Albertsons Companies has launched an online marketplace, powered by the Mirakl Marketplace Platform, dubbed simple The Marketplace.
The online destination will offer customers the ability to discover more specialty food items alongside beauty and wellness products from a vast network of third-party sellers. With a focus on natural, organic, ethnic, and alternative products, Albertsons Cos. aims to provide a unique experience that showcases hard-to-find products.
The launch of the online marketplace is a central part of Albertsons Cos.’ initiative to accelerate its ability to address trending markets and offer hot new products. The data collected from the marketplace will help identify shifting consumer interests, regionally-specific shopping needs and new food trends. Albertsons Cos. now has the agility to identify new customer needs and rapidly respond by adding assortment from its network of sellers.
For its network of third-party sellers, this new platform introduces an easy digital onboarding experience which gives fast access to Albertsons Cos.’ large customer base. This allows smaller businesses to showcase their products on a much wider scale than they could have achieved alone.
“At Albertsons Companies, we’re making rapid strides to build digital capabilities that serve our customers and show our determination to play a prominent role in the digital food and wellness ecosystem,” said Narayan Iyengar, SVP of Digital Marketing and e-commerce, Albertsons Companies. “The online marketplace provides our customers access to hard-to-find items, increases exposure for partner products, and gives us critical data regarding demand for emerging food and wellness trends. We selected Mirakl for its superior technology and marketplace expertise. The Mirakl team, and McFadyen Digital’s team, have been instrumental in achieving our launch goals.”
Invited and carefully selected marketplace sellers will benefit from product visibility and national exposure on the world class digital platform. In addition, the proprietary data will not only help Albertsons evaluate what innovative products to stock in the stores, but also give vendors insight into regions where they may consider investing in building distribution.