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WinCo Foods Taps Invafresh To Optimize Retail Operations

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Boise, Idaho-based WinCo Foods has selected Invafresh to optimize its fresh operations across multiple departments to reduce shrink, improve in-stocks and lift the fresh experience.

Starting with deli, foodservice and seafood departments, WinCo seeks to automate production planning to improve on-shelf availability for customers and give its employee owners a solution providing real-time, actionable data. It also aims to boost labor efficiency and reduce shrink.

“With Invafresh, we will have visibility to effectively cost recipes across all our fresh items through better analytics and by equipping our employee owners with better tools,” said Nathan Tucker, chief retail officer at WinCo. 

“Having Invafresh as the foundational technology for our perimeter store operations will allow us to optimize our operations to reduce shrink and improve labor allocation, helping to deliver an exceptional experience to our valued customers.”

According to the company, having a connected experience by integrating recipe management with replenishment and production planning will provide accurate AI/ML enabled demand forecasting.

Invafresh CEO Tim Spencer said the company’s Fresh Retail Platform will give WinCo “visibility to actionable data to better allocate labor resources, reduce shrink and drive increased efficiencies.” 

“With Invafresh, WinCo will improve their automation and analytics capabilities to optimize efficiencies across multiple fresh departments, delivering a fresher shopping experience to their customers,” Spencer said.

“When we look at technology solutions, we look for partners that understand grocery retail and can apply that experience to help us grow our business. With Invafresh, their depth of experience in grocery retail and proven track record with other grocery retailers will help us deliver a better experience to both our employee owners and our customers.”

About WinCo Foods

An employee-owned company founded in 1967, WinCo operates as a regional discount supermarket, employing more than 22,000 people and operating 140 stores across Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

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