Category Archives: Grocery Store Innovation

Innovation@Whole Foods: Build Your Own Trail Mix

If you shop in the bulk department of Whole Foods you’ll find a wide variety of nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and even candy. Because these different items have different prices one cannot mix and match to create their own custom trail mix. In order to build your own trail mix you have to bag and price each item separately then take it home and mix them together. This process isn’t exactly easy and convenient.

Perhaps Whole Foods could offer a build your own trail mix selection in their bulk department. Customers could decide what components they wanted in their trail mix, how much they wanted, and could pay for it by the pound. A build your own PLU could be created and items that were apart of the program could be labeled with both their individual PLU’s and the build your own PLU.

Here’s a list of some items that could be included in the program: Almonds, Banana Chips, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Chocolate Chips, Cocoa Nibs, Coconut Flakes, Dried Cranberries, Goji Berries, Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts, M&M’s, Mulberries, Pecans, Pistachios, Pumpkin Seeds, Raisins, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts.

Build Your Own Trail Mix

Innovation@Whole Foods: Stepping Stool Grocery Shelves

Space is at a premium in most grocery stores and because of this product is often stocked on the top shelf where it is out of reach of shorter customers. Often times you will see these short customers step onto the bottom grocery shelf to gain the extra height needed to grab those items situated on the top shelves. This is an inevitable and unavoidable reality of the grocery industry, but it isn’t exactly safe nor is it always easy for these customers to reach high up items.

What if there was a simple solution to this everyday problem? What if the bottoms of grocery shelves had a built-in step that allowed customers to get an extra step up reaching for that out of reach item? Perhaps hand bars could also be built-in to provide customers a safe grip while climbing on the bottom step. Stepping stool grocery shelves would be innovative, simple, practical, and useful for both customers and employees.
Stepping Stool Grocery Shelf