Affordable Groceries: Germans willing to Offer Bargains to you:

 This year, I just realized I spend more at this store than Last year.

The Grocery Landscape is a Changing in USA as Grocery Store Competition is ramping up.. What do the Germans know that we don’t already know, Americans like a Bargain? Evidently the Germans know that there’s Growth in the US and are ready plunk down some substantial cash on the table of opportunity. Just look at how Aldi has already put a foot print here locally (Florence & MS). Aldi announced to invest $5-Billion in US- Opening 900 new stores and upgrading existing stores.

  Here’s what this means; Aldi in the next 5 years will be the 3rd Largest retail Grocer in the US with 2500 locations. Behind Kroger & WalMart. The smaller regional Grocers (FoodLand, Hometown, Big Star, Wilsons) may find themselves in the cross hairs of losing market share to the German discount grocers. Ever tried to call an Aldi store via phone to check on an advertised product they offered?  I haven’t been able to find their number anywhere, but my point is how do regional grocers compete with Aldi’s $0.98 Gal.Milk when regionals have contracted milk to sell to you for  $2.98 - $3.98 Gal. Or when Publix offered USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steak BOGO @ 12.99 lb. And Aldi’s had USDA Choice Top Sirloin for $4.99 lb. – Both are USDA Choice Grade (Best You Can Buy- Guaranteed by the US Federal Government Standards)

  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out your best bargain for your hard earned money. Aldi sells Non-Branded names to USA consumers and some may be from European or other foreign suppliers.

   Over the past year, the more I shop and try different Non-Branded Aldi items, the larger my percentage portion of my food bill is going to Aldi’s vs FoodLand, Hometown, BigStar, Walmart, Publix or Sav-a-Lot. Not all, but many are AsGood or Better than many Name Brand items. And of course we know why Kroger doesn’t have a store in Shoals anymore due to Unionism activity back in early 70’s, the unions force Kroger to close it doors and Kroger Never Ever came back in Shoals to Open new stores.

The other New German Discount Grocer coming to US is Lidi, opening its first 10 stores this Thursday as part of a multiyear expansion.

I try to keep shopping my local grocers for meats and other items. Will continue to do so in the near future. Many of the Name Brand items regional grocers carry, have priced themselves away from my budget. I typically see through efforts of Name Brand items that increase prices with less ounces of product, using improved/new packaging gimmicks to appeal to shoppers. I don’t take the bait like I use to some 20 years ago. If you are not a Quality Value/Bargain Shopper, then all this does not appeal to you. Do your own comparison testing; meanwhile, Happy Shopping Kmart Shoppers…

Who is receiving the larger dollar percentage of your grocery bill versus last years.

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Do not neglect the recent story about Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods.  With the wealth of Bezos and Amazon along with some of their future plans of expansion, it appears that Amazon is squarely targeting WalMart and the Grocery business to expand their already expanding business.  

When you think of how it all started, in Bezos Garage, by just offering a very limited supply of books online, to come to what it is now it surely has many wondering just how big they are going to become.

I heard/read about one of the future plans of Amazon was to establish huge distribution centers, in the sky, floating as blimps, and using drones to deliver a variety of products within a certain delivery zone.  Already Amazon is looking at their own trucking and airline company so it's open ended it seems, at the moment, as to just how large Amazon can get.  No doubt Bezos will become the richest man in the world before too long.  

gbrk posted:

Do not neglect the recent story about Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods.  With the wealth of Bezos and Amazon along with some of their future plans of expansion, it appears that Amazon is squarely targeting WalMart and the Grocery business to expand their already expanding business.  

When you think of how it all started, in Bezos Garage, by just offering a very limited supply of books online, to come to what it is now it surely has many wondering just how big they are going to become.

I heard/read about one of the future plans of Amazon was to establish huge distribution centers, in the sky, floating as blimps, and using drones to deliver a variety of products within a certain delivery zone.  Already Amazon is looking at their own trucking and airline company so it's open ended it seems, at the moment, as to just how large Amazon can get.  No doubt Bezos will become the richest man in the world before too long.  

I have no doubt of Bezos future wealth based upon his visions for his company.

Something I have noticed about Amazon buying Whole Foods, is Bezos’s step into a move, into the Future of how we will be buying our groceries and personal goods. Bezos will decide how you will be making your future purchases with the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI-smart shopping). It will predict what you are going to purchase, before you purchase items, based upon all your previous purchases and use of in home devices which will learn what you have in your home. (pantry, refrigerator, freezer, cabinets). Kinda like devices which will take an inventory of all your purchased items and those that exist visually in the home space.

  For me, I do not want that many devices that will be intrusive into my private home or life for that matter. But its already here, we just don’t see it in front of us.

  I foresee it happening in small steps then massive larger steps making the move to “Knowing & Monitoring All within your Home”.

 Examples – Like the Smart electric meters, which allow the meter man to never leave the main road in front of your house to read your meter (small step). Larger steps would be the evolution of  AI - monitoring the electric usage within your home per device within the home. In other words, All the electric appliances will be able to communicate to each other & the electric meter. Lots of data can be collected for predictability habits by the occupants. This in turn helps the electricity dept. forecast future electrical needs, all based upon previous demand per appliance usages. Plus, with the AI (artificial Intelligence) Bezos (Amazon) can also learn the age of your appliances and can send you an instant message, advertising – Time to Replace that aging Washer & Dryer, with Amazons Eco Friendly Replacement, with the most innovative Monitoring Sensors installed, to collect more data about you & your life living habits. Well, I wonder if AI will try to link up with a 1949 Sears Roebuck, Ringer Washer?

These next 20 years will make today look like living in prehistoric times.

I'm not that crazy about aldi's. The produce always smells, and is either old, or culls. Walmart has better eggs, and have dropped their egg prices down to .38, .28, .42 a dozen, depending on the size. They've brought their milk prices down too. I love Publix, and will stick to them for the majority of things.

Aldi's is set to become the third largest grocer in the U.S., but I had read behind Kroger and Whole Foods, not Walmart.

Off the main subject, Florence is geographically lopsided with the newest, largest stores being in the eastern part of the city. Perhaps Aldi's will build a third market here? I know the city council has tried to get a market downtown and has not been able to.

Kate Colombo posted:

Aldi's is set to become the third largest grocer in the U.S., but I had read behind Kroger and Whole Foods, not Walmart.

Off the main subject, Florence is geographically lopsided with the newest, largest stores being in the eastern part of the city. Perhaps Aldi's will build a third market here? I know the city council has tried to get a market downtown and has not been able to.

3rd largest grocer by 2022 -reference - Short version - http://www.marketwatch.com/sto...expansion-2017-06-11

Here's another link with more details: 

http://brandchannel.com/2017/0...idl-aldi-usa-061217/

Aldi plans to expand to 2,500 locations by the end of 2022, which would make it the third-biggest US grocery chain by current store count levels. Aldi is nearing the end of a $3 billion investment that it announced in 2013 to expand to 2,000 stores by the end of 2018. It has 1,600 stores today, most of which Aldi plans to remodel.

** Downtown already has Wilsons. N.Florence has Hometown & Big Star.  Just my guess, but wouldn't Aldi use the path of High Traffic Flows to determine where it builds it's new locations? But, Downtown-Side Streets would be a nice addition to Florence.

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