7-Eleven goes where no Slurpee has gone before
Move over Branson and Bezos, the Slurpee is blasting off this August. From now through the end of July, all 7-Eleven in-app Slurpee delivery orders will be counted as a vote for which flavor to deliver to the final frontier. The winning flavor will also receive a commemorative space-themed Slurpee cup, and a mural will be painted at the launch site in Michigan.
Kroger automates distribution center
In partnership with the KNAPP logistics firm, Kroger is updating its Delaware, Ohio, distribution facility. The newly larger facility, which serves 115 stores, will use Knapp’s order, storage, and retrieval shuttles to deliver grocery cases to robotic palletizers that prepare items for shipment. With the new technology in place, the facility will more than double its capacity while simultaneously increasing its efficiency.
Walmart unveils digital rebate program
Walmart, who has famously avoided loyalty programs in favor of its everyday low prices in the past, is changing course and partnering with Ibotta. The rewards program is set to offer cash rebates on hundreds of brands, which will go “directly to shoppers’ Walmart accounts” and be applicable on future purchases. In addition, Walmart is joining the Ibotta Performance Network to target customers across third-party websites with rebates and offers that they can click and add directly to their Walmart account.