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The Idaho Statesman reports that “Albertsons Inc. is investing $500 million this year in new technology aimed at making the shopping experience faster and more convenient for its customers.”

The goal, according to company CEO Larry Johnston, is to create an environment that meets the needs of time-constrained consumers. Self-scanning will be the rule, checkout lanes will be virtually abolished, labor costs will be minimized, and a differential advantage will be created for Albertsons’ fleet of stores.
KC's View:
To us, the pressing challenge that Albertsons faces is using technology to create a more efficient shopping experience without completely de-personalizing the act of buying groceries at one of its stores. Now that Albertsons is acquiring Bristol Farms, we hope that company’s CEO, Kevin Davis, and his team are able to help Albertsons accentuate that sense of in-store personality.