International Retailers A darkness is upon the land
In the US, online grocery shopping has become so popular that people picking up orders for third-party services such as Instacart often outnumber legitimate shoppers in stores, congesting the aisles and clogging up the checkouts. The solution? Dark Stores – actual shops with storefronts and all the other bells and whistles, but closed to actual
shoppers. Others are installing micro-fulfilment centres in the backs of their own stores, and Albertsons has installed robots in two of these to speed up the picking process. Over in the still, but just barely, United Kingdom, Tesco is taking on cheap German discounters Aldi and Lidl, by giving out a new loyalty card. That, erm, you have to pay for. No, wait! Clubcard Plus members will pay £7.99 a month to receive discounts on a whole bunch of stuff, plus 10% off two shopping trips of up to £200 per month. Or in other words, a maximum saving of £40.
Comment: Um, sure, OK. Why not.