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IGA, EmpowerFresh Help Independent Grocers With Produce Solutions

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EmpowerFresh Co., a Kansas City, Missouri-based provider of AI-driven inventory management and retail optimization solutions for the produce department, has announced a strategic partnership with the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA).

This partnership signifies a commitment to revolutionizing the retail produce landscape by providing cutting-edge technology and support to IGA’s independent retail members.

“At the Independent Grocers Alliance, our mission is to empower independent retailers to achieve success and serve their communities,” said Michael La Kier, IGA VP of brand development.

“We are excited to partner with EmpowerFresh Co. to provide our members with innovative technology solutions to help them thrive in an increasingly competitive market environment.”

Through this collaboration, EmpowerFresh Co. will offer its comprehensive suite of software solutions to IGA members, enabling independent retailers to optimize their fresh operations, enhance efficiency and drive growth in today’s competitive market environment. Leveraging AI technology and data-driven insights, these solutions empower retailers to make informed decisions, streamline processes and deliver exceptional customer experiences.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Independent Grocers Alliance to empower independent retailers with the tools and resources they need to succeed in the fresh departments,” said Anthony Totta, founder of EmpowerFresh Co.

“By combining our expertise in produce and retail technology with IGA’s global network and industry leadership, we are committed to helping independent grocers thrive in an ever-evolving marketplace. Independents have a distinct opportunity to win customer dollars (milk, bread, eggs) by winning in the produce aisles. Statistics have shown that the profit leaders in the industry have an above-average contribution by the fresh perimeter.”

The partnership between EmpowerFresh Co. and IGA represents a step forward in supporting independent retailers and driving innovation in the independent retail produce industry.

About the Independent Grocers Alliance 

The Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) was founded in 1926, bringing together independent grocers across the U.S. to ensure that the family-owned local grocery store remained strong in the face of growing chain competition. IGA is the world’s largest voluntary supermarket network with aggregate worldwide retail sales of more than $43 billion per year. The alliance includes more than 6,200 stores globally, with operations in 46 of the U.S. and nearly 25 countries.

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Sommer joined The Shelby Report in January 2022 after graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with a B.A. and M.A. in Communications and Media Studies. Sommer is excited to learn about the grocery industry and share her findings with The Shelby Report's readers!

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