KROGER INTRODUCES CHEFBOT TO SHOPPERS
Kroger is helping shoppers break out of their mealtime rut and whip up some new recipes, thanks to Chefbot. This “AI-powered Twitter recipe tool” will provide mealtime solutions based on shopper-provided pictures of ingredients in their refrigerator and pantry. While making meals easier and more personalized, Chefbot also decreases food waste. Since a lot of people are preparing meals at home during the pandemic, this interactive experience by Kroger is just disruptive enough that people will eat it right up.
GAMESTOP UPS ITS OPERATIONS GAME WITH MICROSOFT
E-commerce sales have spiked for GameStop during the pandemic, fueling the need to further develop its frictionless omnichannel offering for customers. Because of this, GameStop has partnered with Microsoft to grow “its back-end and in-store operations” software. Together as partners, business- and gaming-related opportunities are on the horizon, which include making GameStop one of the participating retailers to offer Xbox All Access.
DOLLAR GENERAL GOES UPSCALE IN NEW CONCEPT
Dollar General is looking to reach a more upscale audience with Popshelf, a new store format featuring “a highly curated assortment” of products. Popshelf merchandise will feature limited-time items and seasonal specials to stay fresh whenever shoppers shop. As this will be a different shopping experience than the bargain-based Dollar General format, a majority of the home, health and beauty merchandise will be priced at or below $5. What do you think of this new, more upscale concept by Dollar General?