Fewer trips, bigger baskets: How Albertsons is responding to new behaviors as the cost of living rises

The Albertsons Company, the retail firm, is taking various strategic measures as it anticipates how shopper behavior might change in times of inflation.

The Albertsons Company hopes the inflation level will subside in a matter of months – but is also planning for shifts in consumer behavior such as fewer, bigger shopping trips and a move to private label.

As the owner of more than 2,200 stores under 20 banners – including its namesake and Safeway supermarket brands, along with regionally-focused chains such as Vons and Randalls – the retailer has an in-depth view of how customers are adapting to the hike in the cost of living.

For the trading quarter ending February 26, the organization’s like-for-like sales, a metric comparing branches that...

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