• H-E-B announced the opening of a new, 55,000-square-foot eCommerce fulfillment center in Plano, Texas, describing it as "a project that expands the retailer’s commitment to integrate innovative technologies that drive omnichannel growth and provide a more convenient and better shopping experience for Texans."
The facility "will support H-E-B Curbside and Home Delivery orders throughout Plano and for surrounding stores such as Frisco H-E-B as well as stores in McKinney and Allen, which are expected to open later this year. Building on the multi-format retailer’s longstanding presence in the area, the move reinforces the H-E-B’s commitment to serve more customers in this rapidly growing part of the state."
• Retailer-owned cooperative Wakefern Food Corp. announced the rolling out of Caper Carts - Instacart's version of the smart shopping cart that "automatically recognizes and rings up groceries, provides tailored shopping recommendations, and makes it easy for customers to check out directly from the Cart" - at the ShopRite of Spotswood in New Jersey, and a planned launch in the coming weeks at Fairway Market located in Kips Bay in Manhattan, NY."
Wakefern CIO Cheryl Williams said that the "goal is to offer our customers the best possible shopping experience, and the new, enhanced Caper Cart streamlines the shopping and check out process while offering new opportunities to engage with customers at the point of purchase."