At a glance
As the largest supermarket in the US and a top 5 retailer world-wide, Kroger knows all about the challenges of modern retail.
Kroger’s existing solution stack runs in on-premises computing and monolithic apps not designed for rapid change and evolution.
By embracing a modern data layer with YugabyteDB, Kroger powers high-value microservices faster and with greater flexibility.
As the largest supermarket in the US and a top 5 retailer, Kroger has evolved its business thanks to cutting edge technology
As a long-time retailer at the highest levels, Kroger has a huge legacy investment in technology to support their business. They operate supermarkets, specialist retail outlets, regional brands and they integrate down their supply chain—all on a scale matched by few retailers—to deliver a localized experience across a whole continent.
They are always looking for ways to get more from their technology investment and exploit new technologies to compete more and more effectively. A strategy priorities to focus on app modernization and multi-cloud highlighted the need for a cloud native database.
- Migration to cloud computing hampered by monolithic systems
- Slow developer productivity impacting business responsiveness
- High costs of operating legacy database systems impact margins
Key Database Requirements
Kroger needed a globally distributed database that could power modern ecommerce microservices at scale. Their requirements include:
- Be cloud native but interoperate seamlessly with existing on-premises infrastructure
- Empower agile development of new and replacement services
- Embrace open-source software with its strong focus on quality and responsiveness
- Deliver geo-distributed solutions to secure high-availability, low-latency local experiences
Kroger took the time to convince ourselves that all the features we needed were available from Yugabyte and that it meets our needs.
Mahesh TyagarajanVP Engineering
Geo-distributed, resilient clusters provide low latency for critical ecommerce applications
Small initial footprint with auto-scale-out for cost-effective management of seasonal spikes
Modern architecture built for microservices enables Kroger to embrace cloud native benefits
- Operational simplicity and efficiency
- Sub-10 millisecond performance
- CQL and SQL support accelerate migration
- Rapid TTM: 1st production app in 15 weeks
- Easily meet massive eCommerce peaks
- Rapid response to changing business needs
Learn How Kroger Helps Customers with Omnichannel Optimization on YugabyteDB
Data is at the heart of innovation in retail. It also plays a critical role in driving transformative customer experiences. Unfortunately, the existing data layer powering key services forces unacceptable tradeoffs — whether in data consistency, scale, cost, or flexibility.
This article explores how Kroger is making the right digital transformation investments using a modern data layer to power a flexible growth engine for their business.