Kroger’s QFC partners with Instacart to bring home delivery service in Puget Sound and Portland

CINCINNATI and BELLEVUE, Wash., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — QFC, a division of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), today (12/4/2017) announced it is offering home delivery at a majority of its stores in both Puget Sound and Portland, through a partnership with Instacart, a nationally-recognized on-demand retail delivery service. The partnership supports two key drivers of the company’s Restock Kroger Plan: Expand Partnerships to Create Customer Value and Redefine the Food and Grocery Customer Experience.

“By offering home delivery in addition to in-store shopping and online ordering for curbside pickup, we are listening to our customers who are telling us they want the convenience of shopping anyway they choose,” said Suzy Monford, president of QFC. “We know that our customers are busier than ever but still want to feed their families fresh, healthy foods that are available at low prices. This new partnership allows our customers to have their groceries delivered to their doorsteps as soon as two hours after placing an order.”

QFC delivery powered by Instacart will be offered in addition to its ClickList store locations that offer online ordering for curbside pickup.

“Instacart customers prefer doing their online grocery shopping from local stores, where they know the products,” said Andrew Nodes, Vice President, Retail Accounts for Instacart. “We are thrilled to partner with QFC to give our customers in Portland and Seattle a new convenient option for shopping at their favorite local QFC store.”

How does QFC home delivery work?
Customers place their orders through the “Delivery” link at www.qfc.com. The customer enters the zip code where the delivery will be scheduled then chooses from 40,000 offered products, including perishables, which are categorized and sorted for easy viewing and selection. The customer builds a digital cart by clicking and adding products. Once the customer has completed building the online basket, a preferred delivery time between 9 a.m. and midnight can be selected. An Instacart shopper then hand-picks the items and delivers the order within a preferred one-hour time window. The home delivery fee will be waived for first-time customers.

About Instacart 
Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 160 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.instacart.com.

About Kroger 
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:
Patty Leesemann
513-782-8745
patty.leesemann@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign raised $3.2 million for USO

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Veterans Day, The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced a $3.2 million contribution to the USO. This donation is made possible through the company’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign, a commitment Kroger made to veterans, military service members and their families.

$1 million of this donation is a corporate donation from Kroger. Coca Cola and the generosity of customers and associates who contributed at check stands, purchased special gift cards to be delivered to USO centers, or donated online contributed the remaining $2.2 million.

“This Veterans Day, Kroger extends a heartfelt thank you to the United States veterans, military service members and their families,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “We are proud to support our military service members in every way that we can – including making meals matter and hiring more than 43,000 veterans since 2009.”

Since 2010, Kroger has donated more than $21 million to the USO, making Kroger’s donation the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its 76-year history.

“The USO is honored by the ongoing commitment Kroger has shown to military service members and their families,” said Lisa Anastasi, USO chief development officer and senior vice president of development. “From hiring veterans to serving meals to our troops and their families, Kroger is fueling the future of our military as a Force Behind the Forces.”

Kroger is increasing its commitment to service members by partnering with the USO on its USO Pathfinder℠ program. Pathfinder extends the USO’s mission of connection by assisting service members and their families in achieving their personal and professional goals as they transition from military service and return home to their new communities.

Throughout the month of November, Kroger is also partnering with Wrigley’s to continue support to the USO. For each pack of Wrigley’s Extra® Gum purchased at Kroger’s family of stores, one pack will be donated to the USO to be included in care packages for deployed service members. For every share of this video, Extra® Gum will donate $1 to the USO, up to a maximum of $25,000.

About the USO:
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. At hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connect our service members and their families through countless acts of caring, comfort, and support. The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: AT&T, Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, The Boeing Company, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, FedEx, Harris Teeter, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, NFL, Southern New Hampshire University and Four-Star Partners: Altria, BBMC, BIC, ConAgra Foods, GEICO, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Prudential, Target, TKS, USAA and the Wawa Foundation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Kroger
At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division ratifies new labor agreement with UFCW Local 400

CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. Mid-Atlantic division associates working at Kroger stores in West Virginia and surrounding area have ratified a new labor agreement with UFCW Local 400.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides good pay increases, affordable health care and financial support from the company to our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Jerry Clontz, president of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and union bargaining committees. I want to thank our associates for supporting this agreement and for the excellent service they provide to our customers every day.”

The agreement covers 4,200 associates working at 39 stores. (It includes 34 stores in West Virginia, three in Ohio and two in Kentucky.)

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 450,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers daily in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today ( June 14, 2017) Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Oppenheimer Annual Consumer Conference on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 9:45 a.m. (ET).

