Kroger’s sales grow in second quarter: Digital pickup, delivery driving growth

Published: Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 10:00 AM


            Jennifer Klumb, right, watches as Kroger employee Sabrina Barker loads her online grocery order into her vehicle as part of the Clicklist store pickup system Thursday, Sept. 8 at Kroger Marketplace on Yankee Road in Liberty Township. Customers can order their groceries online and pay and get their order loaded into their car by Kroger staff. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Jennifer Klumb, right, watches as Kroger employee Sabrina Barker loads her online grocery order into her vehicle as part of the Clicklist store pickup system Thursday, Sept. 8 at Kroger Marketplace on Yankee Road in Liberty Township. Customers can order their groceries online and pay and get their order loaded into their car by Kroger staff. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Kroger’s investment in its Ship, Pickup and grocery delivery business helped the company grow sales in the second quarter.

The company’s sales for the second quarter reached $28.2 billion, up from $28 billion during the same period last year. Excluding fuel and mergers, sales grew 2.5 percent.

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The biggest growth was in its digital sales business, which boosted 31 percent over the same quarter last year. The largest area grocery provider has been investing in its Restock Kroger program to redefine the grocery experience, including pickup, ship and delivery through third party providers.

In the second quarter, Kroger expanded to 1,780 Pickup locations and 2,225 delivery locations, covering 95 percent of Kroger households. It also expanded a Walgreens pilot that offers a small selection of Kroger products in Walgreens stores.

The grocer also embraced its in-house labels, growing sales of its Our Brands category 3.1 percent and launching 203 new items. It also recently announced plans to launch new Simple Truth Plant Based products including faux meat burgers and dairy products each month.

Kroger’s adjusted earnings per share rose 7 percent to 44 cents a share.

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