Ever wonder how a company as huge as Kroger can possibly tap into a trend as focused on the individual as personalization? The short answer: lots and lots of data.
That’s why we’re so glad to have Brian Kathmann, Director of Commercial Platforms, Healthcare for Kroger’s data arm 84.51°, on board to speak at our food personalization summit Customize later this month. He and Bridget Wojciak, a nutrition expert for Kroger Health, will do a deep-dive into how the grocery giant is analyzing data to help consumers eat to meet their specific health goals using nutrition scores, food recommendations and more.
It’ll be a fascinating discussion into how big corporations are starting take concrete steps to capitalize on personalization, specifically within the food-as-medicine realm. (Hot tip: Use code SPOON15 to get 15 percent off your tickets.)
If you want a taste of what’s in store, check out our Q&A with Kathmann. Enjoy, and we’ll see you in New York!
Tell us a little bit about 84.51° (which is part of Kroger)
Our interesting name, 84.51°, represents the longitude of our headquarters in Cincinnati, but it’s also a nod to our longitudinal approach to understanding our customers and personalizing their experiences.
We excel at challenging convention and pushing beyond the limits of what’s comfortable with fearless hearts and limitless minds. Our goal is a relentless customer-first commitment; we put customers first in everything we do.
At 84.51° you guys are all about data. How do you collect and leverage consumer data to better optimize product offerings?
We look for ways to serve up unique and amazing customer experiences using cutting-edge science and technology. We gather and analyze data from more than 60 million U.S households across 35 states, resulting in meaningful insights and executions that drive business results.
Using a proprietary suite of tools and technology, we deliver unparalleled data science and predictive analytics to transform customer data into actionable knowledge. And we deliver personalized marketing strategies for our Kroger customers and more than 1,400 consumer-packaged-goods companies.
Food as medicine is a growing trend in the grocery space. How are you working to tap into that at 84.51° and, by extension, at Kroger?
A great example of how we’re (Kroger and 84.51) enabling customers to bring “Food as Medicine” to life is through the OptUp score and App. We know with nearly endless food options; it can be challenging for our customers to make healthy choices.
The science and personalization behind OptUp is to solve that customer problem and make it easier for our customers to shop. OptUp simplifies healthy shopping, by providing easy to use nutrition scoring and food recommendations based on what YOU buy.
OptUp enables users to also track their nutritional progress overtime, offer healthier coupons and incentives, and allow users to make wholesome choices for the entire family, right through the app, and soon – through our APIs to other partner platforms and Apps.
What do you think personalized food or drink will look like 5 years down the road?
A great question… if only I had a crystal ball! We know it will continuously evolve and must be unique to the individual, and personalized to their choices, their goals, on their time, and through their preferred channel. We will remain relentlessly customer first focused and utilize our science to meet them where they’re at AND make it easier for them to live healthier!
Kathmann will join Bridget Wojciak of Kroger Health on the Customize stage to do a case study on how the grocery giant is tapping into personalization. Get your ticket to join us (use code SPOON15 for 15 percent off).