As the world’s largest food retail market, the US remains a hotbed of innovation. It is also home to three of the world’s largest food retailers, Walmart, Costco and Kroger. Consequently, many of the developments in the market are shaping initiatives across Europe and Asia.
Over the last year, there has been an accelerating pace of change. Driven by retailers looking to grow their presence in the online grocery channel, 2018 saw increased investment in technology and supply chains. Several new strategic partnerships were made in this space. Kroger and Ocado, Albertsons and Takeoff Technologies and Walmart and Alert Innovation have brought robotic, automated fulfillment into full view.
However, the sector is being shaped by more than just ecommerce. While new space growth is slowing for most retailers, remodels and new formats are helping several to positioning themselves for the future of retail. This is leading to a new wave of immersive in-store experiences. A focus on fresh and prepared foods and the fusion with foodservice is a trend which many retailers are aiming to ride.
Boston brings many of these trends to life. The market is shaped by international, regional and local operators, resulting in a highly diversified food retail scene. Our store visit programme provides you with an opportunity to:
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