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The top U.S. grocery retailer results are in! These 3 companies beat out Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi and Whole Foods for their quality products at low prices.
A report by Dunnhumby ranks the grocery stores by emotional connection (from a survey of 11,000 households) and financial statistics (2016 market share, sales per square foot etc.). These findings are summarized in the 2018 Retailer Preference Index.
The top three grocery stores
Here are the top three groceries stores of 2018:
1. Trader Joe’s
The top two drivers for customer preference in grocery stores were price and quality according to the report. Other deciding factors included digital capability (ability to online shop), convenience, speed/efficiency and discounts.
The secret to Trader Joe’s
The high-quality products, affordable prices and the tiki-trader themed experience land Trader Joe’s the #1 spot according to respondents.
Costco launches grocery delivery programs
With Costco ranked at #2, there’s room to speculate whether their two online grocery programs they recently launched helped them secure this spot.
- Costco Grocery is a two-day delivery service for items on the website marked “CostcoGrocery.” Shipping is free on orders over $75, but fresh foods are not included.
- The same-day delivery service is a partnership with Instacart and includes a wider selection of products including meat, produce and fresh foods. A 10% service fee is added to these orders and shipping is free on orders over $35.
I didn’t think Costco could get any better, but with delivery options direct to my house, it just did!
Will Amazon keep rising?
It comes to no surprise that Amazon is #3 with its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market. In June 2017 they expected to be a top 5 grocer in the U.S. within five years. Looks like they nailed that in just 6 months!
If home delivery is more your thing, Amazon also offers a free AmazonFresh trial for Prime members. If you’re not a Prime member yet (it’s totally worth it), you can get a free Amazon Prime 30-day trial
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