Supporting the Increase in Online Grocery Pickup
As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, consumers continue to turn to online grocery pickup – opting to buy online and pick up in store to avoid exposing themselves to interaction and potential infection.While the trend has slowed down some as reopening commences, there’s no doubt that online grocery shopping has carved out a permanent place in the lives of United States consumers. In June, online grocery sales in the U.S. hit a record $7.2 billion.
Online grocery shopping is more widely available than ever before. This is bringing the benefit of choice to consumers – but, for retailers, it’s bringing new challenges. Namely, grocers large and small need ways to scale their operations to meet this ballooning demand in grocery pickup. While there are many aspects to an effective strategy for facilitating safe and efficient grocery pickup, one is key – grocers need the cold storage space and capacity to adjust to growing demand and ensure that food purchased online is fresh and available in a safe manner when consumers arrive.
How KPS Global Is Elevating Online Grocery Pickup
Grocery margins are notoriously thin, meaning that every dollar saved in terms of efficiency gained counts. In the short term, new online grocery programs are manually being fulfilled, an inefficient process that will likely see an overhaul as retailers continue to adapt.
However, for the time being, grocers can’t afford to have other factors contributing to inefficiency.
Enter walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers and other cold storage solutions.
KPSG works with our customers to either select the right quick-ship walk-in solution for their needs or to develop custom cold storage and walk-in solutions that not only meet the scaling needs of online grocery pickup today, but are future-proof and ready to continue growing alongside more robust solutions that come out of this period of uncertainty.
Our custom walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer solutions deliver:
- A unit custom-built to your specifications
- Modular panels for ease of assembly
- Designs for indoor and outdoor applications
- Cam-lock systems to ensure a tight seal
- A variety of frame options to deliver tailored performance
- Better-performing polyurethane foam insulation
- A wide range of metal finishes
Walk-in coolers and cold storage help you create pickup areas that allow for an efficient process for employees to deliver a seamless and pleasant grocery pickup experience for the customer.
KPSG has years of experience crafting the perfect solution for your operation, not simple a provider of one-size-fits-all quick fixes.
And, by enhancing your capabilities now, you can ensure your operation is prepared to scale in the face of increasing grocery pickup automation. Someday, sooner rather than later, grocers will have their own versions of automated micro-fulfillment centers specifically catering to online ordering.
Contact KPS Global Today
KPSG is ready to help grocers either get in the online grocery game or take the next level to introduce automation and technology.
To learn more, contact us today.