The presentation will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com. Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available from approximately 1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, June 21, 2017 through Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s Michigan division ratifies new labor agreement with Local 876

NOVI, Mich., 2017-Mar-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (March 16, 2017) announced that associates working at 103 stores in the company’s Michigan division have ratified a new labor agreement with Local 876.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates. This new contract provides wage increases, affordable health care and ongoing investment in our associates’ pension fund to support their retirement,” said Jayne Homco, president of Kroger’s Michigan division. “This agreement comes after thoughtful and productive work by both the company and the union bargaining committees. I appreciate our associates for supporting the agreement and for the excellent service they provide our customers every day.”

The agreement covers over 15,000 associates working in Southeastern Michigan.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

Contact:

Keith Dailey
Director, Media Relations/Corporate Communications
Office: 513-762-1304
Cell: 513-257-4955
Email: keith.dailey@kroger.com

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division President Joe Fey to retire; Jerry Clontz to succeed

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jan-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Jan. 24, 2017) announced the retirement of Mid-Atlantic division President Joe Fey, and that Jerry Clontz will succeed him. Mr. Clontz currently serves as senior vice president of operations of Harris Teeter, LLC.

Joe Fey to Retire After 44 Years of Service

Joe Fey will retire from the company after 44 years of service, effective February 10.

“Joe has accomplished much in his distinguished career spanning several supermarket divisions and Kroger’s corporate office,” said Fred Morganthall, Kroger’s executive vice president of retail operations.  “Joe is a true leader who exemplifies our values and focuses on doing what is best for our associates, customers and company. The people he has developed throughout his career will continue his legacy for many years. The entire Kroger family thanks Joe for his many contributions and wishes him and his family all the best in retirement.”

Mr. Fey began his career as a meat clerk with Kroger in 1972 while earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Indiana University. He was quickly promoted to a variety of leadership positions including store management, deli/bakery merchandising, and meat/seafood merchandising in both the company’s Central division and corporate office in Cincinnati. In 1999, Mr. Fey was named vice president of merchandising for the Dillons division, and in 2008 was named vice president of merchandising for the Michigan division. In 2011, he was promoted to president of the QFC division. He was named to his current role in 2014.

Mr. Fey and his wife, Joy, are the proud parents of two grown sons and grandparents of three grandsons.

Jerry Clontz Named President of Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division

Jerry Clontz will serve as president of the company’s Mid-Atlantic division, effective February 1.

“Jerry is a proven leader who is passionate about this business and the success of his associates,” said Sukanya Madlinger, Kroger’s senior vice president of retail divisions. “Jerry has a strong track record of success as a leader at Harris Teeter and we look forward to his contributions in our Mid-Atlantic division.”

Mr. Clontz joined Harris Teeter in 1971 as a bagger in Marion, NC. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including store manager, store director, district manager, and regional director. In 1997, Mr. Clontz was named regional vice president and was instrumental in Harris Teeter’s entry in to the highly-competitive Washington, D.C. market, which included Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and coastal Delaware. He was named to his current role in 2007.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s hiring event hired more than 4,000 military veterans and their family members

CINCINNATI, 2016-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Dec. 6, 2016) announced that as a result of its one-day Honoring our Heroes hiring event held on November 9, the company hired more than 4,000 military veterans and their family members.

“I’m so proud of our store teams for their outstanding efforts during our national hiring event in November,” said Tim Massa, Kroger’s group vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We can all be proud of hiring 4,000 veterans and family members in one day. We are delighted to welcome them to our Kroger family.”

Last month’s veteran-focused hiring event performed better than Kroger’s first one-day Honoring our Heroes hiring event, which was held on September 15, 2015 and resulted in the company hiring 2,000 military veterans and their family members.

Kroger has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation’s 23 million veterans.

Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger’s family of stores have donated more than $18 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,253 pharmacies, 787 convenience stores, 324 fine jewelry stores, 1,439 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger’s K.B. Specialty Foods announces new anaerobic wastewater treatment system at its facility in Greensburg, Indiana

GREENSBURG, Ind., 2016-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE: KR) K.B. Specialty Foods this week broke ground on a new anaerobic wastewater treatment system at its facility in Greensburg, Indiana.

The modification will turn food production byproducts into energy and will also lead to improved air quality in the area.

“This is one more step toward meeting our goal of becoming a zero waste company by 2020,” said Suzanne Lindsay –Walker, Kroger’s director of sustainability.

K.B. Specialty Foods employs 270 and produces deli salads, cake icing, and refrigerated side dish products that are popular all over the country.

The current wastewater treatment system in the facility is open to the air. The new system will feature a dome that will capture biogas from food byproducts at the plant. The collected biogas will then be harnessed to generate electricity.

ADI Systems, the project builder, says the new facility relies on a process called anaerobic digestion.  Microorganisms will transform the byproducts of food production into the biogas.  ADI Systems says that process provides “a source of renewable energy that can be used to displace fossil fuels.”  The electricity created will be sent to the plant’s electrical grid.

K.B. Specialty Foods expects the new system to be operational next summer.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.