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Kroger reportedly expands Scan, Bag, Go to 400 stores

BY David Salazar

Cincinnati-based Kroger is looking to make shopping more seamless for customers at more of its stores, according to the Cincinnati Business Courier. The company will be bringing its Scan, Bag, Go offering to 400 stores in the New Year. 

The offering — which the report said was piloted over the past five years in Cincinnati and expanded to select Fry’s stores in Arizona — allows customers to walk through the store and scan their products with a provided scanner or the Kroger Scan, Bag, Go app, then pay at a self-checkout.

The effort is reportedly part of Kroger’s Restock Kroger plan, which is built around its growing digital offerings. Alongside its mid-December third-quarter results, Kroger noted that it had been building up its ClickList digital shopping offering — which recently added its 1,000th location supporting the service. The growth in digital services has been supported by the company’s 84.51˚, which uses data to create solutions to engage customers.

“As part of our Restock Kroger plan, we continually invest in redefining our customers' grocery shopping experiences by bringing online and offline seamlessly together through digital innovation,” Kroger chief digital officer Yael Cosset said when Kroger announced its Q3 earnings.  “Our customers tell us they want multiple ways to shop. We are committed to leveraging a combination of insights from 84.51˚, advanced technology and our digital platform to give our customers the ability to shop when and how they want to make their lives easier.”

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Texas once again tops Walgreens Flu Index activity

BY Gisselle Gaitan

Walgreens has released yet another update in its Flu Index activity. For a third straight week, Texas holds the top spot in an increase in incidences of influenza according to the newly released data for the week ending Dec. 23.

The Walgreens Flu Index is compiled using weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across Walgreens and Duane Reade locations nationwide, including Walgreens locations in Puerto Rico. The data is analyzed at a state and geographic market levels to measure absolute impact and incremental change of antiviral medications on a per store average basis and does not include markets in which Walgreens has fewer than 10 retail locations.

For the week ending Dec.23, the top 10 designated market areas with flu activity were:

1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
2. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
3. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
4. Houston, Texas
5. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
8. Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Ark.
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.

For the same time period, the top 10 DMAs with the greatest gains in flu activity were:

1. Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
2. Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas
3. Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
4. Houston, Texas
5. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
6. Corpus Christi, Texas
7. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
8. San Antonio, Texas
9. Ft. Smith-Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
10. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)

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Nutrisystem to revamp plans for weight loss

BY DSN STAFF

Nutrisystem is jumping into the new year by announcing new diet plans for consumers and a new multi-brand strategy for the 2018 diet season ahead.

“As America strives to lose weight and become healthier, we’re committed to helping through a platform of solutions across multiple brands,” Dawn Zier, president and CEO of Nutrisystem said. “The market is growing and consumers are demanding more customized solutions that are ordered online and delivered directly to their home. This is something we’ve refined over decades, and it is a clear strength of Nutrisystem.”

Part of these launches will include the Nutrisystem Turbo 13 which includes Turbo TakeOff, a one week-jumpstart with specially designed foods. The Nutrisystem Turbo for Men program will include new NutriPro shakes and increased snacking options. The South Beach Diet also will launch a one-week phase one jumpstart called the 7-Day Body Reboot.  

“Our multiple programs appeal to men and women across America who want to lose weight to improve their health and have more energy,” Keira Krausz, CMO of Nutrisystem, said. “We are committed to delivering the most convenient, easiest-to-follow weight-loss solutions. Customers can choose from hundreds of food items that nourish and satisfy, and we believe we offer the best value for the money.”

The company also announced that it will be working with musician and reality star, Jesse James Decker on a 260 marketing campaign that will launch on television, print, digital and other platforms. 

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