Ryan Gast Ryan Gast

Smaller footprints and more technology integration are shaking up the grocery industry. CBRE has published research with the top grocery trends that will change the industry over the next decade, and smaller more convenience-oriented store formats, automation and robotic inventory were among the top new trends. Today, smaller grocery chains are ahead of the curve, and the national brands are playing catch-up.

“The majority of specialty grocers see the benefit of adopting technology, and they are taking the reigns and running with it,” Ryan Gast, senior associate at CBRE, tells GlobeSt.com. “I think the traditional grocers, like an Albertson’s, Ralphs or Vons are behind the curve a little bit, but I think they will start to pick up. They have focused on online delivery, and those are not profitable for grocer stores. It will catch up with them that they will start having to be competitive in other ways, and I think technology will be the key. That will happen soon.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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