Kroger is making a change that will allow customers to place sports bets while they are shopping in store.
But, which states is this available in and why?
Place bets while you shop at Kroger
In Ohio, gamblers will now be able to make wagers starting January 1, following the legalization of sports betting. This major change comes after in Lexington, Kentucky are in a trial period with technology that allows shoppers to buy a lottery ticket while at the checkout. More than 40 Kroger supermarkets in Ohio have been granted permission to install betting kiosks in-store. However, the exact locations of the supermarkets to get the kiosks has yet to be announced.
Governor Mike DeWine signed legislation this June that will legalize sports betting starting January 1, 2023. However, some lawmakers want to see sports betting up and running before 2023 and are working to make that happen.
In January, Ohio will be joining a list of at least 30 states that have already legalized sports betting. In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that sports betting regulation should be enforced on a state-by-state basis.
Experts believe that installing the technology in checkout lanes will drive sales.
Battery powered carts
Kroger has also unveiled a new battery-powered cart that should make shopping easier. Produce will stay fresher even longer with new temperature management technology. However, the primary goal is to use this technology to speed up online grocery orders and fulfillment. The battery-powered eCart helps to streamline all parts of online grocery orders.
Kroger is reported to be one of the first supermarkets to try the eCarts– which can each carry 350 pounds.