AI Is Poised to Take Over Grocery Stores

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionize the retail industry, including grocery shopping, by personalizing shopping experiences, streamlining customer service, and predicting consumer needs. As Lindsey Mazza, Global Retail Lead at Capgemini Group, observes, understanding consumer motivations can help retailers reach their highest potential.

In the grocery industry, which is highly competitive and largely reliant on physical stores, AI can be a game-changer. With thin profit margins and massive scale, small improvements can make a significant difference in success. Major industry players like Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger have recognized this potential, driving the rapid adoption of AI.

AI’s evolution is visible in how it aids decision-making. It has begun to assist with decisions that were previously unattainable, particularly in e-commerce. For instance, Total Wine uses AI to create an online search that simulates a conversation with a store associate, enhancing the online wine buying experience.

AI also identifies patterns and solves problems through monitoring routine interactions. Companies like Veeve and ShopperAI use AI to detect missing inventory and understand consumer behavior, respectively, leading to increased sales.

The future of AI in grocery lies in personalization. Generative AI makes individualized weekly recipes and personalized pre-assembled shopping baskets possible. Birdzi, a company specializing in personalized grocery marketing, sends targeted emails based on consumer buying habits. These emails have been opened at a rate about 10 times greater than most marketing emails, illustrating the effectiveness of personalization.

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Jack McPherrin ([email protected]) is a managing editor of, research editor for The Heartland Institute, and a research fellow for Heartland's Socialism Research Center. He holds an MA in International Affairs from Loyola University-Chicago, and a dual BA in Economics and History from Boston College.