Target Corp. obviously has no plans to go quietly away from the grocery business. The company recently acquired San Francisco delivery technology firm Grand Junction to help with fulfillment of online orders and hired a pair of veteran grocery retailers to boost its ranks.
Grand Junction’s 13 employees will help expand same-day delivery and other supply-chain capabilities.
In March, Target hired Jeff Burt from Kroger’s Fred Meyer division to head up grocery.
The newcomers to the team are: Liz Nordlie, a General Mills veteran who was most recently president of the baking division who will assume the newly created role of vice president of product design and development in food and beverage with a focus on private-label brands; and Mark Kenny, who was in charge of private labels in deli and bakery at Walmart, now Target vice president in charge of meat, seafood, deli, bakery and prepared foods.
Target’s sales have been declining for a year but the company expects its second-quarter report to show a very small profit.
Founded in 2014, Grand Junction is a software company that manages local delivery for retailers and distributors through a network of more than 700 carriers.