Stores are increasingly looking for ways to earn money, while at the same time saving you a few dollars.  It may sound counterintuitive, but much of the drive to online shopping, ordering, pick-up, and delivery can benefit both the consumer and the business.

Albertsons Customers are Loyal

There are people here at the office who are almost cult-like in their dedication to Albertsons (especially when it comes to fried chicken!).  Parking isn’t the easiest at the local store and I would say the same of the Hailey store, simply because it’s always packed.

Wednesday morning I was preparing a 5:30 A.M. farm report when I saw an announcement on the Associated Press wire about the grocery chain’s effort to make shopping an easier experience.  Later in the morning, I found this link, which tells the story in a cleaner format.

Online Shopping is Very Much the Future

People don’t believe me when I tell them the day is going to arrive when there are few large big box and grocery stores.  Yet, younger people are comfortable shopping online.  A friend in Kent, Washington, got used to the idea of her local WinCo delivering her groceries.  The delivery charge is cheaper than her gas.

Let me make another point, again.

How much does it cost to maintain large buildings?  To keep the roof sealed?  To heat it in winter and cool it in summer?  How much merchandise or produce is lost to theft?  Now, if you could close many of these large stores and still maintain healthy sales, how much money would the company make?

Albertsons is getting ahead of the curve.

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