Ahold Delhaize opens new innovation lab

Elected officials, business leaders and other dignitaries gathered in Quincy, MA, on June 17 for the grand opening of Retail Business Services’ new technology office. The building houses 200 information technology associates and an innovation lab that provide technology services for the local brands of Ahold Delhaize USA, including Stop & Shop in the Boston area.ahold

At the event, Retail Business Services associates demoed technologies, created in the company’s innovation lab, that create new in-store experiences for customers and make grocery shopping easy.  

“We’re proud to cut the ribbon on this new office, and continue to be an employer of choice and a good neighbor in the Quincy community,” said Roger Wheeler, president of Retail Business Services. “Our business provides services to one of the largest grocery retail groups in the United States, and we’re rapidly growing as we support local grocery brands through a period of evolution taking place in our industry. This new space enables us to continue our trajectory of growth.”

Retail Business services is currently hiring for close to 70 information technology positions based in the new Quincy office and at Retail Business Services’ other East Coast and Chicago locations.

“We’re excited for this new space as we continue to expand our team,” said Paul Scorza, executive vice president of IT and chief information officer for Retail Business Services. “Whether it’s through our co-op program that brings college and graduate students into our innovation lab for six-month rotations, full-time hiring, or partnerships with start-ups, universities and others, we’re always in the market for top talent to support our mission of creating the next generation of grocery retail.”

At the event, Retail Business Services announced a new partnership with the Quincy Chamber of Commerce to support the organization’s Incubate Quincy 1400 venture, which aims to make Quincy a destination for tech start-ups.

“This type of investment and growth is at the heart of our efforts to revitalize downtown Quincy, and we are thrilled about the potential of this new partnership with the Chamber of Commerce,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. “Companies like Retail Business Services are absolutely vital to the future of downtown Quincy, and I am deeply grateful for their continued investment in our community.”

Retail Business Services will sponsor space in the incubator for two technology start-ups for a period of six months and provide meeting and mentorship opportunities with its chief information officer and other innovation associates.

The new office includes 30,000 square feet of two recently renovated floors of a building in the heart of Quincy, just eight miles from Boston. The office was designed using the activity-based workspace concept, which includes open seating, collaboration areas and multiple size conference rooms with state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment. Each floor has a kitchenette for convenience, and the office offers a recreation room for associates to enjoy while on break. 

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