In recent months, the chain has halted construction on some projects around the U.S. In December, it stopped construction on its second New Jersey store due to "budgetary constraints," according to NJ.com. The News Leader reported that Lidl was backing out of a planned store in Staunton, Va., because the company was no longer interested in building in smaller markets.
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While Lidl would’ve offered consumers something new in the area, all grocery chains are heading toward a similar direction — experimenting with new ways to make grocery shopping easier for customers. The supermarkets and grocery industry have a major impact on local economies, and brought in $612 billion in revenue nationwide last year. More than 2.6 million people were employed by the industry in 2016 as well.
“Once a competitor has matched Lidl on a certain point of value, Lidl’s already adapted to become something else,” Mike Paglia, director of retail insights at Kantar Retail, told fooddive.com. “They’re a moving target that way.”
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Kroger will roll out its “Scan, Bag, Go” service to 400 stores in 2018. The service allows shoppers to avoid long checkout lines by scanning barcodes of items they want to buy using a handheld scanner or through Kroger’s “Scan, Bag, Go” app on any smartphone.
When customers are finished shopping, they can stop at a self-checkout to pay for their order. Soon, shoppers will be able to pay through the app instead. The concept isn’t new for Kroger. The company has been testing the technology since 2011. Kroger then launched it in an additional 15 stores in 2015, including stores in Middletown and Liberty Twp.
Other changes include lowered prices at Whole Foods after it was acquired by Amazon.com. Dorothy Lane Market launched a new pizza ordering app, where customers can place an order for dine-in or carryout from the market’s pizza stations. Both Meijer and Dot’s Market are offering grocery deliver too.
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