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For the last 70 years, the majority of us have actually had the ability to rely on our neighboring grocery store having a lot of food, drinks, paper and cleansing materials. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit and grocers dealt with a sales wave larger than a holiday, however with no caution. Add in some provider shutdowns and a stretched shipping network and often it seems like shopping in the previous Soviet Union. Now what?

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“Will there be more outages and hoarding in different categories?” asks Michael Browne, executive editor of Supermarket News. “March was all about paper goods and cleaning, then it moved to the food side of things. What’s next? Certainly meat has come up,” though he doubts that will rise to the level of crisis some fear.

While overall US retail suffered its worst monthly sales drop on record in March 2020, grocery sales went the other direction with a 25% spike, according to the National Retail Federation. Millions of shoppers stocked up at panic levels, while also rueing the shortages they helped create.


Once overflowing with produce, many store shelves lie empty while farmers are forced to plow under some crops. A big part of the problem is matching inventory with demand in a business that largely trades in perishables.

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When store shelves started going bare, many shoppers tried online grocery shopping for the first time, only to find “delivery windows are out seven days in some cases,” says Doug Baker, VP of Industry Relations for FMI Food Industry Association. “Right now [online orders] are being chosen from the very same racks as when you store. Retailers are checking what’s called micro-fulfillment which can be a little ‘storage facility’ best inside the supermarket” specifically developed to meet shelf-stable products at the very same time that fresh products are being chosen in shop aisles. Browne states this can lower choice times drastically and open more online satisfaction windows.

Buying groceries online has actually skyrocketed throughout the pandemic. “25 to 30% of online grocery shoppers last month were first-time online shoppers” with the service they attempted, states Browne. “But I don’t think there’s as much loyalty online as on the store side.”


As states unwind stay-at-home orders, both Browne and Baker think the most significant obstacle will be developing in-store security along with the understanding of it. “Full service cases may become grab-and-go cases. It’s very likely we will continue to see the sneeze guards stay up,” states Baker. ¬†And touchless checkout might get a huge increase from brand-new security awareness in shops. “It bodes well for that kind of contactless payment,” states Browne. “It’s not a flash in the pan and is something we’re going to see a lot more of.”

Browne and Baker had a lot more to state about the fast advancement of the grocery experience. Watch the complete talk with Brian Cooley to hear all their insights.

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