Walmart could also present a headache for Kroger stores. Walmart is offering the consumer the convenience of ordering groceries online and going to the store and picking up your order. This solves the problem for the consumer of receiving especially their perishables store fresh. This is extremely important for meat and seafood as 41 degrees is the critical temperature needed to control bacteria growth such as e-coli. Walmart is now using this model in 40 U.S. regions. I point this out, because a grocer such as Mariano's let so many associates full of product knowledge walk out the door to the competition. I myself, very well versed in meat and seafood was astonished at what I was seeing while at Mariano's, especially from the now store director of the Skokie Il. Mariano's. A problem Kroger will have to iron out, one way or another.
From top to bottom. The Wisconsin operation and Chicago's Mariano's stores. From terrible store management which propelled an employee culture among the worst in the retail grocery business resulting in a revolving door of a constantly changing work force. I believe Kroger is well aware of what needs to be changed and who still needs to be let go and possibly what stores may even have to be closed.