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Kroger’s CIO Discusses Digital Innovation At NRF’s Big Show

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The Kroger Co.’s CIO and SVP Yael Cosset joined Sucharita Kodali, VP at Forrester Research, Jan. 14-16 at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show for a conversation on the grocer’s digital journey and how it impacts customers and employees.

Yael Cosset, The Kroger Co.'s CIO and SVP
Yael Cosset, The Kroger Co.’s CIO and SVP

“We continue to invest in our digital transformation journey by enhancing our customer and associate experiences, recognizing that both are equally impactful to gaining loyalty and earning our customer’s next trip,” Cosset said. 

“Our aim is to be the fresh food destination by providing customers with an experience that gives them exactly what they want no matter how they shop and use our digital capabilities to support associates, making their jobs easier and enabling them to spend more time doing what they are best at – interacting with customers.”

Cosset explained Kroger has invested in customer-facing digital innovations to provide greater value and savings. He cited examples such as making weekly circulars digital, so ads can be shopped directly and digital improvements to make customers aware of available savings they have not engaged with. 

The employee experience has benefited from tech upgrades, Cosset shared, referring to in-store mobile technology that offers tools for customized learning and training experiences, task management and the ability to better assess product availability.

When asked about finding, training and retaining the best associates, Cosset shared, Digital transformation efforts have dramatically reduced our time to hire by implementing digital-first HR solutions. Training applications have been developed using world-class design practices to emphasize ease of use, enhancing speed-to-excellence. 

“Lastly, as we do for our customer experience, we are measuring if the technology we are deploying improves the associate experience by monitoring Net Promoter Score for our associates’ solutions so that we can constantly improve the impact digital transformation has on associates.”

Cosset also shared insight on the retailer’s approach to AI and how GenAI can help the retail grocery industry.

“Above all, we remain committed to growing and retaining the trust of our customers and that means responsible AI development to benefit customers with an enhanced experience and even greater value,” Cosset explained. 

“I believe gen AI is already impacting and will continue to impact the grocery industry broadly and in a transformational way. We continue to use AI and GenAI across the business for improvements such as more relevant creative marketing content, better search outcomes on digital platforms, greater personalization for customers, easier solutions for our associates, and many more areas. Like all technology, we view AI as a resource for our customers and associates to improve our human connections, not replace them.”

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