Grocery store customers should expect to see more self-checkout lanes and robots doing stocking and inventory tasks, according to the head of the Wisconsin Grocers Association.

In a message published recently by the Wisconsin Bankers Association’s Wisconsin Economic Report, WGA President and CEO Brandon Scholz said the pandemic-driven higher inflation rates are “still crushing food and grocery prices” even though inflation has returned to “familiar rates” near 3%.

In the four years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, most grocery store products have seen a price increase of at least 3.2%, Scholz wrote in his message, drawing on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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