Kitchen Hint of the Day!

December 31, 2013 at 10:40 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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It may be a pain, but the best way to save on groceries is to shop at more than one market. You’ll soon find that one store will have cheaper produce, one will have cheaper meat, and so forth. Explore grocery stores you’ve never shopped at – perhaps one that is closer to your workplace or gym rather than by your home – and you may find even lower prices. We’ve even found cheaper products at stores that are the same chain, just a different location. Write down the prices of your most frequently purchased items, or bring a receipt from an average grocery trip with you. That way you can be sure to remember where the prices are the most reasonable.

Kroger Uses Infrared Cameras To Cut Customer Wait Times

June 21, 2013 at 9:50 AM | Posted in Food | 1 Comment
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Kroger turned to high-tech infrared cameras to improve its customers’ wait times.KROGER

As described by the Wall Street Journal, these cameras are constantly monitoring and tracking the customers waiting to check out, then determining the optimal number of registers that need to be running in 30-minute increments. The software displays the suggested cashier usage on a monitor, allowing supervisors to deploy staff accordingly.
And the supermarket chain says it’s worked, with average wait times down to only 26 seconds from four minutes in 2010. The company also says data from the camera tests found that “express” lanes were clogging up in the morning and at lunch, when customers were buying only a few items at a time. Using this info, the chain opened up an additional 2,000 express lanes in its stores.
“The technology enabled us to execute at the front of the store without that additional (labor) expense,” explains Kroger’s Sr. VP of retail operations to the Journal.”It’s remarkable that we’ve been able to improve execution as much as we have without a big price tag.”
The system is being used in about 95% of Kroger stores in the U.S.

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