Kroger Opens Innovation Lab in Partnership with Northern Kentucky University
CINCINNATI, OH - On Friday of last week, Kroger announced the launch of its Kroger Technology & Digital Innovation Lab at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), as it continues to chase after new retail innovations.
“Our partnership with Northern Kentucky University provides the opportunity for our associates to work with NKU faculty and students on projects aimed at solving real, innovative business challenges,” said Yael Cosset, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer.
According to the Cinncinnati Business Journal, the lab will likely be a part of NKU’s College of Informatics. The teams will focus on initiatives that directly impact Kroger customers across the nation, including nutrition, health and wellness, and video analytics.
“It’s all about talent and how we attract talent for Kroger’s mission, which is increasingly techno-centric,” Chris Hjelm, Kroger's former Executive Vice President, explained to the news source.
This is not the first time that Kroger has dialed into upping its innovation strategy. Last year, the retailer opened its space at the University of Cincinnati’s 1819 Innovation Hub.
As long as Kroger continues to seek out new talent in both the retail and tech sectors, AndNowUKnow will watch out for its innovations.