Winkler Wholesale Grocers, a family-owned and operated grocery wholesaler, today announced a strategic partnership with ShopHero to provide online grocery shopping to the more than 400 retailers Winkler supplies. Grocery stores in Missouri, northern Indiana, eastern Ohio, southern Michigan and northern Illinois will all be participating.
With online grocery sales up nearly 40 percent across the country, Winkler is arming its retailers to compete now and in the future.
“We saw the importance of offering a top-notch online grocery solution to our grocers, and we’ve been very impressed with the ShopHero team. They have the best technology we’ve seen in the market, but more importantly, their team understands the independent grocer. We’re very excited about this partnership,” said Josh Winkler, President and CEO at Winkler.
ShopHero’s platform allows independent grocers of all sizes to quickly and easily get online. Retailers have complete control over their site and the ability to offer curbside pickup and/or delivery on a schedule they set according to their store’s needs and abilities.
The e-commerce platform includes a state-of-the-art picking tool that optimizes order picking, alerts shoppers when their order is ready and even tracks deliveries in real-time.
Rob Christian, a 45-year grocery industry veteran, and CEO of ShopHero said, “Online grocery ordering is here to stay, and we commend Josh Winkler and his team for being thought leaders in an industry that hasn’t experienced much change during the last few decades. Their retailers will appreciate how simple it is to implement, and the shoppers will love all of the little details that go into each website – like the ability to search the store’s entire inventory and add items to their cart right from the search bar.”