News Briefs


GNC Exclusively Launches Zoa+ In Stores


Zoa, the energy drink brand co-created by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has partnered with GNC as the exclusive in-store retailer for the brand’s new Zoa+ pre-workout supplement line. Available in three flavors, both in-store and online at, Zoa+ aims to reimagine the traditional powder-based pre-workout options with its carbonated, zero sugar, 12-oz ready-to-drink supplement made with natural caffeine.Zoa first launched at GNC in March 2021 with its namesake product and is currently available in seven flavors including original, super berry, pineapple coconut and white peach.

"GNC is the leader in pre-workouts and brands like ZOA are revolutionizing how athletes can make their workouts productive," said Kevin Maloberti, vice president, merchandising at GNC, in a news release. "We are proud to be the first to bring ZOA+ to shelves and build on our commitment to offer products to the GNC customer that help them live well."


Costco Names New Chief Merchant


Costco has promoted a 30-year veteran of the company to direct merchandising operations, the retailer announced during its second quarter earnings call on March 3. Claudine Adamo, previously senior vice president of merchandising/non-foods and e-commerce, will become executive vp and chief operating officer of merchandising, succeeding Ron Vachris who was just promoted to president and COO in February.


Infographic: How Omnichannel Shoppers Build Baskets


Kroger data analytics subsidiary 84.51 recently released an infographic sharing insights on how omnichannel shoppers are changing the way their baskets are built. As online grocery shopping continues to grow and evolve, e-commerce strategies are a becoming a more important part of CPG brands’ overall marketing plans. 84.51’s latest infographic, like in previous research it’s conducted on the hybrid shopper, identified two distinct household types: the “digital champ” and the “digital dabbler.” Comparing the two, the digital dabblers still make the majority of their shopping trips, which typically comprise grocery staples and basics, in stores. The digital champs makes about 75% of their trips online with larger basket sizes comprising items from different departments, according to 84.51.

Some more key takeaways from the infographic include:

  • Out of the shoppers loyal to e-commerce, 85% plan to maintain or increase their e-commerce usage in 2022.
  • Two out of three online orders are made via a mobile device.
  • 56% use search to add most items to their online basket.
  • Traditional in-store impulse purchase categories include candy, magazines and bakery items.
  • Online impulse categories include alcohol, health and beauty, and floral items.

Kroger to Expand Delivery in Ohio With New Fulfillment Center


Kroger will offer home delivery in a new area for the grocery giant with the addition of its customer fulfillment center (CFC) in northeast Ohio. Like its first automated warehouse in Ohio, this second CFC will be powered by Ocado Group to combine vertical integration, machine learning and robotics to provide fresh food delivery service and support Kroger’s digital offerings, according to a news release from the retailer. The CFC will span 270,000 square feet and is expected to create up to 400 new jobs. Kroger anticipates the hub will become operational 24 months after the site breaks ground and will service areas in northeastern Ohio and Pennsylvania.


RangeMe Introduces One-Button Purchasing


ECRM’s product discovery and sourcing platform RangeMe has expanded its services to allow U.S. retail buyers to purchase directly from suppliers. Along with one-button purchasing, the company offers a multi-order, add-to-cart feature and accessible order details and history. The capability aims to boost regional and independent retailers who can now order the products that they source on RangeMe, helping to get them on their shelves or listed online faster. 

Additionally, RangeMe will showcase the new service offering at ERCM’s 2022 Global Market: Spring Buying Days, which will take place on March 28 through April 1, bringing together suppliers and retail buyers to network virtually. As part of the showcase, RangeMe is allowing select food, beverage, health and beauty suppliers to sell their products with no commission fees. The event includes speakers from retailers like Walmart, Farmstead and Allume Group.


The Giant Co. Eliminates Order Minimum, Pickup Fee

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Ahold Delhaize’s The Giant Co. is continuing its omnichannel push by eliminating the order minimum and pickup fees for Giant Direct and Martin’s Direct, the company’s e-commerce fulfillment services. This is the latest investment made by the company in support of its growing e-commerce business. Last November, The Giant Company opened a “state-of-the-art” Giant Direct e-commerce fulfillment center in Philadelphia to serve more shoppers in the area — and for the first time in its 98-year history — in southern New Jersey.

The Giant Co. also partners with Instacart to provide Giant Instant Delivery and Martin’s Instant Delivery of essential grocery items in as fast as 30 minutes. Last month, The Giant Co. launched Ship2Me by Giant and Ship2Me by Martin’s, the chains’ expanded assortment within traditional grocery categories and beyond delivered directly to one’s home. The company has more than 175 pickup locations and customers across 90% of the company’s footprint have access to online grocery ordering and delivery services.