forecast a massive growth of the…
With over 260 million smartphone users in the United States, it’s no surprise that shoppers have their devices with them when they are walking store aisles. However, according to recent research,…
The pandemic has driven more grocery shoppers to embrace online shopping, curbside pickup, and increased use of self-service shopping. And, payments innovation is leading the way for these changes in…
Thanks to easy-to-use e-commerce technology, specialty Grocers can offer their customers the convenience of online shopping and provide services that shoppers demand. Today’s e-commerce solutions are…
New and updated grocery technologies improve customer experience and store operations, helping smaller stores increase their profit margin. The future of grocery promises to reduce “points of…
2020 was quite a year for grocery store technology. The pandemic changed the shopping experience for many and showed us the importance of grocery stores in our society. Grocery stores and other…
The restaurant industry has been devastated by the ongoing pandemic. From restrictions on indoor dining to customers simply preferring to stay home, 2020 saw restaurants experience massive revenue…
Retailers can find a competitive advantage by building a robust omnichannel shopping experience. Today’s shoppers are looking for convenience, multiple shopping options, value, and service.…
Shifting from in-store to online shopping has been a big drive for many retailers over the past few years. But, in an interesting industry twist, some digital retailers are pivoting to provide the…
Shoppers became very comfortable with self-checkouts over the past year. Much of this growth in acceptance came out of necessity, as consumers sought safer ways to shop during the pandemic.…
Electronic shelf labels (ESLs) have come a long way since their origins as simple, passive price displays. Today, ESLs are helping retailers optimize customer experience and increase store accuracy…
According to a recent survey by business news site The Manifest, 62% of U.S. adults polled still preferred to make purchases in physical stores. The poll also showed considerable growth in the use of…
Rewards programs continue to be an important part of grocery and other retail customer experience. In fact, 72% of customers say they are more likely to recommend brands with good loyalty programs.…
Retailers have already begun planning in anticipation of an unprecedented 2020 holiday shopping season. However, grocers have a leg-up as they've faced and met rapidly changing consumer needs over the…
Scoping a PCI assessment can be challenging. But, the growth of e-commerce and mobile shopping and payments makes cardholder data security more important than ever. Securing cardholder data is a…
Autonomous robots are meeting the increasing need for innovation within the grocery store industry, adding accuracy, inventory visibility, and increased shopper and staff safety. Badger Technologies…
From the sunny shores of Florida to the heart of urban Tel Aviv, grocers worldwide face the same challenge: How to win with technology. Over the past few years, companies have turned to eye-grabbing…
An official with Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions said there will be opportunities in 2020 to impact how retailers can become more competitive and deliver better experiences, as well as create more…
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