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Walmart looks to make a splash in NYC through Jet.com

BY Marianne Wilson

Walmart is upping the ante in the grocery delivery wars in one of the nation’s most competitive markets.

“This is a key building block that is part of Jet’s strategy focused on urban centers and will help us build personal relationships with customers while offering them a unique assortment, tailored experience and personal service,” said Simon Belsham, president of Jet.com.

Walmart’s Jet.com division announced it will open a fulfillment center in New York City, in the Bronx, that will support same-day and next-day delivery throughout the city. The center will exclusively house Jet inventory, which includes groceries and everyday essentials.

To support its delivery efforts, Jet is partnering with Parcel, a last-mile delivery start-up Walmart acquired last October. It provides customers with live updates via text messages about delivery status.

In offering same-day delivery in New York City, Jet.com will compete with Target, which offers same-day delivery for in-store purchases to part of the city for a fee. Also, Amazon Prime provides same-day grocery delivery in the city.

Jet’s headquarters are in Hoboken, New Jersey. The company said the new center will create hundreds of jobs in the New York area.

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Weis Markets brings Aruba Wi-Fi to its stores, DCs

BY David Salazar

Weis Markets is making sure its employees and shoppers can stay connected with a new partnership. The Sunbury, Pa.-based retailer has looked to Santa Clara, Calif.-based Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company to bring wireless internet to all 205 of its stores, distribution and warehouse centers.

“From an operational perspective, secure, high-performance Wi-Fi allows our 23,000 store associates and 1,000 associates in distribution centers and headquarters to ensure that correct products are purchased, inventoried, selected and placed on retail shelves,” said Weis Markets manager of systems administration Jacob Koch. “From a sales and service perspective, that same foundation will allow us to offer better in-store mobile experiences for our customers, adopt more sophisticated app services so we can push out offers via our mobile app, and gain insights into our customers’ behaviors and needs.”

Weis will be using Aruba’s Gigabit Wi-Fi Instant access points, and it added Aruba’s ClearPass network control feature, which allows it to differentiate between corporate, personal and guest devices. Alongside Aruba’s AirWave network management, Koch said Weis Markets will be able to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. which the companies said allows it to make its wireless infrastructure easier to deploy and manage. It also offers full-store coverage for the store to keep customers connected.

“This gives us an advantage, compared to our competitors, who might only offer wireless in a café area,” Koch said. “Customers can download and use our app anywhere in the store without having to move to the cellular network and thereby, experience faster response times.”

Koch said that Weis is planning to adopt analytics software to help the chain uncover customer habits to help respond to their needs and drive sales.

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Kantar Consulting to host 2-day workshop

BY DSN STAFF

Kantar Consulting is gearing up for a two-day event that will cover health and wellness trends, as well as outline the changing state of the drug channel. Slated for July 25 and 26 at the W Hoboken, the event will be made up of Kantar’s Health & Wellness Workshop the first day, followed by its Drug Channels Workshop the following day.

The Health & Wellness Workshop will focus on how companies operating in the CPG space can find areas of growth where health and wellness meet technology. It will include presentations from Kantar Consulting, including chief knowledge officers Bryan Gildenberg and J. Walker Smith, vice president Brian Owens, as well as insights from Kantar Media and Kantar Health. Also presenting will be managing partners from Kantar Analytics Practice and Jeff Bennett, CEO of higi.

“It’s a really packed day with something for everybody — whether you’re a confection company trying to figure out how you fit into a lifestyle regimen of moderation or if you’re an OTC health company trying to understand the new partnership opportunities from a patient experience standpoint,” Owens said. “You can’t do it alone, so we’re trying to bring the best of what Kantar offers to our audience.”

The Drug Channel Workshop will focus on the moves that CVS Health and Walgreens Boots Alliance are making with regard to retail health, with most sessions led by Owens and principal analyst Kate Senzamici.

“Day 1 is going to set the stage at a high level for Day 2, when we’ll take a closer look at how these trends manifest at retail and what it means for new retailer-supplier relationships,” Senzamici said. “Also, we’ll be giving a general update on strategy and new initiatives, mostly focused on CVS Health and Walgreens, taking a little bit of the Health & Wellness workshop and bringing it down to the store level.”

In addition to sessions that will will overview CVS Health’s enterprise strategy and recent initiatives and Walgreens and its strategic priorities, Owens will overview the total drug channel to include the largest players in the channel, including some regional chains. Additionally, senior analyst Tiffany Hogan will discuss beauty in the drug channel and how it’s transforming to fit into health and wellness trends.

The Kantar Consulting Health & Wellness and Drug Channel Workshops will take place July 25 and 26 at the W Hoboken. To register for the event, click here.

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