Study: Retailers Not Ready For Massive Online Grocery Growth

Online grocery is set to boom, whether retailers are prepared or not.

According to “Crossing the Grocery E-commerce Rubicon,” a new study of the U.S. online grocery industry from Israeli AI/robotics technology provider Commonsense Robotics, curbside pickup and online delivery both saw significant growth in 2018. Rollout of curbside pickup locations by major U.S. retailers rose 230% during 2018. By the end of the year, curbside pickup was available in 45% of Walmart stores, 58% of Kroger stores, 56% of Target stores, 30% of Ahold Delhaize stores, and 21.7% of Albertsons stores.

In addition, Commonsense Robotics analysis shows Instacart’s partnership with more than 300 grocery retailers in the U.S. made same-day grocery delivery available to 80% of American households by the end of 2018.    MORE

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