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Kroger: How This U.S. Retail Giant Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution

13 July 2021

Kroger: How This U.S. Retail Giant Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution

Kroger: How This U.S. Retail Giant Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution

Kroger, one of America’s largest grocery chains, has decided to embrace technology to help it survive and thrive in the 4th industrial revolution. With 2,782 grocery stores under nearly two dozen names in 35 states, Kroger plans to leverage its data, shopper insights and scale to help it remain a leader in the marketplace of the future. According to a study by the Food Marketing Institute, online grocery is expected to account for 20% of all grocery retail by 2022 and reach $100 billion in consumer sales, so Kroger and its competitors are smart to figure out ways to use technology to their advantage. 

Kroger: How This U.S. Retail Giant Is Using AI And Robots To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution
Restock Kroger Initiative

In the fall of 2017, Kroger unveiled an audacious three-year $9 billion plan called Restock Kroger with the goal to build out its e-commerce, digital and omnichannel businesses and redefine the customer experience. The grocer already delivers 3 billion personalised recommendations each year, but they will enhance the personalization efforts to “create different experiences for customers.” Not only will shoppers receive useful content digitally, but also “inspiration” through product-related content and recipes. The expansion of Kroger’s Scan, Bag, Go pilot programme that allows shoppers to scan products as they shop with their smartphone is also part of the Restock Kroger initiative. After being tested in 20 stores, it should be unveiled to 400 stores by the end of 2018. Additional investment in Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, machine learning, and artificial intelligence will be made to increase the efficiency of Kroger’s operations.

Delivery by autonomous vehicles

Today, we can get groceries delivered, but Kroger is testing the delivery of the future—grocery delivery by an autonomous vehicle. Kroger partnered with Nuro, a Silicon Valley company that specialises in autonomous vehicles for delivery, on its pilot programme. Customers can use Kroger’s ClickList ordering system and Nuro’s.

 Automated warehouses

A partnership between Kroger and British online-only grocer Ocado is expected to help Kroger automate its warehouses and use artificial intelligence to bolster its bottom line. Ocado claims to have the world’s most sophisticated automated grocery warehouses and has worked with Uber and Instacart to test delivery options, and it’s this know-how that Kroger aims to leverage with its investment. The companies announced they would open three new warehouses that Ocado will operate followed by another 17 in the next three years. Ocado’s warehouses are run by robots that are powered by machine learning algorithms to navigate around the warehouse and pick products for orders. With this investment and access to Ocado’s technology, Kroger will get products to stores more efficiently. 

Marketing gets a boost from analytics

Kroger’s in-house analytics firm 84.51 deployed Kroger Precision Marketing that uses customer purchase data from Kroger’s 60 million shopper households to launch marketing campaigns across a digital spectrum. This helps enhance personalization for customers, but also allows product manufacturers excellent opportunities to market to their ideal customers on Kroger. Com, branded digital media and the MyMagazine Sharing Network.

Machine learning

84.51 has made it a priority to enable and embed machine learning into Kroger’s operations where a “machine learning machine” can build and deploy a lot of models with very little human intervention in a project called Embedded Machine Learning. With a mission to “enable, empower and engage” machine learning within the organisation, this was a sophisticated approach to machine learning with Solution Engineering, Model Development and Model Deployment as three phases to machine learning methodology.         

Smart shelves

When a Kroger customer walks down the aisle with the Kroger app open, sensors identify the shopper and provide personal pricing and highlight products the customer might be interested in via smart shelves technology.

With this commitment to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and smart technology, Kroger seems on the right track to staying competitive for the 4th industrial revolution.

Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr
Business Trends In Practice | Bernard Marr

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