Microsoft and Kroger announced a collaboration on Retail as a Service to equip stores with Kroger Technology products that run on Microsoft Azure. The technology utilizes the IoT, connectivity, the cloud, and data collection and analysis to improve both customer experiences and store bottom lines. Two stores will pilot a smart technology system that is connected by IoT sensors and runs on Microsoft Azure. One is located in Monroe, Ohio, near Kroger’s headquarters. The other is in Redmond, Washington, near Microsoft’s main campus.