We round up the latest news from Ahold Delhaize USA and its formats.
More frictionless checkouts
Ahold Delhaize USA has announced that it will expand its SCAN IT! Mobile frictionless checkout to 30 stores by the end of 2019. The company’s Retail Business Services (RBS) division said the solution is currently available to use at select Stop & Shop stores and Giant Food Stores’ Giant Heirloom Market locations.
The service is downloadable as an app and allows shoppers to scan product barcodes using their phone as they shop. The app records the total number of products. Once finished, shoppers exit via a designated checkout lane and receive a “payment approved” message when they are charged.
Alternatively, shoppers can use a handheld scanning device, located at the store entrance. Their purchases are then transferred to a smartphone for payment. PayPal, Venmo, Apple Pay and Google Pay are integrated into the wallet.
Source: Ahold Delhaize USA
New fresh food facility opens
Ahold’s service company, Retail Business Services, has opened a new fresh food processing facility in North Kingston, Rhode Island. It will be operated by its subsidiary Infinity Fresh Kitchen. The facility will be used to produce leaf, grain and pasta salads, sandwiches, wraps and other items commonly found in food-to-go.
From 2020, the facility will produce cut fruit and vegetables and launch a Culinary Innovation Centre, which will test new, fresh and private label food concepts.
Roger Wheeler, president Retail Business Services, commented, “This facility is an integral part of our business and will help us provide our grocery retail partners and their customers with innovative fresh, convenient items that surprise and delight”.
Peapod to launch new meal kits with Verlasso
Ahold’s online grocer has partnered with Chilean salmon brand Verlasso to launch a new series of meal-kits in Chicago in January 2020. The kits will feature three original recipes developed by a local private chef, Charles Webb. They are “designed to pair Verlasso’s sustainable salmon with other quality ingredients that support key functional nutrition goals for heart health, mental health, and overall physical wellness”. More meal-kits are expected to follow in phases.
Commenting on the partnership, Spencer Baird, Peapod's senior vice president of merchandising, said, “The partnership with Verlasso was seamless for us because at Peapod we are always looking to provide our customers with fresh and sustainable products. Adding this line of meal kits into our growing collection is another way we work to simplify menu planning and mealtime.”
…and Nurture Life
Meanwhile, Peapod has announced a partnership with Chicago-based subscription company Nurture Life as part of its aim to provide a variety of nutritious options for families. Nurture Life offers freshly prepared and ready-to-eat meals and snacks for babies, toddlers and children. The meals are developed by registered dieticians and chefs and are made to order.
The new partnership will see Peapod sell 15 individual SKUs from Nurture Life. It is part of Peapod’s aim to provide a variety of nutritious options for families. The range includes braised chicken, sweet potato and carrot; and tofu, sweet soy glazed carrot and zucchini for babies. Options for toddlers and children include a frittata with cinnamon French toast; chicken bites with mashed sweet potatoes and green beans; and chicken meatballs with pasta and vegetables. The meals will start at US$4.25 and must be stored in the fridge before heating.
Peapod by Giant rebranded to Giant Delivers
Separately, Ahold Delhaize USA’s supermarket banner Giant Food has rebranded its online grocery delivery service, Peapod by Giant, to Giant Delivers. The rebrand is part of Giant’s ‘The Little Things Are Giant’ platform, which aims to help shopper save time so they can do the things they love.
The service currently offers next-day delivery to over 6m shoppers in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. It is also trialling same-day delivery in downtown Washington, DC.
Source: Giant Food