Smaller Stores Focus on Perishables in Future

Apr 04, 2002
George Anderson

Many store designers are now saying they envision smaller stores that will focus on perishables, according to the International Dairy*Deli*Bakery Association’s (IDDBA) trends report, What’s In Store 2002.

Dry goods, on the other hand, will be ordered and delivered or picked up at the store or a satellite location. For many of these products, consumers know what they want.

IDDBA trends report also predicts increased popularity of self-checkouts, the advent of mobile commerce and e-marketing via PDAs, wireless communications and in-store kiosks, plus the evolution of the bar code system with technologies such a the Uniform Code Council’s system for variable weight items, called Reduced Space Symbiology.

Moderator Comment: What will retail grocery stores
be like in the future?

From the outside, the major difference will be the specially
designated pick-up/depot areas for consumers to retrieve the groceries they
purchased online.

Inside, stores will merchandise around day-parts and
consumer needs bringing together fresh, refrigerated, frozen, shelf stable,
general merchandise, and HBC together in designated centers. Category managers
with applicable training/expertise will assist shoppers in these areas.

Kiosks throughout the store will give consumers access
to product information, pricing, etc. Consumers will be able to order items
not found in regular stock from these stations, along the line of NeXpansion’s
Endless Aisle.

Self-checkouts will become more prominent. Have a nice
day. [George Anderson – Moderator]

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