Mega-retailer honored for efforts to reinvent the business in the face of industry-wide disruption
Progressive Grocer has selected Walmart Inc. as its 2019 Retailer of the Year, the highest annual honor bestowed by the grocery industry’s leading trade publication.
“Among retailers that sell groceries, Walmart over the past year has been head and shoulders above the pack in the reinvention of routine buying and selling,” said Jim Dudlicek, editorial director of Progressive Grocer.
Innovations rolled out by Walmart include expansion of grocery pickup for online orders, unlimited grocery delivery, in-home delivery, introduction of autonomous delivery vehicles, voice ordering and the launch of high-tech distribution and order consolidation centers. Walmart also has made strides in sustainability, including accelerated packaging-waste reduction commitments, rollout of reusable shopping bags and investment in solar power.
“While most of food, drug, and department and specialty store retail chains are getting crushed
with higher costs, Walmart is very entrepreneurial and innovative in every important area for
consumers, from solar power and sustainable energy to sourcing goods and services locally as
much as possible,” Burt Flickinger, managing director of New York-based Strategic Resource
Group, told Progressive Grocer. “Walmart is winning by ‘doing what is right,’ realizing record market shares and shopper satisfaction scores.”
Walmart’s achievements are profiled in a feature article in the October 2019 issue of Progressive Grocer, available in print and at Progressivegrocer.com.
The retailer will be presented with the 2019 Retailer of the Year Award at Progressive Grocer’s GenNext Symposium, Dec. 2-3, 2019, in Atlanta.
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