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Kroger promotes an executive to chief digital officer

December 7, 2016 03:08 PM
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Grocery chain The Kroger Co. will have a new head of e-commerce just after the new year.

Yael Cosset will take over as chief digital officer on Jan. 27, replacing the retiring Kevin Dougherty. It’s a promotion within Kroger, No. 83 in the Internet Retailer 2016 Top 500 Guide, since Cosset had previously been chief information officer at Kroger-owned customer engagement vendor 84.51°.

In announcing the transition, Kroger credited Dougherty for spearheading the company’s omnichannel retailing efforts.

“He has overseen Kroger's development of ClickList, an order online and pick up at the store service, which has grown to more than 550 locations including, Harris Teeter's ExpressLane service,” Kroger writes in its announcement of Cosset’s appointment. Harris Teeter is a grocery chain in the Southeast that Kroger acquired in 2014. Kroger also owns online-only Vitacost.com, which sells vitamins, supplements and diet products online.

According to Top500Guide.com, Kroger grew its online sales to an Internet Retailer-estimated $467million in 2015, up 14% from $410.0 million last year.

For more on the state of the online grocery industry, check out Internet Retailer’s Online Food Report.

 

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