Weis Markets brings Aruba Wi-Fi to its stores, DCs
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.
Kantar Consulting to host 2-day workshop
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.
Kroger to grow Kentucky distribution center
Kroger is ramping up production at its distribution center in Florence, Ky. The Cincinnati-based retailer said Monday that it would be investing $17 million in the facility, where it said 250 new jobs, largely full-time positions, would be created as a result. The facility opened in November 2017 and currently employs 80 associates.
“This significant investment in the distribution facility and our associates will allow us to more efficiently reach our customers and help to deliver on new ways to shop with Kroger, as we redefine the grocery customer experience through Restock Kroger,” said Frank Bruni, Kroger’s vice president of supply chain and logistics. “We have long appreciated the support from Boone County and the state of Kentucky, and look forward to growing together.”
Kroger said the move is supported by a Kentucky Business Investment incentive of as much as $1 million over 10 years, with the company’s eligibility for the performance-based tax credit tied to its investment, job creation and hourly wage targets. Kroger currently employs more than 21,000 associates in Kentucky.
“It was less than a year ago that Kroger opened its distribution center in Boone County, and it is clear from this additional investment that the company recognizes Northern Kentucky as the best possible location for further success and growth,” said Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin. “Distribution and logistics is a thriving industry in the commonwealth, and this announcement is just the latest confirmation of that fact. We greatly appreciate Kroger’s confidence in the Northern Kentucky region and its ongoing commitment to investing and growing in our state.”
Kroger said the facility would start looking to expand its team in September.
“We are excited to continue our economic growth in the region and welcome 250 new associates to our talented team,” Bruni said.